Nearly there, glove seeker. You’ve picked out the glove style that best fits your riding scenario, and you’ve navigated the difference between American and European fit. It’s time to actually find your glove size. Grab a soft measuring tape to find your hand width and hand circumference. (If you don’t have one, you can always use a piece of string and lay it against a ruler later.) Pull up the size chart for a glove you’re interested in and see if the manufacturer is using width or circumference to size.
To measure your hand width, lay your measuring device flat on the table and place your palm down on top of it. Measure the widest part of the palm, then repeat the process for your other hand. Use the larger of the two numbers when ordering after checking the size chart. Hands can vary in size slightly, even though we assume them to be equal.
If the gloves you're looking at are sized by hand circumference, wrap the measuring tape around your palm behind the knuckles, keeping it taut to ensure an accurate measurement. Don’t include the thumb. Easy! Compare to the size chart, and you should be good to go.
Pull those spiffy new gloves on and sit on your bike. Work the controls as though you were riding to make sure that everything feels good. Any binding? Bunching? Pinching? If the gloves feel a little too snug, keep in mind that leather gloves with stretch up to 10 to 15 percent after about 15 to 20 hours of riding.
That should be it! Grip it and rip it.