From bitter winds to freezing temperatures, we all know that riding in winter can feel very cold and the winter motorcycle gear you choose should match up to these chilly conditions.
In this article we’re going to outline 8 of the best motorcycle gloves on the market, so you can keep your hands toasty in the wintry weather.
What you need to consider
Before you choose your gloves, there are a few things you should consider:
- They need to be protective, offering knuckle, palm and wrist protection
- Don’t compromise on the control of your bike, choose material that doesn’t add too much bulk
- While a thermal lining will offer you more warmth, it can also make the gloves significantly bulkier
- Make sure that your gloves are waterproof to keep your hands dry when it’s sleeting, raining or snowing
- Gloves with a long cuff will keep your wrists warm and protected, while a reliable fastening will improve security, comfort and fit.
Leather or textile?
Textile gloves can offer better protection against the weather and are often cheaper. However, leather tends to be more robust than textile, and the gloves can become more comfortable and better fitting over time as the supple material shapes itself around your hands. As such, you should buy leather gloves that are slightly too tight, so the material can stretch.
Let’s take a look at the safest and warmest options available in our winter motorcycle gloves review.
1. Dainese Universe Gore-Tex Gloves with Gore-Grip
These leather gloves are made from a waterproof membrane and also incorporate Gore-Grip technology, enabling you to ride with control and confidence. The goatskin and suede gloves are not insulated, but they are durable and breathable – so while there may be warmer options available, you can’t go wrong with the full, uncompromised tactile response this pair offers.
The gloves securely fasten around your wrist with velcro and also feature a dual cuff adjuster, touchscreen capability and a wiper pad to help you clear your visor. They’re comfortable and fit to the shape of your hand perfectly.
2. Alpinestars WR-1 V2 Gloves
Here in the rainy UK, waterproof motorbike gloves are key – and the Gore-Tex membrane makes the Alipinestars a great option. They also feature protective elements, such as palm sliders and knuckle coverage, as well as a Gore-Grip palm and PrimaLoft® Silver 80g top and Gold Eco 60g palm thermal insulation.
These are some best motorcycle winter gloves on the market, and while not being a budget option, they are good value for money.
3. Rev it! Taurus Gore-Tex Gloves
These gloves are both thick and lightweight, claiming to have four season usability and an outstanding warmth to weight ratio. The Gore-Tex lining provides waterproofing, while the PrimaLoft® insulation material will keep you warm and protect you against the elements.
The closure helps the glove contour around the shape of your hand and the product comes in a range of sizes, from S to XZL. The gloves feature hard shell knuckles and finger patches, made from PU.
4. SPIDI Alu-Pro Evo H2Out
These thermal motorcycle gloves offer the ultimate warmth. The 150gr PrimaLoft® insulation provides extra comfort, and the knuckle protection and palm padding will also keep you safe. The leather is durable and will help the gloves mould to your hand. Useful features, such as the gloves being touchscreen compatible, make the gloves practical. You can also purchase the gloves in two colourways – all black and black with fluorescent yellow.
5. Richa Arctic Gloves
The Richa Arctic Gloves are available for men and women, offering a wider variety of shape and size – helping everyone find the perfect fit. The gloves are kitted with a waterproof Aquashell LTZ membrane, to keep your hands dry while you ride, and CE-certified knuckle protectors and a double wrist closure to keep you safe. These gloves are not insulated, but that is reflected in the price. Richa also offers Gore-Tex motorcycle gloves, some of the best waterproof motorcycle gloves out there.
6. RST Paragon Gloves
As the cheapest gloves on our list, the RST Paragon is a great option if you’re on a budget. The pair features a visor wiper and digital touch index finger on both hands, enabling you to use them on the go. With knuckle protection, double reinforcement on the palm and CE-certified armour, the gloves will keep your hands protected in the event of an accident. The cheap motorbike gloves are available for men and women, and come in a heated version – which are more than double the price.
7. Spada Enforcer CE Gloves
Motorcycle winter gloves must be cosy, and these gloves are just that. These CE-certified gloves provide the ultimate protection and warmth – also being lined with Thinsulate® thermal material. The sizes range from XS to 2XL, and there are two colour options: all black or black and fluorescent yellow. The stretch panels will allow the glove to perfectly mould to your hands over time, while the cuff adjust can secure it to your wrist.
8. Garibaldi TCS Heating Gloves
The final gloves on our list are from Garibaldi. These heated options are some of the warmest motorcycle gloves on the market. They have three heat settings, controlled by an easy-to-press button, as well as having PrimaLoft® thermal insulation. Waterproof and breathable, these gloves are ideal for battling the elements. They’re also kitted with the right grip to help keep you in control. These unisex gloves come in sizes S to 3XL.
There you have it! That’s our selection of winter motorbike gloves, from the warmest to the cheapest.
If you’re riding your winter motorcycle, ensure it’s fully insured with Bikesure.Helmet, Leathers and Kit