Eight Pairs of Gloves for the Road

We try out eight pairs of motorcycle riding gloves for the road

| November/December 2011

Price and availability confirmed at time of publication. Subject to change, please visit the product website for the latest prices and availability. 

From Aerostitch to Hugger, these eight pairs of motorcycle riding gloves provide quality, durability and style for your motorcycle riding gear collection:

1. Depending on your climate, warm weather may be drawing to a close for the year. So if you’re looking for a pair of motorcycle riding gloves that are comfortable in a variety of riding temperatures (except truly cold!), look no farther. Aerostich bills their Hot Weather Vegan gloves as a summer glove “ideal for all warm to hot weather rides.” They’re right, except we’ve found them nice even on 50-degree mornings. Unlike some other heavily-vented riding gloves, these feel like you’re wearing something that won’t grind away immediately if you were to hit the pavement. They’re short, without a gauntlet, but still feature a hook-and-loop closure at the wrist. There are double layers of material in the slide areas, along with a lightweight knuckle protection built in on top. No bling, lots of comfort. Order a size larger than you normally wear, as they fit tight. We ordered a large instead of a medium, and they fit well, but snug. Price: $47.

2. Definitely a summer-only riding glove, Tourmaster’s Intake Air Gloves move more air than almost anything out there. The backhand is made with abrasion-resistant Armor-Link mesh set off with perforated goatskin. They also feature Carbolex-covered EVA foam knuckle padding and wrist armor, and the palm is made of perforated goatskin with a light EVA foam padding to reduce shock and vibration. They feature a medium-length (but not a full gauntlet) cuff with a hook-and-loop wrist closure. Thin and light, they are very comfortable and cool, even on 95 degree-plus days. While they may lack the protection of some of the heavier motorcycle riding gloves here, summer gear is often a trade-off of safety versus comfort. Available in red, black, blue, silver and white. Price: $39.99.

3. Fulmer used to just make helmets, but now they make a full range of motorcycle riding gear from gloves to jackets and pants and more. We’ve been wearing a pair of their Deerskin Summer Weight Gloves (G11). They feature a one-piece deerskin leather palm with a cool, breathable and stretchy material on the top of the hand. Easy to put on and pull off, they feature a hook-and-loop closure at the cuff and deerskin reinforcements at the finger tips and knuckles. Minimalist and lightweight, they are comfortable and won’t get in your way, but they are a little thin for our preference. Price: $25.95. 

4. These Sparta Gloves from British Motorcycle Gear are another lightweight, warm-weather riding glove. They feature 0.8mm cowhide skin in the palm with a durable, abrasion-resistant nylon fabric at the back of the hand. Breathable, comfortable and stretchy, they feature a double-layer of leather across the impact areas of the palm, along with gel-type padding across the knuckles. Flexible, lightweight but well-made, we’re betting we get a lot of miles out of these. Price: $59. 

Eugene Coward
11/25/2011 3:36:07 PM

It is to bad goods made in the USA can't compete [or won't] to foreign ones. Somebody do something.

11/25/2011 7:56:21 AM

You might want to think about listing where all these gloves are made. You did say the the Parks gloves have a US factory, but the others go country-less. Some of us care.

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