Top Winter Motorcycle Gloves 2018

Cold fingers are bad news: Cold, numb, stiff, painful, they make brake and clutch control harder & more painful with every mile. To help you keep your hands warm this winter, we’ve put together the definitive list of the best motorcycle winter gloves money can buy.

THE BEST WINTER GLOVES FOR 2017/2018


The Rev’It! Taurus Gore-Tex Gloves

Probably the best Winter gloves right now

The Rev'it! Taurus Gore-Tex Gloves
Sizing:
Small – 4 X-Large
Special features:
Gore-Tex, Primaloft
Price level:
£££
Best for:
Anyone riding for 30+ mins at a time
The Rev’It! Taurus gloves are insulated with Primaloft Gold on the back of the hand and the palms are lined with Primaloft Gold Eco. Primaloft is the warmest man-made fibre there is and the ‘Gold’ variety is expensive but reduces the bulk you would normally expect. The Gore-Tex lining ensures your hands do not become damp with sweat by allowing your skin to breathe; What is means to you are warmer hands as wind-chill cannot transfer. Other useful features include a finger visor wiper for clearing your visor and a ‘connect’ finger for using your phone. The wrist closure is reassuringly snug when closed, is easy to tighten with one hand already ‘in glove’, but some users report it has taken them some getting used to as that area of the gloves is constructed differently to what they are used to. If you want protective features and the best ergonomic fit, these are the gloves to choose.


The Held Arctic Evo Gore-Tex Gloves

German precision & quality in a Winter glove

Sizing:
X-Small – 4 X-Large
Special features:
Gore-Tex, Thinsulate
Price level:
£££
Best for:
Anyone riding for 30+ mins at a time
The Held Arctic Evo Gore-Tex Winter Glove
The Held Arctic Evo motorcycle winter gloves are the improved successor of the original best-selling Held Arctic gloves. The original Held Arctic gloves were one of the first warm textile winter gloves that managed to reduce the bulk and therefore become more useful even for more demanding riders. Available in the widest possible size range, one stand-out feature is the textile-covered Sas-Tec knuckle armour: Subtle in looks, super impact absorbing. A slightly more generous fit than the Rev’It! Taurus gloves, these are most suited to touring and commuting.


The Rev’It! Borealis Gore-Tex Gloves

The Rev’It! Taurus’ little brother for a little less money

Sizing:
Small – 4 X-Large
Special features:
Gore-Tex, Primaloft
Price level:
£££
Best for:
Anyone riding for 45+ mins at a time
Working between having gloves that can retain your own heat and the heat from heated grips while making sure your grip doesn’t suffer under too many layers. These gloves boast Gore-Tex technology to keep the rain out, PrimaLoft Gold insulation to keep the heat in and Seesoft armour to protect against the road. The high loft liner works with the PrimaLoft Gold and PrimaLoft Gold Eco to trap in heat and help keep your hands warm. The tri-fleece liner aids heat retention without bulking up the gloves too much. To keep the water out, a Gore-Tex membrane stops water from entering the gloves, but still allows water vapour to escape so your hands don’t become trapped in your own sweat.


The Richa Cold Protect Gore-Tex Gloves

Winner of the Visordown comparative test

Sizing:
Small – 3 X-Large
Special features:
Gore-Tex, Thinsulate
Price level:
££
Best for:
Anyone riding for 20-30 mins at a time
The Richa Cold Protect Gloves
Winners of the ‘sub-£100 all-weather gloves‘ by Visordownthe Cold Protect gloves the best-seller in the sub-£100 bracket. Lined with Tri-Fleece material to wick body moisture away, they are substantial enough to keep you warm but thin enough so you still have a good feel of the grips. The Gore-Tex membrane ensures your hands do not become damp inside the gloves by allowing your skin to breathe and body moisture to escape to the outside. They are a comfortable fit, so the grip is not as precise as it is for the Rev’It! Taurus gloves. Available in Black and Black-Fluo


The Alpinestars M56 Drystar Gloves

The predominantly leather option, best for heated grips

The Alpinestars M56 Drystar Gloves
Sizing:
Small – 3 X-Large
Special features:
Drystar, Primaloft
Price level:
££
Best for:
Anyone riding for 20-30 mins at a time
The Alpinestars M56 motorcycle winter gloves use Alpinestars’ own Drystar waterproof membrane and, unusually, have next to no thermal padding on the palm of the hand while offering superior Primaloft wadding to protect you from wind-chill across the whole of the back of the hand. What it means to you: These gloves are the ideal glove to use with heated grips. While they do not overcome the problem that heated grips can counteract the waterproofing and evaporate water into the glove’s inner compartment, it does mean that more of the grip heat transfers to your palm. A second stand-out feature is that in this selection they are the only gloves where the outer shell is mostly constructed from leather: Faster drying over night!


