In case you were wondering, DND is not some technical acronym but simply stands for Down N Dirty. Giro's budget glove is all about delivering the essentials - superb fit, durability and feel. The first and last are evident from the first ride, and we've no reason to doubt the durability as they stood up to numerous tough rides and subsequent wash cycles during the testing period.
In terms of features, Giro's DND glove is surprisingly, and subtly well-endowed considering its excellent price. There is a tab on the inside of the wrist for pulling them on, with the three-panel, synthetic suede palm remaining bunch-free and flat against the skin - the hard-wearing material running up to the fingertips of the third and fourth fingers and around the top of the harder working first and second fingertips.
Padding on the DNDs is fairly minimal except for a 2mm EVA crashpad across the ulnar side of the heel of the palm. Although designed to take the sting out of unplanned dismounts, this padding will also please anyone who suffers ulnar nerve trouble from long, rough hours in the saddle.
Articulation is good, despite the snug fit, thanks to flex zones on the knuckles and the four-way stretch material used throughout, with an elastic gaiter on the wrist ensuring unrestricted wrist movement too.
There are even silicone pads on the tips of the first and second fingers and thumb so that you can operate touch screens without having to remove your gloves.
The Giro DND mountain bike glove is a well-designed and reasonably well-featured trail glove which should give many miles of rough riding comfort despite their minimal price.