This glove is (quite obviously) designed for the dirt—where the physical demands are different than a street glove. But it does pretty damn well on the open road, too. We grabbed a pair of these last summer for a four-day trip up from NYC to Nova Scotia in 80- and 90-degree weather and they provided ample ventilation without sacrificing too much in the way of protection. Take a hand off the bars and shake it out in the wind and the whole glove is instantly air-dried and ready for more miles.
It’s built with a perforated leather palm, leather padding on the tops of every digit, and wrapped around the pinky and side of the hand for extra protection. Past that this glove's made up of a whole lot of synthetic mesh, making this glove breathe exceptionally well. It’s been designed to perform best while riding and—potentially—crashing in dirt, although it has enough leather and weight to instill confidence on the road too. A textured rubber pad at the palm offers great energy absorption in dirt or trailside debris. If you’re planning on pavement surfing at highway speeds, other options in this lineup offer better pure sliding performance. See Held’s use of Superfabric in its glove palms, or the “Dual-Comp” palm sliders on REVIT’s Cayenne Pro. But for (relatively) lower-speed city riding, touring or back-road cruising, the Dirt 2 does quite well—offering great venting and effective touchscreen friendly fingertips.