Dirt bike gloves are an important piece of gear to have when riding an ATV. Losing your grip while riding your quad can be dangerous. And a good set of gloves can protect your hands from branches or other things that may be sticking out over the trail. Most importantly, having a good pair of ATV gloves will protect your hands if you fall off the machine.
I’ve gone through my fair share of ATV riding gloves. Most of them were ok, but they didn’t protect my hands as much as I would have liked. I wanted a good pair that will protect my hands if I fall off the quad. The trails I usually ride have rocks and roots that cut my hands up, and low hanging branches that wack my hands when I ride through the woods.
The pair I ended up sticking with protects from all of that stuff. I recommend the Fox Bomber Gloves found here on Amazon. These gloves are well made and well worth the price. They have a polycarbonate protective piece to protect your knuckles. The interior of the gloves is padded, and protects against sharp rocks and thorns. They cost more than some of the cheap gloves, but will last longer and will protect your hands when it’s needed.
Fox has been around for a while, and they make good riding gear. They use perforated leather to allow flexibility while maintaining durability. The silicone lever grip helps keep from slipping off the clutch, and my hands feel completely protected when I ride now. They really are my favorite gloves to ride with.
Medium Protection ATV Gloves
You may not need all the protection the gloves I mentioned provide. If your doing some light riding, or not going off-road a whole bunch. You could get away with a cheaper pair that still offers some protection. If that sounds right for you, then I recommend these Fox Dirtpaw Race Gloves found here on Amazon.
These gloves are not as bulky, and are less expensive than the Bomber gloves. But, they don’t offer as much protection. They are better than the thin lightweight gloves as far as protection goes, and if you take care of them, they will last a long time.
They have a silicon grip on the fingertips which comes in handy for gripping the clutch and throttle. The knuckles are protected by a lycra padding, to reduce bulkiness of the gloves. And, they come in different sizes and colors.
Another good choice for medium protection ATV gloves is the Leatt Off-Road Gloves found here on Amazon. These gloves are really nice, but they are expensive. For that price you could just get the Fox Bomber gloves I mentioned above. I do like Leatt gear, they make good quality stuff. But as far as these gloves go, I’ll leave the decision up to you.
Lightweight ATV Gloves
If you’re only riding on a track with no loose gravel or branches getting in the way. You may only need a good set of gloves to help with gripping the handle bars. You won’t need all the extra protection, and lighter weight will help reduce fatigue and increase your riding ability.
If that sounds like you, I would recommend a light weight simple glove like the Arltb Lightweight Gloves or the Fox Racing Gloves found on Amazon. Either of these gloves provide good grip and are made with a breathable material. These are the most comfortable gloves to ride with.
I do not recommend using these gloves for off-road riding purposes though. I made that mistake once. I was wearing the Fox Racing Gloves because I love how they feel, until a low hanging branch whacked my hand. I really wished I had some sort of knuckle protection that day.
Budget ATV Gloves
You can find gloves made for many different things that will still work as riding gloves. A lot of the times they can be cheaper too. If you don’t care that they don’t look like ATV riding gloves, you should check out some of the other options available. I’ve seen people use the gloves they go paint balling with as riding gloves and have no issues. Just make sure they have the level of hand protection you’re looking for. For comfort try getting something with padding between the thumb and forefinger, where your hands hit the handle bars most often.
Make sure the gloves you pick have good moisture wicking and are made of a nice breathable material. As long as the gloves grip, protect your hands, and keep your hands from getting sweaty, you should be fine.
Cold Weather ATV Gloves
When it gets colder out, your hands will be the first thing that start to hurt. I like riding all year round, so in the colder months my hands would suffer. I ended up just getting a pair of cold weather riding gloves to make the rides more enjoyable.
It makes a world of difference and I highly recommend cold weather gloves in you’re going to be riding in cooler months. I recommend going with the Fox Forge Cold Weather Gloves found here on Amazon. These will keep your hands warm to enough to add a couple months riding every year.
If you want to ride clear through the winter, I suggest these Milwaukee Heated Gloves found here on Amazon. These gloves are pretty sweet, but they are expensive. They have three heat settings to keep your hands warm with the push of a button. Being waterproof and windproof is huge plus.
If it’s worth the extra money to you, you could be riding year round with a nice pair of cold weather gloves.
Sum It Up
In conclusion, there are plenty of great options for riding gloves out there. If you’re only riding on official tracks, you could probably get away with a light weight glove. If you’re going off-road I suggest a medium or high protective glove. For fall, winter, and early spring, get a good pair of cold weather gloves.
For normal trail riding I use the Fox Bomber Gloves and I don’t plan on changing them out any time soon. Be careful getting a cheap pair at a local store. That may work for some people, but I’ve noticed our local store prices are way higher than you would find for the same product on Amazon.
To check out other ATV riding gear suggestions, go to the recommended gear section of this site. It’s all gear I use and tested out myself.
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