Short finger gloves are the most common type of cycling glove you'll find in stock at bike stores. The other frequently purchased type of bike gloves are: full finger, winter gloves, and dirt riding gloves. Full finger biking gloves are just what the name says! Winter gloves are also known as thermal gloves, and they are also full fingered, but way heavier in design to fight off cold weather temperature while riding. Dirt riding glove feature protective elements for full contact in case of a wipeout on the bicycle. Now, let's get back to short finger gloves. There are several different designs that come into play. The most typical is a suede glove material and some sort of additional cushioning in the palm and thumb pad area. That cushion is usually provided by dense foam or, as is very popular in biking gloves, some sort of gel material. You'll see the word "gel" in many of names of bike gloves. The mesh or suede material is ideal for breath-ability and for being easy to clean. Many short finger gloves feature a terry cloth area on the back of the glove, which is intended for wiping away sweat or, more likely, for wiping a runny nose. Another style of short finger biking glove is the crochet glove, which is considered a classic design. The large, open weave of the fabric is great for breathability and for letting perspiration flow. These cycle gloves are highly durable and will last through many washing machine cycles. Short finger gloves are the most common type of bike gloves because the provide the shock protection you need from gripping your bike handlebars, while at the same time letting you get the tactile reponse from your bike shifters. Plus, they have the maximum air flow, to keep your hands feeling cool on hot riding days.