Here's a list of 10 of our most popular summer mesh and perforated leather motorcycle gloves, starting from just £19.99.
The sun is shining and the open road is ready and waiting. There’s just one problem: do you need to wear motorcycle gloves this season? I mean surely it’s too hot to wear puffy textiles this summer, and imagine the sweat?!
There’s a lot of things to consider when shopping for motorcycle gloves. From textile fabrics and leather wrappings, to hard knuckle protection and palm sliders, to kangaroo leather palms and touchscreen fingertips: whoever came up with the saying “Fits like a glove” has clearly never shopped for a motorcycling glove!
But fear not: we’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favourite motorcycle gloves to wear this summer, and help you filter out the duds. Whether you're planning a tour, riding for sport, commuting back and forth or just cruising on the weekend: there's a glove for you somewhere on this list. We've split our options between textile mesh and perforated leather to give you equal options.
We also understand you'll have a budget in mind when you're shopping, so every glove on this list is under £100, but the lower price doesn't diminish the quality of these gloves. From premium brands such as Alpinestars, Rukka, Knox, Richa and more, these are the best options you'll find without taking out a mortgage on your house...
But before that just a word of advice when it comes to buying motorcycle gloves this season.
BEFORE YOU BUY
Broadly speaking there are two basic types of motorcycle glove: road and racing. Road gloves tend to be short (though like everything else in motorcycling this is a personal decision), whilst Race gloves need to be longer, gauntlet-style gloves to cover the cuffs and go over your leathers. Race gloves also need to be constructed of leather, whilst textile is a long-popular feature in road gloves.
Textile fabrics can range wildly from very basic nylons to high-tech abrasion materials like Superfabric. This is popular as a very strong abrasion-resistant panel, but be careful if your gloves have this in them - you wouldn't be the first to render a visor useless as you wipe the rain off or to scratch your paintwork with what seems like a gentle rub. Neoprene, Lycra and other stretch materials help with fit, and comfort and breathability too and so are often found along with the fingers.
Leather gloves feature a variety of materials and sources from tanned animal hides to artificially built leather. Bovine is the most popular choice, however, Goatskin is also featured heavily in a lot of glove designs, partly due to how common it is at a manufacturing resource, as well as its durability and strength. Kangaroo is seen as the most sought-after material due to how thin and lightweight hide is, which provides a great tactile feel, and is 10 times stronger than cowhide and 50% stronger than goatskin. Buffalo leather can also be used, though this is used further in-between. You can also find animal-free leather gloves for any vegan riders out there, though make sure to look out for "synthetic" leather when researching these.
Hard knuckle protection was originally developed for track situations where the knuckles can become trapped between the ‘bike and track in low side mishaps, but this is now seen as an almost compulsory feature by many road riders.
As a general rule of thumb. hard palm sliders are more useful on the road than hard knuckles as they have been developed in an attempt to prevent jolting of the wrists by providing a near friction-free opportunity for your hands to slide away quickly in the event of tarmac contact which can help prevent injuries to the Scaphoid and other bits of the wrist. They have also been shown to help prevent collar bone injuries.
There’s also another consideration if you’re planning to venture further afield because since 2017 it is against the law in France to ride any motorcycle or scooter without CE certified gloves. Passengers also have to wear gloves on a motorcycle. This is a France only rule and is not part of the PPE initiative being forced on to other motorcycle clothing. Confused? You should try working here.
Why choose Textile gloves over leather?
Firstly, textile gloves tend to be cheaper to produce and therefore inexpensive to purchase, though this isn't to say that textile gloves are inferior to leather. To the contrary, modern fabrics such as Dupont's Cordura or Aramid are high-tenacity, super-strong materials that are two times stronger than nylon and three times more than polyester, and offer fantastic abrasion resistance and impact protection. On top of this, textile gloves are a lot lighter than leather, whilst not diminishing on protection or comfort.
Manufacturers also tend to be more flexible with their layering when it comes to textile gloves, as their structure more easily allows for additional layers to be woven into the glove. While leather is naturally better at retaining heat or keeping out the weather, the addition of an internal Thermolite lining can keep you warm during the cold, and a waterproof membrane can protect you against rainfall; Gore-Tex especially, as this membrane consists of a system of holes too small to allow water to penetrate, but large enough to allow perspiration.
Textile gloves also offer more airflow and breathability than leather, and can easily be machine washed to keep them clean.
