REVIEW – Giro Monica Gloves


Giro say that the Monica is the most full-featured glove in their range; designed for high-performance and high-mileage riders. I’ve worn them out on a couple of 50+ mile road rides, and haven’t been disappointed by their performance. The gloves retail at £34.99, and I was a little worried I might be paying for all style and no substance – but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I wont lie, the thing that attracted me to these gloves was how damn good they look. And the fact they match my shoes. I love the mixture of black ‘lace’ and leather. Bad ass? I think so.

Before getting these gloves, I’d been riding either in my SealSkinz Winter gloves (far too hot) or some fingerless merino gloves with no padding. After a long ride in the unpadded gloves I ended up with really painful hands, and a very odd pins & needles sensation running through my palms. Clearly I was in need of some decent summer gloves – and these from Giro fit the bill. The upper part of the glove is a lace-effect mesh, which lets your hands breath, and the palms have a number of well placed micro-gel pads which take the pressure off. I have a size medium pair, and they fit perfectly. The fit is tight, which is comfortable, but means they are a bit tricky to take off.

Overall, these look and feel like a pair of high quality gloves, and they have been comfy and breathable on long rides.

What I like most about them

The way they look and the incredibly comfy padding on the palm.

What I like least about them

That I can’t be lazy and throw them in the washing machine with everything else: they’re hand-wash only.

The details:

Price: £34.99

Material: Pittards® vented leather palm, mesh upper, microfiber wiping surface

Colour: black and dark pink/purple (available in other colours)