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Full! Paw! Coverage!

Because it’s your hands that typically hit the ground first to break your fall in a crash, hand protection is critical in mountain biking. The Dakine Sentinel ($45) is such a glove and it comes with full-paw coverage.

Before diving into the review, it’s important to disclose that I did not intentionally set out to test the integrity of the Dakine Sentinel’s impact-resistance. My review is based entirely on how its design and construction lend itself to hand protection.

What I like

  • Durable. The Dakine Sentinels are made with a stretchy material with flexible D3O™ sonic welded armor. When I wear these it feels like it’s molding itself to my hands. That’s a good thing because it will protect them from nasty abrasions, cuts, and bruises from the dirt, rocks, or pavement.
  • Comfortable. Part of the comfort factor of the Sentinels come from their one-piece seamless palm construction. The other part is the moisture wicking four-way stretch air mesh. If you live and ride in places where it’s hot and humid in the summer, this is a must for any glove.
  • Touch screen-compatible. I’m seeing this more and more on gloves today. As long as I wear the Dakine Sentinels I will never have to remove my gloves to take a picture.
  • Padding. Does a great job of absorbing stress and bumps on the trail and the silicone gripper fingertips only help to improve my grip on the handlebars.

What I didn’t like

  • Nothing. There is nothing to dislike or nitpick.

Final thoughts

While I can’t testify to how well they hold up in a crash (yet), I can say that the Dakine Sentinels are built with crashes in mind.

What are you waiting for? Get yourself a pair. Go. Go now!

  • DAKINE
    DAKINE designed the Sentinel Mountain Bike Gloves with stretch materials and flexible D30 armor to provide protection without limiting your range of motion. Stretchy air mesh at the back of the hand helps you fingers stay cool, while a neoprene panel provides a smooth shot of abrasion resistance. The palm is made of tough but soft Clarino synthetic suede, and both the palm and back of the hand are hooked up with Dakine's flexible D3O padding, which provides flexible shock absorption and light protection. Silicone fingertip grippers give you firm control of your brakes and shifters, and a microfleece thumb panel makes for easy nose wiping and goggle cleaning. Dakine even made the Sentinel touchscreen compatible, so you can whip out your phone when you hit the bottom to take some sweet pictures of your mud-covered mug.
    $22.47  from Backcountry
  • Dakine
    Geared with back of hand and palm armor, D3o? flexible armor, the Dakine Women's Sentinel will protect your hands from harm's way. Though the glove is made of neoprene with sonic welded armor, it's amazingly breathable. The f...
    $42.00  from Jenson USA