Hands don't get a ton of love in the bike world, but they should. They're the interface between your body and your bike, so if they're rubbed raw, sore, and bruised, you won't be able to control your bike as well you'd like. Giro's Xen Gloves take hand protection to the next level, with plenty of DH ready padding and XC caliber breathability. The upper part of your hand knuckles, upper fingers, and outer portion is covered by Giro's sonic welded armor, which is accented by breathable mesh to keep your hands protected and cool. At the heel of your palm, Poron XRD padding is soft until impact, at which point it stiffens to keep your palms from getting shredded when you go over the bars. Flex zones at the knuckles and silicone print at the fingertips keep your digits dexterous and your braking reliable, respectively, and the three piece Super Fit Clarino palm is hooked up with 2mm Technogel padding to reduce vibrations without making it feel like you're gripping your bars while wearing mittens.