We've had our first snowfall of the year, and winter is definitely here, but these 11 pairs of gloves will keep the frost away from your fingers.
Rev’it Taurus GTX, £169.99
A luxury winter glove with an impressive warmth-to-weight ratio, reinforced with waterproof protection from Gore-Tex. By using Primaloft Gold Eco as the primary insulator these gloves give great warmth without sacrificing feel. Weatherproofing is further reinforced by way of a double cuff, and there’s a visor wipe on the finger. There’s also decent crash protection by way of a goatskin palm with scaphoid protector, Seesoft knuckle protector, and a wrist retainer.
Richa 9904 Waterproof Gloves, £34.99
Offering plenty of weather protection for not a lot of cash, these Richa gloves are a brilliant solution for winter riding. With 70g of Thinsulate providing the insulation and a Hipora membrane taking care of the waterproofing and breathability side of things, they should keep your hands pleasantly warm and dry during winter riding conditions. There’s leather at the palms and backs of the hands, a zip closure at the cuff and a large easy-to-use Velcro wrist restraint.
Knox Zero 2 OutDry, £129.99
Full-leather with a combination of cowhide on the back of the hand and cuff, and kangaroo on the palm for feel. An OutDry wind and waterproof membrane looks after the weather protection side of things, bolstered by 115g of Primaloft thermal lining. Super soft on the inside and non-bulky to wear, the Zero 2 also have the added benefit of hard armour at the knuckles, Knox’s scaphoid protector on the heel of the hand, and a visor wipe too.
Alpinestars Polar Gore-Tex, £129.99
These short-style gloves are ideal for urban warriors as they’re lightweight and well-constructed. Taking inspiration from Alpinestars’ racier offerings, there’s moulded armour across the knuckles with padded protection down the lengths of the digits and on the leather-reinforced palm, plus a finger bridge. Warmth is retained via Alpinestars’ own Warm-Tech thermal lining. There’s the added bonus of a touchscreen-friendly tip on the index fingers.
Buffalo Polar Textile Gloves, £34.99
Lightweight and warm without being bulky. Made from polyester with a supersoft style fabric on the backs of the hand and wrist, and a suede-effect material on the palm, they feel comfortable and secure while the internal Hipora membrane promises waterproofing and breathability. Crash protection comes by way of hard armour at the knuckles and finger joints. Cheap too.
Oxford Navigator 1.0 Gloves, £49.99
With the spec of a much more expensive glove, the Navigators provide top-level weather protection with a decent amount of impact protection too. As well as a waterproof Hipora membrane, there’s 70g of Thinsulate thermal protection in the back of the hand, and 75g of thinner Primesoft at the palm for warmth without bulk. Meanwhile the hard knuckle armour, wrist restraint and aramid-reinforced palm provide peace of mind.
Weise Strada Outlast WP, £89.99
Featuring the holy trinity of Hipora, Thinsulate and Outlast linings, the mid-priced Strada gloves vow to keep you completely dry, warm, and comfortable in all conditions. With extra insulation on the backs of the hands and a lesser amount beneath the goatskin palm helps keep chills at bay without reducing feel for the controls. There’s also an impressive storm cuff, knuckle armour, wrist restraint, and rubber visor wipe on the right thumb. The yellow panel will help you show up but they are also available in plain black.
Spidi Alu-Pro H2OUT Gloves, £89.99
Seriously well padded and warm, the Spidis treat hands to comfort and luxury by way of a fleecy thermal lining backed up by a layer of aluminium for added heat retention. Weather protection is catered for by way of the H2OUT waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane. Although these gloves feel fairly bulky on the backs of the hands, the palm offers plenty of feel courtesy of goat leather panels. There’s a touchscreen-complaint tip on the index finger, and they’re also available in plain black.
Furygan Blazer SympaTex, £109.99
These fleece-lined 100% leather winter gloves are heaven for hands. Featuring dual-layer thermal protection which is thicker on the back of the hand than it is on the palm, the Blazers are not short on warmth or feel. A SympaTex membrane keeps the rain at bay while ensuring skin can breathe, meanwhile a carbon-fibre insert at the knuckles provides impact protection. The long cuff can be easily stuffed under sleeves, and there’s an additional Velcro closure at the wrist. Thumb and forefingers are touchscreen compatible.
Spada Blizzard 2 WP Gloves, £29.99
Featuring a double cuff system with a wrist-hugging neoprene inner to prevent rain ingress, the Blizzards are well spec’d for the price. There’s 70g of Thinsulate providing the warmth, backed up by Spada’s own micro-laminated 100% waterproof/windproof membrane, and there’s a rain clearing visor wipe on the left thumb. Crash protection is fairly minimal, comprising of a padded section on the back of the hand, a Velcro wrist restraint and leather patches on the palms.
Held Arctic Gore-Tex Gloves, £119.99
Well priced for such a high-spec glove, the Arctics are made from a mix of tough Superfabric and supple goatskin for a combination of warmth, comfort and protection. There’s a full Gore-Tex membrane keeping the wind and rain at bay, a visor wipe on the index finger, foam-backed hard armour at the knuckles, and a waterproof zip closure at the cuff. The gloves feature a class-leading 180g of Thinsulate thermal lining on the back of the hands to keep you warm on the road, and close via Velcro straps at the cuff and wrist.