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best adventure & touring motorcycle gloves


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Rev’It Dominator GTX Gloves
Moose Racing ADV 1 Short Gloves

Key Specs

• Short glove design with low-profile closure to fit under jacket cuff and seal out the elements

• High denier fabric shell with integrated stretch panels

• Pre-curved finger patterning for increased comfort

• Flexible D3O® mesh finger panels

• D3O® Pro knuckle pad

• Smart skin TPU coating for enhanced durability

• Hipora® waterproof/windproof and breathable membrane

• Waterproof Clarino® palm with genuine leather overlaid in high wear areas

• Cuff strap adjustments to fine-tune fit

• Thin moisture wicking lining for added comfort/warmth

Protection & Safety

• Combination of perforated leather and synthetics for lightweight but strong protection

• D30 knuckles and flexible D30 give great outer hand protection

• A waterproof Clarino leather palm will hold up well against ground slides

• Pre-curved finger patterning for increased comfort and good bar contact

Key Specs

• Durable, goatskin leather construction

• TPU molded knuckle protection

• Pre-curved palm and fingers for grip comfort

• TPR molded finger protectors

• Rib-stretch knuckle expansion panels provide flexibility

• Neoprene wrist relief panel

• Hook and loop wrist closure

Protection & Safety

• Full goatskin construction for lightweight but durable abrasion resistance

• Finger TPU panels protect against rocks and road debris brought up by vehicle tires, as well as providing a slide zone

• Knuckle TPU is mounted on a stretch zone to allow for maximum comfort and flexibility

Key Specs


• Runs slightly small; order the larger size if you are between sizes

Protection Features:

Outer Shell: 3D air mesh | stretch | connect finger tip leather | goatskin | PWR|shell 500D stretch

Lining: tricot lining

Composition: 68% Leather, 20% Polyester, 11% polyamide, 1% polyurethane

Protection: injected ventilated flex knuckle | Temperfoam ® knuckle | PWR shield at Palm | TPR injected finger knuckle protectors | TPR palm slider

Visibility: reflective stretch inserts

Ergonomic Features:

Adjustability: adjustment tab at cuff

Ventilation: ventilation panels, ventilated TPR injected knuckles

Features: short cuff, elastic at wrist and back hand, outside stitching, grip patch at palm, connect finger tip

Protection & Safety

• TPR flexible ventilated knuckle, TPR palm slider, PWR yarn, and TPR finger knuckles

• Temperfoam is added for additional impact protection at the fingers, thumb, knuckles, back of the hand, at the palm slider, and at the cuff

• Additional ventilation panels help to reduce sweating, which can cause a loss of gripping ability and fatigue

• New triangular open TPR allows much more airflow to the hand without losing armor integrity

Key Specs

• Gore-Tex + Gore Grip technology

• Guaranteed to keep you dry

• Goat leather and stretch woven construction

• Short cuff design for under-the-cuff use

• Ceramic print in slide areas

• 3D silicone finger pads

• Carbon fiber knuckle protector

• Poron XRD palm

• Moisture-wicking liner material

• Klim-engineered rider grip articulation

• Mult-E-Touch smart device functionality

• Visor wiper

• Entry assist loop

• VELCRO® brand wrist closure

Protection & Safety

• Poron XRD in the palm ensures that if you fall and put your hand down on something sharp, it won’t pierce or cut

• Carbon fiber knuckles are extremely durable and lightweight

• Ceramic coated superfabric on all slide areas increases abrasion resistance

• Goatskin leather and synthetic materials are naturally abrasion resistant

Key Specs

• Multi-panel, multi-material construction consisting of stretch polyamide fabric, leather, and perforated leather on back of hand

• Leather palm, thumb, and fourchettes for comfort and durability

• PU-coated reinforcements on palm and thumb provide superior grip on controls

• Synthetic suede reinforcements with foam padding on the palm

• TPU palm slider to provide abrasion resistance on key impact zones

• Wrist closure system with stretch strap for tight closure

• Reflective print to increase rider visibility

• Touchscreen compatible fingertips for use with smart devices

• Molded matte carbon reinforced hard knuckle to increase protection

• Waterproof Drystar-sealed triple layer construction for a highly reduced material construction to promote dexterity and sensitivity of bike controls

• Stretch accordions on finger tips and backhand to increase flexibility and fit

• Ergonomic stretch insert between thumb and palm offers flexibility to vastly improve hand movement

• Arshield reinforcements, consisting of aramidic fiber and polyamide for abrasion resistance performance for fourth finger

• Stretch panel on backhand for better fit

• CE certified level 1

Protection & Safety

• TPU palm and finger sliders take the brunt of impact abrasion to give the glove the best chance to survive a slide

• Leather in the palm, covering the thumb, and in the fourchettes is super durable and abrasion-resistant

• Back of hand is leather with synthetic materials in key areas for maximum protection without overheating

