Top 5 Motorcycle Gloves In 2021

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Much like helmets, the most important features of motorcycle gloves are safety and comfort. Not all gloves are designed to be worn in all seasons. Some may have too much airflow, making them uncomfortable for use in winter. Others are designed for the race track and could be too bulky for everyday use. Picking a new pair of motorcycle gloves is never easy. So here at MotoReview, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 Motorcycle Gloves in 2021. From casual to race and warm weather to cold, we’re here to help find the glove that’s perfect for you.

Top 5 Motorcycle Gloves in 2021

  • Alpinestars SP-2
  • Five RFX1
  • Dainese Blackjack
  • Alpinestars SMX-1 Air V2
  • Rev’it! Boxxer 2 H2O Gloves

Alpinestars SP-2 V2

Top 5 Motorcycle Gloves in 2021 Alpinestars SP-2
Specs

Style: Racing | Mid-Cuff

Certification: CE KP 1

Material: Full Premium Leather

Ventilation: Knuckle Gussets | Perforation Panels

Waterproof: No

Knuckle Protection: Yes | TPU Injected

Palm Sliders: Yes | Advanced Elastomer

Touchscreen Compatible: Yes

Sizes: S-3XL

Pros

+ Highly attractive design

+ TPU injected knuckle protection

+ Touchscreen compatible fingertip

Cons

Takes a couple of weeks to wear in

Mixing mobility with durability, the Alpinestars SP-2 V2 is an efficient and well-ventilated set of gloves. The side of the glove incorporates a suede reinforcement, as it is classified as a critical area. It also has perforation panels strategically placed around the gloves. This along with the vents in the knuckles allows for great ventilation, making the SP2-V2 the perfect summer glove. The knuckles are also made of TPU which is made to absorb and dissipate impact forces, further enhancing the safety of the gloves.

The accordion leather stretch inserts on the fingers and thumb allow you to easily and comfortably grip your handlebars. The interior of the gloves also has 3mm of foam padding at the fingers making them even more comfortable. The double wrist closure system also lets you customise and adjust the fit of the gloves.

There are no compromises in the practicality of the SP-2 V2. The gloves feature touchscreen-compatible fingertips, therefore removing the inconvenience of taking off the gloves when using a navigation device. It also has a finger bridge between the pinky and ring finger, that protects your fingers in a low-slide crash.

To read our full review of the Alpinestars SP-2 V2 click here.

Five RFX1

Top 5 Motorcycle Gloves in 2021 Five RFX1
Specs

Style: Racing | Long-Cuff

Certification: CE KP 2

Material: Full-Grain Cowhide Topside/Full-Grain Goatskin Palm

Ventilation: Knuckle Vents

Waterproof: No

Knuckle Protection: TPU Knuckle Shells

Palm Sliders: Carbon

Touchscreen Compatible: No

Sizes: S-3XL

Pros

+ Extremely comfortable.

+ Carbon reinforced

+ Lightweight and comfortable

Cons

Fingers are slightly short

Expensive

The Five RFX1 Gloves are some of the best race inspired gloves on the market. With a full-grain leather construction, carbon reinforcement on the palm and forearm and stretch-Kevlar liner, it’s also one of the safest gloves you can buy. The stretch-Kevlar liner ensures the flexibility and comfortability of the glove whilst also ensuring a lightweight construction. Unfortunately, however, the ventilation in the glove is limited, with the only air intakes on the TPU knuckle shell. There are no perforations on the gloves, so they are best suited for winter and colder climates. However, if you are on a race track, knuckle intakes are more than adequate for cooling because of the speeds you reach.

These gloves use high-quality materials to ensure a level of protection and safety that other gloves can rarely reach. They may not be the best choice for casual wear or your daily commute, but when used in the appropriate setting, such as the track, there’s barely any competition.

