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Giro Xen Gloves

2.08/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $40.00

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Product Description

The Giro Xen MTB Gloves are lightly padded, protective all-moutain gloves designed for the most epic of rides. It delivers supreme comfort without sacrificing control.

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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dave a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2012

Strengths:    Light, comfortable and looks good. maintains dexterity despite being full fingered.

Weaknesses:    Not very durable. Stitching started to fall apart within about a week. 6 months later the palms are unraveling. the Velcro strap also tend to open while riding.

Bottom Line:   
I had this for about 6 months and they are very good at being a light comfortable full fingered gloves that maximizes control feel. The only thing is being constructed to be very light, the stitching quality is not very good so it has started to fall apart. I do now see these on sale for $18 at jensonusa so I may get another pair or I may try Fox. I originally bought these for about $30 at a LBS and I feel it was not worth that price.

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Favorite Trail:   Vail Lake Temecula

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   The BikeShop Temecul

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur LTc SPXAM kit.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by McJeeper a Weekend Warrior from Austin, Texas

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2011

Strengths:    looks, ventilation, fit

Weaknesses:    Durability

Bottom Line:   
Fox changed my favorite glove, the Sidewinder, and so I went searching for something new. The Xen, with its ample mesh panels and gel palm insert, seemed promising. I'm disappointed. After about 5 rides, the rubber "armor" is coming off, a minor twig snag started a hole between the fingers, and the velcro won't stay closed. I really like how well they breathe in the Texas summer heat, but I don't expect them to live for many more rides.

I could recommend them for XC racing, but they just don't hold up to trail riding. Too bad, now I have to find something else.

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Favorite Trail:   BCGB

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Treefort

Similar Products Used:   Many in the Fox array

Bike Setup:   Turner Sultan DW 29er

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by rednova75 a Weekend Warrior from San Rafael CA USA

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2011

Strengths:    Looks, ventilation and grip

Weaknesses:    Construction and durability

Bottom Line:   
I'm on my third pair of these glove as I keep hoping they will last longer than the last. The upsides are that for a full fingered glove the ventilation is great even on a hot day. The major problem with these glove is the construction and durability! The mesh on the fingers wear out into holes within a couple of months the rubber peels off the fingers in weeks and the last pair the stitching has already started to rip after one days riding!!! Great potential but until the construction of the gloves is improved dint waste your money!

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Favorite Trail:   Boondocks

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   Rei

Bike Setup:   Custom Banshee Rune

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Don a Weekend Warrior from Olathe, KS

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2011

Strengths:    Light weight, comfortable, seem to work well

Weaknesses:    Silicon finger tips all ready coming off

Bottom Line:   
I love my AXO Descend gloves. I didn't like the 661 Descend gloves. They wore out in a year.

I have been looking for replacement gloves for a long time. The Xen seem to fit the bill. Overall, I am happy with them. I am surprised that after two rides the silicon finger tips are coming off. No crashes or anything sick. Just riding and portaging a bike.

I hope they hold up.

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Favorite Trail:   River Trail Lawrence, KS

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   University Bikes, Bo

Similar Products Used:   AXO Descend, 661 Descend

Bike Setup:   Specialized Epic 2007

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by onepunkdoc a Weekend Warrior from boise, ID

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2011

Strengths:    good looks, fits well

Weaknesses:    fell apart after only one day of riding. the tips of the fingers were wearing through at the thin mesh portion after about 2hrs of hard riding. The first crash tore out all the seams on the right palm. I understand that the synthetic leather on the palm might get shredded in a crash but the leather was still in good shape -- it was the seams that all busted.

Bottom Line:   
Dont buy these gloves, no matter how good they look and fit, they just fall apart.

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Favorite Trail:   the whole enchillada, moab

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Axo, fox, dakine,

Bike Setup:   06 Yeti 575, full xtr, fox float 150 fork, DT swiss 1450 wheelset, gravity dropper seatpost

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by lew242 a Downhiller from UK and China

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2011

Strengths:    Ventilation, appearance

Weaknesses:    Quality and stretching

Bottom Line:   
These gloves are great for retailers, easy to sell to unsuspecting riders who might be keen other Giro products like their helmets (eg Remedy) so might buy these without first checking a review, they have great graphics and look good in the shop too, and fit well when you try them on.

The only problem comes when you attempt to use them. At first a medium glove fitted remarkably well, and I was impressed with the gloves ventilation, maybe a full finger glove that I could use in hot conditions, great. However within one ride the glue from cuff strap had unraveled one cuff and the gloves stretched out to some size similar to XL, and washing did not re-shrink them, making them almost unusable.

