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Heavy gloves do not a heavy pimp-hand make.

For folks who appreciate simple, minimalist gear, POC Index Air Gloves are the ticket. Index Airs aren't flashy. They aren't covered in patches, plastic, stripes, or scratchy anything. For these, POC creates a soft cuff with a spandex-covered hem and an elastic gusset panel to keep it fitted at your wrist. They're light enough for XC use if you just prefer the added safety of long fingers, yet they feel sturdy enough for dirt jumping, street riding, and multi-day adventures in the high mountains.

The Index Air gloves cover the back of your hand with a durable yet light and breathable nylon mesh, while the palm is made of perforated synthetic suede. It's textured to offer a supreme grip on your bars. It's also quite sensitive, so you'll be able to snap off exact shifts just when you need them. POC also added silicone grippers on your braking fingers so you don't slip off the levers while you're braking hard. Honestly, the best part of these gloves is what POC wisely chose to leave off. The lack of a closure means that these lightweight but sturdy gloves will never gouge your face when you wipe your brow or nose. Ask any old-timer–fewer features mean fewer features to break.

The POC Index Air Gloves are available in Green, Grey, and Black and come in sizes XS through XL.

Tech Specs

[back] nylon mesh, [palm] synthetic suede
Knuckle Protection:
Recommended Use:
XC, all-mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart


Men's Apparel & Gloves
Chest 35in
Waist 30.7in
Seat 36.2in
Jersey Length 28.3in
Waist 28in
Knuckle Circumference 6.3 - 6.7in
(16 - 17cm)
6.7 - 7.5in
(17 - 19cm)
6.7 - 8.3in
(17 - 21cm)
6.7 - 9in
(17 - 23cm)
8.7 - 9.5in
(22 - 24cm)
Hand Length 5.5 - 6in
(14 - 15cm)
6 - 6.7in
(15 - 17cm)
6.7 - 7.5in
(17 - 19cm)
7.5 - 8.3in
(19 - 21cm)
8.3 - 8.7in
(21 - 22cm)
This size table should be considered as a guide when choosing the right size of your POC gear.
Measure underneath your arms around the fullest part of your chest.
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Standing with your feet together, measure around the widest part of your thighs.
Knuckle Circumference:
Measure around your knuckles not including the thumb.

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Here's what others have to say...

2 5

Lack of padding...

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

I read the description on these being minimalist, but were just too minimalist for me. The lack of any kind of padding was just too much. These basically provide some hand protection and grip on the hands and fingers. If you're looking for simple, minimalist and breathable these are for you, but weren't' for me.

4 5

Does what it's supposed to

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

I purchased the green/yellow gloves for bike commuting 20 mi one way and thing they do what they are supposed to. They offer great visibility to others on the road (though they are not neon so as to be distracting) and they are smart phone touch compatible, as advertised. The sizing is a bit off, as I measured a medium but needed a large. These are good gloves.

1 5

Poor quality at the seems

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

I have had these for only about two weeks. In that time I have been on five, ten mile rides. Flat land, nothing rough, within the city. I haven't washed these once. From just this much riding, taking on and off, the inseem above the thumb has already torn. I had a pair of 661's were $15 I used and wore for 2 years before the fingers frayed.

1 5


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

I've had two pairs of these and both have split on the side seam below the outside of the thumb; the first pair after only the second ride I used them on, and the last pair directly after trying them on upon receiving them as replacements from Backcountry. It didn't seem to be a fit issue as everything about the gloves fit my hands fine. Also the POC logo on the index finger is poorly placed, as you will come to learn after trying to wipe sweat or other trail detritus from your eyes or face. They look cool, but these gloves are garbage.

3 5

Super lite & breathable.

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

Fit: My knuckle circumference is 8.75" According to the sizing chart, this makes me a medium. I was skeptical, and I ended up ordering both a L & an XL pair. I couldn't get my hand into the L, so I ended up keeping the XL's.


Nice and light. Hands stay cooler in these than in any other gloves.
Durability is better than expected from feather weight gloves.
I should get 50+ rides out of them.
Fits like a, well ... a glove! (They really do fit like a "second skin." Great feeling.
Excellent grip on ODI lock-ons.


The lack of a velcro closure makes a surprisingly big difference. The first day I wore these gloves I ended up tearing one of the seams a bit. This was due to user error, you can't just slam your hands in these things. You've got to carefully work your hands into them. I stitched up the seam and they've been fine for the last 25+ rides.

I'll buy POC gloves again, but I'll be looking for a pair with the velcro closure, like these: http://www.backcountry.com/poc-index-air-adjustable-glove

Super lite & breathable.
4 5

Great light glove

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

I used these gloves for 5 months of solid 2-3 days a week riding. They performed and held up fantastically... Until a spill on a corner. The palm tore, but I don't think it was anything that wouldn't have happened with another glove. They're really comfortable and light, and provide a good amount of grip on the downs while also not being annoying on the ups.