Dainese Blackjack

Top 5 Motorcycle Gloves in 2021 Dainese Blackjack
Specs

Style: Patrol | Short-Cuff

Certification: N/A

Material: Goatskin leather/Leather palm reinforcement

Ventilation: Perforated Back

Waterproof: No

Knuckle Protection: Padded

Palm Sliders: No

Touchscreen Compatible: No

Sizes: 3XS-3XL

Pros

+ Extremely comfortable

+ Stylish

+ Won’t wear down

Cons

May need to size up if you have longer fingers

Not the best slide protection

A fundamental design, many riders speak nothing but praise about these gloves. The Dainese Blackjack has an appearance that perfectly suits a vintage bike. These gloves include perforation between the fingers and on the back, therefore being most suitable for riding in Summer.

Constructed from goatskin leather and featuring a leather palm reinforcement plus soft leather inserts on the knuckles and back, the Blackjack gloves offer basic protection levels yet are among the top-selling models from Dainese. Comfort is unmatched, and fitment is versatile due to the hook and loop wrist closure.

In short, for what the gloves lack in protection, they make up for in ergonomics, adjustability and style.

Alpinestars SMX-2 Air V2

Alpinestars SMX-2 Air V2 Motorcycle Gloves
Specs

Style: Sports | Short-Cuff

Certification: CE KP 2

Material: Leather & Mesh

Ventilation: Perforated Back

Waterproof: No

Knuckle Protection: Carbon Reinforced

Palm Sliders: No

Touchscreen Compatible: Yes

Sizes: S-3XL

Pros

+ Extreme levels of protection

+ Great value for money

Cons

Palm isn’t very reinforced

Constructed from goatskin and 3D mesh and strategically lined with perforation, these gloves exhibit high durability and unmatched ventilation levels. The mesh construction and extreme ventilation in the gloves make them best suited for warmer climates.

The Alpinestars SMX-2 Air V2 gloves are very ergonomic. This is due to the fingers’ pre-curved shape and elastic inserts between the fingers for exceptional flexibility. The carbon-reinforced, ergonomically moulded and abrasion-resistant knuckles ensure the highest level of safety and comfort.

The SMX-2 Air V2 gloves have a Neoprene Velcro-operated wrist cuff for simple and flexible fitment plus a TPR closure for added impact protection. Much like the SP-2, these gloves are touchscreen compatible.

Rev’it! Boxxer 2 H2O Gloves

Rev'it! Boxxer 2 H2O Winter Motorcycle Gloves
Specs

Style: Urban | Short-Cuff

Certification: CE KP 1

Material: Goatskin/Suede leather

Ventilation: N/A

Waterproof: Yes

Knuckle Protection: Hard Shell

Palm Sliders: Temperfoam

Touchscreen Compatible: No

Sizes: XS-4XL

Pros

+ Very comfortable

+ Warm & waterproof

+ Touchscreen compatible

Cons

Not for use in Summer

The Rev’it! Boxxer 2 gloves are constructed with a heavy-duty goatskin outer layer and a knitted cuff with a Velcro adjustment strap. The waterproof construction and well-insulated design make these gloves most suitable for cold climates and wet conditions. A waterproof Hydratex membrane ensures your hands stay dry and warm in rainy weather.

These warm and comfortable gloves are also flexible enough to ensure that handling the bike is simple. Offering a hard-shell knuckle, palm slider, padded fingers, and padded palm, these gloves offer a good degree of protection on top of the comfortability. The accordion stretch leather on the finger also adds to the comfortability of the gloves.

Final Thoughts

Alpinestars is the choice product for practicality and features, with touchscreen compatibility, effective ventilation, and satisfactory protection. However, the Boxxer 2 gloves are a sensible choice if protection and comfortability are the main features needed in a cold climate. Five Gloves are a much lesser-known brand, and their quality is absolutely top-notch despite this. The only downside is the cost. The Dainese Blackjack is a great option for the rider looking for gloves to match their vintage-style bike, although lacking slide protection.

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