The Held 2270 Cold Champ Gore-Tex Gloves

Hugely protective, very warm, very structured; too stiff for some, but a great glove

Sizing:
Small – 3 X-Large
Special features:
Gore-Tex Grip (Xtrafit), Thinsulate
Price level:
£££
Best for:
Anyone riding for up to 45+ mins at a time
The Held 2270 Cold Champ Gloves
Winter gloves can easily mean ‘bulky gloves’ without much feel for the road or control. Co-developed between HELD and Gore, the combination of highly effective thermal linings and a specialist laminate layering means these motorcycle winter gloves are the closest you can get to having your cake and eating it. Excellent warmth, very clever technology, SuperFabric protection and visor wiper, great grip and road feel, and waterproof for the life of the gloves!


The Alpinestars Polar Gore-Tex Gloves

Alpinestars’ shorter cuffed option preferred for urban journeys

Alpinestars Polar Gore-Tex Gloves
Sizing:
Small – 3 X-Large
Special features:
Gore-Tex, Thinsulate, Shorter cuff
Price level:
££
Best for:
Anyone riding for 30-45 mins at a time
As the name would suggest, these are TOASTY! 100g Thinsulate lining on the back of the hand keeps the part of your hand that is most exposed to the wind-chill warm on those winter rides. There’s no more knitted cuff, it’s been upgraded to neoprene, which offers more waterproofing than the previous cuff of the Polar gloves from Alpinestars. The knuckle armour is hard for impact protection with reinforcements at the landing zones, to keep you protected from road rash. There’s also a Gore-Tex membrane, which is waterproof, windproof and breathable. Gore-Tex guarantees waterproofing for the life of these motorcycle gloves. Awesome!


The Richa Arctic Waterproof Gloves

The short-distance option from Richa

Sizing:
Small – 3 X-Large
Special features:
Waterproof, Thinsulate
Price level:
£
Best for:
Anyone riding for 20-30 mins at a time
Stay warm this winter with these motorcycle gloves from Richa called the Arctic! They’re warm, waterproof and most importantly have the protection you want. As recommended by RiDE! These gloves have hard knuckle armour to offer you protection. They are available in mens and womens, so you can get the perfect fit! Comfortable, waterproof, warm. What more could you want?


The Rev’It! Kryptonite Gore-Tex Gloves

Quality short cuffed winter gloves

The Rev'It! Kryptonite Gloves Gore-Tex
Sizing:
Small – 4 X-Large
Special features:
Gore-Tex Grip (Xtrafit), Thinsulate, Shorter cuff
Price level:
££
Best for:
Anyone riding for 30-45 mins at a time
These winter motorcycle gloves are designed for those freezing winter days. The waterproof Gore-Tex technology and Gore grip technology ensures your hands stay dry without sacrificing grip so you stay in control. The Thinsulate G insulation and shaggy fur lining helps trap heat inside to keep your hands warm, but thanks to the Gore-Tex lining these motorcycle gloves are still breathable and comfortable. The outer shell has been covered in goat skin for enhanced abrasion resistance, with synthetic PU leather and rip-stop stretch further enhancing this. Temperfoam protection and PU injection on the back of the hand helps protect your hands from impact damage, with a hard-shell knuckle covering protecting you from bumps and knocks.


The Furygan Quartz Waterproof Gloves

Sizing:
Small – 3 X-Large
Special features:
Waterproof, Thinsulate
Price level:
£
Best for:
Anyone riding for 20-30 mins at a time
The ideal addition to your winter wardrobe, the Quartz gloves are equipped to keep your hands warm and dry. Both waterproof and breathable alongside a padded thermal lining means that you can brave the weather even in the most bitter cold of rides. External hardshell armour at the knuckles gives you protection from the road. Multiple reinforcements have been made with double leather on the palm and areas exposed to abrasion in a crash situation. Not only do you need your gloves to be protective, but you need them to be comfortable too. That’s why Furygan have added comfort reinforcements on the top of the palm where friction with the handlebar is much greater. Cuff and wrist adjusters mean that you get a secure fit too.

MORE ON WINTER GLOVES

 

If you haven’t already we would suggest reading our blog on how to choose the warmest winter motorcycle gloves. Take the 8-step checklist at the end to help you find the best winter gloves!

 

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