Top sporty motorcycle gloves

Get cool hands for summer with these sports gloves.

A person wearing sporty motorcycling gloves

by Jim Blackstock |

Once the worst of the winter is behind us and it looks like spring and eventually, summer, are on the way, thoughts turn to lightweight riding kit, such as sporty motorcycle gloves.

A pair of well-fitting and protective gloves make any ride more enjoyable. For a start, the feeling of air flowing through vents and keeping the hands cool on a warm day is part of what makes summer riding so much fun. And the feeling of connection with the bike, thanks to little or no lining or insulation between your skin and the controls, really keys you into your riding.

Sporty gloves should give you both of these experiences but maintain the best levels of protection. You should be looking for hard knuckle armour, ideally hard protection on the fingers, as well as on the base of the palm. Plus, aim for protection over the scaphoid bone, and probably on the outside of the wrist as well. You may find the gloves are formed in leather with additional areas of man-made fabrics, such as Keprotech or Superfabric to offer additional protection from impact or abrasion if you slide after a fall.

Sporty motorcycle gloves, like all protective clothing, should have a CE rating, either a ‘1’ or a ‘2’ with knuckle protection denoted by ‘KP’. This is optional for Level-1 gloves but mandatory for Level-2.

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Best gloves for finger protection

The race-style gloves from LS2 are very impressive; CE rated to 2KP, they fit nicely, though the

LS2 Swift gloves

These top of the range sport gloves have endured over the years. The goatskin leather and

Dainese Full Metal 6 black gloves

I have been wearing them for four seasons now and they are just starting to show signs of attrition. This is largely down to a recent high speed crash at Snetterton, where I slid off my bike at 105mph! The gloves withstood the impact and subsequent abrasion torture from the tarmac and on inspection afterwards they were completely intact with no holes or tears, and just minimal scuffing on the wrists and palms being the only signs of a crash.

It's worth pointing out that the retail price £379.95, but if you shop around, you'll find that certain sizes and colours are discounted to £261.25 - which is still expensive, yes, but when you consider that they could be the only leather sports glove you'll ever need to buy then I think they're good value.

These gloves have been terrific company as I’ve been engaged in learning about life with sports

Furygan Dirt Road single glove

Furygan claims there are six different technical materials used in their construction, but basically it’s a mix of goat leather and textile which blends to provide an extremely comfortable glove that fits me perfectly. In particular I love the material used for the fingers – it’s soft yet warm and remains fully waterproof. There are capacitors in some fingers so you can use a smartphone too, although this doesn’t work perfectly 100% of the time.

That isn’t the end of the world, however, because they’re so easy to put on and take off again, so instead of haplessly poking at my mobile’s screen I simply take a glove off and use my actual fingertips. There’s a wrist strap to keep them snug, and I leave that where it is, opting instead to just use the single Velcro cuff to secure the gloves for riding. This is what makes them so quick to use.

The only negative is their longevity: after 1000 miles the fabric is starting to bobble and fray a little on the index finger of the left hand. Now, I’m left-handed, so presumably I’m subconsciously using that finger more than the rest for fumbling with keys and suchlike. I’d have still expected longer before the first signs of wear appeared.

Coolest looking sporty gloves

These highly-regarded gloves from Knox have a sci-fi feel to them, with their skeletal external

Knox Handroid Mk4
Best gloves for a freer feeling

Rated 1KP, these Held Spot gloves are formed in goat and kangaroo leather for protection and feel,

Held Spot gloves
Great for track use

These very serious-looking gloves from RST are CE rated to 2KP, offering the highest levels of

RST Tractech Evo 4 CE

These gloves from Alpinestars were developed on the racetrack and it shows; incredible levels of

Alpinestars Supertech gloves
Touchscreen compatabilty

This sports glove from Oxford is made in leather with a full cuff and features carbon knuckle

Oxford RP-2R
Best gloves for movement

These sports gloves from French manufacturer Racer feature TPU-plastic hard knuckle armour and

Racer High Speed
Best simple gloves

Cowhide leather construction with hard carbon knuckle protection, there are also carbon nuggets on

Richa Ravine gloves

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