Ask any motorcyclist and they’ll tell you that helmet is one thing they never leave at home. While the importance of this cannot be understated, there’s another often overlooked piece of gear that every motorcyclist must own: a good pair of gloves.Here's what goes into choosing a motorcycle glove that fits perfectly.

Motorcycle gloves: what’s the big deal?

While a helmet is essential in the event of an accident, gloves play an important role in the relationship between a rider and their bike. To put it simply, your hands, and by proxy your gloves, is the connection that controls and operates your bike.

Here are a couple of other reasons why a good pair of gloves is essential:

Protection from the elements:

If you’re out biking in unfavorable conditions, you’re going to have a hard time not only controlling your bike, but also enjoying the ride. A solid pair of gloves can keep your hands warm when the weather is cold and cool when the weather is hot.

Having waterproof gloves is also extremely important in stormy weather. That way, you can rest assured that you won’t lose your grip and control over your machine.

In the event of an accident:

Most people can attest to the fact that when you’re in an accident, or about to fall, you use your hands instinctively to break the fall. Without gloves, you’re likely to sustain potentially serious injuries. However, if you have gloves, you could reduce the likelihood of a severe injury and loss of blood.

What to Consider When Buying Motorcycle Gloves

Once you understand and appreciate the importance of having gloves, you can move on to finding a pair that suits your specific needs. While the fitting of the gloves is arguably the most important factor (something we’ll explore in depth later on), here are several other factors to keep in mind when you’re out hunting for a pair:

Quality of Workmanship

If you’re going to invest in something, make sure that the quality of the product is up to standard. You don’t want to buy something that’ll unravel or come undone after just a few uses. Your gloves should be able to endure long hours of extended use.

Length

Gloves come in different lengths. Some are designed just to protect your hands, while others also provide protection to your wrists. It’s always a good idea to protect your wrists as they play an important role in controlling your motorcycle. The longer length will also protect your wrists against the elements.

Typical Weather Conditions

Weather conditions typically determine the type of gloves you should get. For instance, should you be looking into thermal or heated gloves for riding in the cold? Do you live in an area that has a lot of precipitation and so, would you benefit from waterproof gloves? Do you live in a warm region in which ventilated gloves would be beneficial?

Additional Protective Features

Many companies manufacturing motorcycle gloves offer different protective features to give themselves a competitive edge. For instance, look for features such as carbon-impregnated panels and inserts, Super Fabric, etc.

Comfort is Key

How do the gloves feel on your hands? Since you’re going to have them on throughout the duration of your ride, it’s important that they feel right. Is the material comfortable? These are all important questions you should ask yourself.

Finding the right pair

As the old saying goes, it’s important to buy yourself gear that ‘fits like a glove’. If it’s too small, it might restrict hand movement and cut off circulation, especially if you like taking long rides. If it’s too big, control will be an issue as well. With that being said, perfectly-fitting gloves will help you enjoy your ride.

How to find the perfect fit

1. Important things to keep in mind

Here are a couple of points to keep in mind when finding the right fit:

  • Try them on
  • Try gripping onto a real motorcycle grip as if you were riding your bike. This will give you a better idea. 
  • Does the glove allow for movement?
  • Your fingers should not be pushing against the glove. There should be some extra room between your fingertip and the tip of the glove. 
  • There should not be any additional material bunching up in the palm area.

2. What type of riding do you want the gloves for?

Another important consideration!

  • Motorcycle gloves will vary in feel and fit, depending on their usage.
  • Racing gloves are snugger and allow for greater movement since they are designed for maximum dexterity and control on the track.
  • Touring gloves are made for everyday and long distance riding and so are designed for protection from the pavement and the elements
  • Summer Motorcycle Gloves are made for riding in temperate climates and therefore provide ventilation. That’s because they do not have lining and waterproofing features.
  • Cold-weather gloves will be bulkier because of additional layers of insulation. These gloves also have a waterproof membrane layer that keeps hands dry.

Ultimately, all gloves should allow comfortable movement. You should easily be able to naturally use your hands and access the controls and grip the handle. All the while, you should feel comfortable even after long hours of riding.

3.      Glove material

The two most common types of material are leather and textile. Here is what you should keep in mind with regards to both:

  • Leather – has a tendency to stretch about 5% with extended use over time. This means that they might be a little snug to begin with until they are broken into.
  • Textile – will not stretch over time so make sure you buy the right size. The material starts out soft, and will remain soft, so that’s a bonus.

Measuring your glove size

To find the right size, follow the steps below:

1. Measure the widest part of your hands (the area just below your knuckles), OR

2. Measure the circumference of your hand with a soft measuring tape

3. Since the size of your left and right hand may be different, measure both hands and take the widest measurement of both.

* For ladies, gloves sizes usually run one size smaller than the gents. Nevertheless, ladies are advised to search for gloves specifically designed for the contours of a woman’s hand and will therefore fit better.

As you can see, searching for the perfect pair of gloves will require some effort to get the right fit for you. There are a number of different considerations involved that must be given adequate time and importance. In the end, nothing compares to trying on a pair of gloves.