When it comes to gloves, I want mine to fit — well, like a glove. They need to hold up under the rigors of regular riding, be comfortable, enhance the grip of the bars and manage heat. But returning to my first point, they need to fit well. Leatt’s DBX 1 GripR Fracture gloves do all that, all at a reasonable price point.
We were sent a set of Leatt’s DBX 4 windblock glove a few years ago. (Reviewed here) and after a few seasons of heavy rotation, they’re still holding strong. Although they’re showing signs of wear and tear, I’m still wearing them regularly. (I wish I could say the same for the Airflex Knee Guards – they died in the line of duty saving me knee from an impact with rocks and are greatly missed)
The DBX glove fit has improved several times over since that initial release and the current fit is dialed. The Leatt glove collection runs the gamut with a range of protective features with the DBX 1.0 being a minimalist XC-slash-trail edition.
- MicronGrip Palm
- Touch screen function
- Silicone grip print
- Pre-curved, snug fit and seamless palm
- Vented, Lite upper-hand material
- Lens/ sweat wiper
- Stretch fit comfort cuff
- Multi-ply, nylon thread stitching
On the trail
I used to buy gloves with hook and loop fasteners at the wrist to facilitate taking them on and off. We shoot a lot of photos, and I prefer to take my gloves off while shooting. The downside of velcro on gloves is it often doesn’t hold up; I have a few pairs of gloves that have worn out velcro or have become unstitched. The DBX gloves don’t need velcro to fit well, thanks to well thought out materials used in their construction. It also helps keep the price down and enhances durability.
The minimalist gloves stretch to pull on and off easily and they have great airflow on those warm summer days.
Leatt’s fit chart looks to be accurate. I measured my palm at 8.5″ and that just puts me into a size medium. I find a slightly more relaxed fit with gloves makes them last a bit longer, and I’m happy with the fit.
The fit on the gloves offered by Leatt has continued to improve with each iteration, and combined with the comfortable material, I find myself wearing these gloves whenever they’re not already dirty, only to change them out with the DBX 4.0 Windblock gloves when I feel the need for knuckle protection.
Even with the fit being a bit loose with the older generation DBX 4.0 model, they’re great. I still rotate these gloves in regularly, and they’ve held up for several seasons of heavy use. At $26, the minimal DBX 1.0 is considerably more affordable, and feature all the bits I like about the DBX 4.0 sans knuckle protection plus an improved fit.
The fit and materials provide significant value to the DBX gloves – especially compared with some of the offerings from other brands. I’m converted Leatt fan so I may have become biased, but all the gear I’ve used from the brand has performed above and beyond expectations, are durable and offer a lot in terms of value.
My only complaint? I need a few more pairs in different colors to match all my kits. A few more of the DBX 4.0 too. The knuckle protection is the way to go if you ride trails with trees.
The DBX 1.0 GripR glove lists for $25.99, and for those you want a a bit of padding, there is a version of the DBX 1 with a padded palm offered at $29.99.
Check them out at Leatt.com
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