Whether you're an experienced rider, or just starting, it doesn't take long to realize the importance of a solid riding glove. They protect your knuckles from debris and your hands from the cold and give you the grip you'll want to feel in control of your ride. With so many options, and new ones entering the market each year, it can be overwhelming to choose the right pair. While keeping in mind that this ultimately comes down to personal preference, let's have a look at our favorite gloves on the market in 2023.
Dainese Thunder Gore-Tex Gloves: The Dainese short gloves are made with a GORE-TEX® membrane for waterproof and breathable protection. They feature reinforced goatskin leather palms, Techno inserts on the knuckles, thermal padding, adjustable cuff straps, pre-curved fingers, and stretch inserts for improved flexibility.
Currently $309.99 CAD and available in black and black & red.
Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon V2: The second rendition of these gloves comes designed with increased protection, comfort, and style. They are constructed with a durable multi-panel main shell of full-grain leather and 3D mesh while featuring innovative microfiber and PU grip inserts, ergonomic stretch inserts, an innovative carbon knuckle guard, and touchscreen-compatible fingertips.
Currently $129.95 CAD and available in black, black with red & white and black with white.
Rev'it Quantum 2: The Quantum 2 gloves are engineered to perform and protect both on road and on track. They are made with drum-dyed goatskin and cowhide leather and have a list of features including adjustable wrist straps, ventilation holes, and TPU hard-shell protectors on the knuckles, fingers, palm, and cuff.
Currently $269.99 CAD and available in red & black, yellow & black and white & black.
Harley Davidson Passage Adventure Gauntlet Gloves: The perfect combo of technology and comfort with an all-weather grip and waterproofing, hard-shell knuckle guarding, and ventilation openings for cooling. These gloves are exterior seam-stitched for ultimate comfort and have cuff adjustment for a secure fit. Exactly what you'd expect from a glove with the name Harley Davidson.
Currently $326 CAD and available in black with Harley Orange accents.
Joe Rocket Atomic: Joe Rocket Canada has seen some major improvements with its gear quality in recent years. These gloves are made of a combination of leather and textile featuring reinforced leather palm and injection molded knuckle protection. These gloves felt breathable, and lightweight while also coming in at an inexpensive price point.
Currently $89.99 CAD and available in black, grey & white, hi-viz and red & white.
It's important to consider your own needs and preferences when selecting the perfect motorcycle glove. It's always recommended to try gloves on before purchasing, if possible, to ensure a good fit and comfort. It's also a good idea to check out local motorcycle dealers as they may carry options not available online and can provide more personalized recommendations based on your specific needs and riding style.