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 sandpaper.
Like a lot of other motorcycle gear, you’ll want gloves that will keep your digits stylish, comfortable, and above all, safe. So we here at Gear Patrol have put together a list of hand-protection gear that provides protection for your hands in all seasons. (That said, if you only ride in the warm-weather months, take a look at our guide to the best summer motorcycle riding gloves; likewise, if you want gloves made specifically for cold seasons, check out our list of great winter motorcycle gloves.)
So what are you waiting for? Check out our list of great motorcycle gloves for all seasons below. (Note: all prices were valid at the time of publication.)
The Best All-Around All-Season Motorcycle Glove
The Cayenne Pro might sound like something made by Porsche, but in fact, they're a solid pair of gloves for summer riding that can also transition over to cooler-weather use.
The Best Affordable All-Season Motorcycle Glove
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 of these leather motorcycle gloves.
The Best All-Season Motorcycle Glove for Those Willing to Spend a Bit More
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.
None of those gloves strike your fancy? Check out some more:
Biltwell is known best as the folks behind one of the best bargains in motorcycle helmets, but they also make other safety gear. These gloves may lack the fancy features of many other mitts...but at this price, they're worth having around as a backup.
Sometimes, you want a leather motorcycle glove that makes a statement; other times, you want to go under the radar. These Taskers offer perforated panels so they don't get too hot in warm weather, but also nearly 1mm of cowhide and a tricot lining for when the temperatures aren't so hot.
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.
If you want the best of the best, settle for nothing less than these Dainese gloves. The Full Metal 6 is the full package — tough enough for track use, stylish enough for showing off, and safe enough to keep your precious hands protected in almost any situation.