The Breakdown

If you want to keep your gloves under $75, the Campeon's are a good option. They are comfortable and flow a lot of air, making them a good short-length leather glove for summer riding. The Campeon's play well at their pricepoint, but choosing to invest a bit more money into your gloves will yield options that have additional safety features and more premium construction.
Aesthetics 75%
Protection 75%
Construction 65%
Comfort 90%
Value for Money 80%
Pros
Comfortable / touchscreen-compatible fingertips / lots of airflow keeps hands comfortable in hot temperatures
Cons
No proper palm slider / construction is just "okay"

The Motonation Campeon gloves are a value-priced short leather glove with an MSRP of $50. They come with a few nice-to-haves, such as touchscreen-compatible fingertips and additional armor on the knuckles. These two-almost-three-season gloves are at their best from late-spring to early-fall, and having spent June 2019 to date with the Campeons as my primary daily wearers, I’ve gotten a good sense of them.

While the Campeon’s are pretty good, they aren’t perfect and have some drawbacks, the biggest of which is the lack of a proper palm slider. In Brandon’s recent review of the Alpinestars SP Air Gloves, he included a video where he explained in a bit more detail why that matters.  Safety-minded folks will also want to look for a glove with a gauntlet for additional wrist protection.

Riders looking for an affordable leather glove that offers some wrist protection while remaining comfortable to wear during the hot summer months will appreciate the package offered by the Campeon.

Thank you to Jason at Motonation for providing these Campeon’s at no-cost for this review.

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Overview

motonation campeon leather gloves color schemes

The Campeon comes in four colors: black, black/white, black/red, and black/yellow. I’m sporting the all-black version.

Perforated leather makes up the bulk of the glove, covering much of the glove, including the tops/sides of the fingers. Your knuckles are protected by hard plastic armor (which is not removable without modification to the glove; on the underside of the armor is a small foam pad for comfort.

underneath the knuckle armor

The index and middle fingertips of each glove have touchscreen-compatible stitching, allowing you to clumsily operate your smartphone or other touchscreen devices. The top of the fingers are perforated from the tip to the middle knuckle, with solid leather and a rubber reinforcement protecting the top part of the finger.

motonation campeon glove fingertips

The palm of each glove includes an additional layer of non-perforated leather that is double-stiched and featuring a foam pad on the palm. The pad is not a proper palm slider and is unlikely to add much in the way of protection, but it does make gripping the bars for long durations a bit more comfortable.

Keeping everything snug on your wrist is a pretty standard velcro strap setup.

The interior feels comfortable, and while the inner material isn’t “plush”, it is pleasant and comfortable enough. Often, leather gloves meant for warm-weather riding have noticeable seams and scratchiness due to the underside of the material. Thankfully, that hasn’t been my experience here.

Motonation Campeon Leather Motorcycle Gloves

Features

Per Motonation:

  • Constructed of premium full-grain cowhide leather with high tear strength and abrasion resistance
  • Extra layer of leather on the palm and bottom of the fingers
  • Soft and comfortable interior
  • Extra palm pad on the base of the palm
  • Dual layer leather panels in the upper hand for non-binding fit
  • Perforated leather on back of hand, inside each finger and top of fingers
  • Durable plastic armor with shock absorbing memory foam on the knuckles for extra protection
  • High tensile strength nylon thread stitching throughout
  • High impact use areas double stitched
  • Pre-curved fingers for a snug and comfortable fit
  • Touch screen material on top of fingers
  • Neoprene panels in wrist with a hook and loop wrist strap for a snug fit
  • Split rubber pads on top of fingers
  • Accordion padding at knuckle for protection and excellent articulation

Comfort

Like just about all leather gloves, the Campeon is a bit tight when you first put it on. It took a half-dozen rides or so before the leather began to relax. Once the gloves stretched a bit, they quickly became my go-to pair to wear for inner-city rides.

wearing the motonation campeon gloves

The interior material isn’t “soft”, but it is pleasant and comfortable. It doesn’t catch on dry skin (thanks, Alberta) and more or less fades away once you’ve got the glove on.

inside of motonation campeon leather gloves

Per the Motonation size chart, I’m wearing an XL and my index, middle, and ring fingers each comfortably reach the end of the glove. There’s a bit of extra space on the pinky, but it isn’t excessive and it doesn’t impair my use of the glove.

For reference, my hand circumference is approximately 8″ / 20 cm.

showing the palm of the motonation campeon leather glove

The material isn’t too heavy, but it has an appreciable weight to it. It’s not as thin as many sport-styled gloves are, and while this somewhat impairs dexterity when doing things like unscrewing water bottles or using a smartphone, it doesn’t make it any more difficult to operate switches on my helmet, and operating both the SENA SC1 in the SCHUBERTH C4 Pro and SENA SRL in the Shoei Neotec II is very comfortable and confident.

