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How to Choose: BMX Gloves and Wrist Protection

by Jim Bartlett June 15, 2016

How to Choose BMX Gloves or BMX Wrist Protection

Typical BMX Glove

A good pair of BMX gloves offer both protection and cushioning for your hands. After several hours of gripping the handlebars, jumps, and, hard slams on the ground, pavement, or half-pipe, your hands can take a beating. Here are just a few reasons to wear BMX gloves:

  • The constant friction of the handlebars against your skin can cause blisters
  • Blisters turn into calluses. Ask your girlfriend or boyfriend how she or he feels about calloused hands.
  • BMX gloves can prevent tingling and numbness caused by constant vibration and pressure on the ulnar nerve in the hand and wrist
  • BMX gloves can help you maintain your grip on the handlebars when your hands are sweaty or the weather is damp
  • A BMX glove is a good place to wipe the sweat away from your eyes
  • BMX gloves can help you extend your riding season by keeping you warm when the weather turns cooler
  • When you fall, the natural instinct is to throw your hands in front of you to break the fall. Isn’t it better to slide on BMX gloves than on your bare skin?

The finger length, amount of padding, and amount of insulation you need depends upon the type of riding you'll be doing and where/when you ride:

You'll probably want full-length BMX gloves if you:

  • Are riding in cold or windy weather
  • Are racing or doing any riding with a high risk of crashing
  • Prefer having your full hand covered

You'll probably want to go with short-fingered gloves if:

  • You'll be riding in hot weather
  • You feel disconnected from the bike if your fingers aren't in contact with the handlebar

How about a BMX Wrist Brace?

wrist wrap bmxA BMX wrist brace is important, especially if you fall a lot, or are practicing new tricks... when you WILL fall a lot. Our natural instinct when we fall is to extend our hand to bread the fall. You guessed it, your wrists take a beating. A wrist brace can also help relieve stress or pain from carpal tunnel syndrome. And if you've had a previous wrist fracture or injury, BMX wrist protection can help stabilize your wrist to prevent further damage. Please note, several of our BMX gloves include built-in wrist protection. 

BMX gloves: How much padding do you need?

Most cycling gloves will have, at minimum, a small amount of gel padding on the palms to absorb vibrations and cushion your hands. The amount of padding goes up from there. If you're a street or freestyle rider, light to moderate palm padding is probably all you need. If you ride vert, you may want to look for BMX gloves with full-length fingers and some knuckle padding. Look for full-length BMX gloves with beefed up padding and knuckle protection for BMX racing.

BMX glove price comparison

What you'll find in BMX gloves under $20:

  • A basic all-purpose glove
  • Primarily short-finger, with a few full-length gloves
  • Light gel padding/cushion on palms to absorb vibrations while riding
  • No or minimal padding on back of hands
  • Fabric wicks moisture away from skin
  • Generally will be gloves best suited for warmer weather riding

Additional features you'll find in BMX gloves from $21-$39:

  • May use higher-grade materials, such as leather palms
  • Water-repellent materials/finishes
  • Insulated gloves for cold-weather riding
  • More sophisticated designs
  • High-tech cushioning materials
  • Some back-of-hand padding

Additional features you'll find in BMX gloves over $40:

  • Designed for most aggressive riding
  • Knuckle and back-of-hand padding
  • Best insulated cold-weather gloves
  • Advanced protective materials
  • Some may have wrist support

Are You Ready to Buy Your BMX Gloves?

Hopefully, the above information will give you a good idea of what type of BMX gloves and wrist guards will be best for your needs. XSportsProtective carries a wide range of BMX protective gear - check out our selection of BMX gloves and our selection of BMX wrist protection. If you still aren't sure what you want, or if you have questions about a specific pair of BMX gloves, contact a protective gear specialist at 800-930-4084.

Jim Bartlett
Jim Bartlett


Founder of XSportsProtective, snowboarder, mountain biker, father of four young kids who love action sports.

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