For most cyclists and many runners (especially in winter conditions), a good pair of gloves is essential for optimum comfort as well as protection from wind, rain, cold and possible accidents.
Cyclists will benefit from the additional grip and protection offered by gloves – keeping sweaty hands from slipping from the bar grips, or offering palm protection in the event of a crash – while all athletes need to keep their extremities warm when exercising in cold conditions.
Gloves vary in price and application, ranging from lightweight summer mitts offering basic cushioning and crash protection to highly-technical and fully weatherproof winter gloves for polar conditions.
Your choice will depend on your chosen athletic discipline, the weather conditions you are likely to encounter, and of course your budget. Many athletes are likely to have different pairs of gloves to suit the season.