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Seven lightweight motorbike glove reviews

With so much choice available, it can be hard to know which lightweight gloves to go for. MCN have been testing seven options for at least 1000 miles to help remove some of the guesswork. Here’s what we thought.

Weise Lancer leather gloves - Around £129.99

Weise Lancer leather gloves

  • Value 3 stars
  • Quality 3 stars
  • Tested by Alison Silcox, one month, 2800 miles

I needed vented gloves for summer and these have been ideal. They’re made from goat and cowhide so feel very lightweight, plus they have vents on the knuckles and fingers. They took very little breaking in and have been worn daily for the last month, which includes a trip to the continent.

Stretch panels boost comfort and they offer lots of reassurance with Knox scaphoid protectors, wrist protection and a bridge between the third and little finger. With a long cuff, which has two Velcro adjusters for a perfect fit over most jacket sleeves, they feel secure.

 

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Richa Street Touring Gore-Tex - Around £99

Richa Street Touring Gore-Tex gloves

  • Value 4 stars
  • Quality 4 stars
  • Tested by Oli Rushby, one month, 2500 miles

Taking just one pair of gloves on a 2500-mile ride to Austria was a bold move, but these Richa Street Touring Gore-Tex gloves ticked enough boxes for me to be happy. Riding at higher altitudes, despite the gloves being thin they kept my hands warm.

While in the warmer weather they were cool enough and didn’t get too sticky until we hit 37 degrees. Very heavy rain saw water seep in after two hours.

 

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Knox Handroid - Around £200

Knox Handroid gloves

  • Value 3 stars
  • Quality 4 stars
  • Tested by Matt Wildee, two years, 6000 miles

£200 is a lot for a pair of gloves, but the performance just about justifies it. They offer

great comfort, good feel and a sense of solidity that I find reassuring. With a kangaroo palm and leather back, they’re 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 a ratchet-style wrist fastener and cuff sliders. It all adds up to giving you faith in their abilities. I’ve crashed in Handroids before and been impressed by their integrity. 

 

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Dainese Mig C2 - Around £74.95

Dainese Mig C2 gloves

  • Value 3 stars
  • Quality 4 stars
  • Tested by Bruce Dunn, two months, 2000 miles

Made from a combination of leather, suede and mesh fabric, these offer loads of feel, style and comfort without compromising protection. The Velcro closure around the wrist combined with the PU hard armour across the knuckles have kept me feeling secure, meanwhile the reasonably lightweight synthetic suede palm and pre- curved fingers means that comfort and feel for the bike’s controls is good.

These are top quality gloves that are ideal for urban riding, especially as they feature grippy panels on the fingers to assist in the use of touchscreen devices. The sizing can be a little smaller than you expect, so always try before you buy.

 

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4SR Cafe Latte - Around £53

4SR Cafe Latte gloves

  • Value 3 stars
  • Quality 3 stars
  • Tested by Ben Clarke, one month, 1000 miles

The pre-curved finger design means that they fitted well right from day one, and the knuckle protection feels sturdy without being cumbersome. The protection on the thumb is a bit superficial but, in general, they feel sturdy enough.

The short cuff means that they help hands stay very cool in hot weather, but I’ve felt the cold on early morning starts so they’re certainly not all-season gear.

 

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Spidi STR-5 - Around £103.99

Spidi STR-5 gloves

  • Value 3 stars
  • Quality 3 stars
  • Tested by Emma Franklin, one month, 1000 miles

Made from goat leather, they’re extremely lightweight, offer loads of feel and didn’t need any time to break in. There’s hard carbon- fibre armour across the knuckles, as well as a soft foam pad on the heel of the hand to cushion the scaphoid bone without compromising comfort when holding the handlebars. The wrist and cuff closures make them feel secure but aren’t too bulky.

 

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Alpinestars Oscar Rayburn gloves - Around £79.99

Alpinestars Rayburn gloves

  • Value 4 stars
  • Quality 4 stars
  • Tested by Simon Relph, six months, 3000 miles

These combine retro styling with some modern additions such as a lightly armoured knuckle guard. The gloves are very simple in terms of design and have a zip on the back of the hand for easy access, but make sure the tab on the zip is flat to the glove, otherwise it will undo as you ride along.

With the wrist being very fitted there is no interference with cuffs, whatever jacket I wear with them. They have perforated goat leather on the back of the hand while the synthetic suede palm provides safety and comfort.