RockGardn FATE Gloves

3.58/5 (24 Reviews)
MSRP : $32.98


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Product Description

The FATE Carbon Gloves™ feature a 1 X 4 split-knuckle design. RatherThan one large knuckle piece,There are four independent pieces sewnTo a leather surroundThat is, inTurn, sewnTo a floating, ventilated neoprene panel.This panel glides overThe underlying Airmesh layer, allowingThe knuckle piecesTo articulate withThe position of your hand, eliminating pressure points whether youre gripping or braking. Carbon fiber forefinger protection. Buttery-soft, reinforced genuine cowhide palmThat

RockGardn FATE Carbon Gloves Pro Review

I like my hands. I like using them to eat. And type. And brush my teeth. I also like using them to hold onto my handlebars while i ride as fast as i can over dirt, rocks and roots. So gloves are quite important to me. The Rockgardn FATE gloves look beefy, but do they deliver? The short answer is yes, the long answer can be found in the next few paragraphs. Continue reading →



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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pcmxa

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2014

Strengths:    Great Protection. Good fit. Good ventilation. Have held up well so far.

Weaknesses:    Small issues with stitching. Dyes tains hands

Bottom Line:   
I have been using these for a couple months now and am very happy with them. Great protection. I have hit cholla at full speed with no needles scratching my hands (got some in my shin though). Also hit some trees with no consequence. Falls onto rocks have also not caused any damage. The gloves have held up through all of this and still look great.

I did get a stitch loose but trimming it has led to no further issues. The black dye stains my hands black after rides, even after hand washing them on three occasions, but I'll take it for the protection they give.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Nonths


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by illinoisdpwnhiller

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2014

Strengths:    not bad and would protect.

Weaknesses:    the whole sizing is dead wrong.

Bottom Line:   
as a 5 foot 8 man with wide hands I sent back the extra large gloves which were way tight on my 9 1/2 inch hand circ. .. so I sent them back and got XXL and they fit except fulcrum is outrageousely tight because these crappy Pakistan made gloves are not what a real humans hand is shaped like period,. so oneal is a much better glove. bottom line? I aint putting that crap on my hands.......

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Bike Setup:   downhill

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Shogun_STI a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, BC

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2011

Strengths:    Looks good, carbon covered areas looks like it will protect well at high impact areas

Weaknesses:    horrible quality. Thought I would take a chance since it was only $25 on Jensonusa. But after one light normal riding (no bails) stitching started to rip at palm area as indicated by other riders below. Sent back to Rockgardn to get it exchanged, had to go through a big hassle at customer support but finally got a new pair.

2nd pair. Same story. After 1 -2 rides, finger area starting ripping, it's just falling apart overall!!!


Bottom Line:   
DONT BUY THEM!!! Rockgardn needs to reevaluate their quality control!

If you are looking for a full finger glove with carbon protection areas, look into the Oakley Factory Pilot gloves. Bit more expensive though $80~
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Favorite Trail:   still discovering

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa

Bike Setup:   2009 Kona Coilair

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GKJ MTB Rider a Cross Country Rider from Ann Arbor Mi.America

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2009

Strengths:    Great Construction, Very Good Quality

Weaknesses:    Gloves Are Made For People With ery Small Hands, If You Ware A Largea XXL is what you want And it will still be tight and i hope they wll stretch if they do they will be Perfect

Bottom Line:   
havent had them for a long time, but i know they are gonna protectmy hands(and my bike if someone trys to get it from me,ie,carbonfiber) Because concrete rocks and dirt is not nice to nuckels and palms. So bottom line these should work out perfect, Remember TRY TEM ON! before you you buy them, Also im 5'9". If you have big hands make sure you Try them on, thier XXL is about a FOX large. but for me they work Great, And look Cool as They can Be

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Favorite Trail:   Any Where Wheels Roll

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Treefort Bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Fox Gloves No where nere as muth protection

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Rush, decked out as Sweet as it can be for urban freeride

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by kiloracer a Racer from Milwaukee

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2008

Strengths:    comfy

Weaknesses:    short wear - solely from track racing

Bottom Line:   
I was inspired to buy these based on a similar design for Japanese Keiren racing gloves. These just do not have the quality. In a little over one year of track racing (alone) the palms are in tatters. I can't imagine what mtb riding would do to them. Comfortable while they held together, but cannot recommend them. I noticed most of the positive reviews were from folks owning them short term. A month ago I would have been one.

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Favorite Trail:   New fane - northern kettles

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Bikesmiths -

Similar Products Used:   Avenir, Fox, Louie Garnou, Spenco


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by single-track-mind a Downhiller from sydney Australia

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2008

Strengths:    Good fit stitching has been great not as hot as they look really comfy you forget they are on , these ones have separate carbon for each knuckle so movement is great and the design of the floating neoprene works really well

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
So far the best i have used

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Favorite Trail:   ourimbah Thredbo Red Hill DH Oxford Falls

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   torpedo7.com

Similar Products Used:   fox unibomber (rubbish palms wore out in two rides) fox digit good but thin
fox mojave really good


Bike Setup:   Judge DH replica 07 all the sh#t saints codes on and on

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Peter a Weekend Warrior from Houston, TX

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2008

Strengths:    Good knuckle protection.

Weaknesses:    Poor durability-thin palms wore through very quickly.

Bottom Line:   
Holes showed up in palms after 10-150 miles of riding. Called and was told this problem was unusual. They sent a 2nd pair-same problem. Called again-different person (woman) said they were "changing manufacturers", so I left a message for the boss and never heard back.

