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Item # PLZ1336

The cooler option.

If you put Pearl Izumi's Elite Gel Vent Gloves on one hand, and the Elite Gel glove on the other, you'll immediately notice the mesh panel along the ring and pinky fingers. This is an obvious addition in order to increase ventilation on stifling hot rides. What won't be noticed, though, unless you ride with both gloves on, is Pearl Izumi's In-R-Cool palm lining and vented gel padding.

This model, like the regular Elite, has the same 1:1 Comfort Gel Glove Padding layout that's optimized around the Ulnar and Median nerves in order to reduce numbness, while offering support and dampening. But, unlike the Elite, the Vents perforated gel pads and In-R-Cool lining allow significantly more airflow for those that ride when the sun's at its peak.

The palm features an anatomic cut and is constructed out of Clarino synthetic leather for a soft and durable interface. Along the top of the hand, a nylon, polyurethane, and spandex blend provides an unrestricted fit. In addition to this, the aforementioned provides a skin-cooling effect by pulling perspiration away from the skin and quickly evaporating it. The thumb gets a traditional wiping surface, and a hook-and-loop closure with a pull tab makes entry and exit of the gloves a simplified affair.

The Pearl Izumi Elite Gel Vent Gloves are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black, True Red, and White.

Tech Specs

[palm] Clarino, [padding] Comfort Bridge Gel-Vent, [palm lining] In-R-Cool
gel padding
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

Size chart

Pearl Izumi

Hand Circumference 7.25-8in
Hand Circumference 6.5-7.25in
Measure around your hand at the widest point excluding the thumb.

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Avg. ride time: 3h 5m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

My go to gloves

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

Pearl Izumi are my go to gloves. These have the added bonus of of extra ventilation through mesh that covers the padding. I was worried they may not be durable, but they are holding up well and the material seems very sturdy. These run just a little bit smaller than other PI gloves I have purchased in the past. But a little snug is good.


Just what the ulna nerve needed

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've had surgery to correct nerve issue and where other gloves leave my arm numb, this glove completely relieves or cushions the hand such that I have no pain. GREAT protection and comfort.


Finger stitching ripped

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Finger stitching ripped on just my second use. Not sturdy at all...


Extra Padding with Ease

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Pearl Izumi has done a fantastic job with their padding technology; offering not only the most generous padding out there, but also keeping it very pliable and conformable. For many years, this has been the favorite of anyone seeking some extra padding for any reason.

The addition of the slip-on design here is very welcome, as they are far more comfortable than the run of the mill gloves; not only does the one piece backing eliminate any discomfort from seams, but the lack of a velcro strap is always a welcome omission. I stopped buying anything other than slip-on gloves years ago, and it is great that there is now a sufficiently padded model!

I'm right in between large and medium for these gloves. I just ordered the larges and they fit ok, maybe a tad on the larger side. Would a medium be better?

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miles S.,

I would at least give the mediums a shot. They could be the perfect fit without any extra space that could lead to rubbing.

Avg. ride time: 6m per week
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Good, not Great

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

These gloves are good for what they are designed for. I really like a low profile glove that keeps my hands from going numb, but doesn't raise my hand off the bar so much that I feel detached. They are thin, but do their job well.

Old vs. New Pad Comparison

See the difference in construction and placement of pads. New ones on the left, old school on the right.

Old vs. New Pad Comparison

A good glove with a few caveats

    I've been a PI gel glove guy for a long time! The newest version is a great glove. The gel is excellent for vibration reduction and general cushion. The breathability of this glove is top-notch and the materials are excellent. The new velcro strap is so much better than the old one! But I have a few caveats...

    The gel pads on this version are external - and smaller. I was worried the minute I took them out of the box. Turns out they are fine on MTB bars and I don't think twice about it. On road bars however, it seems like there is too big a gap between the pads in certain hand positions. Specifically between the palm and thumb right where that seam is. I find that the curve of the bars from the tops to the hoods (where I frequently rest my hands) fits right in between those pads. The older version with the big white pads handled this a lot better (and they are still going strong after more miles than I can count).

    I have a fat thumb, just one - the other one is not. The thumb holes on these gloves are pretty snug. I'm waiting to break them in some more but I might have to cut it to get my fatty through.


    Bueno, eso es lo que pasa!

      Seriously, so moved by my opinion about these gloves that I'm moved to author the first review in my semi-long life. In a nutshell.....these gloves......hate 'em! Perhaps the most uncomfortable and poorly padded/designed gloves I've ever owned. The's the gel pads..they're external and though small, have edges which to me, compromise bar feel and positioning. Two consecutive rides of 36 and 115 miles and my palms were uncomfortable (bordering on numb) within the first 1/2 hour. Now, the previous Elite Gel model, with the larger, white gel pads beneath some mesh, were and are about the BEST gloves I've ever had. The previous iteration offered a more substantial gel pad that to me, offered greater coverage and comfort. P.I., if you're listening, bring back the older model, please.....along with the Pittards Elite Thermal Glove....another great glove that fell to the wayside.

      Responded on

      Chu101570735 is right on about the size and placement of the pads if you are coming from the older version. They are a lot smaller with less coverage. See my full review below for more details.


      Great Glove!

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times
      • Fit:True to size

      I have tried quite a few gloves and so far this one is the best!


      Not for me

      • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Maybe I need to 'break them in' a bit more, but I went on a 50 mile ride with these and my thumbs were actually going numb and my hands fatigued much quicker than with no gloves at all (how I've been riding up to this point). The gel is a bit too thick on the palms and eats into the meat of your hand after a while. On the plus side these gloves look great and breathe fantastically well.


      Awesome gloves. Super comfortable.

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      I love these gloves. They are exactly what I wanted. Super comfortable. They don't feel like a burden at all during a ride. I like the gel.


      Surprisingly solid.

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

      I've been riding with these for about 1800 miles (road only) and I must say I've been surprised with how well they've held up.

      Always comfortable, no loose strings or seam breakage. They are looking "well worn" visually, but are ship shape structurally.

      I wash these pretty frequently so that's some added abuse... and they've been great.


      Absolutely the best!

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      I recently crashed and got really bad cherries in my arm that needed a skin graph , The gloves protected the palm of my hand 100%. Highly recommend!