For many riders, wearing cycling shorts with an integrated chamois is just part of riding a bike. That’s allowed companies like Elastic Interface to become experts in chamois technology and comfort, which is exactly why Giro has worked with EIT on their shorts for years. But now, the two companies have developed a new Elastic Interface – one meant for your palms instead of your rear.

Giro & EIT palm chamois pressure testing

Co-developed for Giro’s cycling gloves, the EIT Palm Technology can be found on the new Supernatural road gloves. Calling it the “first ever three-dimensional seamless and elastic palm” for cycling gloves, the EIT Palm was developed in conjunction with the University of Padua Department of Biomedical Sciences. More than just slapping some new materials into a stretchy palm, pressure sensors were used in the development process to help determine the best locations for specific padding.

Giro & EIT palm chamois options

Like chamois for your shorts, there are different models of the EIT Palm including Race, Gravel, Ultra, and Slim models using various densities of their Hybrid Cell System inserts. Those inserts are 3-D molded in to a seamless, one piece palm and positioned to improve blood flow and reduce pressure on the ulnar nerve. And since the palm is elastic, it will stretch and move with your hand, conforming to your grip on the bars or hoods.

Giro & EIT palm technology for Supernatural glove

Based on the image provided by Giro, it appears that the Supernatural gloves utilize a padding layout similar to the EIT Ultra, though with a few differences in the padding layout.

Giro & EIT Supernatural glove

According to Giro, the Supernatural Road Gloves are the first gloves with EIT Palm tech available in the U.S. Available in four colors for men, and three colors for women, the gloves sell for $50.

One piece microfiber palms for better MTB grip

Giro one piece microfiber palms for MTB gloves

Over on the MTB side of things, Giro is also dialing in the grip and feel of their palms. But instead of a stretchy palm with plenty of padding, the new gloves feature a one-piece, pre-curved, perforated Microfiber palms for the ultimate feel at the bar.


Trixter mtb glove from side

At first glance, the new Trixter seems to be another high end, minimalist glove from Giro. But then I saw the price. Only $20? That seems like it will make the Trixter a hit for those looking for performance on a budget.

Trixter MTB glove palm

White snow wasn’t the best backdrop to photograph the very white palm of the new Trixter, but the perforation and touchscreen details help it stand out. While the Trixter uses a one piece, pre-curved microfiber palm, it isn’t the AX Suede material found on their more expensive gloves. Still, it feels good on the hand, and offers an ultra thin bar-feel.

Trixter MTB glove fourchettes

The fourchettes (the area between the fingers) is construction from AX Bolt fabric with InstaChill technology that has a cooling effect once it becomes moist. Between that, and the airy construction, I probably won’t be using these gloves any time soon – but they seem like a great option for the hotter months.

The Trixter is unisex with a simple slip-on elastic cuff, and comes in five colors for $20.


Giro Havoc MTB glove

For a bit more protection, and higher end materials, the new Havoc offers a similar ultra light feel at the bar. The knuckles feature TPR protection, along with a bit at the wrist and at the adjustable velcro wrist closure.

Giro Havoc MTB glove fingers

Ariaprene mesh helps keep things cool on the pinky and ring finger, and thinner mesh is used on the fourchettes than the Trixter.

Giro Havoc MTB glove palm

This time, a true AX Suede one-piece, pre-curved microfiber palm is used with perforations and conductive stitching for smartphone use. Compared to the Microfiber palm used for the Trixter, the AX Suede palm has a softer feel to it, but both offer excellent feedback from the bar.

Offered in four colors, the Havoc sells for $40.


I tend to run between a small and a medium in terms of glove sizing, and I’d say that both of these gloves run true to size or slightly smaller. Because of that, the Havoc is easier for me to get over my wide palms – though both fit pretty well once I’ve got them on. I prefer my gloves snug without any bunching of material or loose bits a the end of the fingers and initially these seem to fit pretty well.




    • Zach Overholt on

      David, there is one pair of red Supernaturals available, but it’s technically one of the women’s colorways. According to Giro’s sizing charts, the sizing for men’s gloves is wider at the hand width, but shorter for the length. If you really like the red, it’s possible you could just size up since these are fingerless.

  1. Aaron on

    Help me out as I am confused on something. Where you say “…there are different models of the EIT Palm including Race, Gravel, Ultra, and Slim models.” Does this mean there are different gloves coming down the line? I only see the Race glove on the site.

    • Zach Overholt on

      EIT lists different models on their site which look like they’re available through other glove manufacturers – just not in the U.S. at the moment. MAAP, De Marchi, and Q36.5 each have their own models with EIT Palms, and each seems to use a different palm layout.

      • Joenomad on

        To add to the conversation, Giro’s Supernatural padding looks nothing like the 4 examples, so you might want to read your copy and paste review and do some modifications.

        • Zach Overholt on

          Joenomad – did you read the post? “Based on the image provided by Giro, it appears that the Supernatural gloves utilize a padding layout similar to the EIT Ultra, though with a few differences in the padding layout.” The Ultra (bottom left of the grid of four pad layouts) is very similar to the Giro layout. The two blue pads at the bottom of the palm have been rotated 90 degrees, and the blue and grey padding is slightly different in shape, but the most similar of the four designs.

        • Tim Jackson on

          Joe; as Zach mentions, EIT have numerous padding configurations that they offer, with padding placement that they developed on their own with the University of Padua. Giro co-developed a specific and 100% custom version of the padding placement with Elastic Interface, using their own research and development. I handle the PR for Elastic Interface in North America, so I can confidently state the above. Hope this clears the confusion.

  2. marcus on

    for anyone curious about them, I’ve been using the trixter gloves on my trail bike lately. Honestly, if you told me they cost double their msrp, I’d believe you until I looked really close. The palm is grippy and doesn’t bunch, and the vented sides allow pretty good airflow, I was comfortable in 95deg heat this week.
    So what are you sacrificing? Well the palm material pills up pretty quick, and we’ll see what that means for durability. Also if you look at the stitching inside you can see there’s a bit less attention to detail with more single stitches rather than doubled and flat seams.


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