Two kinds of folks ride motorcycles: Those who ride year round and those who lock their bikes away during the cold months. Winter is a tough time of year for even the hardiest of riders to enjoy riding motorcycles. First, its pretty dang cold. And when the temperature really drops, roads can get icy. While there’s not much that can be done for the latter other than wait for the roads to de-ice, the former can be helped by wearing riding gear designed specifically for the conditions.

Since so much is done with your digits on a motorcycle, good winter gloves are a must. Here are 10 examples of the variety of winter gloves available from a wide range of well-known manufacturers. Additionally, because of the higher chances of encountering the wet stuff during the winter season, we decided to only include waterproof insulated gloves in this guide. And, because heated gear can increase your ability to ride in the coldest of weather, we’ve included them in the mix, too.

Alpinestars Drystar Glove

010714-buyers-guide-gloves-Alpinestars-Drystar-Gloves-2Price: $110

Size Range: S–3XL

Colors: Black, Black/Yellow

Alpinestars Drystar Glove prove that you don’t need to be gigantic balloon-fingered contraptions to provide warmth. You can also get them with short gauntlets to easily slip into a jacket sleeve. Impact protection comes from EVA foam and over-molded hard PU knuckle protection. A Drystar membrane and Thinsulate filling keep the water and the cold on the outside, where it belongs.

Alpinestars carries nine waterproof winter gloves (including female specific), ranging in price from $80-200, on its website.

Dainese Boulevard D-Dry

010714-buyers-guide-gloves-Dainese Boulevard D-DryPrice: $70

Size Range: 2XS–2XL Colors: Black

The Boulevard D-Dry gloves are one of the urban commuter/scooter winter gloves offered by Dainese. The breathable, waterproof D-Dry membrane keeps digits dry, while the Deflix thermal padding in the precurved gloves aids heat retention. A hook-and-loop fastener snugs the wrist closure, and Dainese Smart Touch system allows the use of touch screens through the gloved fingers.

Dainese offers a total of 11 waterproof winter gloves for men and women, ranging in price from $90-290, on its website.

Firstgear TPG Cold Riding Gloves

010714-buyers-guide-gloves-Firstgear TPG Cold Riding GlovesPrice: $70

Size Range: 2XS–2XL

Colors: Black

Firstgear fills all the checkboxes with the TPG Cold Riding Gloves. Many riders feel that leather construction adds to warmth in a waterproof glove. In this case, the primary source of warmth comes from 200-gram Thermolite insulation. The Hipora waterproof-breathable lining keeps hands dry while Aramid covered, D3O padding on the knuckles and palm heel provide crash protection. A zipper-closure gauntlet, left thumb visor squeegee, and a 2-year limited warranty round out the glove’s features.

Visit the Firstgear website to view the five men’s winter and heated gloves and two women’s winter and heated gloves, which range in price from $80-170.

Held Rain Cloud

010714-buyers-guide-gloves-Held Rain CloudPrice: $220

Size Range: 7–12

Colors: Black

Known for its high-quality racing gloves, Held recently announced its Rain Cloud winter glove. Made from goatskin and Nyspan backed with a Gore-Tex membrane, the Rain Cloud incorporates leather-covered, hard plastic armor across the knuckles. Abrasion areas are reinforced with Superfabric. Other features include reflective piping and a visor wipe. Precurved fingers and stretch panels give a comfortable fit.

This is one of Held’s three winter gloves. Other gloves for men and women can be found on the company’s website.

Joe Rocket Ladies Sub Zero Glove

010714-buyers-guide-gloves-Joe Rocket Ladies Sub Zero GlovePrice: $35

Size Range: XS-XL

Colors: Black

Female riders require cold weather gloves, too, and Joe Rocket fulfills that need with the Ladies Sub Zero Glove. Constructed with a wind and waterproof shell then backed with a Dry Tech midliner, the Ladies Sub Zero Glove offers heat retention from its 100-gram Thinsulate insulation. The gloves also have padded knuckles and finger gussets for protection and flexibility. A hook-and-loop wrist closure holds the gloves in place.

Joe Rocket offers five winter gloves, including the Ladies Sub Zero and a heated glove on its website, covering a price range from $35-160.

Olympia Gloves Weatherking Extra Touch

010714-buyers-guide-gloves-Olympia Gloves Weatherking Extra TouchPrice: $100

Size Range: S–2XL

Colors: Black

Olympia Gloves gave the Weatherking Extra Touch all the bells and whistles. First, you get the drum-dyed leather with a Gore-Tex liner. The Primaloft Premium Insulation keeps the body heat from leaking away as the brushed tricot lining manages your hands’ moisture. The Touch Enabled Leather on the thumb and index fingers make smartphone use possible. Grip and durability come from the embossed palm and thumb patches, while a silicon gel anti-shock skid pad delivers abrasion resistance plus shock absorption.

