Best Short Cuff Motorcycle Gloves

The Best Short-Cuff Motorcycle Gloves [2022]

Alongside your feet and your posterior, your hands are two of the five major contact points that control a bike. Clutch, throttle, front brakes, trip computer, signals, headlights, and so much more are at your literal fingertips, so you should be keeping those fingers and hands protected.

Not everyone that rides likes to wear a full gauntlet/long-cuff glove. It may be a stylistic choice, such as wanting to give off a casual air about your riding gear, or a comfort choice, for example, if you have a thick jacket that interferes with the cuff of a gauntlet.

No matter the reason, these are the six best short cuff riding gloves that we think are on the market today. Through research, reading reviews, and in some cases testing them out ourselves, each and every one of these gloves will protect your hands without worry.

Looking for a glove with a bit more protection? See our list of the best long-cuff motorcycle gloves.

Dainese Blackjack

Dainese Blackjack Gloves

  • Price: $89.95 Revzilla | $89.95 Amazon
  • Style: Cafe/Cruiser/Sport

The Dainese Blackjack gloves are made of goatskin leather, which is supple enough to allow for a large range of movement, but also tough enough for motorcycle use. These gloves are excellent in terms of protection, with armor in the knuckles and over the fingers, padded and reinforced palms, and side-of-hand reinforcement.

These gloves should stand up to most weather, but are specified as being better in warmer weather. If you need to keep your hands a little warmer, either a thermal glove liner or using a jacket liner with thumb hooks meant for adverse weather would do well to protect you from the cold.

Klim Induction

Klim Induction Gloves

The Klim Induction is one of the most protective gloves in the short cuff market. Full carbon fiber at the knuckles offers excellent impact resistance, while the entire body of the glove is made of goatskin leather.

The glove is reinforced through multiple layers on the palm and heel of the hand, and offer excellent side-of-hand protection as well. Comfort is maintained with a breathable mesh over the back of the hand, allowing the wind to carry away heat, but not penetrating into the glove itself via the mesh to make it uncomfortably cold. Padding throughout also allows for excellent impact resistance, no matter what angle an impact may come from.

ICON Pursuit Classic Perforated Men’s and Women’s

ICON Pursuit Classic Perforated

  • Price: $75.00 Mens | $75.00 Womens
  • Style: Cafe/Cruiser/Sport

The best-selling glove in Icon’s arsenal has been upgraded with new materials and industry-leading construction techniques. The ICON Pursuit Classic gloves feature laser perforation on a tough but flexible and comfortable goatskin chassis.  A hidden plastic knuckle plate offers impact protection, and a TPR wrist closure keeps the glove secure. These gloves make the staff pick list on Revzilla every year because they fit well, feel fantastic, offer great protection, and don’t put a huge dent in the wallet.

Scorpion EXO SGS MK II Gloves

Scorpion SGS MK II Gloves

  • Price: $84.95 Revzilla | $84.95 Amazon
  • Style: Sport/Touring

The Scorpion EXO SGS MK II Gloves are the non-gauntlet version of their popular Scorpion EXO SG3 MK II track gloves. This version offers track day protection in a short-cuff package and is pretty much unbeatable at this price point considering the features provided.

The chassis features supple premium top grain goat leather that is seen throughout with perforation on the back of hand. The carbon fiber reinforced hard knuckles protect the dorsal, while the KNOX SPS palm sliders allow the hands to slide along the tarmac instead of catching and sending you tumbling. Extra value comes in the form of TPU armor on the fingers as well as extra leather overlays and padding along with the fingers, palm, and pinky. 

These gloves also feature a TPR closure system for maximum security, pre-curved palm and fingers for comfort, KWIKTOUCH touchscreen compatibility, and double reinforced stitching for maximum durability.

REV’IT! Fly 3 Men’s and Women’s

REV'IT Fly 3 gloves REV'IT Fly 3 gloves

  • Price: $99.99 (Mens) $99.99 (Womens)
  • Style: Cafe/Sport/Touring

The REV’IT! Fly 3 gloves are made out of perforated goatskin leather, giving them excellent ventilation and great tactile feedback from the handlebars. There is a polyester lining backed by a tri-fleece lining that will keep your hands warm if the wind picks up, but will also wick away the moisture if you’re riding on a hot day.

Armor comes in the form of hardshell knuckle guards backed by foam, as well as armor down the outside of the fingers. There is an impact resistant polyethylene pad across the heel of the hand to provide a sliding area should you come off the bike at speed. There is a full width accordion stretch zone across the back of the hand, which allows the cuff to be pulled tight and fastened without stretching the leather out.

EVS Air MX Gloves

EVS Air MX Gloves

  • Price: $21.00 Revzilla | $21.00 Amazon
  • Style: Adventure/Sport/Touring/Off-Road

Let’s switch it up a little here. When it comes to gloves, there is always a trade-off between protection and comfort. For those that usually ride without gloves (you know who you are), take a look at the EVS Air MX Gloves to at the very least save you from skin graft surgery if you find yourself sliding instead of riding. 

Although most companies provide a midrange glove that has decent protection and comfort, they never seem to be as comfortable as a minimalist glove. The main glove shell is made of moisture-wicking four-way stretch mesh that is fully breathable and allows for a full range of motion of your hands. The palm, thumb, and parts of the dorsal are reinforced with synthetic suede to help add secondary protection to your skin from abrasion and some minor impact. Other features such as silicone-infused fingers and elongated cuff make the EVS Air MX a great minimalist glove.

REV’IT! Sand 4 Men’s and Women’s

REV'IT Sand 4 gloves REV'IT Sand 4 gloves

Another staff pick from Revzilla, the REV’IT Sand 4 Gloves are an expertly engineered summer glove that can take you anywhere you want to go. They have been specifically designed to provide the best of both ventilation and protection. The REV’IT! Sand 4 Gloves breathe like an off-road glove without compromising on-road protection.  A goatskin palm extends down the wrist and wraps around both the thumb and pinky. These gloves also feature abrasion-resistant stretch mesh fabrics for breathability and an integrated TPR knuckle protector for impact protection.

Additional TPR protectors on the fingers, thumbs and palms help the gloves slide rather than grip to the road in case of a fall. The Sand 4 Gloves also include an oversized pull tab on the cuff for ease of use. Perhaps one of our favorite non-safety features, the smart-connect fingertips allow you to use your touchscreen devices anytime without removing your gloves. Bonus!

You can check out the waterproof variant here: $149.99 men’s