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Fox Reflex Gel Bike Gloves Men's

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Sport and Outdoor

Fox(R) Reflex Gel mountain bike gloves let you ride harder and longer in comfort. Gel-padded palms absorb impact and increase comfort on long rides. Mesh/Lycra(R) spandex stretch tops and perforated palms provide outstanding fit and ventilation. Finger … see full wiki

1 review about Fox Reflex Gel Bike Gloves Men's

Sturdy But Could Be More Comfortable

  • Oct 5, 2009
Pros: Durable, ease of use, breathability of the glove.

Cons: Wish it were a bit more comfortable on my hand.  Lack of reflective stripes.

The Bottom Line: If the gloves fits comfortably on your hand, then you need to try these gloves.  Durable, easy to take off your hands are it's main features.

Recently, my Pearl Izumi gloves decided to go south and needed to be replaced.  Since I am a volunteer for the East Bay Regional Mountain Bike Patrol, I decided at my local bike shop to check out the offerings from Fox.  Fox is noted for producing quality products for the avid mountain biker. 

Here is what I found after a month of use with the gloves:

Ease of Use-
This is probably the main asset with this glove.  The Fox glove is easy to put on and because of fingerlit pockets at the middle and ring finger, they help to assist you in pulling the gloves off your hands.  The Fox glove uses velco at the wrist to secure the glove onto your hands.  It is just as easy to slip the gloves on just like the Pearl Izumi gloves I had before.

This I realize is very subjective but when I compare them to my Pearl Izumi's, the Fox glove just doesn't feel as comfortable to use.  There are more gel inserts with the Fox glove than the Pearl Izumi but the comfort issue that I find is due to the molding of the glove to your hand.  It seems to run a bit tighter for a medium sized glove when compared to the Pearl Izumis.  So over time, the Fox glove "feels" tighter over the long haul but for shock absorption on the trails, the Fox does much better than the Pearl Izumis. 

As I mentioned earlier, the Fox gloves has fingerlit pocket at the middle and ring finger locations to help you pull the glove off from your hand.  This does work very well and doesn't subject you to accidentally pulling the glove off your hand in an inside out fashion with other gloves.  Especially after an intense workout and your hands are sweaty.  Also, like many gloves, this one has a terry cloth area at the thumb to help wipe sweat off your brow.  I just wish Fox increased the size of this area to be comparable to other gloves.  It is a bit small for my taste but it works.  One feature that this glove lacks is reflectivity.  Unlike road biking gloves, this one is geared for off-road use.  So I can see why Fox did not include reflective stripes with the glove like so many glove manufacturers.  You just need to know this if you decide to use these gloves while on the road.   

This is probably another area that the Fox glove does extremely well.  Stitching is first rate and the material used is tough and seems durable.  So far not one area of the glove is unravelling or has loose stitching anywhere. 

Though the fabric used seems to be thicker and less porous than standard road bike gloves, the Fox gloves seems to breath well and release sweat.  Even in over 90 degrees temperatures, I didn't feel that my hands were overheated.  Also at the same time, the Fox gloves also protected my hands better from the Fall chill that is now starting in my area. 

One thing most people forget about choosing a biking glove is how it may affect your tan lines on your hand.  On some biking gloves, they give you a noticeable shape due to the unprotected "hole" they provide where the glove's velco strap is located.  Even though the Fox glove still has a small circular shape when the velco strap is attached, I haven't seen a small circular shape tan line form on my hand using this glove. 

Overall, I have been quite pleased with the easy on/off features of the Fox glove and it's durability so far but I would suggest you need to try these gloves on first before you decide that these Fox gloves are the right ones for you.  I would definitely recommend these gloves for use if they fit you correctly.  If they do not, then you better look elsewhere.  A hesitant recommendation due to the somewhat lackluster fit for me. 


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