Giro DND MTB gloves review – tough, comfortable, and grippy

Giro’s dirt jump glove is a tough and tactile trail performer, but not as digitally savvy as Giro claims

Giro DND MTB gloves
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

BikePerfect Verdict

Great grip and fit in a soft but tough pull-on glove that works for dirt, trail, or gravel. It won’t work on your touchscreen though despite what Giro says.

Pros

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    Excellent multi-panel fit

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    Tough but tactile

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    Silicone grips (varying designs)

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    Pull-on simplicity

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    Made to last

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    Reasonable price

Cons

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    ‘Touchscreen Technology’ doesn’t work

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    Not all designs get grippy fingers

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Giro’s DND glove stands for Down N Dirty, but we’re sure its soft, highly grippy, and all-day-comfortable feel would also work fine for Dungeons N Dragons. Designed to compete with the best mountain bike gloves, it's tough enough to keep you safe when your 20-sided skill dice rolls a one, and the pull-on fit features some really neat details for the price. The lack of reliable touchscreen compatibility makes it an analog choice though.

Giro DND MTB gloves

The Wave design pair come with silicone gripper waves across the fingers and upper palm  (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Design and Specifications

There’s obviously been a lot of thought put into the DNDs and that includes a lot of different materials. The back and fingers are mostly a single piece of ribbed four-way stretch, abrasion-resistant fabric with contrast stretch sections over the knuckles of the first and second fingers. 

The finger sides are even stretchier lycra while on the outer side of the thumbs there's a soft terry toweling for snot wiping. The palm is perforated synthetic AX Suede microfibre with a reinforced palm pad but no padding to interrupt a very tactile feel. The same material is used to reinforce the tips of the first and second fingers too. Depending on the design you’ll also get various amounts/patterns of silicone gripper on the thumbs and fingers. 

Giro DND MTB gloves

The three-panel Super Fit cut means no bunching or lumpiness  (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Performance

A snug stretch fit needs a wiggle to pull on but the upper gripper is a securely attached rubber patch and the palm tab is silicone-stripped too so they handle a firm tug fine. Once on, the three-panel ‘Super Fit’ cut genuinely fits like a glove too with no bunching or lumpiness to cause friction or interrupt feel so they’re ideal if you’re all about engagement rather than plump padding. There is a very shallow 2mm crash pad in the heel of the palm just in case though. While it’s stretchy enough to never cause cramps or tight spots, the backing material will shrug off most undergrowth attacks lighter than a serious thorn, although you’ll want Giro’s Remedy glove if you want more punch protection. The DND is a good balance of sweet shifting but some wind protection for temperate three-season riding.

Their already reasonable value is boosted by what’s proved excellent durability too. I’ve had a couple of sets of DNDs on test for a while and while my original camo pair are looking a bit faded on the leading edges and there are a couple of pulled threads, none of the stitching or materials has given way despite heavy use for about 18 months. The Wave design pair I’ve been wearing a ton through summer and autumn look barely used either with all the silicone gripper waves across the fingers and upper palm still intact. 

The only obvious downside is that while Giro claims the fingertips have Touchscreen Technology (their caps not ours) neither of the pairs I’ve got wants to play with my phone unless I pull them off. 

Giro DND MTB gloves

The four-way stretch, abrasion-resistant upper fabric is tough and durable  (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Verdict

Giro’s DND gloves deliver a great balance of toughness and tactile bike feel in an excellent pull-on fit for a reasonable price. The lack of consistent touchscreen connection will frustrate riders who can’t leave their phones alone on the trail though. 

Tech specs: Giro DND MTB gloves

  • Price: $24.95 / £26.99 
  • Sizes: XS-XXL
  • Colors: Black, Black Sintra, Black Heatwave, Sardine, Wave (tested)
Guy Kesteven
Technical-Editor-at-Large

Guy has been working on Bike Perfect since launch in 2019. He started writing and testing for bike mags in 1996. Since then he’s written several million words about several thousand test bikes and a ridiculous amount of riding gear. To make sure he rarely sleeps and to fund his custom tandem habit, he’s also penned a handful of bike-related books and talks to a GoPro for YouTube, too.

Current rides: Cervelo ZFS-5, Specialized Chisel, custom Nicolai enduro tandem, Landescape/Swallow custom gravel tandem

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg