No matter where you are or how fast you’re going, if you fall, your natural instinct is to put your hands out to catch yourself. This is why you shouldn’t overlook gloves when you’re getting ready to head out on a motorcycle. Highway speeds, abrasive asphalt, bare hands — think soft cheese sliding across industrial sand paper.
Like a lot of other motorcycle gear, you’ll want gloves that will keep your digits stylish, comfortable, and above all, safe. And since summer is winding down, and cooler autumn temperatures and unpredictable weather will be here before you know it, we put together a list that runs the gamut from light, breathable gloves for the current warm weather to layered, weather-proof, gauntlet-style gloves for taking on the unpredictable transitional months.
Rust and Redemption by Speed and Strength $70
With goatskin leather throughout, contrast stitching and a minimalist design, the Rust and Redemption gloves definitely deliver on vintage style. Perforated leather and padding in the heel of the palm and knuckles provide protection, flexibility and breathability to back up the looks.
Atacama Air by Alpinestars $70
Perfect for the hotter days, the flexible, lightweight 3D mesh allows for great ventilation. Leather reinforcement and foam padding provide excellent impact protection as well.
Robinson by Oscar $90
Another great vintage cafe glove. The Robinson is made with a supple goatskin upper and a synthetic suede palm for maximum grip and protection, while the perforated leather ensures everything stays cool when the temperatures climb.
Spencer Gloves by Dainese $130
Looking to channel your inner “Brando from The Wild One” vibe? The Spencer gloves from Dainese have a goatskin construction, sheepskin cuff and a warm fleece interior that’ll do the trick. Reinforced palms, knuckles and finger joints ensure that the protection is as modern as it gets.
Harros Gore-Tex Gloves by Rukka $199
Rukka is a Finnish company that specializes in cold- and wet-weather gear. You can be sure the Harros Gore-Tex Gloves will keep your digits safe long after the clocks are set back.
Jerico Evo by Dainese $220
The Jerico’s breathable, 100-percent waterproof Gore-Tex liner and thermal Primaloft padding are designed to retain body and block chilling winds while keeping your hands as dry as possible. When the temperature drops and you refuse to winterize your bike, the Jerico should be your go-to.
Jerez Pro by Rev’it $380
The Jerez Pro has MotoGP-proven protection and comfort. It’s made from kangaroo leather and reinforced with hard thermoplastic polyurethane at key impact points, including the knuckles, fingers and palm. The Jerez Pro is truly hard to beat where safety is concerned.
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