Best motocross and dirtbike gloves

If you want to ride off-road, bike you need the correct gear – not least lightweight, comfortable gloves. Here are some of the best

Riding a Yamaha Ténéré 700 off road

by Jim Blackstock |

When it comes to riding off-road, whether that’s mild trail riding perhaps on an adventure bike, to doing more serious dirt biking all the way up to enduro and motocross riding, apart for needing the right bike, you want to have the right clothing, too – including gloves.

The dynamics of riding off-road, which can be very physically demanding, often requires standing up on the footpegs and needs constant, precise use of the hand controls, means a dirt bike or motocross glove is very different than a road one.

They need to be lightweight for comfort, snug fitting for precise control, be in mesh textiles for cooling and to wick sweat away but also provide a degree of protection.

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That said, the protective requirements are much less as you’re not looking for something to protect you in high-speed impacts with the road.

But what’s currently available? How much do they cost? And what do you get for your money? Here’s our current pick of some of the best.

Wulfsport Attack

Wulfsport Attack
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From respected, specialist British dirt bike clothing brand Wulfsport, these Attack motocross gloves are a great value offering for riders looking to keep their hands safe and secure when riding off-road.

They have a non-slip palm for added grip and also feature a synthetic thumb guard, mesh panels for ventilation to help keep you cool and have a Velcro wrist closure. They’re also available in a wide range of colours so can match you bike and/or other riding gear.

Pros:

• Respected brand
• Lots of colours
• Good value

Con:

• Limited protection

Alpinestars Racefend

Alpinestars Racefend
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Italian brand Alpinestars are one of the most respected motorcycle clothing manufacturers of all, kit out the leading riders in grand prix racing and have some great protective gear for the street, but actually started out in off-road wear.

Their Racefend motocross or dirt-bike glove features a stretch textile upper for optimum fit, special TPR protective inserts on the knuckle and wrist as well as a synthetic suede palm for optimum grip and comfort.

Pros:

• Quality brand
• Rugged construction
• Huge colour choice

Con:

• Premium price

Troy Lee Designs Evel Air

Troy Lee Designs Evel Air glove
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Like Fox and O'Neal, Troy Lee Designs are another well-respected and cool dirt-bike clothing brand from the USA. Their Evel Air glove features a compression-moulded cuff and also has a special palm with perforations made by laser to aid cooling and breathability – not to mention the unmistakeable colour scheme of the world’s most famous daredevil, Evel Knievel.

There are extra TPRS protectors on the back of the glove and stretch panels for optimum fit and comfort and a special silicon print provides extra grip on the all-important brake lever.

Pros:

• Great style
• Cool brand
• Lots of features

Con:

• Not the cheapest
• Limited protection

O'Neal Element

Ou2019Neal Element

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These lightweight MX style gloves are made by US specialist off-road clothing brand O'Neal and have bags of cool California style. They have a mesh, vented top for optimum ventilation to help keep your hands cool, TPR strips for added protection and an adjustable wrist with a hook-and-eye closure.

The Lycra stretch side panels make for improved fit and ergonomic padding and stitching on the gloves’ palm means maximum comfort and flexibility.

Pros:

• Great style
• Decent value
• Classy brand

Con:

• Limited protection

Bruce Dillon Naughty Fox

Bruce Dillon Naughty Fox
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These stylish off-road gloves are actually designed for both cycling such as mountain biking as well as dirt motorcycling. They utilise five different materials to ensure they're both stylish and warm but are also soft and comfortable when being worn.

They also feature finely-crafted stitching and mesh to help keep your hands cool. There's plenty of protection, but they're also designed to be flexible, comfortable and versatile – not just for cycling and motorcycling but for other outdoor activities, too.

Pros:

• Comfort
• Quality
• Stylish with lots of colours

Con:

• Comfort

Fox Racing Dirtpaw

Fox Racing Dirtpaw
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Fox are another quality, well-respected, specialist dirt-bike clothing manufacturer and their Dirtpaw gloves are designed to be the first choice for entry-level off-road riders.

They feature knuckle protectors to guard against anything your hand may brush against on a trail, padded, comfortable palms and are designed to have outstanding, flexible comfort. As with many others, there’s a Velcro wrist-closure system, stretch panels to optimise comfort and fit, a padded palm in Clarino and even special finger protectors.

Pros:

• Cool brand
• Great spec
• Lots of colours

Con:

• Not the cheapest

Wulfsport Attack Junior

Wulfsport Attack Junior
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Basically a smaller, kids version of the Attack glove featured above by specialist UK off-road clothing brand Wulfsport, with sizes adapted to suit. So XXXS is for ages 3-5 years; XXS for 6-9 year-olds; and XS for 10-12 year-olds.

Otherwise, most of the features are identical. There’s a Velcro wrist-closure system, the palms are made of non-slip, lightly-padded Amara material, there are mesh panels for optimum ventilation, a thumb guard and silicon knuckle guards for added protection and they’re claimed to be suitable not just for dirt bikes but for quads, trials and more.

Pros:

• Great variety of kids sizes
• Reputable brand
• Good price

Con:

• Not subtle!

Dainese Desert Poon

Dainese Desert Poon
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These gloves are from that other premium, highly-respected, quality Italian motorcycle clothing brand, Dainese, and instead of being a pure dirt glove are intended to be more dirt style but intended for use around town, making them ideal for those who only do limited riding off-road.

With a great fit and comfort, they’re made from a breathable, elasticated fabric, have a neoprene cuff and even feature Dainese’s ‘Smart Touch’ technology on the fingertips which allow use of your smartphone without having to take off the gloves.

Pros:

• Great style
• Quality
• Versatility

Con:

• Slightly pricey – but worth it

Alpinestars Thermo Shielder

Alpinestars Thermo Shielder

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Another off-road or dirt-bike glove from quality, highly-respected Italian motorcycle clothing brand Alpinestars. The Thermo-Shielder glove, as its name suggests, is a motocross glove made from a special, thermal neoprene material for optimum temperature management.

They also feature a reinforced, synthetic suede palm for maximum grip, comfort and protection, padded side pads for added durability, stretch panels for a snug, comfortable fit, impact-resistant TPR finger protection, soft knuckle protectors/armour and a hook-and-loop wrist-closure system.

Pros:

• Quality brand
• Great features
• Six different sizes

Con:

• Pricier than some

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