I don't freemount yet, so I still steady myself against objects like cars and trees before I shove off and start riding. The act of steadying usually involves putting my palm on a horizontal surface, and that flexion (or extension, not sure which) of my wrist causes a mild but annoying daily ache. And yes I still occasionally take a dive off the front that has me extending my arms to ward off a face plant, so that contributes to the wrist issue too. In the past I have worn leather gloves to protect against abrasion, but nothing to support my wrists. Which is dumb because when I bought the unicycle I made sure I got some unicycle-specific gloves with wrist support. Last night I finally gave them a try.
The gloves are Kris Holm Grey Pulse gloves from Unicycle.com, $36. I have no affiliation with either the manufacturer or retailer. I got them because the reviews suggested they were appropriate for unicycling, and I knew I needed something. I hadn't worn them up to this point because I thought my biggest problem would be high-siding off the front and scuffing up my palms, and my old leather work gloves were fine for that. But when my wrists started aching I realized that it was time to pull on the Kris Holms.
The part of the glove over the hand and fingers is similar to newer style stretch work gloves with abrasion resistant palms and fingers that you can pick up at building stores. So why not just get the work gloves from the hardware? The big deal about the Kris Holms is that they have integrated wrist support. The gloves have a long, maybe 12" x 3" band of stretch fabric attached to the wrist of the glove that you wrap around your wrist like an ace-bandage and that fastens securely with velcro. A plastic plate, roughly 2" x 3" embedded in this band is positioned behind your wrist to resist wrist over-extension (or is it over-flexion?).
Last night was the first time I used them so I can't provide a rigorous review, but they were comfortable enough that I'll use them again. I felt the wrist support resisting the over extension, yet there was no pain or digging in from that plastic plate. I use XL gloves, and the XL version of this particular glove fits a bit too small, but it will do. It has to because they don't come any bigger.
So far so good. I think I hear my wrists thanking me.