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. This post helped over 120,000 people to find their next Winter motorcycle gloves! Ride warm!
THE BEST WINTER GLOVES FOR 2021
The Rev’It! Taurus Gore-Tex Gloves
Probably the best Winter gloves right now
|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 it 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 best motorcycle winter gloves to choose.|
The Richa Arctic Waterproof Gloves
The short-distance option from Richa
|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. And, they are recommended by RiDE Magazine! These gloves offer hard knuckle armour for protection. They are available in mens and womens versions, so you can get the perfect fit! Comfortable, waterproof, warm. What more could you want? Potentially, your best value motorcycle Winter gloves!|
The Rev It! Kryptonite Gore-Tex Gloves
Quality short cuffed winter gloves
The Richa Hurricane Gore-Tex Gloves
RiDE Magazine endorsed quality Winter motorcycle gloves
|The Richa Hurricane motorcycle winter gloves carry the endorsement of RiDE Magazine. Compared to the other award-winning Richa Winter gloves, the Richa Cold Protect, the Richa Urricane gloves are a fraction warmer. Where the Richa Cold Protect feel more like a warm blanket, these gloves feel more like motorcycle gloves.|
The Rev’It! Kodiak Gore-Tex Gloves
The Rev’It! Taurus’ little brother for a little less money
|These gloves boast Gore-Tex technology to keep the rain out, Thinsulate insulation to keep the heat in and Seesoft armour to protect against the road. The high loft liner works with the Thinsulate G wadding to trap in heat and help keep your hands warm. 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. What you are getting is a glove nearly as warm as the Rev’It! Taurus but with a full leather outer.|
The Richa Cold Protect Gore-Tex Gloves
Winner of the Visordown comparative test
|Winners of the ‘sub-£100 all-weather gloves‘ by Visordown, the 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 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 work best 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 one of the few gloves where the outer shell is mostly constructed from leather: Faster drying over night!|
The Rev It! Livengood Gore-Tex Gloves
Hugely protective, very warm, Gore Laminate: A really popular Winter motorcycle glove
|Winter gloves can easily mean ‘bulky gloves’ without much feel for the road or control. Laminating the Gore membrane to the shell layer means one less ‘layer’ and therefore less bulk. 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, great grip and road feel, and waterproof for the life of the gloves!|
The Richa City Gore-Tex Gloves
The shorter cuffed option preferred for urban journeys
|Preferring a shorter cuff?! These are the option for you. Thinsulate insulation 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. The cuff is a comfortable neoprene-like fabric. 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 Held Twin II Gore-Tex Gloves
Hold the press: Not available until late 2020
|The evo model of the original Held Twin gloves: Two chambers in one glove, one chamber insulated on palm and back of hand, the other chamber with superior padding on the back of hand and laminate Gore Grip waterproofing on the palm.|
Best Motorcycle Winter Gloves FAQ
What are features top motorcycle winter gloves share?
Top motorcycle winter gloves have a number of attributes in common:
- Insulation: Good insulation over the back of the hand is essential to protect from windchill. Primaloft Gold and Thinsulate G provide are the most effective, least ‘spongy’ insulation but they add to the price.
- Protection: Icy conditions make motorcycle riding more dangerous. Look out for obvious protection features like knuckle armour.
- Waterproofing: The more breathable the waterproof membrane is, the drier the interior of the gloves remains. What it means to you is a less clammy feel and less windchill transferring to your skin. Spend the extra on Gore-Tex or equally capable waterproof membranes.
Are there lightweight winter motorcycle gloves?
Lightweight winter motorcycle exist, but be clear about what you are getting: Motorcycle winter gloves do not have to be bulky. If you look for lightweight motorcycle winter gloves, you have two options these days: Lighter weight motorcycle winter gloves for shorter, urban journeys AND high-end motorcycle winter gloves that choose expensive, hugely capable insulating loft such as Primaloft Gold and Thinsulate G to keep the bulk low and the feel of the gloves as light as possible. Choose what is right for you.
Are there winter motorcycle gloves for heated grips?
Yes, there are winter motorcycle gloves specifically for heated grips: The fear is that the heated grips cause water to evaporate into the gloves through the palm. In reality, that may well be a pointless concern yet it will be one that keeps on giving. You have 2 options: Get motorcycle winter gloves with limited insulation over the palm to maximise the heat transfer; This option will allow moisture to evaporate into the gloves .. but then that moisture also escapes from the gloves if you purchase Gore-Tex lined gloves or similar. Or, go for one of the (very limited) number of motorcycle winter gloves designed specifically for heated grips: Expect to pay a little more as the components required to make a glove that allows heat to pass through but no water vapour are expensive.