Gloves

Choose Your Riding Style

Street
Adventure/Dual Sport
Sport/Track
Dirt Bike / ATV / ROV
Adventure (ADV)/Dual Sport Gloves

Properly fitted riding gloves can enhance a rider’s grip, and make it easier to operate the motorcycle’s controls. For adventure riders, the glove’s ability to protect the hands from the elements is also of vital importance.

Features to Look For
  • Armor – Well-designed gloves will include reinforcements over the knuckles, and other impact zones, usually constructed from hard plastics, carbon fiber or metal.
  • Fit – Properly fitted gloves will allow for good feel and comfort, without limiting the rider’s abilities to operate the bike’s controls. Watch out for common fitment issues like too much extra length in the fingers, palms that are too tight or too loose, or misplaced reinforcements.
  • Materials – Ideal adventure riding gloves offer maximum flexibility, with durable construction that will stand up to the rigors of off-road use.
  • Ventilation/Insulation – Good ventilation and/or insulation is even more important in an adventure glove than a normal street glove. The extreme conditions that adventure riders often find themselves in can lead to major discomfort without good ventilation in warm climates, or insulation in the cold.
  • Weatherproofing – Keeping hands dry is also an invaluable quality in any glove regardless of the riding style.
Street Gloves
Gloves do a lot more than protect your hands in a crash. The glove you choose can dramatically affect the way you interface with your bike. It can create or reduce rider fatigue, and improve or compromise your abilities to operate the bike’s controls.
Features to Look For
  • Armor – Street gloves will include protective armored reinforcement on the knuckles, palms, and sides of the glove to protect the hands. Many also incorporate flexible reinforcements around the fingers.
  • Fit – Getting the right fit for a glove is critical. If any part of the glove is too tight or too loose, it will affect your ability to operate the bike. Sizing and fitment will change dramatically from one glove manufacturer to the next, so try on a variety of gloves from different brands to find the best fit. Street gloves are available in short or gauntlet styles.
  • Materials – Gloves frequently include combinations of leather and textile construction. Leather is used for its abrasion resistance, while the textile is usually included for breathability. All-textile and all textile gloves are also available.
  • Ventilation/Insulation – Ventilation and insulation play a very important role in overall rider comfort. Some gloves are designed to be used during specific seasons, like mesh gloves for summer use, while others are designed for year-round riding.
  • Weatherproofing – If you plan to use your gloves in the winter months, it is important to find a pair that features a waterproof layer to keep your hands dry and comfortable so you can focus on the ride.
Track Gloves
Racing gloves are essentially just heavily reinforced street gloves. They offer more protection, more abrasion resistance, and more coverage.
Features to Look For
  • Armor – A racing glove offers significant protection from impact and abrasion.
  • Fit – Like any glove, the fit is crucial to getting the most out it. Make sure the finger length and palm width are appropriate for your hand.
  • Materials – Track-oriented gloves will frequently feature exotic leathers like kangaroo and stingray for increased abrasion resistance, and tougher armor made from carbon fiber or titanium.
Dirt Bike / ATV / ROV Gloves

Gloves are one of the simplest pieces of dirt bike safety gear, and also one of the most important. Gloves protect you from leaving a few layers of skin behind on the ground, sun, wind, rain, dirt, bugs and sweaty palms. Look for gloves with built-in wrist support and cover the wrist area. Wrist braces can be used under gloves for extra support and texturized palms to help you hold the handlebars more effectively.

Features to Look For
  • Armor – Well-designed gloves will include reinforcements over the knuckles, and other impact zones, usually constructed from hard plastics, carbon fiber or metal.
  • Fit – Properly fitted gloves will allow for good feel and comfort, without limiting the rider’s abilities to operate the bike’s controls. Watch out for common fitment issues like too much extra length in the fingers, palms that are too tight or too loose or misplaced reinforcements.
  • Materials – Ideal riding gloves offer maximum flexibility, with durable construction that will stand up to the rigors of off-road use. Off-road gloves tend to be thinner in their material but have more padding in specific areas that are likely to be subject to impact. . It is typical for off-road gloves to combine both textile and leather.
  • Ventilation – Good ventilation is even more important in off-road glove than a normal street glove. Most also tend to feature strategic mesh in order to offer off-road riders more ventilation since off-road riding can really make your hands sweat.
  • Weatherproofing – Keeping hands dry is also an invaluable quality in any glove regardless of the riding style.