If you're shopping for textile gloves specifically for the summer, look out for the term "Mesh" or another variant of it. Mesh is made from similar to webbing or a net, made from connected woven strands that allow for air to pass through with ease. Basically, Mesh Gloves brilliant for intaking cool air and exhausting hot hair, giving you the feeling that the fabric "breathes".
The following gloves below incorporate mesh fabric into their shells and are perfect for hot weather riding...
If you’re in the market for a mesh touring glove, the Rukka Forsair gloves are an essential summer garment. Constructed of elastic Cordura fabric, these Rukka gloves offer incredible protection whilst also being incredibly light for long-distance riding. The incorporation of mesh into the glove allows for hot air to be exhausted while intaking cool air to keep your hands comfortable all ride long.
These short-cuff gloves also feature full-leather grip palms and fingertips for full control of your bike, with hard knuckle/finger protection and a scaphoid slider for preventing drag in an accident. With touchscreen fingertips for adjusting your Sat Nav on your travels and a velcro cuff fastening, the Forsair Mesh gloves are the ultimate summer riding glove.
Buy online today for only £76.49 (reduced from £84.99), and is available with Free UK Delivery.
The Segura Melbourne gloves are a vintage sports-style glove perfect for off-road riding or for cruising on the weekends. Made from a combination of Goat leather, 3D mesh and Amara fabric, these Segura gloves are perfectly breathable and abrasion-resistant, ideal for summer riding.
Featuring knuckle protection and palm reinforcements with adjustable cuffs, polyester comfort lining, these classic gloves are CE approved and the epitome of a summer glove!
Buy online today for only £59.99, available with Free UK Delivery.
The Alpinestars S-Max Drystar gloves are a minimalistic riding glove with the style and features ideal for on-road and off-road riding in the Summer.
Featuring Alpinestars' patented waterproof and breathable Drystar lining, the gloves are super effective against summer showers and rough winds. These short sports gloves are constructed from a mixture of leather and stretch mesh fabric that allows for air to ventilate your skin and prevent the build-up of sweat.
CE approved, the S-Max gloves have hard knuckle protectors, finger sliders, and palm reinforcements for superior grip - and available in a range of colours to spott!
Buy online today for only £59.99, available with Free UK Delivery.
The new Orsa MK2 gloves by Knox are one of the most innovative on the list, as well as being perfectly suited for summer riding.
Hugely popular among off-road and enduro riders, these short-cuff gloves are made from a combination of technical fabrics, including perforated leather and air mesh on the outer shell for abrasion-resistance and ventilation, and a Clarino breathable performance palm for maximum feel. Terry cloth can be found on the thumb to wipe your visor, while silicone fingerprints allow for improved grip and touchscreen controls.
Among the numerous technological features of the gloves include a unique Boa closure system at the wrist, a strong outer shell at the knuckles filled with honeycomb gel for impact absorption, as well as Knox’s patented Scaphoid Protection System which reduces the risk of a broken scaphoid. If you're after a top-of-the-range textile glove without the hefty price tag, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option.
Also available in a Leather version.
Buy online today for only £89.99, available with Free UK Delivery.
One of the more affordable gloves on this list, the Oxford Brisbane are a pair of short gloves that offer great value for money! The Oxford gloves have a lightweight mesh outer shell with ventilated top and fingers for airflow during the heat. The palm is made from reinforced leather with an Amara overlay for added grip, while low-profile knuckle armour protects you in an impact.
With low-key reflective details for visibility at night and a nifty suede visor wipe on the left glove, these protective riding gloves are great for summer riding and are available in a variety of colours to customise your look!
Buy online today for only £29.99, available with Free UK Delivery.
Why choose Leather gloves over textile?
In comparison with a textile glove, most rider's perceive the leather glove as the superior of the two. Leather gloves offer a more tactile feel on a rider's hands, contorting to your fingers and palm, and offer superior grip and control over the handlebars. This is especially useful when racing or driving over long distances, as leather gloves reduce vibrations from the handlebars over long periods of time, and thus reducing hand fatigue (this is why you'll find a lot of textile gloves with leather palms and fingers!)
Leather gloves tend to last longer than textile, though they also require frequent care to prevent the leather from drying out. In the event of a slide, leather gloves tend to slide across the road, while textile is more likely to stick and cause your accident to be worse (a lot of textile gloves will come with palm sliders to prevent this).
Leather gloves are also more durable to abrasion and are naturally resistant to wind and water (though this doesn't make them inherently waterPROOF). As a side-effect though, due to their fullness and strength, leather gloves conduct far more heat as they don't tend to breathe, leaving you feeling sweaty or even claustrophobic in warmer weather.
