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Giro Trixter glove review

Giro’s cheapest MTB glove is a maximum-feedback favorite and a bargain too

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Our Verdict

Super communicative and versatile lightweight gloves that feel and look way more premium than its bargain pricing would suggest

For

  • - Premium feel
  • - Affordable price
  • - Zero distortion feedback
  • - Reliable wet or dry grip
  • - Very cool and fast drying
  • - Unexpectedly tough
  • - Multiple color options
  • - Women’s and Men’s fit

Against

  • - Touchscreen threads don’t work well
  • - Not for padding or punching fans

Bike Perfect Verdict

Super communicative and versatile lightweight gloves that feel and look way more premium than its bargain pricing would suggest

Pros

  • + - Premium feel
  • + - Affordable price
  • + - Zero distortion feedback
  • + - Reliable wet or dry grip
  • + - Very cool and fast drying
  • + - Unexpectedly tough
  • + - Multiple color options
  • + - Women’s and Men’s fit

Cons

  • - - Touchscreen threads don’t work well
  • - - Not for padding or punching fans

Color, cooling and low cost are the obvious buy-ins for Giro’s cheapest glove. They’ve become our favorite set for everything from road to hardcore trail riding this summer despite us having a plethora of the best mountain bike gloves at our disposal.

Design and aesthetic

While it costs less than twenty quid, Giro has kept pretty much every feature we love about its glove range. The one-piece, AX Suede synthetic palm is cleverly cut for minimum bunching and the super-thin, perforated fabric stops sweating - and they come in women’s and men’s cuts too. Even without any silicon detailing grip is excellent wet or dry and the totally unpadded Trixter will be an instant hit with maximum feedback fans. Lightweight stretch backing in five different designs from vibrant to stealth keeps them light and apparently feature ‘InstaChill’ technology to cool your skin when it becomes wet. Whatever the reason, they’re impressively sweat-free and mesh fourchettes between the fingers keep things fresh and breezy even on summer grind climbs.   

Back of the Giro Trixter glove with the colorful Blur colorway

Lightweight stretchy back gives a great fit and comes in six colors (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Lycra thumb and cuff section add some structure and stop the glove from getting baggy even after months of relentless riding and it makes pulling them on and off super easy. The palm is extended around the side of the hand with a separate reinforcing panel wrapping the thumb to stop abrasion whether you’re on MTB bars or gravel/road drops. Apart from some pulled threads from punching bushes or wiping out all, three Trixter pairs we’ve been running since spring will be well up for another season once it warms up again. The only downside is that despite a web of promising-looking threads on tip of the first finger and thumb, the gloves are about as capable of making a smartphone work as your nan. There’s no fluffy snot wipe either but then these gloves are more about the hottest days, not cold ones.

A picture of the Giro Trixter glove AX Suede synthetic palm

The thin perforated AX Suede synthetic palm gives great bar feel and ventilation (Image credit: Guy Kesteven)

Verdict

Giro’s Trixter glove stands out for its affordable pricing but it still packs in all the excellent fit, cut and durability details we’ve come to expect from Giro and it works anywhere from road to trail as long as it’s warm outside. Touchscreen threads don’t work well though and there is nowhere to wipe your nose.

Tech Specs: Giro Trixter gloves

  • Price: $19.95 / £19.99
  • Sizes: Men’s S-XL, Women’s XS-XL
  • Colors: Black, Olive, Blur (tested), Glaze Yellow, Horizon or Grinduro
Guy Kesteven

Guy Kesteven is Bike Perfect and Cyclingnews’ contributing tech editor. Hatched in Yorkshire he's been hardened by riding round it in all weathers since he was a kid. He got an archaeology degree out of Exeter University, spent a few years digging about in medieval cattle markets, working in bike shops and warehouses before starting 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 coughed out a handful of bike-related books and talks to a GoPro for YouTube, too. We trust Guy's opinion and think you should, too.


Rides: Pace RC295, Cotic FlareMax, Specialized Chisel Ltd MTBs, Vielo V+1 gravel bike, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Di2 Disc road bike, Nicolai FS Enduro, Landescape custom gravel tandem

Height: 180cm

Weight: 69kg