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What Type of Motorcycle Gloves Should I Buy?

What Type of Motorcycle Gloves Should I Buy?
By Chris Fisher 20 October 2019 No comments

Sometimes you've got your heart set on a specific look, or even a specific piece of kit, but not everyone has their mind made up. New riders are quite often just after gear that's going to keep them safe while not breaking the bank, and for riders of bikes that are all-rounders you can generally get away with most looks so your choices are limitless.

It's quite easy to get a fairly generic looking jacket that can blend in with a lot of other gear; the same for a pair of aramid fibre jeans or plain leather jeans, but gloves come in a vast array of types and uses. This blog will hopefully go some way to help you decide on a glove that fits your needs.

You've a few main types to choose from, and thankfully a lot of the tech that used to be sole domain of racing gloves has trickled into gear that mere mortals generally buy.

We'll start with the poster-child of gloves; those made for racing. Quite often they're not the most subtle looking gloves and usually pack the best crash protection at the expense of weather protection. Exceptionally rigid knuckles, scaphoid protection, palms made of thin yet strong materials and a higher price as a result tend to be what you see here. If you're planning on going to a track this is absolutely what you need, and they're well suited to road riding thanks to the level of crash protection providing you bear in mind the weather protection. Many incorporate waterproofing but you'll be lucky to find much thermal insulation. My pick of the bunch is the Knox Handroid; I've used an older model as my daily driver when it wasn't raining and not too chilly (no weatherproofing) simply because of how protective, comfortable and easy-to-use they are. The natty Boa closure system is superbly easy to use and gives a secure fit every time, while the rails running along your fingers not only assure they look superb, but act as excellent armour that doesn't compromise your finger movement. Coming in at £220, the Handroid manages to justify its hefty price tag for its superb crash protection, ease-of-use and sci-fi looks.

Moving onto the all-rounder; a glove that can blend in with traditional or more racy gear, but still cut it in the weather and crash protection departments. The Dainese Corbin fits the bill perfectly with its subtle looks and solid feature-set. Goatskin construction for suppleness, a hard knuckle, fleece liner and D-Dry waterproofing mean this glove will cope with everything except a harsh winter. You'll also be glad to know they cost half as much as a Knox Handroid, coming in at £109.95, just don't expect the ultimate in crash protection.

Winter is definitely around the corner so it's getting near the time where a 3-season glove, such as the aforementioned Dainese Corbin may not quite cut it. The trick here is to balance all-out weather protection with something that still lets you feel the controls, especially as fine control is more important when tyres and roads are cold and wet. Chances are you're going to need to clear your visor without using just the palm of your gloves to smear everything around, as well as keep your gloves on if you need to stop and send a quick message on your phone. The Dainese X-Tourer fits the bill perfectly, with D-Dry keeping water out, Dexfil padding keeping the warmth in, a visor wipe keeping your sight clear...and a touchscreen compatible fingertip to keep everyone informed of how not-cold you are! Coming in at £109.95 these strike a good balance between cost and performance.

The final bit to cover is the innovation of heated gear. Heated grips have been around for years and years, but effective heated gear is a relatively recent innovation. It used to be the case that gloves would only heat one side of your hand, had to be wired into your bike and had filaments that would eventually fail once they were flexed one-too-many a time. Nowadays the best gloves heat both palm and back, can run off a lithium battery for several hours and have filaments that last a normal glove's lifetime. Naturally this kind of glove does carry a premium over traditional winter gloves, but quite honestly the benefit of having the back of your hand warmed, rather than just the palm from the grip is hard to overstate when it's freezing outside. Keis were one of the trailblazers for heated gear and are still going; the G501 is their latest and greatest. Rocking a 3-level controller that's accessible whether the gauntlet is under or over your cuff, Hipora waterproofing and Thinsulate insulation; this is a fully featured heated glove. Optional battery packs offer the ultimate in heated gear convenience, alongside the ability to be integrated into any other gear of theirs you may be wearing. Coming in at £189.99, this is one of the best commuting and long distance winter gloves.

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