When it comes to minimal, well-designed, tonal mountain bike clothing, one brand stands out above the rest: Kitsbow. The Petaluma, CA-based brand is making some of the best mountain bike clothing on the market. When it first entered the mountain bike market in 2015 with its All Mountain Glove, Kitsbow did so with guns blazing. At the time, there were only a handful of worthwhile mountain bike glove makers on the market, and the gloves available from them were either too light and flimsy or too overbuilt and heavy.
And they never achieved that custom feel, the mythical perfect fit; a Goldilocks Zone of lightweight and comfortable, and durable and protective. Kitsbow’s glove was different. It hit that Goldilocks Zone dead on. There was no spare material in the fingertips, no loose cuffs and most importantly, no uncomfortably-rough, misplaced seams. To achieve the incredible fit of the All Mountain Glove, Kitsbow uses high-quality Pittards leather on the palm and fingers. Over time, the leather stretches and sculpts to your hand providing a truly custom feel. The leather also provides ample grip on the bars, and doesn’t lead to hotspots and blisters like other gloves can. Other features include Schoeller abrasion-resistant panels, suede nose wipe panels and touch-sensitive fingertips for use with a smartphone. The result is a design-forward glove that looks as good as it performs.
I have been riding the Kitsbow All Mountain Gloves for the past three years, and they have easily cemented their spot as my go-to trail glove. While they can be a bit warm in hot weather, the performance is worth the extra sweat. In short, they’re a great addition to any trail-mountain biker’s kit.
Right now at Backcountry, you can pick up the Kitsbow All Mountain Gloves for 20% off, just use code TAKEOFF20. The code is good for 20% off one full priced item, so if the gloves don’t quite do it for you, Backcountry is stocked with plenty of other quality outdoor goods.
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