I’m not sure what it is about bike gloves, but kids love them. I hear it from parents time and time again—a simple pair of bike gloves has motivated their kids to ride. My child is no different.
When two new pairs of ZippyRooz showed up in the mail, P lit up with delight. The only problem was that there were TWO PAIRS, so he couldn’t figure out which ones to put on first. He went with the half-finger “monster” gloves, and went running out to his bike so fast I had trouble finding his helmet before he was half-way down the driveway.
While any pair of bike gloves would probably have this effect, the ZippyRooz gloves are extra special. It is clear that love and attention have been put into these bike gloves, and that they aren’t simply a shrunken version of an adult design.
Review in a Nutshell
- Half and full finger options
- Cute designs
- Soft and comfortable
- They aren’t free?
- Machine washable
- Size small: Ages 1-2
- Size medium: Ages 3-4
- Large: Ages 5-6
Price: Half-finger ($14), Full-finger ($19)
ZippyRooz Kids Bike Gloves Detailed Review
Why bother buying bike gloves?
You’ve already spent a bunch of money on a bike and helmet for your child—do you really need bike gloves too? Depending on the age of your child, the answer might be yes or no. ZippyRooz makes gloves for toddlers as young as a year old. A 12 month old is most likely NOT riding a bike; they are probably riding in a bike seat or trailer. In this case, you are buying gloves because they are FUN.
Once a kiddo starts riding a balance bike, gloves become more about protection. Hands are the #1 thing to get scraped up in a fall. By the time, your child has graduated to a pedal bike, gloves become even more important. Kids are going at faster speeds and real crashes become more likely. As their riding becomes more aggressive, gloves can also provide grip and keep sweaty hands from slipping.
Half-finger and full-finger options
ZippyRooz offers both half-finger and full-finger gloves, so no matter which style your child prefers, you’re in luck. Because we do a lot of off-road riding, I personally prefer the full-finger gloves as they provide extra protection and keep fingernails clean. (If your child is like mine, there is a lot of digging in the dirt on the side of the trail).
Sized for toddlers and young kids
It may seem ridiculous that your 1 year old needs a pair of bike gloves, but for some tiny tots, a pair of bike gloves can bring a lot of joy. This was true of my son at that age. When he started wearing my bike gloves around, I knew it was time to get him his own.
Fortunately, ZippyRooz understands this. Their size small gloves fit kids ages 1-2, so even the littlest kids can join in on the fun. My almost 4 year-old wore the size medium, which fit like a glove (excuse the pun, I couldn’t help myself). Lastly, the size large gloves fit kids up to 6 years old.
Most other kids bike gloves I’ve seen look just like adult bike gloves—in other words, functional but not much fun. The ZippyRooz gloves come in cute fabrics that kids respond to. Based on comments we’ve gotten from strangers, adults think they are pretty great too.
The most important thing is that the gloves are comfortable and that your child is going to actually keep them on. When P first tried on the full-finger “alien” gloves, he commented several times that they are “so comfortable, mom.” Although I can’t actually try them on myself, the fabric both on top of the hand and at the palm felt buttery soft and flexible. Flexibility is important for kids gloves because bulky gloves make rock collecting and raspberry eating pretty tough.
The ZippyRooz also have a fair amount of padding on the palm, but not so much that they become bulky. The half-finger gloves provide more padding than the full-finger gloves.
The defining feature of the ZippyRooz gloves are the finger loops on the half-finger gloves. These short elastic loops help kids take gloves off on their own—genius! P has been wearing half-finger bike gloves for a couple years, so he’s actually pretty good at getting gloves off on his own, BUT with his other gloves they are always getting turned inside out in the process. With the ZippyRooz, he pulls the elastic loops and off come the gloves—still right side out.
If you are looking for bike gloves for your 1-6 year old, look no further than ZippyRooz. Cute designs, soft material, and quality construction make these gloves winners. Whether you are looking for a half-finger of full-finger glove, ZippyRooz has you covered.
Want a comparison to other bike gloves on the market? Check out this article on our favorite kids bike gloves.