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:

For a short glove, we've gone to the Stella range by Alpinestars. We love the style, colour and

Alpinestars Stella SMX-1 Air V2

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

‘Perfect for a British summer’

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

These Richa

Richa Tina 2 WP stock

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.

Another addition to our collection for summer are these Elektra Lady D3Os by Furygan. They're

Furygan Elektra Lady D3O

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

The Sand 4 by Rev'It is designed for warmer climes, with optimal grip, ventilation and comfort at

Revu2019It Ladies Sand 4

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's Nebula gloves are waterproof, made with Gore-Tex membrane and Primaloft lining making

Dainese ladies Nebula Gore-Tex

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

For a more retro look, Spada's Freeride Breeze gloves are pretty spot on when it comes to style

Spada Freeride Breeze

Features include:

Mesh lining for controlled air flow

Pop stud fastening on wrist

Padded palm

Made from perforated, lightweight leather

Ideal for winter, the Ixon ladies Pro Russel gloves have a waterproof membrane and thermal lining.

Ixon ladies Pro Russel

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

For a sportier look, why not try these RST Blade gloves. With carbon-fibre knuckle armour and a

RST Ladies Blade

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

Hailed for their great fit, Held's Stroke textile glove is waterproof with a goatskin palm and

Held Stroke

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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