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Dainese Guanto X-ILE gloves

See my updates below - these are not recommended. 

One of the things I decided to do after my spill in the Japanese alps was to change out my summer gloves from O’Neil Moto-X items to items with greater protection.

I wanted a glove that offered genuine high protection in a summer glove. After reading some reviews I went with the Dainese Guanto gloves hoping to get a higher quality product with this famous brand.

These are a leather glove with some spandex portions and some perforated area and offer a compromise between venting and strength with reinforced areas on the palm, rear of fingers and knuckle.


On the road I would agree with reviews, they do ventilate much better than you would expect by looking at them. Not super free flowing like mesh gloves but in a different class of protection to those. I do not find them as comfortable as other reviewers have. I hope this will improve with wear however that remains to be seen. The sizing at least seems correct.

All up then not bad however not super comfortable like my Held gloves. I got these in December '10 on close out from a USA web dealer very well priced.

Update September 2011. Now being used again after winter and I still find them not as comfortable as I would expect for such a top line product. Hard to recommend on my experience so far.

Update October 2011. Well these are going to be retired after little use as they are simply not comfortable. The problem is the way the fingers are constructed with the seams at the side of your fingers bunching up and annoying you by 1/2 way into a ride. Am ordering a new pair of gloves from Held.

Final update. In the end I never wore these for more than a few days as too uncomfortable. The way the seams are is very poor design. I threw them out in the end and have not much confidence to buy anything else from Dainese if they cannot make something as simple as gloves that don't bite into your skin.


  1. I've been using Alpinestars SP-X gloves for about a year now. I got a small(ish) size because I hate having half an inch of glove hanging off the end of my fingers and thumbs. They're a little tight to get on in summer (because my hands swell a little) but they're a very breezy glove but seem to proved a lot of protection: Kevlar kunckles, and a padded section on the outside palm.
    They're a short glove, not a full gauntlet, too.
    I'll definitely be getting another set if/when my old pair wear away - but there's no sign of that happening yet.

  2. They look pretty chunky, I hope they ware in ok for you. I've been looking for a good pair of summer gloves for 3 years now and bought a pair of Joe Rocket Pheonix 3 gloves about a month or two ago, they are great and at $39 on special cheap too.

  3. Unfortunately I am still not riding Stuart but I think they will be ok, they are 'chunkier' as you put it than a summer glove, almost like a short race glove, but they ventilate reasonably well - not a bad effort by Dainese.

    Those Joe Rockets look good value, I have a pair something similar from a few years back that I sometimes use on very hot days, very high venting gloves.

  4. I have purchased a good number of items from Alpinestars over the years NHRN. I like their retro designs a lot.

    I appreciate their assistance provided with the shoe problems I had and it's not because those shoes had quality control issues and never worked, I have experienced the same with my pair of Joe Rocket boots. No its more that other brand items I have recently purchased work better. Their Raven gloves were horrible, the thumbs were too small, I gave them away. Their 'totally waterproof' 'winter' jacket I purchased for my euro ride has a non waterproof front zipper, no outer storm flap and a tiny almost non existent inner wind flap so the cold air and water can enter with ease. Looks great but practical design is poor and the zipper is very weak having given me trouble within first week of use.

    No it has taken a while but I just won't let myself buy anymore Alpinestars gear. I was going to get the zipper on my leather Astars jacket replaced when it broke end of last winter but I have since decided to just replace it with a jacket from someone else.


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