Updated January, 2018
Gauntlet gloves are designed to provide maximum protection for both the hand and wrist while still allowing a rider to have full range of motion. These gloves include padding and armor around the hand, and the extended “gauntlet” which fully covers the wrist and lower cuff area of the jacket sleeve. An added benefit of the gauntlet style glove is the double closure system which ensures that the glove remains secured to your hand at all times.
As with most motorcycle gloves, there is a strap or cinch type closure at the wrist and the additional closure on the gauntlet portion of the glove. This allows you to secure the glove over assorted sizes and thicknesses of your jacket cuff. In short, this longer glove is the perfect protection for the area of your wrist and lower arm which can become exposed when riding.
Be sure to check back regularly with us here at wBW to read about our latest hands-on reviews of gauntlet gloves and other great products for riders.
Note: Wearing gauntlet style gloves is a new experience for many riders, but the short time needed to get comfortable with this larger style glove is a good investment for the much needed hand and wrist protection provided. Check out our general info page about gauntlet gloves and their benefits.
Our Top Picks
Alpinestars GP Pro R2
The GP Pro R2 is the latest upgrade on the long favored GP Pro series of gauntlet gloves.
The full leather construction provides great durability and the addition of kangaroo leather on the palms allows for more dexterity, grip and comfort. Perforations in the palm and vented fourchettes keep your hands cool even when they are encased in leather.
These gloves provide all that any rider will need as far as protection and with good affordability. The design of these gloves focuses on providing comfort and function in one perfectly integrated glove.
- The leather reinforcements and Alpinestars Dynamic Friction Shield (DFS) molded knuckle armor would feel restrictive if it were not for the added details such as the stretch insert in the palm and the pre-curved finger construction.
- Additional protection is also provided by the DuPont Kevlar fiber fabric, which is added to the lining in the top of the hand and thumb, and around the little finger – key areas for potential injury when sliding.
- The closures on the GP Pro R2 include a high grip Velcro strap at the wrist and an adjustable Velcro closure strap to keep the gloves securely in place when you need their protection the most.
At just under the $300 mark, these gloves are not the cheapest, nor are they the most expensive, but they are made by a reputable company and are suitable for anything from a pleasure ride on a summer afternoon to an intense day at the track.
The combination of quality, cost and comfort offered by these gloves make them our best overall choice when looking at gauntlet gloves.
Best Value Glove
The SP1 gauntlet glove was created to fill a void between the true track glove, with its hefty price, and a street glove, which doesn’t provide as much protection as the more expensive models.
The SP1 is constructed completely of leather. The palm is a softer goat leather to provide better grip and comfort and reinforcement has been added to the palm and outer edge of the glove. Additional features include ergonomically formed carbon fiber knuckle protectors, accordion flex inserts at the fingers and the thumb, pre-curved fingers and vents on the back of the hand.
The glove also features a touch screen compatible index finger to eliminate the need to remove your glove to open your phone screen. Added safety is provided by the leather reinforcements on the fingers, 4mm foam padding, and the double closure adjustable Velcro cinch straps.
For a glove that is priced in the middle of the pack, the SP1 offers many features that are lacking in other gloves in this price range. Riders can feel protected and comfortable out for an afternoon ride and equally well equipped to head to the track.
As the name implies, the Alpinestar Supertech is a superior gauntlet glove. But the price reflects that superiority, and could make this glove a bit out of reach for many riders. If you are spending a lot of time on the track, then these gloves are worth the investment as they meet the CE2 requirements for protection.
Technological advances in rider safety features are what has driven the design of the Supertech gloves. Schoeller-Keprotec fabric reinforces the heel and leading edge of the hand as well as the thumb, forefinger and finger tip of the middle three fingers. This is all in addition to the complete leather construction of the glove and the molded knuckle protectors.
Comfort is not lacking in this glove in spite of all of the amazing safety features. Care was taken to ergonomically pre-form the fingers and thumb as well as the palm reinforcements.
Strategically located air intakes and perforations ensure that plenty of air can make its way into the gloves to keep your hands as comfortable and dry as possible. If you are looking for the safest and most protective gauntlet gloves available, then this is a great selection even at this price tag.
Other Great Gauntlet Gloves
Dainese Carbon Long D1
These gloves offer the added protection of the gauntlet style but also incorporate lighter weight materials for everyday street use, all at a price that is affordable for most riders.
They offer all of the features that you find in the higher prices gloves like pre-curved fingers, reinforcements in key areas for protection when sliding and composite inserts to protect your knuckles.
Comfort features for the Carbon Long D1 include soft elasticised inserts and sheepskin leather. Perforations are added to the inner side of the fingers to allow for good airflow while the two adjustable straps keep the glove firmly in place on your hands at all times.
If you like the idea of a gauntlet glove to provide added protection over your wrist and cuff area but don’t want to spend $300 or more on a set of gloves, then this is your solution. The Carbon Long D1 is a great blend of safety, comfort and affordability.
Scorpion SG3 MKII
Scorpion created a gauntlet glove that provides all of the safety features needed on a track day and offers it at an affordable price. The goat skin construction makes the SG3 MKII a very comfortable and durable glove from the first time you put them on.
The carbon reinforced TPU knuckle protector and Knox SPS palm sliders give you the protection that you want in the event of a slide without the thick bulky feel that can make riding less enjoyable when you are out for an afternoon of fun.
The fingers and palm are pre-curved and vented for comfort. The added touch screen compatible index finger is a great bonus when you want to quickly check your cell phone without having to take off your glove. At less than 150, the SG3 MKII is a great glove for everyday wear. It offers comfort, safety and durability that will fit any budget.
Joe Rocket GPX
The GPX is a good combination of affordability and protection. The gloves are constructed of cowhide leather which provides great durability and protection.
To offset the thicker cowhide material, these gloves are pre-curved and offer a hinged thumb design for greater mobility. Flex panels are also inserted at the lower thumb and fingers to increase dexterity and comfort on longer rides.
The safety features were certainly not sacrificed when creating this affordable gauntlet glove.
- A carbon fiber palm protector and carbon fiber vented knuckle protector provide you with peace of mind in the event of a slide.
- The hook and loop double closure system ensure that the gloves will stay on your hands no matter what situation arises.
These are the perfect glove for daily wear on the street to have added hand and wrist protection but not at the cost of comfort or your wallet.