These bright and cheery DND Junior full finger gloves from Giro are super-comfy and as technically competent as their adult parents.
Billed as mountain biking gloves, the DND junior gloves are suitable for any sort of riding as kids' propensity for falling off makes gloves an important safety consideration on any ride.
The medium pair we were sent to test looked tiny but fitted my eight year old daughter's hands like a very well fitting, er, glove. The Lycra expansion dart at the wrist allowed the gloves to be pulled on and off easily without affecting the fit.
The base of the glove is made from AX suede (i.e. non-animal in origin). Giro's 'second skin' claim certainly lived up to its promise as the mini tester reported that the AX suede was extremely soft and comfy to wear. The suede itself is lightly perforated for ventilation and has additional rubberised grips on the first two fingers. The thumb has a typical terry toweling pad for nose-wiping. There was also a 2mm EVA padded heel pad which gave extra comfort on longer rides. The combination of materials made our tester feel secure in her grip in any position and mimics what might be expected on any adult mid-range glove.
The top of the glove is made of a moisture-wicking, four-way stretch, breathable mesh fabric in extremely funky colours. Our tester fell in love with the bright pink polka dot set she was sent, but they also come in a range of other bright colours such as acid green or red with a white star pattern. The gloves didn't get sweaty in use and the stretchy fabric added to the 'second skin' feel.
Sizewise, the medium was fine for an 8 year old with fairly small hands, and the range covers 4-12 year olds with glove sizes from XS to XL. I would suggest that a rough age guide of 6-8 years old for the medium pair would be a good guide.
Despite being a bit prone to moaning, our tester found nothing to dislike at all in the gloves - she felt neither too hot nor too cold, having tried them both in the chill of the morning school run and on summery weekend rides.
Funky colours and technical features in a well-fitting kids' glove
road.cc test report
Make and model: Giro DND Junior Glove
Size tested: Medium, White/Pink
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
A COOL, FULL-FINGER GLOVE FOR YOUNG RIDERS AGES 4–12
The DND™ Jr. mimics the style and value of our popular DND™ mountain bike gloves, with features designed for the youngest riders. The slip-on cuff is easy to work with, and the palm is made of durable AX Suede™ that acts like a second skin without compromising feel and control of the bike.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Super Fit™ Engineered three-panel palm for kids AX Suede™ synthetic leather
Moisture-wicking, 4-way stretch, breathable mesh Wide opening with simple Velcro® closure
Highly absorbent terry wiping surface
Everything was well sewn together and seems durable.
Our tester loved wearing them and I would be confident they would protect her hands in a fall.
Our picky tester couldn't fault them for comfort.
£15 isn't exorbitant for the quality of the glove.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The gloves managed to be warm when needed and ventilated when needed.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The attention to detail and the colours.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Our tester won't be parted from these gloves.
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 5'7 Weight: size 16
I usually ride: Trek 7.5 WSD My best bike is: Turquoise Cruiser
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Novice
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, general fitness riding, Leisure