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13 of the best winter gloves

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Riding a motorbike with cold hands can be uncomfortable, painful or even dangerous once numbness sets in and affects your ability to use the controls.

Luckily for those who ride a motorbike in winter, there are loads of options out there for keeping your fingers warm. Here are some of the best winter motorbike gloves available now from the MCN Shop:

Rev’it Taurus GTX, around £161.49

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 thanks to a goatskin palm with scaphoid protector, Seesoft knuckle protector, and a wrist retainer.

Sizes XS-4XL 

Rev'it Taurus GTX gloves
Richa 9904 Waterproof Gloves

Richa 9904 Waterproof Gloves, around £31.44

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.

Sizes XS-2XL

Knox Covert OutDry, around £109.99

The OutDry membrane in these Knox gloves is bonded to the outer surface, repelling water at the first line of defence rather than once it’s soaked through the outer layer. The Coverts are made from cowhide and goatskin, which is used on the palm and fingertips for better feel. There are moulded knuckle protectors, and Knox scaphoid sliders on the palm.

Sizes: S-2XL

Knox Covert OutDry gloves
Alpinestars Valparaiso gloves

Alpinestars Valparaiso Drystar, around £76.49

These touring gloves use Alpinestars’ excellent Drystar waterproof and breathable membrane. The Velcro closure system is designed for a weather-tight fit and reflective details keep you visible at night, too.

As well as protection from the weather, the Valparaiso will protect you in a crash with knuckle armour, suede palm reinforcement and third and fourth finger bridge.

Sizes XS-XL

Buffalo Polar Textile Gloves, around £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.

Sizes XS-2XL

Buffalo Polar Textile Gloves
Dane Nordkap gloves

Dane Nordkap Gore-Tex gloves, around £89.99

These waterproof and windproof, breathable winter gloves from Dane use a Thinsulate thermal liner to keep the cold at bay.

Made from polyamide and goatskin leather, the gloves use a two finger design with a Gore-Tex two finger insert which lets your fingers share their warmth. There’s also an integrated visor wipe.

Sizes XS-2XL

Spada Enforcer WP, around £69.99

These gloves are recommended by our sister magazine RiDE and feature carbon knuckle protection, keprotec inserts on the palms and a fully waterproof and breathable Hipora membrane. These gloves are reassuringly thick, but an articulated thumb aids movement as does the knuckle armour sitting on its own panel. There's a visor wipe on the left thumb, too.

Sizes XS-2XL

Spada Enforcer gloves
Spidi Alu-Pro H2OUT Gloves

Spidi Alu-Pro H2OUT Gloves, around £97.99

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-compliant tip on the index finger, and they’re also available in plain black.

Sizes XS-2XL

Spada Blizzard 2 WP Gloves, around £34.99

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.

Sizes XS-2XL

Spada Blizzard 2 WP Gloves
Gerbing 12v heated gloves

Gerbing 12V XR-12, around £158

If the temperature really drops you may find that conventional gloves just don’t cut it any more. There’s loads of heated kit out there like these Gerbing gloves that can be connected directly to the bike or Gerbing's B12V-1400 battery (stored in the cuff). They feature a water and windproof Hipora lining as well as a Thinsulate thermal lining.

Sizes S-XL

Richa Carbon, around £38.24

These are the top rated winter gloves on the MCN Shop by our users and they're under £40! They're waterproof, reinforced with Kevlar and come complete with a Thinsulate liner to keep the worst of the cold out. There's also a suede visor wipe to keep your visor clear of winter grime.

Sizes XS-2XL

 Richa Carbon gloves
 ARMR Moto WPS340 Glove

ARMR Moto WPS340 Glove, around £39.99 

Available in XS to XL, the WPS340 is made of a cowhide and goatskin construction and comes with pre-curved fingers and a Thinsulate thermal liner. There’s an adjustable Velcro cuff and breathable, waterproof lining.

RST Rallye mixed CE gloves - around £39.49

These RST gloves were inspired by the company’s partnership with the Mick Extance riding school. They’re CE-approved thanks to carbon Kevlar knuckle protection and a microfibre and goat skin outer.

A Sinaqua membrane keeps the water out, while a quilted thermal liner is in charge of keeping your digits warm. There are also 3M Scotchlite accents to keep you visible on those dark mornings and evenings.

Sizes XS-2XL

 RST Rallye gloves
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