Best motorcycle gloves for all conditions
MCN have compiled a list of the best motorbike gloves for all riding conditions. Whether you're trying to stay warm or cool, the one thing you always need is to stay safe. Find the full list of the best motorcycle gloves below.
Best summer motorcycle gloves – RST Tracktech Evo-R
Tested by: Former MCN Photographer, Joe Dick
RST Advertise their Tractech Evo-R as their ultimate race glove. It’s used by all their factory riders and comes fully loaded with racing features such as kangaroo palms, memory foam knuckle protection, double cuff Velcro closure, and a finger bridge. With over 2000 miles done in these gloves I can honestly say that they are incredibly comfortable, light, and offer great levels of feel and feedback.
The perforated leather and air vents keep your hands nice and cool on those warm days or during intense riding on track. They make a great road glove as well as a race glove and it’s clear to see why they’re RST’s factory riders’ first choice.
With a lack of a thermal or waterproof liner they’re a glove designed for fair weather riding only. So you’ll need another, more practical, pair of gloves for everyday use.
Best motorbike gloves for the track – Knox Handroid
Tested by: Former MCN Senior Reporter, Matt Wildee
These are some of the best gloves I’ve used, offering great comfort, good feel and a sense of solidity that I find reassuring. With a kangaroo palm and leather back, they’re fully loaded with armour, including exoskeleton finger, thumb and knuckle armour, a gel pod that covers the back of the hand and a scaphoid protector. There is also the ratchet-style wrist fastener and cuff sliders. It all adds up to giving you confidence and faith in their abilities.
I’ve crashed in Handroids before and I was impressed by their protective abilities and their integrity. I’ve been equally impressed with how well they’ve stood up to a lot of miles. What’s not? They may be too fussy for some – and on more than one occasion the knuckle armour has popped out of its guide when I’ve pulled a brake or clutch lever in.
Best short cuff motorbike gloves – Richa Rock
Leather gloves with hard knuckle protection and reflective panels to help you show up in a car’s headlight beam. In common with most gloves of this length, there’s a Velcro closure at the wrist to keep it in place.
Best budget motorbike gloves – Buffalo BR30
Tested by: Former MCN Sports Reporter, Oli Rushby
These are great, sporty casual gloves.
They didn’t take much bedding in to be comfortable and still look new after 2000 miles – despite being caught in rain and bad weather. They’re vented enough for hot days and have become my go-to gloves in decent weather as they’re quite lightweight. There’s hard plastic crash protection.
What’s not? For some reason, while the medium-sized glove seems to fit my fingers well, they aren’t so good on the thumbs and end up quite tight as my thumb tries to poke out of the end. It’s not really noticeable on shorter riders, but when covering longer distance it’s quite tight on my throttle thumb and this can lead to a bit of numbness and pins and needles.
Best waterproof motorbike gloves – Alpinestars WR-1
Tested by: Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves
Now spring is finally here it’s out with my bulky winter riding gloves and in with these. Made from Gore-Tex-lined soft leather, I’ve worn them in all weathers, on every kind of bike, from sportsbikes to scooters – and they are still going strong after two years. Ready to start their third year of service, there’s no signs of wear or tear, they’re just nicely bedded-in and fit me like a, well...
They’re warm in all but sub 5-degree C conditions, comfortable, waterproof and aren’t too thick, so it’s easy to feel your bike’s controls. A useful rubber wiper blade on the left thumb makes clearing your visor a piece of cake. Here’s to another three years.
Best motorbike gloves for touring – Richa Arctic WP
Previous winners of a RiDE magazine Best Buy Award, these winter-weight touring gloves tick all the boxes. Warm enough to keep the chill at bay during the cooler months and also promising 100% waterproofing via the internal Hipora membrane, the gloves also offer decent crash protection with hard armour at the knuckles, a scaphoid slider on the palm, as well as a Velcro wrist restraint.
Constructed from a mix of leather, Superfabric and Keprotec they’re also superbly made and look as though they should cost double their recommended retail price. The gloves also come in specific men’s and ladies’ sizes so you should get the perfect fit.
Best winter motorbike gloves – Spada Blizzard 2
Tested by: Former MCN Editor, Andy Calton
A glove for under £35 that claims to be waterproof and actually is! I started using these as a back-up pair for my preferred, thinner summer gloves and they have been called into use many times as the British weather does its thing! They are a great halfway house between full-on, fat winter gloves and summer gear.
They are warm and the visor wipe works well. I read a few reviews about them coming up a bit big, so went for medium and they fit well. They were a little snug to begin with, but they have given a bit and I’m glad I went for a size down from my usual choice. I’ve only really worn them this summer so they have not had to keep me toastie on cold days, but so far I really can’t complain.
What’s not? They pack away small, but I would worry that protection is limited as there is only ‘soft’ armour and I’d also be concerned about using these for any length of the time when the temperatures drop towards freezing. They can also get a bit sticky to get on and off in the wet. They only come in black, but for the money, there’s a lot to like.
Best heated motorbike gloves – Gerbing XR12
Tested by: Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves
These winter-thickness gloves have been durable, waterproof and warm, even without heat running through their micro-wires, but switched on they do a fine job of keeping the cold at bay. They are designed predominately to be connected to your bike’s battery for daylong heat, but because I chop and change between bikes I’ve been using them with Gerbing’s (slightly bulky) 1.4amp battery kit (£89.99).
Keeping them on a low setting, to eke out the power, the battery lasts between three to four hours and there’s enough warmth, not necessarily to give me hot hands, but to stop them getting cold, which has made my pinkies very happy.