Riding a motorcycle is a fun and often exhilarating experience. However, before hopping on and taking that first ride, having the proper safety gear is a must.
While most people know how vital a quality helmet and boots are, they often overlook another essential part of their body. This is the hands.
Protecting the hands with high-quality, well-made gloves is a must. At American Legend Rider, we have a huge selection of quality, affordable biker gloves to ensure everyone, regardless of their style or preferences, can find a pair that works for them.
Take some time to get to know the various gloves we have available here. Below, buyers can also find helpful information to choose the right gloves from our huge selection. We are here to provide a wide array of motorcycle gear, with gloves being an option no rider needs to overlook or forget about.
Most people understand that wearing gloves while riding a motorcycle is a smart move. However, what they may not realize is why gloves for a motorcycle specifically are needed. After all, the basic home goods store has leather gloves available for around $20, right?
This is a bad idea. Modern gloves for motorbikes have several unique features that are used to do two important things for those riding a motorcycle.
Keeping a rider comfortable and keeping their hands safe in the event of a crash are the only jobs that gloves have. This is what a quality pair of gloves (like ours) has to offer. The ones purchased at a typical hardware store aren’t going to offer this high level of protection.
While the above may sound simple, there are a wide array of styles and brands to choose from, along with prices that range from affordable to expensive. Each type of glove accomplishes the job but may do so a bit differently. While this is true, there are a few essential things to look for when purchasing new gloves.
Manufacturers of gloves are now using many years of feedback from riders, along with information from extensive studies of injuries caused by motorcycle crashes to engineer the features like the ones mentioned above. While these features result in a higher cost than regular gloves, it’s well worth the extra investment.
Now that several of the features of gloves are known compared to traditional leather gloves, it’s a good idea to get to know more about the design, or anatomy, of modern gloves. Each part of the glove is described in more detail here.
This is the part of the glove designed to cover the top or back of the hand. It needs to be tough and thick to provide protection from crashes, as well as rocks or bugs that may impact the knuckles while riding. In many cases, the upper section of the glove is made from natural hides, such as cowhides.
This term refers to the strips of fabric that are used to connect the upper part of the glove to the palm. It’s found in between the fingers and is often ventilated to help keep the hands cool.
A quality lining can help to improve inner comfort on a number of technical, multi-layered gloves. The particular lining used various based on the glove’s purpose, with some of the most common options being waterproofing, warmth, comfort, moisture wicking, etc. Some higher quality gloves use materials such as Gore-Tex or Thinsulate.
The cuff, as the name implies, provides protection for the rider’s wrist. It protects this part of the hand/arm from moisture and cold. In many cases, this part of the glove includes more protective elements for the wrists, such as armor and padding.
It’s important to find a glove with a closure that is strong enough to ensure the gloves remain secure while riding. This is even more important if a crash were to occur. Some of the closure options to look for include Velcro, D-ring straps, and buttons.
The armor is present to help provide protection from scraping and impact. The padding portion of the armor is made typically from EVA foam and other materials commonly used include titanium, steel, carbon fiber, and thermoplastic urethane.
A part of the glove that is underrated by extremely important is the stitching. This is what is going to hold the entire thing together. In many cases, the stitching is done with Kevlar, due to the high level of durability it offers. It’s a good idea to look for external stitching on the palms and fingers for superior comfort.
There are some gloves designed with additional features to make the lives of the riders easier. Some of these features include touchscreen capabilities, knuckle vents, finger bridges, and palm sliders.
It is absolutely essential for the gloves purchased to fit properly. If a person is sent flying from their bike, the gear being worn won’t be able to do its job if it shifts or if it is loose and comes off entirely.
Another reason that gloves should fit properly is to ensure a rider can feel the controls they are using. If the gloves are too tight, they may interfere with a driver’s ability to use the controls. However, if they are too loose, they may come off entirely.
The glove needs to fit snugly around a person’s entire hand and have fingers that don’t have any excess material at the tips. If the gloves are leather, then they should be a little tight, to begin with, and then loosen as time passes. If textile gloves are chosen, they should fit properly right away.
Buying the right gloves is something that takes both time and plenty of consideration. Since there are so many options available today, it can be harder to figure out than many people think. It’s a good idea to get to know the options and see which ones work better for the style of riding that a person plans to do.
Use the tips and information here to help ensure the right gloves are purchased and that they can provide the level of protection needed by each rider, regardless of their style or preferences.