Specialized 04 Fortress Glove Gloves

4.07/5 (15 Reviews)


Product Description

Ultimate protection in gloves. This is the only carbon cycling glove to actually offer carbon on the thumb and wrist bone


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Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by k1dude a Weekend Warrior from NorCal

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2009

Strengths:    Good armor coverage

Weaknesses:    Bad velcro. The new model falls apart.

Bottom Line:   
I bought my first pair 2 years ago (2006 version). They're the only armored gloves I know that have a carbon wrist bone and thumb protector. Other brands cover the knuckles, but not the wrist. I'll take all the protection I can get.

The gloves also vent pretty well. I haven't noticed that they're any hotter than non-armored pairs I've owned.

They held up fine, but the velcro stops sticking pretty quick. The glove also stretched out to the point I couldn't use them anymore.

So I bought a second pair last year (2008 version) because I still haven't found better armor coverage from competitors. Not only does the velco STILL not stick well, but this new version of the glove is also falling apart. Many of the rubber padding pieces are peeling off or have already fallen off.

I can't recommend this glove and I will be looking to another brand for my next pair.

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Favorite Trail:   secret

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Nomad

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tony a Weekend Warrior from Stamford, CT

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2007

Strengths:    looks, carbon fiber knuckles, upper-rubber protectiveness, gel padding for the wrist

Weaknesses:    the stitching is rather weak, the finger tip grips wore off really quick

Bottom Line:   
gloves are excellent for downhill. the two piece carbon fiber knuckles are really protective. The the gell padding for the wrist is durable, the stitching... not so much. I ripped a hole along my palm on a pavement fall. Stitched it up and re-stitched the same area on the other glove and works great. Awesome fit (always get or atleast the size below what you think you are).

4 out of 5 just because of the weak stitching

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Favorite Trail:   Diablo Freeride park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   other specialized, and some haros

Bike Setup:   Specialized Enduro expert, Marz Z1 SL, Fox DHX Air, sram, avid, raceface, and bombshell parts

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by woo a Downhiller from london

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2006

Strengths:    all of the carbon fits like a glove

Weaknesses:    a bit fine on the palm of the hand.

Bottom Line:   
the best gloves i have ever had they feel so light and flexable but then you look down and you know your hands are safe. If you think your hands need protecting then get these gloves.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   bike shed

Similar Products Used:   boxing gloves

Bike Setup:   BIGHIT 06 all the trimimgs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mr Bizarre a Racer from London, England

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2006

Strengths:    Carbon fibre does the trick! This glove is very well vented and keeps the hand from heating up, very cool! Not to be used in the winter.

Weaknesses:    The palm looks a little thin on leather...

Bottom Line:   
These are the most comfortable gloves i've worn so far! They (S'cuse the pun) fit like a glove! I love the rubberised feel to them, buy these gloves you wont regret it! And they do look awesome! They are a little pricey but you must consider how much you value your hands!

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Favorite Trail:   London streets!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Selfidges & Co Cycle Surgery

Similar Products Used:   Other Specialized gloves

Bike Setup:   Very trick Yamaha Racer

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by paul a Cross Country Rider from england

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2006

Strengths:    great strength in the knuckle and all round protection

Weaknesses:    none that i can find yet

Bottom Line:   
this has to be the best glovei have ever used its great well for summer rideing as winter is bad because of the mesh on the inside of the fingers.

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Favorite Trail:   street/downhill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   clive cycles

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   saracen xile dj bike,26" wheels, dmr tyres(2.35), marazzochi forks, dmr chain reactor, hope mini mono brakes, rest of the bike is standard at the moment

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Shane a Downhiller from medicine hat alberta canada

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2005

Strengths:    carbon nuckles

Weaknesses:    rips easy in palm and velcro doesnt work

Bottom Line:   
the gloves are nice but they get holes too easy and the velcro doesnt work

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Cyclepath

Similar Products Used:   kona gloves

Bike Setup:   free ride

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Slim a Cross Country Rider from Santa Clarita California

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2005

Strengths:    The carbon fiber is everywhere, vented, cool to look at and, the girls dig it!

Weaknesses:    Glove= NONE mabey price?

Bottom Line:   
Best glove I have ever used. I have had more vented goves (Half Finger) but not the protection! If you like having protection everywhere and cool glove that the girls will dig the fortress are for you

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Favorite Trail:   4x (Not Many Around)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Never had gloves that vented and wth carbon

Bike Setup:   2004 Gemini Cedric model Manitou Dorado SC Full 2002 XTR Hemi Triple Chain ring Mavic Dee Max Hutchinson Spider UST 2.3 and Stans sealent

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KC a Cross Country Rider from Bainbridge Island, WA USA

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2005

Strengths:    Well reinforced at thumb, wristbone, knuckles and fingers. BG padding in palm area works well. Well ventilated mesh design between rubber finger protection provides good ventilation to fingers.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Two weeks after I bought these glove I did a header on asphalt and slid about 20 feet on the pavement. I crushed a Fox elbow pad into two pieces, but the carbon fiber wristbone protector on my gloves did the job. It looks like somebody put it against a grinding wheel. My hands came through without a scratch. Great product, still holding up well after a year of intense trail riding with no problems. I highly recommend these gloves.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Greenlake Cycle

Similar Products Used:   too numerous to list.

