All You Need to Know About Motorcycle Riding Gloves
- on February 05, 2020
A fall comes with its repercussions. Whenever a motorcyclist meets with an accident, he usually skids forward; momentum being the obvious reason. An impulse reaction to this is to stop skidding. No matter how minor the crash is, hands are mostly going to be the first point of contact with the road. Wearing Right Riding gloves can protect a rider’s hands from getting cuts or bruises that can occur during the drag.
TYPES OF MOTORCYCLE RIDING GLOVES AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET
To begin with one must be aware of the types of motorcycle riding gloves that are available in the market. As wide as the options, more difficult it is to pin down the right riding glove.
When we refer to Short motorcycle riding gloves, we’re talking about the new generation of riders and motorcycles. Traditionally these gloves were made of mostly full mesh or mesh leather, giving both protection and as well the ventilation to the rider riding in the hot regions.
Short motorcycle riding gloves are normally thicker than an off-road glove and are great for most weather conditions. They will keep you a little warm on a winter morning ride and are cool enough on a hot trail in the middle of summer. Weather protection such as (water, wind, vents etc) are pretty varied in this category and you can find huge variety of gloves in this segment. Definitely do your research before picking a pair.
Semi Gauntlet Gloves
These motorcycle Riding gloves are for the bikers who don’t want to go for the full gauntlet gloves but aren't happy with the protection offered by short gloves either.
Semi gauntlet gloves basically are in between short gloves and full gauntlet gloves. Not too bulky for riding inside the city and still offer a decent level of protection/Ventilation. They usually have better fastening mechanism and more features than short riding gloves.
Full Gauntlet Gloves
Full Gauntlet Motorcycle riding gloves offer the best protection out of all the three types of riding gloves. They are a choice of every serious motorcycle rider who wishes to step outside their city speed limits. They offer various multiple fastening points and are usually full of additional protection & useful features.
If you are a regular rider, depending upon your riding environment and riding pattern, you can always choose to pick more than one type of riding glove.
TYPES OF MOTORCYCLE RIDING GLOVES BASED ON MATERIAL USED
Riding gloves are meant to protect your hands in case of a fall. Even a small fall can do some major damage to your hands so picking gloves with right kind of protection is foremost important.
The first protection is material from which the glove has been developed.
Leather has natural anti abrasion properties so it is considered to be the best. Riding gloves offer protection at knuckle area, padding on the finger area and padding on the palm area. Additional optional protection can be in the form of finger sliders, pinkie finger protector, padding on side of the wrist and back of hand.
Mesh Riding Gloves offer maximum ventilation but are a little compromising on protection. These gloves are good only for low speed street riding or for riding in controlled environment. Not really recommended for long touring rides though.
Mesh + Leather gloves
Mesh leather riding gloves offer ventilation for typical summer riding, while leather is placed at points where one needs maximum abrasion resistance. These Riding Gloves offer best of both worlds, air ventilation and protection. But, when it comes to protection, these gloves compromise a bit when compared with a full leather glove.
Leather riding gloves provides a rider with full protection, maximum comfort, and a great grip. Leather Glove has integrated knuckle protection, a mix of leather and polyester & Velcro cuff closure for a custom fit.
MEASURING THE GLOVE SIZE
Correct fitting of a riding glove is a must because if the riding glove is loose from any area; one won’t get proper grip of the handlebar and chances to end up getting off your hands in case of a crash are high. But if one wears tight gloves, the fingers/hand can start paining. So, it is highly recommended to measure through the palm area twice before ordering any pair of motorcycle riding gloves.