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The Best Motorcycle Gloves You Can Buy in 2022

Your hands will always be the first line of defense when you fall. Make sure they're protected.

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The best motorcycle glove, like the best camera, should be whatever you have with you. Because, like the latter example, not having any tool for the job is the worst-case scenario. Like riding without a helmet, riding glove-less feels to us akin to skydiving without a parachute. No bueño.

But just any glove? That’s only partly bueño. Because digging out the chainsawing mitts to save your palms from shredding across the tarmac is an insufficient step. The best motorcycle gloves have a few key attributes that set them apart from anything else that would cover your hands.

What to Look for When You Buy Motorcycle Gloves

Ergonomics: The best motorcycle gloves will be ergonomically pre-bent and designed for easy articulation. That leaves less work to do for your hands, alleviating fatigue over long rides. The downside is that constructing a glove like that requires more pieces of material and, thus, more labor for assembly. So the most ergonomic gloves can get a bit pricey.

Knuckle Protection: Your knuckles are the first part of your body exposed while riding. If you moto off-road, random tree branches and brush will hurt. Even if you only ply the pavement, a bee or stone hitting your handing at 60 mph can leave a mark. The best gloves will have extra protection in that area.

Materials: Leather gloves are durable and comfortable. But they can also get expensive. And manufacturers can use modern textiles to add durability, waterproofing, ventilation and other features that a traditional leather glove cannot.

Slide Protection: When you fall, your first reaction is to put your hands out to prevent your head from banging into the earth. The first contact point in an accident is likely to be the heel of your hand. The best gloves have padding on the pinkie side of your palm to help you slide, dissipate force and not break your wrist.

Types of Motorcycle Gloves

ADV Gloves: These gloves are designed to transition from off-road to on-road use. They blend impact protection and maneuverability.

Dirt Gloves: These are off-road only gloves. They prioritize maneuverability and typically offer little to no impact protection. They tend to be thinner and less durable than other glove types.

Race Gloves: These are high-performance gloves for track use. They are usually made from leather. They extend above the rest and have extra protection. They can be pricier.

Street Gloves: These are everyday riding gloves. They are built with a short cuff for comfort. They typically offer some protection against impacts.

Touring Gloves: Touring gloves are designed to protect your hands in bad weather. They extend past your wrist and often have waterproofing technology.

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How We Tested the Best Motorcycle Gloves
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We compiled our best motorcycle gloves list through a combination of first-hand testing on at-home rides in multiple weather conditions and the occasional press trip to test a new motorcycle and consultation with industry experts.

Gloves were tested primarily for comfort, style and usability. We tested for durability as long as the time constraints of our testing would allow. Obviously, we did not cause or simulate any motorcycle accidents to test manufacturer claims about protective materials used in the gloves' construction.

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