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POC Index DH Glove (discontinued)

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The Good:

Lightweight and less-bulkey, VPD 2.0 padding where you need it most, Excellent palm protection, Fits like a glove - true to size.

The Bad:

The velcro strap was weak, Kinda pricey.

Overall Review:

First off, let me just say, I am a glove connoisseur. That being said I have some pretty high standards when it comes to the quality, style, protection, and fit of my gloves. I ride everything from mild XC and bike paths with family all the way to rampage style terrain. With this wide range of riding styles, I am constantly looking for a glove that is light enough so my hands don't sweat to death on, thin enough that I can keep my dexterity when adjusting component settings, yet heavy duty enough so I don't crush my fingers while going OTB on my dual crown. The POC Index DH offers all of this.

Note: These are the gloves I own and am reviewing. There are minor differences between these and the ones originally pictures by VitalMTB.


The POC Index DH gloves are very well put together. There were no excess materials, loose stitching, or defects that would later effect durability. I know this should go without saying but you'll be surprised how often little flaws can make it past quality control with other brands. The quality of the material is top notch as well; which should be considering they are $65. The materials chosen couldn't have been any better. Light weight, breathable top, stitched together with a high quality thin leather bottom that has been reinforced around the palms. Accompanied with POC's patented VPD technology and grip patches along the thumb and braking fingers give ultimate protection and control, even in the most hairy situations. The POC Index DH gloves are quite possibly the best made gloves I won.

On the trail:

The fit on the POC Index DH gloves are very good and true to size. The first time putting these gloves on, I didn't notice anything special compared to other "all-mountain" gloves in terms of comfort. After a few hot and sweaty rides however, its like these things melted and contoured to my hands. They became so comfy and molded that often times I'd still be wearing them well after getting home from my ride. The VPD padding over the outer knuckles also molded to my hand nicely and I couldn't even tell there was additional protection there until I actually needed it. POC was correct when they described VPD as "adapts to the shape of your body, but when exposed to impact the material stiffens and has extreme impact absorption properties." I was slightly nervous how the VPD padding on these gloves didn't cover the trigger finger's knuckle but after a few spills, haven't come close to busting that knuckle. Going through tight trees, you're more likely to smash the outer knuckles rather than the inner ones.

Only complaint:

After owning them for a few months of constant riding, I noticed that the velcro strap started to lose function and doesn't hold tight anymore. Luckily the fit on these gloves is so good that it's not a huge deal but it would be nice if the strap was a little more durable.

Bottom line:

I have been very impressed with these gloves and would put them at the top of the list of all the gloves I have owned. If you can justify spending $65 on gloves, or is these gloves go on sale, I would HIGHLY recommend these gloves for anyone looking for an phenomenally breathable DH glove or any trail-riders looking for the best protection without having to settle with a heavier, bulkier glove.


Product POC Index DH Glove
Rider Unisex
Material To provide adequate protection for DH racing, the Index DH glove is equipped with VPD knuckle protection. The VPD material is soft and adapts to the shape of the body, but when exposed to impact, the material stiffens providing extreme shock absorption properties. In addition, the palm is reinforced with silicone pads for extra comfort, and an adjustable cuff for better fit.
Size XS, S, M, L, XL
Color Hydrogen White, Uranium Black
Miscellaneous Other features include grip patches for brake fingers, terry cloth patch, durable synthetic suede on palm inside, finger joint protection, and touch screen compatible.
Price $65
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