The best kids summer cycling gloves

Kids summer cycling gloves are so important for keeping little hands protected - from blisters and from scrapes - as well as helping reduce the vibration through the bike, especially when riding on rougher terrain.

Here is what is currently available for summer 2018 in the way of  short-fingered children's summer cycling gloves.  Most of the gloves are smaller versions of adult cycling mitts, although we've included a few that are child specific in their sizing.  All will provide your Cycle Sprog with protection as they're riding their bike this summer.

Things to look for when buying summer cycling mitts for your child

Cycling mitts are a relatively simple piece of kit, but they do vary in style, size, price and quality. Things to look out for are:

  1. Fit of the glove - you want them to be snug on your child's hand - too big and they'll get chaffing where the glove is moving against their skin. Some come with velcro tighteners for a closer fit.
  2. Padding - the more expensive the glove, the more padding you're likely to get on the palm.  Some kids like this, but it the glove is too big for them this can bunch up and cause complaints
  3. Ease of getting the glove on and off - this will vary depending on your child's hand size
  4. Quality of fabric - some cheaper gloves don't have seams on the material on the fingers, which means they're more likely to fray (i.e. be picked at by little fingers)

The best kids summer cycling gloves

Where hand measurements are given  measure around the widest part of the hand excluding the thumb.

Altura Children's Sprint Short finger cycling gloves

Altura Sprint Kids Cycling Gloves

The Altura sprint kids cycling mitts have a high density foam padding in the palm to provide good protection from bumps and the vibration of their ride. This is coupled with a synthetic leather coating which gives a decent amount of grip on the handlebars.  Altura use a hook and loop cuff adjuster for a secure fit so there shouldn't be any chaffing.  There is a reflective trim on the gloves, should you be caught out as the light fades.  The gloves also have a feature called a micro-suede sweat wipe which can be used for wiping sweating foreheads or snotty noses!

These fingerless cycling gloves come in 3 colour schemes  (pink/black, blue/black or white/black)  and are available in 3 sizes.  These roughly equate to the following ages:

Small - age 5-6
Medium - age 7-8
Large - age 9-10

The Altura sprint kids cycling mitts  are stocked by Rutland Cycling and Amazon - the RRP is £10.99 but they are sometimes reduced.

Polaris Controller Kids Cycling Mitts

Polaris Controller kids summer cycling gloves

Another popular choice of kids summer cycling mitt is the Polaris Controller. It comes in a wider range of colours and patterns that the Altura - including the jewel pattern shown, and a spotty version as well as skulls and camouflage versions. The mitt has many of the same features, including padded palms, sweat wipe area on the thumb and an easy open Velcro fastener.  The Polaris mitt comes in four sizes:

Small = 11.5 - 13 cm
Medium = 13 - 14.5 cm
Large = 14.5 - 16 cm
XL = 16 - 17.5 cm

The Polaris Controller kids cycling gloves are available from Tredz, The Little Bike Company and Amazon, and they have an RRP of £7.99

Cube Junior Race Eazy Short Finger Cycling Gloves (£15.99)

Cube junior fingerless cycling gloves

Our boys have used the long fingered version of these Cube gloves and found them to be very comfortable and easy to get on and off. The Cube Race Eazy gloves have got an extra large Velcro fastener which is easier for younger children to do up. The gloves come in three sizes - note that the smallest Cube glove is bigger than the Polaris and Altura gloves, as these are junior, rather than kids gloves - a subtle but important difference.

XXXS - 13.5 - 14.5 cm
XXS -  14.5 - 15.5 cm
XS - 15.5 - 17 cm

The Cube Junior Race Eazy cycling gloves have an RRP of £15.99 and are available from  Tredz. The glove comes in one colour choice only.

Kiddimoto children's cycling mitts

Kiddimoto spotty kids fingerless cycling glove for small hands

None of the gloves mentioned above will fit the very smallest of hands - think balance bikes and first pedal bikes here.  One of the best kids summer cycling gloves for this age group are the Kiddimoto range. They come in a wide range of colours and styles that appeal to very young children - including Union Jacks, spots, butterflies and splotches.  The gloves have all the features you need - padded palms, breathable lycra-backed fabric and a handy Velcro wrist strap. They should fit even the smallest hands and give a good grip on the handlebars.

The Kiddimoto gloves come in two sizes:

Small (ages 2 - 4 years)
Medium (ages 5 plus)

Kiddimoto gloves (along with their range of balance bikes and helmets) are available from John Lewis and Amazon and have an RRP of £9.99 but are often reduced.

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Disclosure: Some of the links in this article on kids summer cycling gloves use affiliate marketing, which means Cycle Sprog gets a very small commission for every purchase made. This helps us to keep the website running, so thanks so much for your support buy buying through these links.

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