AXO Defender Gloves

Defender

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.

User Reviews (6)

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Stephen Yan   Cross Country Rider [Mar 08, 2002]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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? :)

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!

Similar Products Used: Nike, L.A. Paw (i know, i know, not cycling-specific but hey they helped to grip)
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
francis weinzearger   [Mar 04, 2002]
Strength:

great non slip action.

Weakness:

they smell bad after a few rides

if you hate blisters then buy the gloves..

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Noel   Weekend Warrior [Sep 13, 2002]
Strength:

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.

Weakness:

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.

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.

Similar Products Used: crappy specialized half finger gloves
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Roger   Cross Country Rider [Mar 20, 2002]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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.

Similar Products Used: Various gloves
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Paul   Cross Country Rider [Apr 24, 2002]
Strength:

Good protection, good grip, excellent fit, looks

Weakness:

None

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.

Similar Products Used: Pearl Izumi (non-full-fingered)
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
james   Downhiller [Sep 22, 2002]
Strength:

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

Weakness:

If axo stops making these.

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.

Similar Products Used: fox, specialized
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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