Guide to Best Winter Motorcycle Riding Gloves in India
- on December 03, 2020
Indian roads offer a choice of terrains and climatic variations and thus there is nothing known as ‘One for All’ motorcycle riding glove in India! Motorcyclists are often of the opinion that they should own a motorcycling glove which can be used for their summer, rainy and winter riding expeditions. Had this been a possibility, it would have been a wonder!
As the season, so the riding glove and thus it is the time to pick the best winter motorcycle riding gloves in India, specifically for Northern and North-eastern riders. Before coming to what brand options are available, it is important to understand, what one must look for in a winter riding glove.
- Outer Shell Construction
Riding gloves are made from various materials; fabric and leather being the most prominent choice. While depending upon their properties, both of them can offer protection from wind and water, leather has an additional advantage of being 6 times abrasive than textile.
- Inner Lining
The lining that touches your skin has to be super comfortable and these being winter gloves, it has to have a quality thermal lining which is held strongly with the outer shell so that one gets maximum tactility.
Riding can surprise you with sudden showers and thus one must be always prepared for them. Ensure to pick motorcycle riding gloves that are not just windproof but possess waterproofing ability too. Both, Shima Dry Touring Riding Gloves and Bikeratti Meridian Riding Gloves are not just windproof but have waterproofing feature too.
Windproof gloves are not breathable! This is an assumption that lot of us carry. It is important for the winter riding gloves to offer protection from wind but one must not ignore that they should be breathable too! Hence making it extremely comfortable for long jaunts and temperature variations throughout the ride.
With thickly lined winter gloves, lot of riders feel loss of tactility, that can be quite risky with two wheelers. Thus, it is required to pick a motorcycle riding glove that promises a strong grip on the throttle.
With high usage of electronic devices even while riding, it is essential to ensure that the riding glove you pick has touch enabled fingers. Most of the brands offer touch compatibility with the index finger only, however Bikeratti Meridian riding gloves are touch enabled at the thumb too.
- Visor Cleaning
With winter riding, accumulation of fog becomes a threat and thus pick a winter riding glove that can clean the visor with ease. It comes as a very handy feature. A good quality winter riding glove has a TPU wiper to clean the helmet visor.
- Palm Protection
The reflex action of a fall results in using our hands to protect self and thus the need to have a riding glove that has a nice strong palm slider. Now a common myth around this is that a plastic slider is better that a foam one. However, one must understand that plastic can break upon impact and is also intrusive while riding, you feel the strong vibrations as the speed increases. With a leather covered, foam-based slider, abrasion is high and the non-intrusive feature discounts all the unnecessary vibrations felt on the hand while riding.
- Knuckle Protection
A CE Rated knuckle in a winter riding glove is symbolic of quality and commitment to offer protection on two wheels. Afterall, no compromise can be justified when it is at the stake of your safety.
- Night Visibility
A reflective strip at prominent points offer high visibility during night time riding. Winters have shorter and gloomy days, wearing a riding glove with reflective is not just an additional style element but a protective feature too!
Of the few best options available to Indian audience, we pick Shima Touring Dry Gloves and Bikeratti Meridian Riding Gloves as the winners in this segment. Both of them are high on style, protection and comfort while with Bikeratti Meridian an added benefit is that you get colour choices to break the monotony of wearing black!