To combat this, we recommend looking out for Perforated Leather when looking for summer gloves. Perforated leather gloves will have holes punctured into the leather, allowing for air to come into contact with the skin and to prevent the build-up of heat and sweat. While this offers less airflow than mesh and also allows for water to penetrate the gloves, its a small price to pay to take advantage of the look and feel of leather!
The following leather gloves incorporate perforation somewhere in their design, whether its at the fingers or all over the body of the glove...
It's all in the name: the Richa Protect Summer gloves are specifically designed to be worn in hot weather, whilst also protecting you from the dangers the road brings. Made from a combination of high-quality goat leather and comfort stretch fabric, the gloves are flexible while allowing for tact around your handlebars.
The knuckles of the Richa gloves are made from of CE approved carbon fibre to shield you against impact and abrasion in the event of an accident, with accordion stretch underneath to allow you to move your fingers without feeling constricted. These Richa gloves have perforated leather away from the main impact areas, this allows air to flow inside of the glove and draw heat away. Fasten the gloves in a comfortable position using the wrist velcro strap incorporated in the design of the gloves.
Buy online today for only £59.99, available with Free UK Delivery.
The Merlin Padget leather gloves are a vintage ribbed glove that echo the 80s era of cruising rider. Made from premium-quality aniline leather with a super-soft interior lining, the standout feature of these Merlin gloves is the large ribbed accordion stretch design on the back of the hand that not only raises overall comfort but is also effortlessly cool and seamlessly pair with any denim or leather riding jacket.
Punched leather can be found on the fingers, allowing for air to enter the gloves and keep your hands cool during your ride. High-quality thread makes the gloves durable, while a silver YKK cuff zipper offers stress-free access while the elastic cuff keeps the glove comfortable fit around your wrist.
Buy online today for only £79.99, available with Free UK Delivery.
The RST Freestyle is a short sports motorbike glove that has a soft-touch lining, pre-curved fingers and a carbon knuckle protector.
These gloves by RST have everything you could want from a summer motorbike glove, alongside the ubiquitous carbon knuckle you get pre-curved out-stitched fingers, a powergrip palm, little finger PU protectors and a supremely comfortable neoprene wrist closure plus cost under £40!
Buy online today, all colours available for £39.99, available with Free UK Delivery.
If you're after a pair of minimal gloves, or you'd rather not be wearing them, the Racer Bubble gloves are for you! Built from aniline leather, these gloves are PERFECT for summer riding, with vented fingers and knuckle padding for comfort and durability, and the fingerless design make them so lightweight, you’ll forget you’re even wearing them.
The leather exterior of these Racer gloves provide better grip to your handlebars, while you focus on looking cool, and for under £20 - though they won't provide as much protection as a proper full-fingered glove, it's certainly better than no gloves at all!
Buy online today for only £19.99, available with Free UK Delivery.
The Alpinestars SP- X Air are a pair of track-inspired riding gloves incorporating BOTH perforated leather and stretch mesh fabrics to beat the heat
The combined leather and stretch mesh chassis allows for optimal ventilation for warm weather riding while taking advantage of the leather's tactile feel over the bike's controls. Accordion stretch across the fingers make it easy to grab your grips, while a touchscreen-compatible fingertip allows you to use with GPS systems and smartphones.
While the carbon protection on the knuckles adds an aggressive, sports aesthetic to the glove, the Alpinestars gloves also provide unbeatable protection against impacts, with side reinforcements along the pinky and a hard palm slider safeguard these injury-prone areas in the event of a low-side.
Buy online today for only £99.99, available with Free UK Delivery.
AND THAT'S IT!
These are the best gloves for summer riding!
All of these items are available to purchase online and in selected stores: If you have any particular questions about any of the products featured on this list or any other item on our website, give us a call on 0800 130 3377 or email us directly at [email protected] and we'll do our best to answer them.
For more ideas, you can visit our Gloves page to search for yourself.
Why shop with Infinity? Well, simple - you're buying from a trusted dealer with 20 years in the business. We're hugely competitive with our prices and offers so if you see something cheaper elsewhere, we'll aim to match it! And if you're spending more than £280 on motorcycle clothing or accessories at Infinity Motorcycles, you can take advantage of our interest-free credit and spread the cost over 6 months!
This article was written by Jonah Son, and edited by Aaron Thomson.