The glove covers the entire hand and wrist comfortably, extending about 1.5 -2″  down the arm. Not quite a gauntlet, but adequate coverage and protection. With a jacket on, there is no skin exposed. The cuff of the glove doesn’t comfortably tuck under the sleeve of any of the jackets I’ve worn with the Campeon’s (Fieldsfeer Suzuka, REAX Jackson, Motonation Dominator), so having a bit of material to protect the wrist is welcome.

Dexterity

The Campeon’s have a slight pre-curved shape to them, so your hand has a gentle curve when at rest. There’s always a loss of ability and sensation when donning thick gloves, but the Campeon’s minimize friction here thanks to their bang-on fit (your mileage may vary). I’m currently testing a Motonation Dominator leather jacket, and I’m able to easily grab the leather pulls and manipulate the zips while wearing the Campeon’s.

motonation campeon gloves with reax jackson jacket

I’ve found that dexterity and usability are about as good as you’re going to get from this type of glove.

Airflow

An area the Campeon really performs well is airflow. The generous use of perforated leather on the top and sides of the glove is effective from an airflow perspective.

It’s easy to manage though, and because of that I found that the Campeon’s were comfortable on cooler morning rides. When you’re gripping the bars, the perforated ends of the fingers wrap underneath the bar and aren’t getting air forced through them. At the same time, having a decent grip means that you’re fingers are pressed tightly together and so no airflow comes in on the sides. All it takes is an angle adjustment and you’ve got air conditioning.

Motonation Campeon Leather Motorcycle Gloves knuckle and finger armor

A downside of all the perforation becomes apparent once it rains. I got caught in more than one rainstorm wearing these and it didn’t take long for my hands to be soaked.

Water Resistance

Ha – you didn’t think that gloves that are 50% made of perforated leather would have any level of water resistance, did you?

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Build Quality

For a $50 glove, the Campeon’s build is acceptable. Unfortunately, this segment of the market often comes with compromises with respect to build quality and overall construction, and the Campeon does make a few of those. At the end of the 2019 riding season, both gloves had a few loose fibers and frays that were starting to come out. This is after a good season of riding, with the gloves being used for several thousand kilometers of mixed city/highway riding.

Fingers

The tops of the fingers are a mix of accordion leather, a rubber finger guard, and perforated leather. The overall finishing of the cuts and stitching is okay. The bottom of the fingers is solid leather, save for the tips of the thumb, index, and ring fingers, which have a small patch of conductive material.

motonation campeon leather glove fingers

Palm & Wrist

About half of the palm of the glove is reinforced with an additional layer of leather. This extra protection also features a foam palm pad, and the entire ensemble is double-stitched in. Despite the extra padding here, it does not feel bulky.

motonation campeon palm

The wrist strap is a neoprene/hook & loop (velcro) unit and is pretty standard stuff.

Protection

Full-grain leather, plastic knuckle armor, and some foam/rubber reinforcements at key points is the name of the game. The Campeon does not come equipped with CE-approved armor, but between the plastic knuckle protector and the ample use of leather/foam throughout, the gloves do provide meaningful protection in all the important areas.

Motonation Campeon Leather Motorcycle Gloves knuckle and finger armor

The Campeon also does not have a hard palm slider (but does have a foam pad in its place). These short-length gloves are not too short and provide adequate protection for the wrist as well.

For $50, It’s Hard to Take Issue With the Campeon

The Motonation Campeon’s demonstrate that you can get a lot of glove at a fair price point. $50 isn’t inexpensive, but it’s also a far cry from expensive, and so it’s important to have reasonable expectations. When you’re looking at gloves north of $75, it’s not uncommon to see superior construction, improved safety, CE-armor, and so on. In a $50 glove, the main focus is on adequate protection and comfort.

When taking that view, the Campeon comes off as a good value play. The gloves are comfortable to wear for long periods, and because they flow plenty of air, long rides won’t result in sweaty palms (unless you live somewhere hot). I have no reason to believe the Campeon’s wouldn’t provide adequate protection when needed.

The Campeon shines as a good blend between affordability, protection, comfort, and function. They provide enough protection for most riders and the look is universal enough that they can blend into just about any style. Unless you’re hitting the track or love to ride the twisties, you will be served just fine by your $50 investment in the Motonation Campeon gloves.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Accurate fit
  • Well ventilated
  • Touchscreen-compatible fingertips

Cons

  • No proper palm slider
  • Some compromises re: fit and finish

Specs

  • Manufacturer: Motonation
  • Price (When Tested): $49.99
  • Made In: Pakistan
  • Alternative models & colors: Black/white, black/red, black/yellow
  • Sizes: S – 2XL
  • Review Date: June 2020

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