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Favorite Trail:   North*

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   661, Axo, TLD, Technic

Bike Setup:   Bullit

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Travis Fields a Downhiller from Charlotte, NC USA

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2008

Strengths:    Lots of protection

Weaknesses:    Worst stitching of any gear I have ever owned! I have used them on less than 5 rides and the stitching has just decided to come undone in several places. Uncomfortable internal fabric rubs the hands.

Bottom Line:   
I have the newest model with the seperated knuckle carbon fiber that looked like they would be great. I would not recommend them to anyone because they are not durable or comfortable. 661 are much better they lasted nearly a year before wearing out.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Similar Products Used:   666 Cedric Gracia

Bike Setup:   06 V-10 nothing stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug a Weekend Warrior from LI, NY

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2007

Strengths:    Great Design, protective.

Weaknesses:    None at the time

Bottom Line:   
I love the gloves

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James from Cooper Landing, Alaska

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2007

Strengths:    Really, really good fit. Super comfortable. The airprene breaths unbelievably well... you can literally feel the wind blowing over your hand! Tough leather on palm stands up to a lot of abuse, terrycloth over thumb is great for mopping sweat off your face (super absorbant), and the wrist strap can fit tight enough (yet comfortably enough) to offer some wrist reinforcement.

Weaknesses:    Rub pads on back of fingers starting detattaching immediately. Some of the stitching easily starts to come undone. However, after immediately trimming these leads, I've had no further problems. The velcro wrist guard is hard to attach after putting on one glove b/c the fingers of the glove easy attach to the velcro, pulling apart the material slightly.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that these are EXCELLENT gloves. They breath really well, fit really well, stand up to crashes really well (I've eaten gravel several times and they show nothing but dirt), etc. The only drawback is the somewhat easy to unravel stitching (especially on the rubber pads). However, this isn't a huge deal, is fairly easy to remedy, and doesn't remove from the functionality of the glove. I highly recommend it!

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Favorite Trail:   Cresent Lake Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Northeastern, NJ USA

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2007

Strengths:    Comfortable, decent protection.

Weaknesses:    Horrible stitching!!!! Got a hole on my ring finger on the first day using them too.

Bottom Line:   
I'd never suggest to anyone to buy these gloves, I literally used them just today and the stitching is already working itself loose and I have a nice hole in one of the fingers on the right glove. I'm sending them back this week for a refund. The other reviews seemed pretty positive, which is why I ordered them, but wow what a disappointment.

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Favorite Trail:   Skyline Drive, Ringwood NJ

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $39.00

Purchased At:   Rockgardn.com

Bike Setup:   07 Specialized Stumpy Comp

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben a Downhiller from Massachusetts

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2007

Strengths:    Very comfortable, super tough, look really nice, carbon fiber saves my knuckles.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
Best gloves I've used. They are really comfy and they haven't fallen apart yet (can't say the same for some other gloves).

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   Rockgardn.com

Similar Products Used:   Fox, Oakley, 661


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Claro Evangelista a Weekend Warrior from Woodside NY USA

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2006

Strengths:    The fit and comfort level are exceptional. I'm very happy with this purchase. Looks really cool too.

Weaknesses:    I did not find any yet.

Bottom Line:   
Ahhh, comfort at last. I purchased the Six Six One Cedric Gracia gloves after banging my knuckles on a tree. What a waste of money. The 661 carbon was hurting my pinky firger's knuckles. It was unbearable after a while. So I bought the latest 2006 RockGardn Fate carbon gloves with 2 carbons instead of one. What a difference in comfort. Unbelievable! The quality too is exception compared to the 661. Does not look cheap at all. And then the fit is excellent as well. And last but not least, is the look. These are really cool looking gloves. I highly recomment this product. Buy one and you wont regret it.

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Favorite Trail:   Stillwell Woods in Woodbury

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $38.00

Purchased At:   Direct from RockGardn

Similar Products Used:   661 Cedri Gracia Carbon gloves.

Bike Setup:   Trek Session 77

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dan from London, England

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2006

Strengths:    Carbon peices are great. Thumbs have a nice proper leather used for them. Neoprene cuffs felt good

Weaknesses:    JEEZE. Well the Velcro eats at the tips of the fingers once taking them off. In turn weakens the material on the index and middle fingers. Finally the fingers end up breaking through the gloves. After about a month of use the cuffs began to come unstitched. I had to re-stitch them up.

Bottom Line:   
GREAT looking gloves and the carbon is real nice. Pick them up if you want the look. Pass of them if you want a glove that will last moer than 2 months.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   LBS


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by wes a Downhiller from usafa

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2006

Strengths:    the gloves are really comfortable and have a lot of protection. all the holes in the palm are great too. once they broke in they felt great.

Weaknesses:    the stiching is terrible.

Bottom Line:   
i bought these gloves and wore them for a xc ride just to see how they felt and the seam along the thumb ripped about an inch. i didn't even fall or ride hard at all. i had already returned one pair b/c i got the wrong size, so i just stiched up the tear. next time i went riding i noticed that the velcro was coming undone also. i still need to stich that up too. if you know how to stich stuff up, then these are great gloves. otherwise, i've heard good things about specialized carbon gloves.

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Favorite Trail:   palmer

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   rockgardn site

Similar Products Used:   trek gloves that lasted a couple years

Bike Setup:   giant vt2

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