If you’re heading to the track, then gear is obviously very important. Sure you get the best leathers and helmet that you can, but it’s easy to overlook quality gloves as an essential piece of your track riding kit. Instinctually, we humans tend to put our hands out when we fall. Now imagine falling off a motorcycle at high speed on a track. You’re going to want some protection. The challenge for motorcycle racing gloves is to provide ultimate protection while also being comfortable, lightweight, and able to provide optimum feel of the controls. The gloves below all achieve those goals. Read on to discover more about them. And before you ask – yes, there are several gloves not listed here that are track-worthy, many by the same companies noted below. Featuring them all goes beyond the scope of this list.
Alpinestars GP Pro R3 Gloves $259.95
Technically speaking, the Supertech glove is at the top of the food chain when it comes to Alpinestars racing gloves (at least of this writing). However, in our experience, the Supertech glove has an extremely tight wrist closure, making it next to impossible to squeeze our hands into. Moving up a size helps solve that problem, but then the finger lengths become too long. A glove (or any piece of safety equipment, really) can have all the features in the world, but if it’s uncomfortable then you’re not going to wear it, which obviously defeats the purpose.
Move down the Alpinestars hierarchy to the GP Pro R3 and you have a fully-featured glove that’s much easier to put on. It uses a combination of cow, goat, and kangaroo leather for optimum abrasion protection, feedback, and comfort. The seams are stitched on the outside, to avoid the possibility of your fingers getting chaffed. The long cuff with hard armor protects your wrist in a fall, and the knuckle armor has tiny vent holes built-in for airflow – a piece inspired by the gloves worn in MotoGP. Accordion panels across the fingers and backhand allow the glove to move with the hand in its natural motion. Alpinestars signature finger bridge between the third and fourth fingers help reduce the chance of the little finger rolling underneath the hand in a fall.
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Cortech Adrenaline 3.0 RR Glove $219.99
Some of the top racers in MotoAmerica competition wear the Cortech Adrenaline 3.0RR glove, and for good reason – it provides a great amount of protection for a reasonable price. Constructed from 0.8-0.9mm cowhide, the Adrenaline can withstand road rash. Goatskin is used in the palms for great feel at the controls. As the scaphoid is commonly injured in motorcycle falls (and often takes a long time to heal), the Adrenaline uses Knox SPS sliders to help reduce the chance of injury. Along the fingers, thumb, and ulna you’ll find Superfabric for an added layer of abrasion resistance. Other features include molded TPU knuckle and wrist protectors, Kevlar lining and stitching, pre-curved palm and fingers, 360º wrist closure strap, and accordion finger flex panels.
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Dainese Full Metal 6 Gloves $419.95
If the Dainese gloves are good enough for Valentino Rossi, then they must be good enough for you, right? Here we have the Full Metal 6 glove, which uses considerable amounts of goatskin for suppleness. Stitching is done with Aramid fibers for strength, and the glove is reinforced internally with an Aramid fiber jersey. There are carbon fiber inserts at the joints of the fingers, as well as titanium on the knuckles for further impact protection. Dainese’s DCP system on the pinky finger helps reduce the odds of the little finger sliding under the hand in a slide. And speaking of slide, a polyurethane insert on the palm helps promote the hand to slide in a fall, rather than pure leather which will catch on the pavement, potentially causing the hand to roll.
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Five RFX Race Gloves $429.99
Five RFX race gloves are used by riders in MotoGP, World Superbike, and the Endurance World Championship. To us, a glove used for EWC racing is most impressive as it not only has to be ultra protective, but it has to be comfortable for extremely long stints on the motorcycle. Boasting full-grain leather construction for durability with goatskin palms for suppleness, the RFX utilizes outer stitching on the fingers and a stretch Kevlar comfort panel on the topside. Kevlar is further used for the internal lining, and a combination of Digital Pittards leather and Superfabric along the palm further protect the area from abrasion. TPU shells over the knuckles and metacarpal areas are reinforced with carbon fiber. Five loves to boast about its triple protective shell made of Thermoset Carbon Composite – a material found in aerospace and Formula 1 – providing exceptional abrasion resistance.
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Held Titan Evo Glove $400.00
Unlike most other gloves that use cow leather construction for the uppers, the Held Titan Evo gloves are constructed from kangaroo leather, which provides a similar level of protection as cow skin but with less material. This translates to a thinner piece of material, which is also lighter than comparable cowhide. Further comfort measures include accordion panels on the fingers/thumb and back of hand for greater flexibility, a preformed palm that eliminates creases that can bunch up between your palm and the throttle, and a special step seam avoids pressure points on the inner hand. More protection is done with titanium knuckle armor, Kevlar panels, and titanium-reinforced plastic shells. As an added twist, the ball of the thumb and finger are protected by highly abrasion-resistant stingray leather and underlain with shock-absorbing gel. Trick!
