Riding a motorcycle can take you through a wide range of temperatures and conditions—and the parts of your body that are most likely to be affected are also some of the most critical for operating the controls. Your fingers are responsible for controlling your speed, front brake, and clutch—not to mention your horn, lights, and kill-switch.
When your hands get cold, they slow down—and so will your ability to react to sticky situations. The same goes for sweaty hands; they can make your gloves wet and slippery on the controls, so it’s always important to make sure you’re bringing the right gloves for the occasion.
With so many glove options out there, it’s important to have a resource you can use to find the right products for your needs. Our team researched almost all the available options for gloves aimed at beginner riders on beginner budgets, and we collected them here in this list for your convenience. We also included different gloves for different conditions and riding styles, so you’re sure to find something useful here!
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Scorpion’s EXO Klaw riding gloves are the perfect option for new riders seeking a great all-rounder with good protection for the warmer months. They feature highly durable goatskin leather that completely envelops the entire glove and a neoprene wrist-relief panel to keep your hands comfortable when gripping the handlebars for long rides.
The TPR-molded finger protectors give you some slide protection, and the TPU-molded knuckle protectors are robust and rugged. The gloves also look aggressive, with a kind of “urban assault” vibe that edgier sport riders will really appreciate.
The Dainese Blackjack gloves are by far the most stylish glove option on this list. They look like the gloves of a thief involved in a bank heist—but that’s far from the only reason why we love them.
These mitts feature complete goatskin leather construction with a leather palm reinforcement to prevent wear-and-tear in your high-friction zones. They don’t have any built-in armor, but if you’re in the market for an extremely comfortable glove with a subtle-yet-stylish look, the Dainese Blackjack Gloves could be your best option.
The Sand 4 gloves from REV’IT are the perfect gloves to pair with the Sand 4 H20 Jacket if you wish to go that route. They are designed to seamlessly integrate with the jacket but are still a great glove even if you don’t go for the full Sand 4 get-up.
These gloves have a great fit and breathe very well, due to the air-stretch mesh outer construction and tri-fleece inner liner. The palms of the gloves are lined in drum-dyed goatskin, and they come with extra panels double-layered for reinforced durability in high-wear zones.
Ventilated TPR armor can be found on the knuckles and upper fingers with Temperfoam in the fingers, thumbs, knuckles, backhand, palm slider, and cuff; lots of protection despite being highly-breathable and relatively light.
One of the more lightweight options on this list, the Alpinestars SMX-1 Air V2 gloves take a simple approach to protection—with a hard polymer knuckle protection system being the main armor feature. They are constructed with a combination of leather and mesh, and they also have areas of perforated mesh to keep you cool.
The touchscreen-compatible fingertips are a great addition, but some reviewers complain that it is still difficult to use your smartphone with these gloves equipped. Still, some touchscreen functionality is better than nothing.
The Kim Induction Gloves are some of the most expensive gloves on this list and some of the only short-cuff-style gloves we covered. When looking at gloves in the $150 range, it’s quite difficult to find options towards the higher end of the price bracket (as most glove prices jump right from the $80-$120 range to the $175-$200 range).
So, what does the higher price of this glove get you? Well, you definitely won’t be making any sacrifices when it comes to comfort and safety. Many reviewers praise the softness of these gloves and how well they hold up in warm weather conditions.
The gloves are constructed with goat leather (with heavy perforation for airflow) and have Poron XRD in the knuckles and palm pad. They also have Mult-E-Touch smart-device functionality that is far superior to the Alpinestars system and a lot more tactile as well.
In some cases, a fully stormproof gauntlet is just what you need to brave harsh conditions on a long trek. The Joe Rocket Windchill gloves don’t get their name randomly; these bad boys are fully waterproof and insulated for maximum warmth—making early morning fall commutes a breeze.
The outer shell is made of drum-dyed cowhide, while the inside contains a waterproof Dry Tech midliner and 100 G Thinsulate to keep you warm and dry. These gloves also contain vibration-dissipating gel palms, helping you maintain a stable grip during even your longest rides.
These aren’t just for comfort and weather protection, either. They also help protect you from impacts with integrated high-density knuckle armor and leather reinforcements throughout the glove.
‘Street Rossi’s’ assemble! The Alpinestars SP-8 V2 are so good that they may even shave a tenth of a second off your grocery run records. Although they aren’t fully suited for the track, they are the perfect option for beginners who just got their hands on their first street bikes.
These gloves feature full-grain leather with a perforated cuff and finger sidewalls for extra breathability (despite being a full leather glove). They are quite safe, due to their gauntlet-styling—not to mention the over-molded polymer knuckle protectors and the EVA foam padding reinforcements located in the wrists, backs of the hands, fingers, palms, and thumb areas. The index fingers come ready for smartphone/screen use, although they’re the same Alpinestars system we mentioned earlier (which, again, isn’t everyone’s favourite).
When most high-performance gauntlet-style race gloves will run you over $300, we simply can’t leave these out of the equation.
Trying to find a pair of no-nonsense, cruiser-friendly gloves for casual riding? The REAX Tasker Leather Gloves might just be your new best friends.
These unassuming gloves offer stellar abrasion resistance, thanks to their all-leather construction. They’re also built with accordion-style stretch ribbing in the fingers to give your digits plenty of wiggle room for controlling your bike.
Finally, did we mention how dope these things look when you wear ’em? Sure, they might seem a little plain for sport riders—but if your style is more Sons of Anarchy than Power Rangers, you’ll be right at home with the classic 50s-style biker look these gloves provide.
Like the low-key look of the REAX Tasker Leather Gloves but want something a bit more robust for your longer and more rugged rides? Try the REAX Ridge WP Gloves, which bring the same good looks to a durable and waterproof product suitable for adventure riding or touring.
Made of treated cowhide with a durable goat-leather palm, these gloves won’t let the skin on your hands come away worse for wear from a chance meeting with asphalt. They also feature leather-wrapped protective knuckles, and an ergonomic pre-curved fit to keep you comfortable and mobile while riding.
For visibility, you get subtle reflective highlights that will help other motorists notice you in the dark. And your hands will stay comfortable in a wide variety of riding conditions, thanks to the moisture-wicking poly tricot lining and McFit bonded waterproof liner—which also keeps them breathable. These are some of the best gloves you can get for riding through challenging conditions—hands down.