What Makes The Best Riding Glove?

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A blog about different types of riding gloves and their features.


Durability is another important factor to consider. The material you choose will be a major determinant of your riding glove’s durability and lifespan. For example, leather gloves are very durable, but they require more maintenance than synthetic gloves. Synthetic gloves tend to break down at a faster pace than leather gloves. However, if properly cared for and stored, leather gloves can last years before needing replaced.

You can maintain the life of your gloves by keeping them clean and dry when not in use (e.g., stuffing them with newspaper). It’s also wise to avoid conditions that cause damage or deterioration to the material (e.g., direct sunlight or heat).


Comfort is the number one priority when it comes to riding gloves. After all, if your hands aren’t comfortable, you won’t feel like riding! Your riding glove should fit you like a second skin – they should feel seamless and snug, yet not so tight that they are constricting. They should be made of soft supple leather that, despite being thin, feels very durable and resilient. The palm of the glove typically gets worn out the fastest because it comes in contact with the reins (and for those of us who are a bit more accident prone) with the ground as well. A padded palm will allow for more comfort while you ride and will also prolong its life span!

The back of our hands tend to sweat when we ride – or at least I do! It is important that your gloves have some sort of ventilation to keep your hands cool while you ride.


A glove that fits well will be snug, but it shouldn’t feel too tight. If a glove is too big, then it won’t perform properly. A glove that’s too big will also lead to rubbing and blisters as your hand shifts around in the extra space. The second thing to keep in mind is that fit and size are not the same thing. You may wear a medium riding glove, but maybe you like a little extra room for your fingers or the palm of your hand feels better with a little extra space. Make an educated decision about which features of fit are most important to you, such as breathability or flexibility, then select a style of glove that meets those needs without compromising on other fit characteristics.

In general, when trying on new gloves, you should consider how they feel against your palm and fingers right away. While this may seem obvious as you’re testing out gloves at a store before making a purchase, people sometimes get caught up in “future-thinking” — fantasizing about what these gloves will do for them when they actually start riding for long distances on their motorcycles — rather than paying attention to what the experience actually feels like at this moment: if the material scratches uncomfortably against their skin; if there’s enough wiggle room while they’re still clutching their phone and wallet; whether they can quickly get them on and off without having to readjust anything; if they’re durable enough to handle whatever weather comes along during the ride; and so forth.


You should feel free to choose riding gloves that reflect your personality and preferences.

Riding gloves come in a variety of styles, and you’ll want to keep specific features in mind when deciding which style works best for you.

Some riders prefer gloves that look like regular gloves, so they can wear them off the bike and not feel self-conscious.

Other riders prefer more protective glove options that offer greater protection against the elements, abrasion and impact.

Another category of riding gloves is designed to be more stylish than protective, with a slim profile intended to give riders a streamlined aesthetic while they’re on the bike.


There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when shopping for breathable gloves. The first is the material they’re made with. Mesh fabric is great because it allows air to flow through to the skin, and it also offers more protection than going bare-handed.

Another way gloves help provide breathability is by wicking away moisture. If your hands get sweaty while riding, you don’t need that moisture trapped inside of your glove—it will only make you warmer and less comfortable. A good pair of breathable gloves will pull the moisture away from your skin and to the exterior, so that it can evaporate into the air. This keeps you drier and cooler (and provides a little extra grip on the reins).

Most riders who are looking for low-key warmth or an easy vibe choose breathable riding gloves, but they’re also great if you want something summery or fun for hot agricultural shows!

Your riding gloves should keep you protected and comfortable.

Your riding gloves will have a huge impact on your comfort and safety. They should keep your hands warm and dry even in wet weather, but not be too bulky to impede movement and inhibit control of the reins. Your glove needs may differ depending on the type of riding you do, with more protection needed for jumping than trail riding.

  • Materials: The most popular materials for riding gloves are leather, synthetic or a combination of both. Leather is durable and long-lasting, but can be uncomfortable if too thick. Synthetic materials tend to offer more ventilation, but are not as hard-wearing as leather. Most gloves are made with a combination of both materials so you get the best attributes from each.

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