Durable no compromise hand protection

Unless it’s the depths of a cold winter or we’re riding in exposed hill top wind and rain, we tend to stick with a lightweight trail glove for most of the year. They give the best feel and just enough PROTECTION without any real compromises. This DND glove from Giro is one of our favourites.

We get through a ton of gloves here at Dirt. They all look great when new, but many are disappointing in the long run. We love a lightweight glove, with a good fit and the right fabrics but with enough durability to go the distance. Plenty just seem to fall apart within a few months and get binned. This is shame if they are a design we love and offer good comfort and control.

Giro describes their DND (Down ‘n’ Dirty) glove as simple and durable, suitable for everyday riding. As with Giro’s shoes and clothing, their gloves show great build quality and are made from premium materials. There’s no penny pinching here, they really aren’t compromising in any way, making an initially expensive purchase good value in the long run.


The DND glove is a straightforward design with a pull-on stretch cuff that sits well on the wrist and reduces bulk. Easy to slip on with no adjusters to aggravate or fail. The three panel palm gives a great fit around the grips with minimal bunching of the fabric and Giro use Clarino’s synthetic AX Suede for durability; a cut above average. Flex zones in three of the five knuckles add to the comfort and control.

The fit of the Giro DND is great, with plenty of stretch in the upper fabric, which breathes well. Durability is well above average here, shaking off many trail impacts, with the reinforced fingertips a real plus point in an area that often fails first. Padding is minimal, which is how we like it, but Giro have added a 2mm EVA pad to absorb impacts and again reduce wear. A women’s version, LA DND is also available at the same price along with a cheaper kid’s size too.

Simple, tough and a fit we all love. The Giro DND is one of the few gloves that doesn’t let us down in the long run and shows the durability we also see in their shoes.

FABRIC: 4 Way stretch mesh, Clarino AX Suede palm.

FEATURES: Knuckle flex zones, 2mm crash pad.

COLOURS: Black, Grey, Blue, Lime, Black/White, Red, Camo + more, see website.


PRICE: £26.99 – £29.99

For a similar glove, then check out the Dainese Driftec in the 2017 Dirt 100.


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