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September 09, 2019 2 min read

1. Finger Feel

This one seems obvious but a lot of people buy motorcycle gloves without full thinking through how the gloves will fit for their given situation. Make sure you put gloves on and understand how they feel. Is there room to move or are your fingers too snug? Is there too much inner liner or too little and does the liner impede the movement? Are the gloves going to be comfortable during warm/cold weather?

2. Size & Fit

This is a simple question. Do the gloves fit well and is there a good balance of snug and room to move. You don’t want gloves that are too restrictive or too loose. Also, getting the wrong size gloves can make air running up your arm a not-so-fun prospect.

3. Features & Protection

This can be everything from the gloves have cool carbon knuckles to protect your hands or air vents to make long riding more comfortable. Things like the length of the gloves (are the below the wrist or do they go higher up your arm?) and style of glove all fit into this category. Read the rest of this article to understand the options when it comes to gloves so you can make the right choice.

4. Construction

What material is the glove made of? It is leather or textile? If it is leather, what kind of animal? The material choice and construction will impact how the gloves feel as well as the quality and likely working life of the gloves.

Special Note. Fit Is Hugely Important.

Yes we know we already mentioned fit. We’re mentioning it again because it is by far the most important factor. Proper fitting gloves are important for non-obvious reasons like making sure they stay on your hands if you get flung off your bike (loose gloves can fall off). Having full control of your bike is always important so snug gloves that give you full, direct control is hugely important.

The best balance is having gloves that are nice and snug but not too tight. There should be no excess leather/textile at the end of your fingers. At the bottom (towards your wrists/forearms) the glove should be tight and definitely not loose at all. If you live close to a bike shop you should visit them in person and try lots of gloves because every brand is different. If you’re buying online like most people do these days then most glove companies will have a sizing chart you should check first.

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