Cycling gloves are primarily designed to keep your hands from hurting during and after long bike rides and also to protect you in the event of a fall. The back part is generally breathable. Differences can be found in the structure of the palm part of the glove. They are also very popular among skaters who don't fall anymore. Bicycle gloves are a nice alternative for them compared to less dexterous gloves with guards. Winter models are universally used in other sports as well.