Warm weather is just around the corner, and with the summer months comes the prospect of ditching sometimes cumbersome winter gloves for something that lends a little more finesse and feel to the fingers. This summer’s motorcycle gloves top 10 list is in association with our friends, Visordown. It contains summer gloves perfect for when the sunshine and warm weather makes an appearance. It includes a range of gloves to suit different riders and styles, across a range of budgets. You’ll find gloves for the track, for the style conscious, for the summer rain, and for comfortably covering the miles, which hopefully means you’ve got a good chance of having a #summerofglove.
TOP 3 SUMMER GLOVES
TOP 10 SUMMER GLOVES
1. The Held Tour Guide Gloves
These look pretty sensible, don’t they? Well, that’s because they are. Designed for using while covering off the miles this summer, the Tour Guide gloves from Held are an all-round summer glove that should have you covered across a wide range of riding. Available in long and short fits, they’re made of Kangaroo leather with perforations on the palms. Hard protection comes in Sas-Tec armour in the knuckles and Suprotect shock absorbing foam. Closures at the wrist and cuff should ensure a comfortable fit.
2. The Alpinestars GP Tech Gloves
The GP Tech gloves get their name because their protection and design is derived from MotoGP, and these are Alpinestars’ top-level sports gloves. They’re packed with protective features, such as TPU armour at the knuckles, palms, fingers and thumbs. The back of the hands are lined with Kevlar, as are the thumbs and little fingers for great abrasion protection. There is also a finger bridge between the ring and little fingers to stop finger roll and separation. Features like pre-curved fingers, stretch panels, a supple single-layer palm and plenty of ventilation make these gloves comfortable too.
3. The Icon Pursuit Gloves Stealth Air
Icon’s short Pursuit Stealth Air gloves are the glove equivalent of a statue of a chiseled Greek god – sculpted. Their shape comes from the fact that they’re designed to closely conform to the shape of your hand for optimum comfort. The knuckle area is protected by a plastic guard that sits underneath the perforated Pittards sheepskin leather on the back of the hand. The palm is protected by an additional layer of leather for additional abrasion resistance.
4. The Dainese Blackjack Gloves
Got a passion for fashion but still want to feel like you’re going to be well protected when you’re riding round the city? With their simple, classic urban design, Dainese’s Blackjacks gloves should have you covered. They’re made of goatskin and the palm is reinforced to offer additional protection. There are no raised TPU panels or knobbly knuckles here – it wouldn’t fit with the simple style of these gloves, instead additional protection comes the soft inserts on the knuckles and back of the hand. Elasticated inserts on the back of the index finger and pre-curved fingers work to ensure that the Blackjacks are as comfortable as can be and the single Velcro cuff closure ensures that they’re unfussy to get on an off.
5. The Rev’It! Bliss 2 Gloves
Comfort is the name of the game here and the fitted, supple Rev’It Bliss 2s are lined with a tri-fleece liner and single motion closure cuff – making them unfussy to get on, and comfortable once in place. Protection comes courtesy of the Temperfoam knuckles and abrasion resistant palms in case of a slide, while the rest of the gloves are made from a mix of goat skin and cowhide.
6. The RST Tractech Evo Gloves
If you’re after highly-specced summer race glove that doesn’t cost the earth, you could do worse than the RST Tractech Evo gloves. They’re made from double-layered leather to increase slide resistance and the gloves are pre-curved for comfort. They feature carbon-fibre knuckle and finger knuckle protection along with Kevlar stitching at impact zones. The palm panels are also made from Kevlar and the little finger and ring finger are joined to stop finger roll and separation in the event of a crash.
7. The Rev’It! Monster 2 Gloves
The REV’IT! Monster 2 are proof that stylish summer gloves need not compromise on protection. The hard knuckle, along with palm, finger and knuckle protectors keep you protected against impact. The exterior is made of goatskin leather which adds abrasion protection. They are designed to be comfortable too, thanks to the tri-fleece liner. The word ‘fleece’ is a bit deceptive here. The Monster 2s aren’t designed to cook your hands, but wick moisture away to keep them cool and dry, in conjunction with the vented panels. They’ve got a water resistant finish which is great should you get caught out in the summer rain.
8. The Weise Remus Gloves
The Remus is a full grain leather summer glove from Weise. Compared to the gloves listed so far, it’s got a shorter, single closure Velcro cuff, so although you might not want to take to the track with it, as a road glove it’s convenient because it can be easily whipped on and off, and will work with a wide range of jackets. Protection comes from the TPU reinforcements on the knuckles, thumbs and fingers. There’s also an armoured panel to protect the easily-broken Scaphoid bone. The leather on the back of the hand is perforated to allow air in, while the palm of the hand features two layers of leather.
9. The Held 2623 Revel Gloves
Held’s Revel gloves are made from goatskin and come with hard reinforcement at the knuckles. The side of the hand and ball of the thumb are reinforced with leather and abrasive resistant Keprotec fabric. The Revels are also available in long and short finger sizes, so if you’ve got particularly large or small hands, you should be able to get the these in a size to suit, without having to accept fingers that are a bit too long or constricting
10. The Rev It! Summit 2 H2O Gloves
These might be summer gloves, but that doesn’t mean there’s any harm in them being waterproof, especially in the UK. The Summit H20s keep out moisture thanks to their supple goat skin exterior, under which sits a waterproof Hydratex lining. Protection comes from the 3D Seesoft knuckle armour, TPR knuckle protectors and a hard TPU palm slider and stretchy Kevlar panels.