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Item # GIR00C8

Take deep breaths.

When you're getting ready for a full day on the trails, hands are often the last thing to think about. But even though they aren't providing the power for your ride, they're how you control shifting, braking, and steering — not to mention, they're the first part of your body to take a hit when you clip a low-hanging tree branch. Giro's Xen Gloves take hand protection to the next level, with plenty of DH-ready padding and XC-caliber breathability.

The gloves' upper is covered by Giro's sonic-welded armor, which is accented by breathable mesh to keep your hands protected and cool. At the heel of your palm, Poron XRD padding is soft until impact, at which point it stiffens to keep your palms from getting shredded when you go over the bars. Flex zones at the knuckles and silicone print at the fingertips keep your digits dexterous and your braking reliable, respectively, and the three-piece Super Fit Clarino palm is hooked up with 2mm Technogel padding to reduce vibrations without making it feel like you're gripping your bars while wearing mittens.

Tech Specs

[palm] Clarino synthetic leather, [upper] mesh
2mm Technogel
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart


Palm Circumference < 7in
(< 17.8cm)
7 - 8in
(17.8 - 20.3cm)
8 - 9in
(20.3 - 22.9cm)
9 - 9.75in
(22.9 - 24.8cm)
9.75 - 10.5in
(24.8 - 26.7cm)
10.5in +
(26.7cm +)
Palm-Fingertip Length < 6.8in
(< 17.4cm)
6.8 - 7in
(17.5 - 18.0cm)
7 - 7.4in
(18.1 - 18.8cm)
7.4 - 7.8in
(18.9 - 19.9cm)
7.8 - 8.3in
(20.0 - 21.0cm)
8.3in +
(21.1cm +)
Palm Circumference  6.5 - 7.25in
(16.5 - 18.4cm)
7.25 - 8in
(18.4 - 20.3cm)
8 - 8.75in
(20.3 - 22.2cm)
Palm-Fingertip Length  6 - 6.3in
(15.3 - 16.0cm)
6.3 - 6.7in
(16.1 - 16.9cm)
6.7 - 7in
(17.0 - 17.7cm)
Palm Circumference < 5.6in
(< 14.2cm)
5.6 - 6in
(14.2 - 15.2cm)
6 - 6.4in
(15.2 - 16.2cm)
6.4in +
(162cm +)
Palm-Fingertip Length < 6.1in
(< 15.5cm)
6.1 - 6.3in
(15.5 - 16.0cm)
6.3 - 6.5in
(16.0 - 16.5cm)
6.5in +
(16.5cm +)
How to Measure:
Palm Circumference:
Measure around your hand at the widest point excluding the thumb.
Palm-Fingertip Length:
Measure from the bend of your wrist to the tip of your middle finger.

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Simple and pretty standard

    Nothing too crazy about these gloves. They are simple and affordable and you get what you pay for. I have been wearing these a lot and don't have any major complaints but I also wouldn't say I have a lot to rave about.

    Affordable basic glove

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large

    These work great for me as a basic every day glove. I am sure there are better gloves out there, but these do the trick for me. No frills, not much padding, basic.

    Not my favorite, won't buy again.

      This glove is not top shelf. The Velcro band stopped working right away. The rubber bumper bits (which no longer seem to be a design feature) have come off for the most part. I won't be buying these again.

      Not my favorite, won't buy again.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      These gloves initially met my expectations. On first fit they were comfortable and were breathable. However as time went on these gloves rapidly deteriorated from simple, everyday use which did not include big wipeouts.

      I purchased these in August 2015 (not from Backcountry mind you) and by November the velcro closure stopped sticking and would flap around during rides. This was not a dealbreaker, but it was disappointing. At the same time the gloves were wearing holes along the finger joints, logos were peeling off the back of the glove, and the material enabling touch screen operation was beginning to peel. Individually, none of these are dealbreakers, but the sum of these issues is lots of disappointment and the realization that these gloves are made cheap.

      Today is the final straw. The nose-wipe cloth tore next to the seam joining the palm. If I rode harder and/or hard I would expect this kind of breakdown from a glove. These gloves cannot stand 3 months or riding without experiencing severe wear-and-tear. This product is absolute garbage. Spend your money elsewhere.

      Go to glove

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Working for Competitive, I have many pairs of gloves. The Xen is my go to, for almost all of the riding I do. They are extremely comfortable, have the nice gripper on the fingers for brake levers, and last a long time. I have even crashed right on my hands with these gloves and only had a small tear. Great stuff!

      2nd pair & seams failing after 2 rides

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      Punchline: I'm done w/ Giro gloves 'till they learn to make a MTB glove that lasts more than a couple weeks.
      When you try Giro gloves on in the shop, it is evident that they are good at making form-fitting, comfortable, well-ventilated gloves.
      What you will not learn 'till you buy them, unfortunately, is that they are lousy at quality control & selecting materials that can withstand day-to-day on the dirt.
      I have an older pair of Giro Xens that used a laughably-thin mesh between fingers that tore when you looked at it crosswise. I liked the fit, so I kept on taping over the tears w/ tenacious tape and rode 'em 'till the velcro fell off (30 pieces of tape later.) Against my better judgement, I decided to try this latest version of the Xen because my other gloves lacked any back-of-hand protection.
      After just 2 rides, I already had my first seam fail between the perforated faux-leather and the terry portion that wraps the back of the thumb.
      I decided to just put a big piece of Tenacious Tape over the entire inside-half of the palm on both gloves both to repair this damage, and because the paper-thin single layer of this pleather material would have offered next to zero protection in a crash anyway.
      Strange that Giro can make such great helmets, but such lousy gloves

      Good Gloves, size up

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: L

      I generally wear a L glove. These fit very small and I ended up going with an XL. They're well made gloves and have a small amount of gel padding in the heel of the palm.