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    14 Reviews


    Relax and ride.

    Slaloming between tight trees on buffed-out singletrack is fun, until you clip an aspen with your bars and go face-first into the dirt. If you’re wearing the Giro Xen Gloves when it happens, the Poron XRD padding on the heel of the palm will harden immediately, working with the Technogel palm padding to absorb the blow so you can keep on riding without wincing whenever you roll over a bump. Giro’s lightweight sonic-welded armor provides moderate padding for the back of your hand, and silicone print at the fingertips helps you brake and shift with confidence even when you’re getting trounced through brake bump and rock gutters.

    • Protective gloves for rowdy days on the dirt
    • Sonic-welded armor takes the sting out of branch hits
    • Breathable mesh offers much-needed ventilation
    • Poron XRD padding at heel of palm hardens on impact
    • Knuckle flex zones keep dexterity a priority
    • 2mm Technogel padding reduces harsh vibrations
    • Silicone print at fingertips for touch-screen compatibility
    • Item #GIR00C8

    Tech Specs

    [palm] Clarino synthetic leather, [upper] mesh
    2mm Technogel
    Recommended Use
    mountain biking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Would be the perfect glove except...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've owned three pairs of these, and have always found that they were the perfect combination of well placed padding, good bar feel, and protection. Unfortunately, after the last pair blew out a seam in the palm within a month (without any crashes), I think it's time to move on.

    Simple but Functional

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    These gloves are pretty basic but are a good choice if you don't want to break the bank on gloves. I've worn them on about 10 rides so far and haven't had any velcro or stitching problems as others have mentioned. Gloves take a beating, so I'm sure they will fall apart eventually, but for my budget they were just what I needed for this summer.

    Great MTB Glove

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought these gloves as a gift. Here's what they had to say - "Gloves fit true to size, excellent grip, and made with quality materials. The padding is excellent for mountain biking. Would not recommend for cyclocross. Ventilation is great."

    Poor Quality

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I purchased these as a gift and they arrived with a hole in the seam on one of the fingers. I would have returned them but we needed them for a ride that day. Overall the quality seams seems low and even the velcro was weak right out of the box. Shop around for a better glove with better reviews.

    Poor Quality

    Nothing Fancy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    These gloves are simple and only what you need, nothing over the top. They have just a bit of padding on the lower, outside part of the palm. I prefer something with a lot of padding, and this glove has plenty for me.

    They have some pretty great ventilation. I've been wearing them on some pretty hot days and honestly have not noticed them to be any hotter than my short finger gloves.

    They felt pretty snug when I first tried them on, but they have stretched out and are super comfortable now. I think for the price-point they are a pretty good value.

    Simple and pretty standard

      Nothing too crazy about these gloves. They are simple and affordable and you get what you pay for. I have been wearing these a lot and don't have any major complaints but I also wouldn't say I have a lot to rave about.

      Affordable basic glove

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 6'2"
      • Weight: 170lbs

      These work great for me as a basic every day glove. I am sure there are better gloves out there, but these do the trick for me. No frills, not much padding, basic.

      Not my favorite, won't buy again.

        This glove is not top shelf. The Velcro band stopped working right away. The rubber bumper bits (which no longer seem to be a design feature) have come off for the most part. I won't be buying these again.

        Not my favorite, won't buy again.


        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        These gloves initially met my expectations. On first fit they were comfortable and were breathable. However as time went on these gloves rapidly deteriorated from simple, everyday use which did not include big wipeouts.

        I purchased these in August 2015 (not from Backcountry mind you) and by November the velcro closure stopped sticking and would flap around during rides. This was not a dealbreaker, but it was disappointing. At the same time the gloves were wearing holes along the finger joints, logos were peeling off the back of the glove, and the material enabling touch screen operation was beginning to peel. Individually, none of these are dealbreakers, but the sum of these issues is lots of disappointment and the realization that these gloves are made cheap.

        Today is the final straw. The nose-wipe cloth tore next to the seam joining the palm. If I rode harder and/or hard I would expect this kind of breakdown from a glove. These gloves cannot stand 3 months or riding without experiencing severe wear-and-tear. This product is absolute garbage. Spend your money elsewhere.

        Go to glove

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Working for Competitive, I have many pairs of gloves. The Xen is my go to, for almost all of the riding I do. They are extremely comfortable, have the nice gripper on the fingers for brake levers, and last a long time. I have even crashed right on my hands with these gloves and only had a small tear. Great stuff!

        2nd pair & seams failing after 2 rides

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Height: 6'1"
        • Weight: 155lbs

        Punchline: I'm done w/ Giro gloves 'till they learn to make a MTB glove that lasts more than a couple weeks.
        When you try Giro gloves on in the shop, it is evident that they are good at making form-fitting, comfortable, well-ventilated gloves.
        What you will not learn 'till you buy them, unfortunately, is that they are lousy at quality control & selecting materials that can withstand day-to-day on the dirt.
        I have an older pair of Giro Xens that used a laughably-thin mesh between fingers that tore when you looked at it crosswise. I liked the fit, so I kept on taping over the tears w/ tenacious tape and rode 'em 'till the velcro fell off (30 pieces of tape later.) Against my better judgement, I decided to try this latest version of the Xen because my other gloves lacked any back-of-hand protection.
        After just 2 rides, I already had my first seam fail between the perforated faux-leather and the terry portion that wraps the back of the thumb.
        I decided to just put a big piece of Tenacious Tape over the entire inside-half of the palm on both gloves both to repair this damage, and because the paper-thin single layer of this pleather material would have offered next to zero protection in a crash anyway.
        Strange that Giro can make such great helmets, but such lousy gloves