There are many different types of cycling gloves for different weather conditions, but here we are talking about hot weather gloves for summer rides.
Choosing the correct pair of gloves is critical to enjoying a comfortable ride.
#1 Design. There are 2 types of gloves; full and half finger. Full finger gloves are suitable for mountain bikers as it can protect your hands from thorns, and half finger gloves are suitable for road cyclists because of their breathability and they allow you to feel your brake levers.
#2 Fit. Make sure you choose the right size for you. Too big and the gel padding might not fit your hand comfortably. Loose-fitting gloves might also give rise to abrasions. Conversely, if the glove is too tight, holding the bar will intensify the pressure on the ulnar nerve, giving you more discomfort. Focus on the webbing between your pointer finger and thumb. This will give you an indication of the fit.
#3 Padding. You can choose between a foam or gel padding. Foam padding allows for a better connection to the bike’s handlebar. Gel, on the other hand, is thicker and heavier but provides greater protection from intense surface vibration. Choose a foam padding if you are riding on the road and gel padding if you are riding on the trails.
#4 Material. Majority of gloves are made up of synthetic leather on the palms and spandex on the top. Opt for breathable and flexible materials for effective sweat absorption and easy mobility.
Additional tip: Look for gloves with tabs like the picture above to allow you to remove your gloves easily.