Top women’s motorcycle gloves

Whether it's the styling, the colour or just the fit, gloves made specifically for women are more than just small men's gloves

MCN Deputy Editor Emma Franklin riding a Honda FireBlade SP

by Maria Martin |

Women’s motorcycle gloves have come a long way in recent years from the standard pink accents we’re used to seeing.

Brands have created savvier designs to cater more for women riders, without just offering smaller men’s sized glove options.

In theory gloves are unisex, however some brands have opted for a more narrow, sleek-look with female riders in mind.

Related: Best women's motorcycle jackets

While there still isn’t really enough out there to fill the demand for a wider variety of styles and designs for female riders, we’ve scoured the web to share our top women’s motorcycle gloves for you to browse.

Ranging from retro to sports gloves, take a look at our pick here:

Alpinestars Stella SMX-1 Air V2

Alpinestars Stella SMX-1 Air V2
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For a short glove, we've gone to the Stella range by Alpinestars. We love the style, colour and fit. The short cuff and the grip zone on the palm and thumb make for improved riding comfort. The SMX-1 Air v2s are made from perforated leather and air-mesh (they're super airy) and are CE-certified for road riding.

Features include:

CE-certified Level 1

Leather and mesh construction, with perforated air-mesh panels

Hard polymer knuckle protection

Stretched zones on fingers and back of hand

Hoop and loop wrist fastening

Touch screen compatible

Poly-blend reinforcements, with foam padding, on thumb and palm

Richa Tina 2 WP

‘Perfect for a British summer’
Richa Tina 2 WP stock

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Tested by Saffron Wilson for one year, 3449 miles
Quality 4/5, Value 5/5

These Richa gloves are ideal for a British summer. The Level 1 CE-approved gives protective peace of mind on every ride, meanwhile the lightweight fabric keeps you comfortable and cool even when it’s toasty out.

But it’s not all about the sun. After all, we are in the UK. I have ridden with this pair and been caught in a light shower and can confirm my hands stayed dry and warm, and the Aquashell LTZ membrane wasn’t too constricting or hot. Plus, because of the thin membrane, you get the waterproof quality and extra warmth in a glove that isn’t bulky in the slightest.


I personally found the fit on my fingers a bit snug in length (I have long digits) but the fit across the palm fit was great, and since the fabric itself was thin and light, even on long, hot journeys, they weren’t irritating or uncomfortable. The only slight discomfort came on a particularly long ride when the Temperfoam impact protection technology in the right thumb rubbed on my knuckle a little.


I didn’t have any success the touchscreen-activating materials on the finger and thumb, either, which could be blamed on my phone’s screen protector. Overall, I think Tina 2’s simple design means they’ll be ideal to wear with a wide range of jackets. Plus, they’re also available with a bit of pink on them too.

Furygan Elektra Lady D3O

Furygan Elektra Lady D3O
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Another addition to our collection for summer are these Elektra Lady D3Os by Furygan. They're CE-certified D3O gloves with perforated leather for breathability. They fit really well (we recommend going a size up for that added comfort) and have a good secure fastening on the wrist with an elegant style. Made from goat leather, the Elektra allows flexibility while riding with the peace of mind of good resistance to abrasion.

Features include:

CE-certified D3O metacarpal protection

Hard-wearing leather construction

Double adjustable hook and loop wrist fastening

Fully perforated for maximum air flow

Additional foam and leather reinforced palms

Rev'It Ladies Sand 4

Revu2019It Ladies Sand 4

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The Sand 4 by Rev'It is designed for warmer climes, with optimal grip, ventilation and comfort at the forefront of its construction. The TPR ventilated knuckles and finger protector inserts offer protection and airflow. They have a large hook and loop fastening and reflective finger details.

Features include:

Made from goat leather, with perforated zones

3D air-mesh ventilated backhand

PWR shell 500D stretch panels around thumb and finger joints

TPR palm slider

Touchscreen feature on thumb and index fingertips

Dainese ladies Nebula Gore-Tex

Dainese ladies Nebula Gore-Tex

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Dainese's Nebula gloves are waterproof, made with Gore-Tex membrane and Primaloft lining making these the perfect touring companion. They have a goatskin palm and Ergo-Techno rigid protectors on the knuckles, without compromising on the freedom of movement whilst riding. Designed for extreme weather conditions from rain to cold, these gloves will give you the warmth and comfort you desire.

Features include:

Hard-wearing textile outer construction

GORE-TEX membrane

Visor wipe attachment on left thumb

Elasticated inserts

Touchscreen compatible (on index finger)

Adjustable wrist strap fastening

Spada Freeride Breeze

Spada Freeride Breeze
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For a more retro look, Spada's Freeride Breeze gloves are pretty spot on when it comes to style and protection. Made from perforated leather, they fit well and are warm and comfortable. Plus, with such a great price tag, these are more than pleasing to the eye.

Features include:

Mesh lining for controlled air flow

Pop stud fastening on wrist

Padded palm

Made from perforated, lightweight leather

Ixon ladies Pro Russel

Ixon ladies Pro Russel

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Ideal for winter, the Ixon ladies Pro Russel gloves have a waterproof membrane and thermal lining. They're great gloves for commuters looking for warmth, waterproofness, flexibility and comfort. For winter we really love that the Pro Russel's have an elasticated wrist and tightening strap to keep them tight under jackets.

Features include:

Micropolar 120g insulated padded lining

Touchscreen compatible (index fingertips)

Integrated knuckle protector and palm slider

Waterproof and breathable integrated membrane

Made from polyester with synthetic suede palms

RST Ladies Blade

RST Ladies Blade

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For a sportier look, why not try these RST Blade gloves. With carbon-fibre knuckle armour and a cowhide construction, they have great protection, without feeling bulky. Good for road or track riding, the double wrist and cuff fastening give that added secure feel.

Plus, all the panels are stitched together with bonded Nylon thread, making them extra secure. RST is a brand we trust and reviewers give these gloves 5/5 stars.

Features include:

Double wrist and cuff fastening

Silicone Powergrip on fingers and palm

Pre-curved fingers

Finger joint protection

Carbon fibre knuckle protection

Held Stroke

Held Stroke

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Hailed for their great fit, Held's Stroke textile glove is waterproof with a goatskin palm and hardened knuckle protection. They look stylish and are made from stretch fabric construction for added comfort.

Features include:

Held-Tex waterproof windproof and breathable membrane

Hook and loop fastenings at wrist and cuff

Integrated touch-screen design

Visor wipe addition on index finger

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