Top 7 Best Motorcycle Gloves for Women
This year, the best motorcycle gloves for women combine streamlined styles with heavy-duty functionality for four riding seasons. Our top choices offer superior protection from falls and Gore-Tex weatherproofing, while ensuring sleek, form fitting comfort for even the longest rides.
We’ve seen a lot of cool features on men’s gloves, but the best motorcycle gloves for women this year are just as revolutionary.
That’s because these gloves have exceptional styling and tailoring to fit longer, narrower hands while still offering outstanding protection and weatherproofing.
Let’s look at our favorites.
1) ICON PURSUIT WOMEN’S GLOVES
At the top of the list for affordability in a two-season glove, check out the ICON PURSUIT WOMEN’S GLOVES. This is a European styled summer weight glove with perforations everywhere that keep your phalanges cooler.
The top of the glove is sheepskin and the palms have goatskin for an extremely comfortable handgrip. In fact, you’ll want to wear them all the time. Depending on your cold tolerance, these gloves could stretch to three seasons. Or, just move to San Diego and you can wear these puppies all year long.
The Icon comes in several different colors. If you guessed pink is one, you would be right (it’s more of a rose, actually). Did we mention these gloves were classy? We have heard it’s hard to keep the white Pursuit’s clean on a long, hard ride, though.
Velcro wrist closures and a nice form fit keep these well-ventilated Pursuit Women’s Gloves where they’re supposed to be. Icon integrated some armor into the knuckles, but this in no way impedes mobility. The Icon Pursuit is a top pick for 2017 for the discerning woman who likes well-made, decently priced gear.
2) RUKKA WOMEN’S VILMA GTX X-TRAFIT
If you’ve ridden with standard Gore-Tex gloves, you’ve probably noticed that the inside liner can slide around. Or, when you take the glove off, we’ve even had the liner pull out.
The RUKKA WOMEN’S VILMA GTX X-TRAFIT solved the problem with two words: Extra fit. An extra fit glove has the liner sewed in. No sliding around when your hands are on the controls. That’s just one of the reasons the Vilma made our best motorcycle gloves for women list this year.
Because these full gauntlet girls gloves are made with magical Gore-Tex material, it means your hands will stay nice and dry no matter how many puddles you splash through.
Take that, Mother Nature!
These are waterproof, breathable three season gloves that have a lot of features for the money you’ll spend. Because it’s Gore-Tex, these gloves may run a little warm in the summer. Too, they’re not insulated, so if you live in Wisconsin, you might want to switch out your glove choice for Santa season.
Rukka offers some safety features including carbon fiber knuckle protection and a PVC palm slider. There’s also a gauntlet wrist strap, which is hard to find on women’s gloves. The left index finger has a visor wiper. This is an exceptionally good glove that you’ll enjoy for years.
3) REV’IT! SUMMIT 2 H2O WOMEN’S GLOVES
Then there’s the REV’IT! SUMMIT 2 H2O Women’s Gloves. This is a gauntlet style non-insulated waterproof glove for three seasons (spring, summer, fall). The Summit H20 was always a bestseller; the Summit 2 has improved upon the very popular original model.
There’s a nice balance between bulk and sensitivity in these gloves. The genius of the new model provides the protection of heavy leather without sacrificing the ability to feel the bike controls. The Summit 2 is constructed of Kevlar weave, with raised knuckle protection, and a fabric covered palm slider that meets safety standards, while staying flexible and comfortable.
This is a full-style ladies ergonomic glove with a particularly cool closure system at the wrist. The Summit 2 are water proof with a Hydratez liner that helps wick moisture away from your hands – which will keep you warmer in the fall and cooler in the summer.
4) ALPINESTARS STELLA SP-1
You’ll look like you’re channeling your inner motocross when wearing the ALPINESTARS STELLA SP-1 gloves. It’s a full gauntlet style leather glove that looks ready for street riding. We like this glove for its durable, safety-centric design and flexibility. It’s not bulky like a track glove and it’s form fitted for a woman’s hand.
When it comes to safety, this is one of the best motorcycle gloves for women on the market today. For impact resistance, you’ll appreciate the carbon fiber knuckle protectors. There’s also a unique bridge between the third and fourth fingers that will protect a particularly vulnerable part of your hand in the event of a crash. The outer edge of the glove and the palm are reinforced leather and suede and the fingers, thumb and top of the hand have foam padding for added protection.
Despite all of this, Alpinestars made these gloves flexible for manual dexterity. There are accordion flex inserts and vents on the side and back of the hand for added comfort. There’s a touch screen compatible index finger, too.
5) REV’IT! FLY 2 WOMEN’S GLOVES
Forget being a fly on the wall with the REV’IT! FLY 2 WOMEN’S GLOVES – this gear is going to make you want to ride. Upgrades galore adorn this sleek glove, and REV’IT! has made some clear improvements from the original.
The Fly 2 has goatskin on the palm and cowhide on the top with full perforations to keep you comfortable for multi-season riding. These are very lightweight, flexible gloves and we like how the fingers don’t bunch even with the TPUs. The fingers aren’t too big or tight – they’re just right. That’s probably because the Fly 2 has a small pre-curve for comfort along with a slight taper on the fingers to make them more ergonomic.
This is a short glove with plenty of finger room. The Fly 2 is a little bit lighter than the original but we don’t believe they skimped on safety. There’s a hard shell knuckle and a micro Velcro closure on the wrist. The Fly 2 has good palm cushion density with excellent shock absorption.
Proving that the Fly 2 has evolved with the times, they added the index finger and thumb as tech fingers for those of you who are phone obsessed.
6) ALPINESTARS STELLA SPX AIR CARBON GLOVES
Check out the shortie ALPINESTARS STELLA SPX AIR CARBON GLOVES, which combine comfort and mobility with some hard-core impact resistance, making this a good multi-purpose option.
True to the Alpinestars Stella line, these gloves are perfectly tailored for your favorite biker girlz, featuring full grain leather and a 3D mesh on the top, which offer durability, comfort, and coolness.
The knuckles are injected with carbon for outstanding hand security. The whole glove is maximized for safety and flexibility, so this additional abrasion resistance doesn’t feel bulky. There’s EVA foam on the top of the hand and wrist, and also on the palm, fingers, and thumb. This padding is an energy absorber, along with the bridge over the third and forth finger. But the accordion leather stretch inserts on the top will not impede your movement.
7) ALPINESTARS STELLA SMX-1 AIR GLOVES
For two season riding, you can’t do any better than the ALPINESTARS STELLA SMX-1 AIR GLOVES. These are very lightweight and form fitting for a woman’s hands, and the mesh inserts keeps you cooler even on hot pavement.
The Stella SMX-1 has goat leather with suede reinforcements over lightweight leather padding that provides impact resistance. The stretch inserts linking the palm and thumb do a nice job of increasing your mobility.
Not to be outdone, the SMX-1 also has hard knuckle protection along with TPR finger sliders to protect you in a spill. We love the pre-curve on these gloves; it really does help lessen hand fatigue on long rides.
The SMX-1 comes in quite a few colors for extra styling when you’re on the road. The lightweight 3D mesh leather grain make for a very comfortable summer weight glove that also offers decent protection.
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