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All-mountain, full-frontal performance.
None of us want to feel like we are wearing our ski gloves when we're riding. You also don't want to worry about turning your palms into raw meat, so you'll probably want to get yourself a pair of the Giro Xen Gloves. Giro has gone that extra mile to make sure that you are protected, well ventilated, and feel comfortable to boot. In terms of protection, Giro made use of sonic-welded armor to cover your knuckles, upper fingers, and the top outside portion of the hand. But instead of feeling like you are wearing hand braces, they have interspersed these protective elements with moisture-wicking, breathable mesh. Even on hot days, the Xen Gloves will be airy enough to use. The knuckles have articulated flex zones so you can really get your hands wrapped around the bar. Silicon grip is added at the fingertip as an extra precaution.
Giro uses their Super Fit Engineered palm process to develop the gloves in a way that guides the fit, design, and pattern of every Giro glove for the ultimate in comfort and performance. Essentially, they do this by tailoring the palm, fingers, and padding to conform to various shapes and sizes of hands. By using Clarino, Giro ensures that the Xen palms are durable without being stiff. Unlike real leather, you won't have to worry about these palms becoming hardened and cracked after you've fallen a into puddles or wet leafy areas. The protection doesn't stop there, though. Giro also added 3mm vented Poron XRD crash pads that wrap around the heel of the hand.
The Giro Xen Gloves come with a wiping surface that will be able to absorb even the runniest of noses. The pull-tab and Velcro closure are effective and unobtrusive. Available in Small through XX-Large, the Xen gloves come in Black/Cyan.
- Breathable Clarino synthetic leather palms, fingers, and thumbs are abrasion-resistant, yet supple for comfort
- 4-way stretch fabric on back of gloves is breathable and wicks moisture
- Light gel padding offers impact protection and reduces vibration
- Knuckle flex zones provide excellent freedom of movement
- Soft and highly absorbent thumb fabric for wiping
- Sonically-welded armor protects fingers and knuckles
- Silicone-tipped thumb and fingers enhanced grip
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Not for downhill
These are good cross country-ish gloves and have kept my hands surprisingly warm as temps dropped of here in Northern California. I can't give them a five star review as they have been great but aren't phenomenal protecting against rocks when you fall.