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Knox Handroid $270.00
One look at the Handroid glove by Knox and you’ll understand why it’s called that. Clearly, the most noteworthy thing about the Handroid is its flexible exoskeleton across the knuckle, thumb, and fingers. The Metapod over the knuckles is lined with gel for extra comfort. The palm features a patented dual compound scaphoid protection system Knox says “eliminates the grab effect that occurs when a leather palm makes contact with the road, reducing the risk of hyper extension which can be the cause of a broken scaphoid.” More sliders are placed throughout the glove’s extremities, further promoting sliding, versus grabbing, in a fall. Moving to the wrist closure, the Handroid employs Knox Boa lacing system, where the glove’s gauntlet acts as a wrist brace and a central dial tightens the closure with equal pressure from all sides. To release, simply pull up on the dial. A kangaroo leather palm, Japanese Aniline leather exterior, Amara grip pad with silicon print, and Japanese polyester high-tenacity thread round out the Handroid’s features.
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Racer High Speed Glove $279.99
A distinguishing quality of Racer gloves is the instant familiarity when trying them on for the first time. They fit like, well… a glove. Racer is proud of the fact its gloves require virtually no break-in time, and this is achieved through outstanding fit made possible by a kangaroo palm with cowhide chassis that’s very supple and pliable. There are two dual-density Knox SPS palm sliders, with TPU hard protectors on the fingers, knuckles and wrist. The knuckle protection is covered with Superfabric for further reinforcement. Double wrist closures provide a secure fit. Racer gloves might not be as well known as some of the other gloves on this list, but they are widely loved by those who’ve tried them, including us.
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Rev’It Jerez 3 $349.99
“The gloves Petrucci wears” is comically one of Rev’It’s tagline bullet points for the Jerez 3 gloves. Built upon past editions of the Jerez glove used in MotoGP, this third version is made from a variety of materials including kangaroo leather, synthetic PU leather, and Pittards goat Armortan WR100X – a leather structure of microscopic fibers bundled together with microscopic ceramic armor plates to create a highly abrasion-resistant material. It also features what Rev’It calls “Harmonica Construction,” which mimics the natural anatomy of the hand (but won’t do anything for your musical skills). Further protection comes by way of TPU hard-shell armor in the palms, knuckles, little finger, and thumb.
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RS Taichi GP-EVO Gloves $249.95
Japan’s contribution to this list is the GP-EVO Racing Glove NXT054, by RS Taichi. Worn by MotoGP rider Hafizh Syahrin as well as former MotoAmerica Superbike champion Josh Hayes, the GP EVO is a very impressive glove. If you’ve noticed a trend so far, you’ll see lots of cowhide and kangaroo leather being used together in race gloves. The GP-EVO continues the trend, with cow skin comprising the outer and marsupial hide on the palms. Lining the glove are aramid and polyester fibers to reinforce its abrasion resistance. Like other gloves here, the GP-EVO also utilizes scaphoid sliders to reduce impact to the critical area, and extra layers of leather are used in vulnerable areas like the side of the little finger. TPU armor along the wrist and knuckles is to be expected, but RS Taichi has gone in a slightly different direction and split the knuckle armor between the first and second fingers, giving the rider more natural range of movement with their hand. The fingers are pre-curved to reduce fatigue and dual wrist closures help keep the glove secured to the hand.
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Spidi Carbo Track Leather $299.90
Trusted by the best racers all over the world, including MotoGP, the Spidi Carbo Track leather glove is the result of 35 years of development. Featuring full-grain 0.8mm thick cowhide with areas of perforated leather for ventilation, the Carbo goes in a slightly different direction than the others here and uses a cowhide palm with Clarino reinforcements. Keramide lining and stitching means maximum resistance to abrasion, with double stitching used in vulnerable areas. See those little squares used across the wrist and along the side of the glove? This is part of Spidi’s Warrior Tech design used in a variety of the company’s armor. Apart from adding another layer of abrasion resistance, the 3D geometry of this design results in a high level of energy dissipation upon impact. Carbon fiber is used for knuckle, finger, and metacarpal protection, and dual wrist closures help keep the Carbo in place.
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