Recently, I’ve gone without mountain-biking gloves. The palms wear out and I’m still left with blisters and calluses. When I started volunteering for trail-work days, gloves became a necessity once again, so I was glad to see Pearl Izumi’s Pulaski model. The palms are synthetic leather, keeping the glove lightweight and breathable while riding, but tough and durable while digging. It'll be a long time before I go without mountain-biking gloves again. $45.