Motorcycle Gloves: Types and Purpose

Most novice riders consider gloves to be of no importance in riding bikes because all they have to do is twist the throttle and cling to the handlebars. Another category of riders wear motorcycle gloves for the sole reason of them looking good. But the fact is gloves play a vital role in motorcycle riding. Let us now take a look at a few reasons to wear motorcycle gloves.

• Hands tend to sweat a lot during extensive riding periods. This results in the hands getting wet and hence losing grip on the handle bars. Gloves prevent this from happening. The perfect kind of gloves would be the ones that provide protection on the outside and comfort on the inside. Leather, Kevlar and carbon fiber are the commonly used materials to create high quality motorcycle gloves. Cotton is also used in the inner parts of the gloves to avoid the rider getting sweaty hands.

• When a biker meets with an accident in which he/she is skidding forward because of the momentum, our immediate action would be to stop skidding by using our hands. In such a scenario our hands would get badly battered and bruised. Wearing gloves can protect the rider’s hands from getting cuts or bruises because of an accident. Higher quality racing gloves protect the rider’s hands from twisting or bending beyond a certain level and hence protecting them from injuries.

• Gloves also protection in different weather conditions. Gloves are most useful in icy conditions. Our fingers become numb when they are constantly in touch with cold or chilly winds. Biking in cold weather will do the same. Our hands and fingers when cold and numb do not react fast enough even though we are alert. Thus a glove can prevent this from happening by keeping the palm and fingers warm.

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Gloves are normally classified into two main types:

• Full Fingered Gloves – These types of gloves are further classified into four different types. The Gauntlet gloves are the best among them as they provide really good protection and can be used in any weather. Plastic gloves or better known as rain gloves are used as covers and are worn over any existing pair of gloves. Lightweight gloves are the best for summer or hot conditions as they allow cooling of the hands. Winter gloves or leather gloves are the best alternative for winter. They help in keeping the hands warm and hence active even in cold conditions.

• Half Fingered Gloves or Fingerless Gloves – This type of gloves do not provide really high quality of safety but are ideal for regular motorcycle riding. They keep the hands cool and allow better ventilation.

A rider may choose any kind of motorcycle glove according to his choice. But the main things that he should keep in his mind are quality, size and comfort.