Bike Setup:   K2 lithium

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by bryn a Racer from Dead City

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2005

Strengths:    Look badass
keep yer knuckles safe plus the wristbone


Weaknesses:    crappy stitching, plastic wriststrap just split off pretty quick

Bottom Line:   
they look cool and they don't mess up your dexterity at all. I'd say buy'm if you think your hands are doomed by your riding, but they're expensive for how quickly they start to fall apart...

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Favorite Trail:   the streets motha

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   City Bikes

Similar Products Used:   no reinforced gloves, just stupid ol'keep your hands warm' type gloves

Bike Setup:   i will destroy your asphault

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Avner a Cross Country Rider from Israel

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2005

Strengths:    Very comfortable , high protection to the back of the hand and to the palm.

Weaknesses:    junctures around the carbon protection are weak and open after 4 weeks of use .
the top of fingers are wear and tear from the shifter use.


Bottom Line:   
Good protection for short use.
The gloved didn't survive after 4 weeks of intensive use.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Specialized site


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ben sokolski a Downhiller from leadville

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2005

Strengths:    comfotavle

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
screwed up my 1st post so i hurry now. great gloves... me great rider crappy typist. buy globes.

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Favorite Trail:   tellurede dh

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   absolte


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chase a Weekend Warrior from Greensboro NC USA

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2004

Strengths:    Carbon fiber protection, carbon fiber protection, carbon fiber protection; did I just say CARBON FIBER PROTECTION??!! Hell yeah I did! Carbon fiber protection for all knuckles, thumb, and wrist bone, mesh in fingers act like ram-airs for your hand, rubber padding for extra protection without scarificing flexibility, extremely comfortable; Body Geometry padding relieves stress in nerves.

Weaknesses:    $55 price tag; not your first pick for winter riding

Bottom Line:   
This glove does exactly what Specialized claims: "the ultimate in protection." While at first I was reluctant to purchase a $55 pair of gloves, I tried them on and had to try them for the trails. The fingers are meshed, thus cooling your hands off better than any other glove on the market. Carbon fiber offers the most protection against rocks, trees, gravel, you name it, while keeping all the flexibility needed in a biking glove and requires no extra energy from your hands than any other glove. However, this is strictly a mild to warm weather glove. I would recommend this glove for any avid mountain biker, but mostly to those who need hardcore wrist/hand protection. Regardless of your skill level or style of riding, your hands will feel safe and sound in the Fortress'.

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Favorite Trail:   Urban/Dirt Jumps

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Cycles De Oro

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Ridge Long, Specialized Equinox, Specialized TRX, Specialized Sub-Zeros, Fox Statics

Bike Setup:   2004 Cannondale Gemini 2000 with Kenda K-Rad tires and Azonic A-Frame pedals. Otherwise stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Guarionex Molina a Weekend Warrior from New York

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2004

Strengths:    great protection on and off the bike.(knuckle,wrist.)


Weaknesses:    not warm at all, due to the mesh on the sides.not enough padding in the palm area.

Bottom Line:   
they protect the front of the hand but not the back side.
since it is a rugged heavy duty glove they could at least added more padding in the palm area.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Tread Bikes

Similar Products Used:   fox sidewinders

Bike Setup:   cortina europa ds fs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ric Caley a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2004

Strengths:    Great fit, super comfortable, excellent padding and protection in all the right places, and really look strong...

Weaknesses:    Looks are misleading...Velcro on right glove failed in 2 months of use...I am right-handed and take that glove off more often ...the loop part is wearing very fast and no longer secure, and now the wrist strap has broken...too thin, and narrows down right above logo, greatly weakening this spot, also, the synthetic rubber is thinned down here, and as there is a moulding running 90 derees(across) the strap, and obvious weak point in the design.

Bottom Line:   
A great product, and with a few tweaks could be the best on the market. Super comfortable, great looking, the best I have ever used. If Specialized addresses the desighn deficiencies and uses a better quality Velcro, they will be the best out there...

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Favorite Trail:   Whistler...All of it

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Simon's Bike Shop, Vancouver

Similar Products Used:   Louis Garneau, sixsixone, Fox

Bike Setup:   Dirt jumper/Street stunt

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by madtown freerider a Downhiller from madison,wi,usa.

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2004

Strengths:    carbon fiber is the bomb. super cool looking.

Weaknesses:    non so far

Bottom Line:   
Could be the best protective glove out there for a long time to come. The carbon fiber is so flexible. Excellent wrist protection and support , etc. etc.

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Favorite Trail:   A-line. not the one in B.C.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Eriks

Similar Products Used:   oakleys carbon fiber's. dont buy them.

Bike Setup:   2002 norco launch with jr t. Only up grade is a dual ring security guide from e-13. Up grades to come is the swinger 4-way in back and the manitou sherman slider plus 7" up front.

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