Gloves are essential for a good riding experience out on your bike. You want to keep your hands safe from whatever the road or weather has to throw at you. Keeping your hands warm, dry and protected is essential when riding your motorcycle, as you need them to properly steer, brake, and accelerate. Poor grip or hands that are cold or wet could become a serious safety risk while riding. You also need to consider that in the event of a crash or fall, your hands could be first in the firing line, so appropriate protection for your hands is key.
Protecting your hands with motorcycle gloves that are CE/UKCA certified is important. With so many choices, it can be difficult to find the best one to suit you, which is why we have created a guide to help you find the perfect match.
As with gloves you might wear for cold weather, gardening, or other physical work, motorcycle gloves are there to protect your hands against specific risks. They help keep your hands warm and dry, as well as protected against road debris (such as twigs, rocks, dust or grit), and safer in the event of a crash or fall. Added grip on the palms also helps to control your motorcycle, as you’re less likely to accidentally yank on the throttle if your hands are slipping.
One of the main differences between ordinary gloves and motorcycle gloves is the inclusion of impact protection. D3O® impact protection in motorcycle gloves can be included on the knuckles, palms or back of hand area. In a fall or crash, your hands are likely to take some of the impact. Whether you go headfirst over the handlebars or wobble off your bike at low speed, the instinct is to put your hands out to break your fall. Armored motorcycle gloves will help reduce the impact as a result.
Motorcycle gloves that combine D3O® impact protection with abrasion-resistant fabric and technical features offer the most to riders. A good pair of motorcycle gloves should see you safely through several thousand miles on your rides, and be tough enough to handle the unique challenges of motorcycling (and the precise needs of bikers!).
First and foremost, when looking for the perfect motorcycle gloves, check that they are CE/UKCA certified, which is where the gloves go through a rigorous testing process:
Some additional key factors to consider are:
Partnering with world-leading brands for motorcycle apparel, D3O® impact protection can be found in many glove brands as the ideal choice for rider safety. Discover a selection of products below.
A glove for all seasons, but especially suited to the autumn and spring, the Furygan Jet All Season features D3O® impact protection and a host of rider-friendly features. D3O® impact protection keeps your knuckles safe in the event of an accident, while a 100% leather palm offers a supple and secure grip on the handlebars. Palm reinforcements safeguard the high-wear areas, and the fingertips feature Furygan’s Sensitive Science insert for touch-screen compatibility. The gloves are secured with an adjustable hook and loop wrist fastening and are available in a range of colors. The Furygan Jet All Season is a great choice for riders looking for a year-round glove that offers excellent impact protection.
For urban riders and classic bikers, the Merlin Ranger D3O® glove offers an understated heritage style without compromising on safety. Featuring D3O® knuckle impact protection, and strategically reinforced palms, these tough do-it-all gloves are a great option for casual riders. The full wrist covering is secured with a hook and loop closure for extra security. With a waxed cotton outer and cowhide leather palm, the gloves also include a waterproof and breathable membrane to keep hands cool and dry in any weather. Flexible D3O® knuckle protection works well with soft cotton and leather materials, creating a comfortable glove to see you through all sorts of adventures.
Sleek, lightweight and with plenty of technical features, the ICON Airform glove is a great choice for summer riding. The D3O® knuckle insert offers fantastic impact protection and range of movement without making the glove bulky or stiff. The Ax Suede palm and Ax Laredo back work together to provide breathable comfort, grip, abrasion resistance and temperature control. The back of the glove features perforations for airflow, while the palm is reinforced in high-wear areas for maximum lifespan. For riders looking for lightweight summer gloves without compromising on impact protection, the ICON Airform is an ideal option.
For bikers looking for the ultimate glove that combines impact protection, technical features and all-weather riding, you can’t go wrong with the Richa Hypercane GTX. This next-level glove includes D3O® knuckle protection, plus D3O® palm protection for added safety. Abrasion-resistant materials including leather, goatskin and stretch textile combine to create a glove that is safe and comfortable to wear all day. Gore-Tex waterproofing ensures hands stay dry, and combined with Gore Grip, the gloves stay secure even in wet weather. The absolute must-have glove for riders looking for something to see them through every season and any weather with the best in impact protection.
Discover more D3O partner brands offering the best in impact protection, comfort and style when it comes to motorcycle gloves today: https://www.d3o.com/brands/