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Hug trees, don't hit them.

We don't recommend slamming into trees at speed, but if you have to we, urge you to do it while wearing the DAKINE Defender Glove. The Defender is packing a ton of protection to keep your delicate surgeon's hands intact, even if you have an unplanned 3rd degree Arbor Day.

  • Durable synthetic suede palm handles months of abuse and provides excellent bar feel
  • Composite knuckle and palm armor because not every line is perfect
  • Adjustable hook-and-loop closure for snug, custom fit
  • Mesh finger and back-of-hand inserts promote cooling airflow
  • Silicone fingertip brake grippers keep your fingers from slipping off the levers at crucial moments
  • Super-tough double stitching throughout

Tech Specs

[back of hand] composite, leather, nylon mesh, [palm] synthetic suede, [thumb panels] terrycloth, [finger tips] silicone
Knuckle Protection:
yes, D3O
3mm foam
Recommended Use:
technical trails with lots of trees or rocks
Manufacturer Warranty:

Size chart


Men's 5.5 - 6.5in
(14.0 - 16.5cm)
6.5 - 7.5in
(16.5 - 19cm)
7.5 - 8.5in
(19.0 - 21.5cm)
8.5 - 9.5in
(21.5 - 24cm)
9.5 - 10.5in
(24 - 27cm)
Women's 5 - 5.5in
(13 - 14cm)
5.5 - 6.5in
(14 - 16.5cm)
6.5 - 7.5in
(16.5 - 19cm)
7.5 - 8.5in
(19 - 21.5cm)
8.5 - 9.5in
(21.5 - 24cm)
How to Measure:
Measure the hand circumference around your hand at the widest point excluding the thumb, just below the base of your fingers.

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5 5

New favorite gloves

I recently bought a bunch of gloves to find a new favorite set for more aggressive riding, and these win. I was in between sizes, so I bought the larger (large) and wash and dry them freely, and they shrunk a little, so they fit perfectly now. They fit my fingers well with no restrictions or excess fabric. The pad on the palm is great at preventing bruising (thought I wish it was all across the base of my palm as I currently have a significant bruise where the pad isn't). I have had multiple crashes on these gloves and they are showing no signs of wear or damage. The terry thumb and palm both soak up sweat well. They breathe about as well as can be expected of a full-protection DH glove. The silicon gripper fingers do wear off after a while, but that's really to be expected as I've never seen gloves that retain those little grippers for very long. This is my new DH glove - I just hope Da Kine keeps making them. Oh, and they're not pretentious either, so I don't feel like a bit of a schmuck with exposed carbon fiber knuckles.