Employee Reviews: 2021 MTB Glove Guide

No Matter the Terrain, We’ve Got Just the Right MTB Tire for You.

There exist an absolute myriad of options when it comes to choosing the perfect MTB glove that combines the ideal amount of protection, breathability, comfort and grip can be challenging. We wanted to make this task just a bit easier for you, so we decided to enlist the help of several of our employees who all have different riding styles, favorite trails/terrain, and variety of "wants" from their preferred gloves. Keep reading to see what gloves each employe selected, why they chose those gloves, and how they performed out on the trails.

Tasco Pathfinder MTB Gloves

I recently acquired a pair of Tasco Pathfinder MTB Gloves (Medium) and was very anxious to test them out.  The initial fit was snug, almost too snug but out on the trail I felt confident because they felt comfortable, not restricting at all and the velcro wrist strap molded to my wrist firmly.   A few miles into the ride, I did not experience any material hot spots or bunching up in the palms at all and the padded knuckles were great.  In the heat of the ride, theses gloves were breathable and the microfiber sweat wipe on the thumbs were very useful.  Also, another plus is the touchscreen fingertip. All in all, these gloves are perfect.  The only question I have is, how long will they last?  I am sure for a while given the gloves workmanship, very good quality.

Art E. // Jenson Employee

 SHOP:  TASCO PATHFINDER GLOVES | TASCO MTB APPAREL

Pros: 

  • Snug fit but comfortable & not too restricting 
  • Phone screen compatibility 
  • No hot spots or bunching 
  • Great breathability 
  • Padded knuckle Protection 
  • Microfiber Sweat wipe on thumb panel

CONS

  • No need for the Velcro wrist straps because of the already existing snug fit

TROY LEE DESIGNS FLOWLINE GLOVES

I have always been a fan of TLD apparel, and these gloves are no different. They have a great lightweight design which is typically only found in gloves without a Velcro strap, except these do have a strap! I’ve always preferred gloves with a strap because as strapless gloves ware out they always get extra loose around your wrist. The look of these gloves is perfect, simple design even if you choose one of the flashier colors. You cannot go wrong with the simple two-tone aesthetic. The palm of each glove has no padding or stitching and features a perforated material making them extremely comfortable. They are not the most protective or warmest gloves, but they are not supposed to be. My only criticism is very circumstantial, which is the fact that the gloves were slightly too large for my hands. Downsizing to a medium would be too small, but the large was slightly looser than I would have preferred. Luckily, the Velcro strap helped tighten them up nicely. The tip of my middle finger to the bottom of my palm is 20cm long and my middle finger is 9cm long.

SHOP: FLOWLINE GLOVES | TLD MTB GEAR

PROS

  • Velcro straps kept gloves secure around my hands

  • Perforated palms kept the gloves cool

  • No stitching or padding on palms

  • Gloves worked fine with my iPhone touchscreen

  • Simple and clean, stealthy look

CONS

  • Fingers were a bit long

  • My hands felt just slightly below a size large

LIGHTEST/FASTEST TIRE

SCHWALBE NOBBY NIC ADDIX TIRE

The Nobby Nic has just undergone a recent update. Sporting a new tread pattern, and a much improved compound, the new version is faster rolling and longer lasting. That improved lifespan is important because these carry the biggest price tag. Many are willing to pay that premium because the Nobby Nic is a solid performer with best-in-class weight and speed. The latest update did see a slight bump in weight, but also an improvement in performance. This new tread pattern has a deeper cornering release point that is fairly predictable, and a controlled drift. Due to their lightweight nature, these tires don’t have the toughest sidewalls. We generally don’t recommend them for riders who see a lot of rocks or sharp objects. For loam, dirt, and roots they are excellent performing tires. Some users have had challenges with certain sealants weeping through the sidewalls, but we found that to be an intermittent issue, and have had no issues with Orange Seal sealant. Run it front or rear, or mix and match with Schwalbe’s MTB tires.

SHOP:

NOBBY NIC ADDIX | SCHWALBE MTB TIRES

CUSTOMER REVIEW

Awesome!
Solid tire that performs like it should with great traction and awesome durability!

-Brandon M, Montana

PROS

  • Very fast rolling for a big tire 
  • Lightest tire in its category 
  • Good cornering to its limit 
  • Predictable braking and corner drift 
  • New Addix compound majorly improved the lifespan

CONS

  • Not the most robust sidewalls 
  • Expensive 
  • Certain sealants didn’t play nice with their sidewall

BEST WET WEATHER PERFORMER

WTB VIGILANTE TCS TRITEC

This new revision of the Vigilante took an already solid performing tire to the next level. WTB’s Tritec compound added big improvements in grip, cornering, rolling resistance, and rebound. It’s still not Nobby Nic weight and rolling resistance, but it’s putting up a solid fight. This tire really shines in the corners, and in those times where you might encounter mud. If you frequently find yourself in the wet, this is the tire to rock. WTB is making a push towards the wide side, and offering these in both 2.4” and 2.6” sizes. We also are stoked on how easy WTB’s naming system is. Gone are the days of wondering if you chose the correct combination of acronyms for what you need. WTB recommends this as a front tire matched to either a Trail Boss or Judge tire in the rear.

SHOP:

VIGILANTE TCS TRITEC | WTB MTB TIRES

CUSTOMER REVIEW

2.6 is Massive
I like the new light version. It feels like the exo maxxis or specialized grid, which means I can confidently use this for park duties (front). Tons of grip because of the tall knobs, probably perfect for the end of season trail when all are washed out super dusty or sandy trails.*

-Im not DH, Tahoe, CA

*this is an excerpt from a longer review

PROS

  • Good mud shedding 
  • Excellent cornering 
  • New Tritec compound improved rolling resistance and ride rebound 
  • Improved cornering confidence 
  • Competitive weight

CONS

  • Not the fastest rolling 
  • A bit on the pricey side

E.13 TRS RACE TIRE

For those of us who live for the descent, this is the tire for you. This tire is limited to the 2.35” width, is not the best rolling tire, and is heavy. But, when you put this on your long travel enduro to DH bike and turn down the hill, you won’t care about any of that. The combo of casing, sidewall, and knobs makes for a tire with a very predictable rebound (not too fast and not to slow) that gives you grip for days and eats up the gnar. Sure, this isn’t best option for light duty trail bikes, but it wasn’t trying to be. This tire gives you the confidence to smash down tech lines. Plus, the logos match up perfectly if you own e.13 wheels. Great in both the front and back if you’re not worried about that KOM up the hill.

SHOP:

E.13 TRS RACE | E.13 MTB TIRES

CUSTOMER REVIEW

Outstanding Front Tire
I use these as a front tire (TRS+ in the rear) and they are the grippiest front tire for wet rocks and roots I’ve ever used. For riding the Shore, Squamish and Whistler I won’t use anything else. The new casings also let me run a bit lower PSI. Highly recommend!

-Ken J., Whistler, Canada

PROS

  • Casing is superbly supple while supportive 
  • Traction, traction, traction 
  • Heaps of protection 
  • Best-in-class rebound characteristics 
  • Very predictable in cornering and braking 
  • Minimalist graphics that align with e.13 graphics

CONS

  • Limited to 2.35” width 
  • Not the best rolling 
  • On the heavy side