Give your mitts the comfort and protection they deserve with a new pair of riding gloves this holiday season. Or, if you’re feeling generous, buy a pair for that special rider in your life to show how much you care (‘tis the season after all). Motorcycle USA editors gave serious consideration to all types of gloves over the past year and came up with a list of stand-outs, now neatly packaged as the 2012 Motorcycle Gift Guide to Gloves.
RSD Diesel Leather Gloves
Roland Sands is the cool kid of motorcycling, and the RSD label is kicking out some stylish kit. The RSD Diesel Gloves are sleek looking leather design that offer up every day riding comfort. We like to pit nits over glove fitment, but can’t find any fault at all with the Diesel. While there’s no supplemental armor, beyond the reinforced palm and padded knuckles, they feel sturdy and well built. They’ve held up well during the summer and fall riding season. Perforations offer breathability, which can be enhanced by retracting the zipper to reveal a perforated panel below. The ribbed panel covering the back of the hand promises added flexibility, which it does, but it also anchors the distinctive styling. The RSD Diesel gloves are a simple design, executed without flaw. – Bart Madson.
Alpinestars GP Tech Gloves
The Alpinestars GP Tech Gloves were developed to meet the needs of MotoGP and Superbike racers, and they have loads of premium features to make sure they live up to the challenge. PU knuckle and finger sliders help protect against impact and abrasion, a patented third and fourth finger bridge protects against “finger roll,” and a PU injected wrist panel offers even more protection. The tops of these gloves are reinforced with knit Kevlar and have Pittards Armor-Tan leather as well. If you’re planning on hitting the track anytime soon, make sure to pick up a pair of Alpinestars GP Tech Gloves. – Adam Waheed.
AGV Sport Mayhem Short Gloves
If you’re looking for superior protection with a sport fit for your next ride, pick up a pair of AGV Sport Mayhem Short Gloves. These gloves are made of a Clarino synthetic leather on the palm and have breathable mesh textile on the back of the hand. They come pre-curved and have textured high grip on the inside of the thumb. A hard mesh metal armor with shock absorbing memory foam helps to keep your knuckles extra safe, while a neoprene cuff at the wrist ensures you’ll have a tight, comfortable fit.
Thor Motocross Deflector Gloves
The Thor Motocross Deflector Gloves are specially designed to deflect the roost, rocks, branches, or whatever is kicked up by the bike in front of you on track. A TPR hook and loop wrist closure system ensures that the gloves stay put while riding and the dimpled mesh neoprene construction gives the perfect blend of ventilation and durability. A double-layer Clarino palm protects against abrasion and helps to reduce bar vibration while TPR finger coverage keeps your fingers safe.
River Road Firestone Gloves
For a simple glove made of quality material, look no further than the River Road Firestone Gloves. Constructed of genuine Naked Cowhide, the Firestone Gloves have increased knuckle protection and gel pads in the palms to ensure safety and comfort. Reflective piping on the back of the hand helps increase visibility while an adjustable wrist strap with hook and loop closure keeps them snug on your hand. These gloves also come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Icon Women’s Sub Stealth Gloves
For the female rider in your life, check out the Icon Women’s Sub Stealth Gloves. These gloves feature an abrasion resistant, premium grade Battlehide goatskin palm and injected plastic knuckle armor to help keep her hands safe, while the pre-curved palm and finger design ensure maximum comfort. They’re also specifically sized to fit women’s hands, making them a gift she’s sure to love.
Troy Lee Designs Air Gloves
I’m one of those riders that absolutely loathes padding in the palm of my gloves. Before gear companies offered gloves with minimal materials I would cut the pads from all of my gloves, but now I’m thankful for hand protection like the Troy Lee Designs Air Gloves. The fit is skin tight and the palms never bunch even when drenched in sweat. Although they are meant for warm weather shredding, I prefer to wear them year-round. If you hate bulk and want excellent feel for your hands, these gloves are the number one choice. – Justin Dawes.