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As tough as they come.

Dakine designed the Defender glove to provide all the protection that you need for serious DH riding. Tough knuckle armor with burly leather covering keeps your knuckles and fingers safe while you smash through the trees. If it's hand protection that you need, you won't find much tougher than the Defender.

The back of the Defender glove is ultra-breathable open nylon mesh. Air flows freely through the glove to keep your hand cool and comfortable. Composite knuckle armor protects your knuckles during an impact. This armor is covered with durable, drum-dyed leather, which is perforated to allow air to flow through the glove.

The palm is tough Clarino synthetic leather. Padding is a lightweight D30 pad, and silicone grippers on the fingers add grip to your brake fingers. Dakine also put microfleece panels on the thumbs to allow you to wipe moisture from your face. A hook-and-loop strap at the wrist secures the glove.

The DAKINE Defender Glove comes in four sizes: Small through X-Large. It's available in Red or Black.

Tech Specs

[back hand] leather, nylon mesh, [knuckle] composite, [palm] Clarino synthetic suede
hook and loop strap
Knuckle Protection:
yes, composite armor
D3O palm inserts
Recommended Use:
mountain biking; all-mountain, downhill, freeride
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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Favorite DH gloves

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Have a pair of these gloves but a few years old and really like them. These are even nicer. The knuckle section is covered in real leather and isn't stitched to the glove (side closest to the wrist) which give more freedom of movement. The material in between the fingers is a mesh which is very breathable. The palm material seems a bit thinner than previous year models but took a had spill in them and still held up. Sizing seemed true to size as I wear a XL in most gloves, but for comparison I would wear a XXl in Fox Unabomber.