Any biker who has ever cut a corner a little too tight a clipped a tree with their hand will appreciate the Fox Racing Bomber Bike Glove's burly polycarbonate knuckle protection. Designed for freeride and downhill bikers, these beefy gloves also include double-layered Pittards leather palms to increase their resistance to grip abrasion and sliding crashes.
Having had to contend with slippery-when-wet crosswalk paint, trolley car tracks, and wide, metal bridge spans and having wiped out a couple of times, I needed gloves with knuckle protection.
My mountain bike gloves with thick padding on the back of the fingers and hands are threadbare. I could not pull on or off XL Oakley gloves because the openings were too small. Most important, the gloves knuckle protection, made up of rubber rings, seemed only to be cosmetic.
My hand fits XL North Face, EMS, etc. winter gloves with some space for warm air circulation. Mountain Bike gloves, however, should be snugger for most riders to operate shifters, brake levers, and bells.
Fox XLRacing Bomber Gloves are easy to pull on and off and made even easier thanks to the velcro strap on the back of the cuff. The knuckle protection is actually some type of hard plastic integrated into the glove material.
The cosmetics are more subtle than the Oakleys, especially with the brand name, but make the glove look pretty sharp. To be nit-picky, they should have added some color to the knuck plastic so you can seem.
These gloves feel secure on the grips and allow you to move your fingers easily. They are also snug enough at the finger tips to depress, with a bit of effort, rubber buttons on your lights, convenient as the temps drop.
I have used these gloves already in temperatures as low as 34F (plus "bike wind chill") and they provide enough of a wind block to keep my hands comfortable.
Having had two new gloves and an older pair to compare, I can confidently say that Fox beats Oakley for function, comfort, cosmetics, and design. Both gloves are snug and the material fairly thin. The knuckle protection on the Fox glove is serious, but hopefully, I will never have to find out on the bike or at a bar to prove my testosterone level is high. In fact, I may order another pair as the snows will come soon.
The only thing stopping me from giving these super tough gloves 5 stars is the rubber stripping on a couple of fingers has started coming off. It's just cosmetic, not a functional issue.
These gloves performed well for me in a 12 hour downhill race. I went down on a snowy gravel road at 40 mph and slid a good ways on one hand. The tough leather palm held up and kept me from turning my hand into hamburger.
I've taken a couple of hard shots to the knuckle area and no damage. The protection has held up well. I would recommend these to anyone looking for some serious hand protection. They look pretty sharp, too.
I have had the same pair of these gloves for about three years now and they are still rocking strong. From 12 hour adventure races, to epic multi-day MTB destinations and a bit of dirt moto thrown in, they handle it all superbly. Diggers don't phase them, nor does smacking off errant saplings along the trail side. Just wash them every couple of months and that's about it. The only thing I would change would be to enhance the rear velcro strap... or eliminate it altogether. Even when it comes loose, the gloves are secure. Just a nuisance more than anything.
I have run this glove for the last 18 months and love them, I took a bad crash in practice and slammed the back of my hand on solid rock, the only broken knuckle was my thumb and the only place where they don't have the polycarbonate protection. I have washed them several times and I where them even on my XC rides. They hold up great and are very comfortable. I am buying several more pairs and won't run anything else.
PS. I wear them for MOTO X as well.
If your are downhilling or freeriding and value protection, I cant imagine a glove offering anything more. These are heavy and very hot in warm weather, but they will protect your hands. Entire glove is heavy and the shells on the outside wil save your knuckles. They look a bit bulky but when they are on you dont even feel any of the armour on the outside.
OK, I know. The title was an easy gimmie. These gloves are really nice. They protect your hands from the from the occasional (and not so occasional) crash. They are well-made and the price was right. A final note: you may want to order a size larger if you are between sizes, since the gloves tend to shrink a wee-bit after you wash them a few times.
these are the best gloves I have owned for MTB. They are durable and provide maximum protection all while still keeping fairly cool. I was surprised to find they used leather on the upper and the double stitched palm was icing on the cake. Definitely recommend these. For everyone that has fitment questions, order in your regular size. They are spot on.
great gloves! but the first 4 days i wore them they greated blisters and calluses on my hands where my fingers meet my palm. but after 4 days my hands toughened up and now they are great! also if someone is pissing you off at the track...give em a good punch with the carbon fiber plate. thatll shut em up xD
What more to say about this glove, I have used them to DH for 2 years and they still are in great condition.
Rode them monday as rain came down and the grip was still solid.
Taken a few spills with no rips, tears etc...
I imagine these gloves have a few years left in them.
Worth every penny
Seems like the biggest difference between XL and XXL (the ones i bought) is the palm size, not finger length. I needed longer gloves not wider, as result the XXL is too lose on my hands and i get blisters... They have very good protection and are comfy though, best DH and MX glove IMHO.
I like other fox gloves but this one wasn't very comfy for me, the leather pad in the palm folds over easily promoting calluses and blisters, while the fingers are too tight. Its also hella hot.
My thumbs must be abnormal...although the gloves are a little tight in the palms and the the fingers, the thumb length is too short FOR ME and a bit painful after decending a mile or 2, but these guys are great and are going to do an exchange from "L" to "XL"...we'll see how they fit. Otherwise, these gloves are designed very well...love the knuckle protection!
the size and fit seem pretty good. worth the price.