Olympia retails 19 winter gloves, ranging in price from $25-100, on its website. Both men’s and women’s sizes are available.

REV’IT Carver H2O

010714-buyers-guide-gloves-REV’IT Carver H2OPrice: $90

Size Range: XS–3XL

Colors: Black

For riders who want their gauntlets inside of their sleeves, the REV’IT Carver H2O delivers premium features like the connect finger tip for use with touchscreens and 500-denier stretch textile construction backed by EVA foam and hard-shell armor. The Hydratex Z-liner keeps your paws dry while the tri-fleece thermal lining handles the warmth. Goatskin handles the palm protection. Made for city riders, the Carver H2O also includes reflective material for nighttime conspicuity.

REV’IT’s 10 winter gloves include men’s and women’s sizes plus heated gear, ranging in price from $90-190. Visit their website to see more.


010714-buyers-guide-gloves-RS Taichi RST604 e-HEAT PROTECTION GLOVEPrice: $270

Size Range: S–2XL

Colors: White, Grey, Black, Black/Red (Ladies Black, Black/Red only)

RS Taichi has a reputation for crafting high-end sport and racing gloves, and we were surprised to see how many winter gloves it offers. The RST604 e-Heat Protection Glove delivers warmth via a lithium-polymer battery and a three-level temperature setting for the carbon fiber heating unit. Wrapping the high-tech heat is a leather and textile outer shell lined with a Drymaster waterproof insert. Hands receive hard armor while the gloves’ fingertips are smartphone compatible.

RS Taichi offers eight other winter and heated gloves at its website. Prices range from $70-290.

Spidi Plate Glove

010714-buyers-guide-gloves-Spidi Plate GlovePrice: $80

Size Range: S–3XL Colors: Black

As part of Spidi’s extensive line of winter gloves, the Plate Glove gives urban commuter and scooter riders the tapered fit for easy use while still offering waterproofness from the H2Out membrane. The microfleece lining is augmented by 100-gram insulation. Abrasion reinforcement is included on the palm and the side. The back of the hand utilizes padding for knuckle protection. The palm also receives microfiber material.

Spidi offers an amazing selection of 26 men’s and women’s winter gloves, ranging in price from $60-250, which can be viewed at its website.

Tourmaster Winter Elite II MT Glove

010714-buyers-guide-gloves-Tourmaster Winter Elite II MT GlovePrice: $140

Size Range: Mens: XS–2XL Womens: S-L

Colors: Black

The Tourmaster Winter Elite II MT Glove is constructed of water-resistant goatskin and sheepskin leather backed by a HiPora barrier. The mcFit technology liner offers warmth, and the built-in nylon polar cover stores in the zippered gauntlet pocket for extreme cold. As with all quality gloves, the fingers are precurved, and reflective material adds to visibility.

Tourmaster offers five winter and heated gloves on its website. Prices range from $40-220.

  • fastfreddie

    It would sound better if you tried the gloves.Not all waterproof gloves are that.Some are waterproof the first month,then degrade quickly.Hard to find a good glove for cold weather.Maybe check out that Taichi electricly heated one…

  • Vrooom

    Actual testing would be cool, not that you can do that in Southern Cal. I will say my experience with Joe Rocket winter gloves is awful, worse than awful, They lasted perhaps 5 rides. 2 requirements for winter gloves, a serious gauntlet, and a built in wiper on the thumb or pointer finger. I ride in Oregon and commute to work year round, where it’s a wee bit wet.

  • JMDonald

    After relocating from Orange County to northern Texas this year I now have a real need for winter riding gear. Looks like there are a number of choices out there for today’s rider. It’s not necessarily the least expensive way to go but trial and error over time works best. Heated grips and good quality leather gloves seem to do the job for me. I have Dianese road gloves, BMW uninsulated gauntlet leather gloves and shorty LeeParks deerskins for hot summer months. I don’t ride in the wet unless I have to. Leather gloves well taken care of are waterproof enough for me.

  • Apple

    We have Held Warm & Dry, and Held Air & Dry, both keep our hands dry and have for years.

    • Andy Cserny

      Andy Cserny
      with Hippo Hands and heated grip I can wear shorty gloves to 32 degreees, below that I use First Gear winter gloves and Hippos, when not using Hippo Hands, I have Gerbing heated gloves, but the best is still Hippo Hands with almost any glove

  • NYRider

    How exactly is putting pictures of products with the companies own description a buyers guide? Had you tested any of these your verdict would certainly differ from teh manufacturers description.

