Top 6 gloves for 2017

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Alpinestars Rage Drystar, £99.99

Shorty-style glove that's perfect for urban sportsbike riders. Mixing leather and polyfabric with carbon knuckle guards and a palm slider, it also packs a waterproof Drystar membrane into the mix. Good wrist protection, too. Comes in black/red and black/white/red. www.alpinestars.com

 

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Weise Barracuda, £49.99

These entry-level, cowhide race gloves don't skimp on spec. They're extremely reassuring with plenty of feel, plus there's hard-plastic knuckle and finger armour. Velco retaining straps give a custom fit. Available in black, black/blue, black/red, black/white in sizes XS-3XL. www.thekeycollection.co.uk

 

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Buffalo Everest, £29.99

Traditionally-styled leather gloves with an authentic retro look. Yet there's more to these soft, full-grain gauntlets than you might think given their bargain price, as they pack a waterproof and breathable membrane and a wrist restraint. Available in black, XS-3XL. www.thekeycollection.co.uk

 

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Buse Sprint, £43.99

No-nonsense waterproof textile touring gloves with hard armour and Thinsulate thermal lining. Boasting a double-stitched leather palm panel for abrasion protection and a Velcro wrist strap for security, these are perfect for long-distance trips or year-round commuting. Available in sizes S-3XL. www.sportsbikeshop.com

 

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Alpinestars GP Plus R, £169.99

Using tech drip-fed down from the Supertech range-topper, the GP Plus R is ideal for sporty road riders on a budget. It incorporates knuckle protection and a finger bridge, plus Kevlar-reinforced goat leather on the palm to boost feel without sacrificing abrasion resistance. M-3XL. www.alpinestars.com

 

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Held Arctic Evo GTX, £160

Beautifully made glove uses Held's best winter tech. Gore-Tex guarantees waterproofing, while Thinsulate and a fur lining ensure warmth. Protection is courtesy of a Superfabric palm guard plus Sas-Tec and soft Gastec armour on the knuckles; the latter cleverly hardens on impact. www.held-uk.co.uk