Key Specs

• Elastane leather detailed back

• Highly abrasion-resistant kangaroo leather palm

• 37.5 inner lining at upper hand, unlined palm

• Special flat seam

• VELCRO® adjustment at cuffs

• Perforated finger side walls

• Perforated leather on palm

• Air-vents on fingers (ACS-Air circulation System)

• Special leather at finger which allows smartphone operation

• Visor wiper

• Hard plastic knuckle protection

Protection & Safety

• Knuckle protection tested (impact test for knuckle protection)

• Palm & ball of thumb reinforced with SuperFabric brand material underlaid with Armaprotec

• The palm is made from Kangaroo leather—very durable, and oh so supple

Rukka Virium 2.0 GTX Gloves

Key Specs

• Textile construction

• Gore-Tex Gore Grip combines inner lining, waterproof membrane and the outer shell and securely attaches the 3 together

• Fully waterproof and windproof and extremely breathable

• Visor wiper on left index finger

• Touchscreen fingertips on index fingers and thumbs

Protection & Safety

• Hard knuckle protection

• Palm slider protection

• Extra grip on palm and fingertips

REV’IT! Dominator 3 GTX Gloves

Key Specs

• Perforated drum dyed goatskin leather with WR finish construction

• Pittards hairsheep diamond WR100X leather in the palm

• GORE-TEX waterproofing with Gore grip technology

• Temperfoam at fingers, palm and thumb

• Outseam stitching by Guterman

• Reflection on pinky / little finger

Protection & Safety

• ​Ventilated dual comp protector at knuckle

• ​TPU hard-shell palm slider

• TPU hard-shell thumb protector

• PU injected knuckle guards


Key Specs

Protection Features:

• Water-repellent stretch and RipStop construction

• Full-grain goat leather for comfort and suppleness, plus digitalized leather reinforcements at key contact points for exceptional grip in wet weather

• SuperFabric reinforcements to protect the palm and wrist

• Laminated Gore-Tex membrane to guarantee waterproofing and breathability

Protection & Safety

• ERGO PROTECH one-piece metacarpophalangeal protective shell in soft TPR memory-foam on the back of the hand

• Phalangeal protection in soft TPR on the index and middle fingers

• Forearm protection with a semi-soft TPR ED Shell

• SuperFabric reinforcement on the little and ring fingers

• Anti-twist accordion strap between the little and ring fingers

What defines a glove as an adventure glove?

Adventure (ADV) gloves are specifically designed to handle the specific challenges faced by adventure riders. These gloves will often have reinforced palms designed to prevent penetration from rocks, branches, et al, as well as have significant armor over the first joint of the fingers, the knuckles, and the back of the hand, the most common areas of impact if riding through woods or tall grasses.

Can both types be used interchangeably for the other type of riding?

Yes, as both are designed for spending a lot of time on the bike. The only part that doesn’t translate as well across ADV and touring is the design of ADV gloves being slightly thicker in the palm due to its anti-penetration qualities, which on a very hot day can get quite warm.

What materials are these gloves commonly made out of?

The main chassis of both types is either some form of natural or synthetic leather, although polyester is used for gloves intended for hot weather due its superior breathability. Palms are almost always goathide leather, although ADV gloves can use a slightly thicker kangaroo hide leather due to it being more resilient against perforation and penetration. Armor for the most part is TPU, although non-Newtonian impact foam is becoming common in touring gloves for a lower profile and better ventilation.

Compared to sport gloves, are these ADV and touring gloves safe?

Sport gloves are the second most armored type of gloves, behind racing gloves. That said, ADV and touring gloves are extremely safe. They are designed with distance riding in mind, and carry armor in all the important areas. As well, since touring quite often happens at highway speeds, touring gloves are designed to survive long slides at speed, at least long enough to scrub off significant speed.

What defines a glove as a touring glove?

Touring gloves are designed to reduce the strain and stress on your hands during long-distance riding. Most of these gloves will have aggressively pre-curved fingers, and will include a lot of ventilation features to keep your hands cool and dry as you ride. These gloves will also quite often feature significant palm reinforcement, sometimes double layered leather to prevent grip fatigue.

Are touring gloves worth it for distance riding, or will a short-cuff glove suffice?

Many touring gloves are short-cuff gloves. The biggest advantage you get with touring-specific gloves is increased ventilation and a slightly thicker palm to reduce grip stress and strain. Wrist and palm fatigue can be very wearing after 6 to 8 hours on a bike if you don’t have cruise control!

Are either adventure and/or touring gloves waterproof?

ADV gloves are very often water resistant, and nearly half are waterproof out of the factory. Other gloves offer an “Air” version which has more ventilation and “WP” or “H2O” version, which has a waterproof membrane built in. For touring gloves, almost all are water resistant to an extent, but only ones that outright state they are waterproof are actually fully waterproof.

Is it worth it buying adventure specific gloves if I never take my ADV bike off-road?

That really is a personal choice. If you’ve bought ADV gear such as a jacket, pants, boots, and helmet, it never hurts to get ADV specific gloves. That said, if you’re primarily or only riding on the streets, any glove will work for you. In this case, “worth it” might be more of an aesthetic decision instead of a features-based one.