    • reg26

      I agree. Even a simple verdict on which is the warmest would be nice

    • TheLarkInn

      I agree also . . . a pretty lame “buyer’s Guide! Looks to me like a simple reprinting of the manufacturer’s marketing statements! just last a lot of credibility with me!!

    • pcontiman

      Absolutely. Purchased some “well advertised” winter gloves some years back along with 3 friends. Within a week we had all sent them back. Just hard to tell what is going to work and at $100 and up (pretty dang pricey) it’s hard to just roll the dice and hope they work.

  • NYRider

    By the way, few of those are actual “winter” gloves. When I say winter I’m talking below freezing. The Olympia Weatherking and Tourmaster Winter Elite would be the only two on the list. The RS Taichi I would not bother with unless you could also run them directly from the bike. Battery powered anything when you’re riding a giant voltage producing bike is ridiculous. By the way I have used all the above gloves except the RS Taichi and Dainese D-dry above. A pair of Warm n Safe heated gloves are heaven.

    • Mike

      hey, thanks for the mention. i guess i did not have to do it since i should trust our customers to cover our back, i hope you go to our facebook page to read my latest rant.

      • NYRider

        Hi Mike, Eddie in NY, I have all your gear. Classic Rider gloves, Carbon gloves, Ultimate touring gloves, water proof heated jacket. Wireless controller. Love them all.

  • bigjames

    Geez, I’ve been riding year ’round for decades. Nothing beats a good set of Gerbings (or equivalent) if you are serious about winter riding. Matter of fact, going moto camping this weekend…

  • Ajax7230

    This is just advertising. No one tested these gloves to see if they were warm or waterproof. So-called ‘buyer’s guides’ like this one do riders a great disservice by simply mouthing manufacturer descriptions without any form of critical review. Rubbish!

  • Veaux

    Riding in Northern Illinois requires the need for several types of gloves dependent on the time of year. I must have 10 pair and I am always changing them as the days goes on. A few years ago I spent the money and got the Powerlet jacket liner and glove liners. The best buy I’ve made in riding gear. Now I can ride into December (as long as there isn’t snow on the ground) and wear lighter gloves and/or jacket but still be warm and I can adjust the heat via a wireless controller I have mounted on my handle bars. I have since added the First Gear pants and boot liners (which work with the Powerlet controller) and I’m ready for any weather. If you can part with the money (it is on the expensive side) I highly recommend the heated gear.

    • Mike

      remember most of powerlet controllers are older versions of our Warm & Safe Heat-trollers since we private labeled some of our stuff for them.

  • Raiderrubn24

    I have had the best luck with the Olympia gloves. Comfort,warmth,and dryness! I live where it can get below freezeing so I have had some good test weather! Just my 2 cents. Ride safe brothers

  • Ron Pierce

    Bullshit………….I’ve riding for 40 years and have found no glove that can keep my fingers from freezing……………dry? that’s bs too. Unless you plug them in to your bike your not going to have warm fingers

  • Michael Ofiesh

    Quit whining. It’s a list of what’s available at different prices . I found it very helpful and picked the Olympia gloves. I’m riding outside of Death Valley next week. Go pick a pair and write an essay about them . Or is your bike locked up ? Seriously dude. and it wouldn’t hurt you to take a salad at lunch.

  • rwenck

    Nothing beats Hydron Mittens (yes mittens!) under fleece-lined Hippo hands for long distance high speed near zero days! It’s been a long time though and I don’t knowi if these products are even availale any more.,

  • Dalgast

    I just bought a nice pair of thinsalate leather gloves, then rubbed in a good helping of mink oil into then. They will be water proof and warm. And for $27

  • Rich

    How in the world is the Rain Cloud Held’s first winter glove? They have many other winter gloves, and have made them for a long time.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Fixed. Thanks for pointing out my mistake.

  • Mike

    did you forget Warm & Safe heated gloves for winter? warmth without the thickness.

  • gjwags1

    I have lined and unlined waterproof gloves by Hugger Gloves and they are great. Living in Michigan I don’t ride in the winter, but the lined pair works well for cold string and fall days when I do ride while the roads are still ice free. These are leather gloves that they do a special process to and they ARE totally waterproof! I have worn the unlined in driving spring and summer rains for hours and my hands were dry! And they are very reasonably priced for a top quality glove. I highly recommend Hugger Gloves!!

  • Charlie

    I was hoping to see actual experiences here, but just got the product description. I reviewed the Olympia WeatherKing Touch gloves above, in 20°F weather, no liners, no heated grips. I’m really happy with them, though if my hands were bigger I’d love them more. I’m more than willing to test the rest! We still have LOTS of cold weather riding here in Chicagoland to do. Send me gloves! lol