cuattarwrote a review of DAKINE Defender Glove - Men's on August 29, 2012
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.