Updated April, 2021

We’re constantly saying that you should buy the best gear you can afford, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. We’re gonna pull back a little here, and focus on how nice gloves that cost less than a hundred bucks can be. Some of these motorcycle gloves are almost inexpensive enough to buy two pair without breaking our self-imposed ceiling. Even better, buy two different pairs: one for hot dry summers, and one for cool, rainy falls and springs. Your hands will thank you.

That’s because, after your helmet, gloves are the most important piece of gear you can buy. It’s a natural reaction to put out your hands to break a fall, and realizing yours are bare as you reach for the asphalt at 50 mph is the wrong time to realize that gloves, any gloves, are an excellent investment in yourself and those you love. The things you can’t do while waiting for scabbed-up fingers to heal is long and humiliating. (Say, I can’t think of a better place for this link.)

So, dive in and see what we’ve rooted out (in alphabetical order, no less) from the tubes of the internet: 10 (or so) great motorcycle gloves under $100.

Aerostich Competition Elkskin Ropers – $70

Aerostich’s Competition Elkskin Ropers address all the downsides of riding with standard work gloves. First, elkskin is extremely durable – just ask any working cowboy. Second, the inclusion of TF3 impact-foam knuckle pad protects your joints in a tumble. Finally, the wrist closure keeps the gloves in place when you need them. Oh, and there’s a squeegee on the left thumb to clear your visor.

Bottom Line/Amazingly supple yet tough

Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon v2 Gloves – $90

The SMX Air Carbon v2 is an evolutionary glove, a precurved-finger easy ingress short glove that offers excellent flexibility via microfiber and PU grip inserts strategically positioned between palm and thumb. The carbon compound and injected TPR knuckle protectors offer impact protection and style, while the carbon compound and injected TPR sliders on palms and fingers handle abrasion in sensitive areas. The main shell is constructed of full-grain leather with a 3D mesh on the back of the hand for airflow, with premium quality suede palms and landing reinforcement. Modern conveniences include, of course, touchscreen compatible index fingertips.

Bottom Line/Great everyday protection and convenience

Dainese Tempest Unisex D-Dry Short Gloves – $100

Both men and women can appreciate a glove that can be worn in almost any weather condition, especially cooler ones. The Tempest features a waterproof/breathable D-Dry membrane and a visor wiper to handle rainy rides. Smart Touch fingertips will enable you to fondle your vital electronics, and CE Certification means you can ride with the knowledge that these elasticated fabric/Amica Suede/Digital Suede numbers will have your back in a digital mishap.

Bottom Line/Great for cool, rainy conditions

Klim Dakar Pro – $70

Klim’s most roadworthy dual-sport glove is now more comfortable than ever, thanks to a perforated goat leather palm and breathable, stretch-woven backhand. Rider Grip Articulation means fingers are pre-curved, and Reduced Finger Seam stitching adds more comfort. XRD Impact Protection means perfed foam knuckle padding, a palm pad, and armored fingers and thumbs. There’s also a built-in squeegee, e-touch screen functionality and a bunch more features that make these heavy-duty Klim’s a great deal.

 

Bottom Line/Klim quality, K-mart price

Icon 1000 Axys Black – $85

Designed for mild to cold weather, the Icon 1000 Axys Black is constructed of French cow and quilted goatskin for a soft, supple fit that doesn’t compromise abrasion resistance. Protection of your hands and digits comes courtesy of D30 knuckle inserts while your palms receive multiple layers of the aforementioned goat hide. The hook-and-loop closure and accordion expansion gussets allow free movement, great flexibility, and easy on-and-off.

Bottom Line/French cows are more sophisticated

Olympia 103 Easy Rider Classic – $58

Just as the name implies, these are basic black mid-weight deluxe drum-dyed cowhide gloves pretty much like the ones Marlon Brando wore in The Wild One. Reinforced nylon stitching is going to keep the glove’s structural integrity for many seasons, padded flex knuckles and palms add flexibility and protection, and a Velcro-equipped leather strap is going to keep them securely in place.

Bottom Line/Basic black style and protection

Pilot Motosport Ventor Mesh/Carbon Gloves – $38

Best known for its racing leathers, Pilot Motosport also makes a line of reasonably-priced street-focused gear. The Ventors are a prime example. These are for warm weather; the back of the hand is a 3D foam mesh, and fingers have Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) air intake vents that double as protectors. Calfskin provides the abrasion resistance on the palm and fingers, a carbon fiber knuckle mold protects the back of your hand. Form-fitting Trek Dry material keep your paws cool and comfortable, and the fingers also support touchscreen use.

Bottom Line/A lot of glove for 38 bucks, no?

Reax Castor – $89

Constructed of 0.8mm – 0.9mm thick cowhide on back, with tough, flexible goat leather palms in an ergonomic pre-curved construction, these short gloves are packing a lot of safety and comfortable performance. Fingers are shielded by TPR inserts over the knuckles, with more leather in impact areas, and and outseam reinforcement. Perforated finger fourchettes let your fingers breathe, and a moisture-wicking poly tricot lining keeps them dry and happy. Reflective material adds visibility. Fingers and thumbs are touchscreen compatible. Also available: a fully perforated version.

Bottom Line/A solid, seriously protective glove

REV'IT! Striker 3 Women's Gloves – $90

The Rev’It Striker 3 is the, that’s right, third iteration of a lighter weight touring glove that offers a great mixture of protection and comfort. The outer shell is drum-dyed goatskin, which is combined with 2-way stretch spandex fabric. Protection of your hard parts comes from 3D Seesoft knuckle armor and TPR-injected finger knuckle protectors. The fingers have ventilation panels and smartphone-ready connect fingertips on index finger and thumb. The wrists closes with hook-and-loop fastener. Rev’It Striker 3s are also available for men.

Bottom Line/Expensive glove for a bargain price

Spidi X4 Coupe – $100

Another light glove for warm-weather use, these combine goatskin, Clarino palms, mesh fabric and elastic fabric for a high level of comfort, lightness and excellent ventilation. Carbon protection on the knuckles and strategically placed padding add safety, while the stretch fabric and accordion inserts on the fingers aid flexibility. Touch screen compatible index fingertip, Velcro straps on the wrists for secure closure.

 

Bottom Line/Italian flair and comfort

Tourmaster Dri Perf Gel – $62- $77

Can a glove really be both perforated and waterproof? According to Tourmaster, the Dry Perf Gel glove pulls off this feat, thanks to its perforated goatskin outer and waterproof, breathable E-Dry inner membrane. Additionally, EVA foam padding on the outside of the fingers combines with hard knuckle armor for impact protection. The index finger and thumb feature touchscreen compatible overlays, and the whole shebang is held in place with a hook-and-loop gauntlet closure.

Bottom Line/Breathable and dry, even in the wet

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