Welcome. Understanding how to size & fit a bike glove is an important part of your bike riding experience. Your gloves will only provide you with the protection and safety they are designed for if you have the right size.
The best way to measure is with a tape measure. If you don’t have a tape measure use a piece of string or some wool then lay this out along a ruler. You must do both measurements so that you have all the information you need to make a good decision about which size is right.
Palm Length – from the lines created by your wrists to the base of your middle finger – see photo
Palm Circumference – from the base of your little finger around the base of your index finger and back to your little finger (right around your knuckles) – see photo
Finger Length (not always required) – measure from the base of your middle finger through to the tip
See the size chart below to help with choosing the most comfortable size. If your measurement falls between sizes think about what this product is meant to do – fit snugly and not interfere with grip – so you should go for a size that will be firm. Please note that with the gloves we sell, a Womens Size Small, is the same size as a Kids Fingerless Large
Putting your gloves on correctly
Once you have a pair of bike gloves to try on it is important to put them on correctly so you can test out whether they will work for your hands or not. This involves getting the gloves securely onto your hand and and checking the level at your wrist.
- Open any closures and slide your fingers into the gloves. Holding at the wrist pull them as far up to your wrist as you can. It can be difficult with a “fitted” style glove to get the glove all the way on. To help get it in the correct place push down into the spaces between your fingers. If the glove has a velcro opening now close it.
How to check your Bike Gloves fit correctly…
This is generally what will determine whether the gloves fit your hand or not
- Does the end of the glove sit at or above your wrist?
- For full finger gloves, check you can you get your entire finger into the finger holes.
A glove is too short if you feel like you need to pull it on more and it is not sitting comfortably at your wrist. You must be able to open & close your fingers without restriction.
It is the room in the palm that will determine whether you have a glove that is the right size and allows you to grip properly. Too much width will give you too much fabric that can interfere with grip and allows your hand to slip around inside the glove. Alternatively a glove that is too tight will not allow you to grip correctly and is likely to interfere with you ability to stretch your thumb away from your hand.
The idea is to get the right amount of firmness/fit to allow good movement and to have any padding/protection sitting in the correct place.
So do a bit of jiggling around, moving your fingers, bending your wrist, gripping with your thumb opposing your fingers – what does all the moving do to the position of your glove? It should be held in place and allow full range of movement.