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AXO Defender Gloves

4.67/5 (6 Reviews)


Product Description

These full-fingered gloves offer maximum protection and comfort for BMX or XC riding.. High-quality Clarino® palm with die-cut venting delivers a positive grip. TPR armor protects back of hand; 8mm EVA wrist padding and internal padding offer ultimate protection. Airprene(R) panel provides ventilation and flexibility for top performance. Closeout.


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by james a Downhiller from anaheimm

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2002

Strengths:    More armor around all the critical hand parts than you may ever need. Wrist protection is great especially when landing on them.

Weaknesses:    If axo stops making these.

Bottom Line:   
These gloves kick all other downhill gloves ass! This is by far the best downhill glove of all time and has saved my hands and wrist many of times crash after crash. I have socked boulders many of times and didn't even feel it. I really hope axo keeps making these because nothing else compares to the defenders as far as downhill/ freeriding protection.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $39.00

Similar Products Used:   fox, specialized


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Noel a Weekend Warrior from Attleboro, MA

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2002

Strengths:    Great protection and padding, very comfortable, they have prevented many potential occurences of skin loss to my hands. If you are a trail rider who abuses thier body frequently these are a must.

Weaknesses:    No real weaknesses other than they do start to smell when you don't wash them, of course once your riding you can't smell them anyway. Some people have complained that they are hot but I don't really notice it. If you are riding the material lets through plenty of air to cool you down. Probably not the best glove for someone who just wants to ride straight up cross country, look for something a little cooler.

Bottom Line:   
These gloves are a great deal if you can find them for $25 or less, great protection and very comfortable. Full fingered gloves are the best, I will never go back.

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Favorite Trail:   Foxboro State Forest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   EpiCycle

Similar Products Used:   crappy specialized half finger gloves

Bike Setup:   2000 Specialized Enduro

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul a Cross Country Rider from Newport News, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2002

Strengths:    Good protection, good grip, excellent fit, looks

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I was looking for more hand protection after a crash that caused permanent hand damage. I know these gloves probably would not have lessened the damage much, but I now think full-fingered gloves are the only way to go. These gloves fit my large fingers perfectly. They offer excellent padding and rubber armor including along the backs of the fingers. Of course they are hotter than gloves without fingers, but I used them in the heat of Thailand and never thought about it. I can't find any fault in this product and recommend them to any type of rider. I've seen closeouts on these for $20 at Nashbar. If they still have any, I'll be purchasing a second pair for future use.

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Favorite Trail:   Waller Mill

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $24.00

Purchased At:   REI Outlet

Similar Products Used:   Pearl Izumi (non-full-fingered)

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Killer V CAAD2, XT components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Roger a Cross Country Rider from London,UK

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2002

Strengths:    Good protection.
Look Good.
Comfortable.
Gel palm helps to reduce numbness.
toweling snot wipes.


Weaknesses:    Can get a little hot.
The gel insert does not extend far enough over the lower outer palm.


Bottom Line:   
Very nice glove. Protects well in the event of a fall. The only time I've hurt myself with these was fallin heavily onto my palm on concrete (trying out my first set of clipless pedals and trying to do tricks - doh).

They can be washed, although follow the instructions. My friend has a pair of the yellow ones, he washed them too high and they came out camo green. Which actually looks pretty cool.

These gloves can get hot, but they are well padded and full finger.

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Favorite Trail:   Chilterns

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Cycle Surgery

Similar Products Used:   Various gloves

Bike Setup:   Airborne Lucky Strike.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stephen Yan a Cross Country Rider from Singapore

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2002

Strengths:    Good overall protection
Provides nice grip
Comfortable - fits like a, well...glove
Looks nice/rugged


Weaknesses:    Velcro fastener can be a bit fiddly, especially when you're in a hurry. What's the UP arrows for? How many ways are there to wear these guys? :)

Bottom Line:   
These gloves seem to be very well thought out. There's padding at the right places, e.g. heel and knife edge of the palms and the inner wrists. The synthetic leather also feels nice, very soft and flexible. I haven't taken a tumble with these things yet, so i can't say how tough they are, but they certainly look the business. The permeable material really allows the back of the hands to breathe, an important consideration for a hot and humid country like mine. They do get soaked by the end of a hard day's cycling, but they can be (and should be) washed to prevent odours. Apart from the fact that the tiny little velcro fasteners are a bear to open and close, i've also realised that the white terry lining can discolour if you do a dark wash in your machine, and that bothers me so i can't give it 5 flaming hotdogs. Apart from that, it's a great product. Buy it!

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere the bike can travel

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Nike, L.A. Paw (i know, i know, not cycling-specific but hey they helped to grip)

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by francis weinzearger from montgomery, alabama

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2002

Strengths:    great non slip action.

Weaknesses:    they smell bad after a few rides

Bottom Line:   
if you hate blisters then buy the gloves..

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Favorite Trail:   the sidewalks

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $19.00

Purchased At:   daddy'o s bike'orama

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   specialized stunt jumper

Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

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