O’Neal have collaborated with legendary Spanish dirt rider Andreu Lacondeguy to design these gloves, and they’re certainly an eye-catching creation.Buy Gloves on
The palm is a single layer of Clarino synthetic leather, as is popular in MTB gloves these days due to it’s strength, durability, performance and the fact it’s machine washable. A complete piece has been used for the Loves Dirt gloves so there are no interior seams that could cause irritation and at the finger tips the material simply wraps round which enhances the feel on your levers and grips. Speaking of grip, there is silicone printing on the palm and forefingers to assist with this.
3D mesh is used for the top material, which, combined with the perforated Clarino palm, makes an incredibly vented glove despite it feeling subtly padded for some protection. Thermoplastic Rubber graphics across the knuckles increase the protective element and give the gloves their striking design feature too.
A simple pull-on cuff with an elasticated gusset and pull-tab finishes the sleek, tidy look nicely whilst remaining functional. For those wanting a slightly more practical colour there is also the option of black, but the white certainly wins in the pimp stakes. Just don’t start doing jazz-hands or you may get mistaken for Mickey Mouse.Buy Gloves on
This review was in Issue 24 of IMB.
By Rou ChaterRou Chater is the Publishing Editor of IMB Magazine; he’s a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but his passion for bikes knows no bounds. His first mountain bike was a Trek 820, which he bought in 1990. It didn’t take him long to earn himself a trip to the hospital on it, and he’s never looked back since. These days he’s keeping it rubber side down, riding locally and overseas as much as possible.