I live in China where you can get fake fox gloves easily, and to be honest those are way better than these.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   Many

Bike Setup:   140mm travel FS

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Gakster a Weekend Warrior from Sunnyvale

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2010

Strengths:    Light weight, good bar feel

Weaknesses:    Poor durability,

Bottom Line:   
Got these gloves on sale at REI. I like gloves that are snug and with good grip/bar feel. Tried Xen in the stores and they felt very comfy and thin.

Rode them for ~ 6months for mainly road and some MTB. Very poor durability. Tearing at the seams and the Clarino strated to stretch. I guess that is the downside of thin gloves. My fav thin gloves was the 661 Raji and they lasted 1+ years.

I would not recommend these gloves.

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Favorite Trail:   EDCM, Demo others

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Fox Incline, AXO, 661 Raji

Bike Setup:   XC and DH/FR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lord_Konti a Downhiller from Dallas, TX

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2010

Strengths:    Grippy, Comfortable, Good Air Flow.

Weaknesses:    Wish they had a little more padding in the palm but gloves are awesome as is.

Bottom Line:   
I've been using these gloves on the trails and roads, for about 3 months. They have held up very well and they are still in good condition. I live and ride in Texas, and it can get VERY hot during the summer and these gloves have a great mesh material that keeps my hands cool. I went ahead and bought a 2nd pair and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a good pair of full fingered gloves.

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Favorite Trail:   LB Houston

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   BicyclesPlus (Coppel

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   2009 Trek 4500 Alpha

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BikeSwan a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2010

Strengths:    - Very well ventilated
- Great looks
- Cheap for what they are (VERY GOOD VALUE)

Weaknesses:    - Can be cold on colder days

Bottom Line:   
Very good gloves I strongly recommend them.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Skiis & Biikes

Similar Products Used:   Fox Gloves / Giro Remedy

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Blur (Aluminum) / Race Face Next SL / Shimano XTR / DT Swiss / Mavic

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by grahamt a Cross Country Rider from Christchurch, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2009

Strengths:    They are a glove
Look Good

Weaknesses:    Seams fall apart
First pair lasted one ride and stitching started giving way on fingers.
Replacement pair lasted 5 rides by which time stitching up sides of fingers on both hands had undone.

Bottom Line:   
Extremely poor quality.
These are an expensive glove marketed as a trail glove, therefore should be durable.
Stitching along finger seams failed on both pairs after only a few hours use.
Fortunately the shop gave me a full refund - they had the same problem with other pairs of gloves they sold, and are sending their remaining stock back to the supplier due to poor quality.

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Favorite Trail:   Port Hills / Redwoods

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   Local Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Numerous full and half finger gloves

Bike Setup:   Specialized Enduro SL

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by starflyr a Weekend Warrior from belmar, n.j.

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2009

Strengths:    lightweight, sturdy(so far)

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
i saw the other review for this product and i just wanted to say i bought them about a week ago and they held up fine for my 1st ride! my buddy got em about a month ago and he really likes em...they are light, not hot, good grip, they dont have a lot of padding for the unlar nerve (think thats what its called!!) but i like them and they didnt fall apart on me!!

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Favorite Trail:   allaire

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   cycles 54

Similar Products Used:   1st

Bike Setup:   rocky mountain etsx 30

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dschiltz17 a Downhiller from Mpls, MN

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2009

Strengths:    They look tough and lightweight

Weaknesses:    Seams tore out the first time I used them.

Bottom Line:   
Buy something else

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Favorite Trail:   Lebanon Hills

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   Boehm's

Bike Setup:   GT Sanction 1

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Left my Giro Xen helmet and Troy Lee gloves at the Dreamy Draw parking lot

In the haze of my post-ride stoke I managed to leave a grey/blue Giro Xen helmet and some red Troy Lee XC gloves. Yes, I'm an idiot. I went back the next morning after noticing my screw-up and they were no more (checked with ranger also). Please let me know if you found them! Trust me, you do NO ... Read More »

Giro Xen Replacement

I broke the roc lock contraption after a wreck and figured that If i hit my head hard enough to break that then the helmet was done. Im looking for something that FITS the same way. I have a smallish sized head (22" on the money) So I ordered up a foz flux and the helmet fits like crap on my head. I ... Read More »

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Giro Xar vs Xen

Does anyone know if the coverage on the back of the helmet on the new Xar is as good or comes down as far as the Xen it is replacing?Read More »

Lower profile xen or hex

Looking for a new helmet and I like the fit of Giro so it's a tossup between the two. The xen looks like it is smaller but I thought I'd ask which one is lower profile as I can't try them on locally. I really prefer the look of the 661 and the Fox Flux but I don't know if they fit similarly to the ... Read More »

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