Best Motorcycle Touring Gloves

John Burns
by John Burns

Good for your digits over the long haul

Updated April 2021

Well, there really is no “best touring glove,” because when you’re really going places on your motorcycle for days, the climatic conditions are liable to change more often than your underwear. From baking desert to bone-chilling mountaintop and all points in between, we know of no gloves with adjustable ventilation systems. Touring also implies that you’re probably on a bike with enough storage to carry more than one pair of gloves, which is really the way to go. Having heated grips gives way more flexibility to your glove selection as well. With them, behind handguards or a fairing, you can probably get away without needing really heavy winter gloves.

There are tons of gloves with the features to deliver the comfort and protection from the weather and mishaps that you’ll need out on the long and winding road. What makes a touring glove a touring glove is the ability to be worn comfortably for extended periods. Just like with a helmet, there’s no substitute for trying them on in an actual motorcycle store – most of which will gladly match your best online price. Add multi-weather adaptability. Finally, you need crash protection. All of the gloves featured here have these qualities in spades.

Here are more than a few of our favorites, in alphabetical order.

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Alpinestars Stella Tourer W-7 Drystar Gloves – $90

TheAlpinestars Stella Tourer W-7 Drystar Gloves takes a combination of premium leather, suede, softshell and stretch textile to construct this comfortable women’s glove. The stretchable shell allows freedom of movement while the animal hides deliver protection. Impact absorption is provided by the ergonomically profiled soft viscoelastic material across the knuckles. Fingertip touchscreen allow access to your phone’s GPS so you can plan your ride, and if the weather gets wet, Drystar is there to keep your fingers out of the elements.

Bottom Line

  • Keep your ladyfingers warm and dry

BMW Genuine Motorcycle Riding Two In One Gloves – $199

The BMW Genuine Motorcycle Riding Two In One Glove utilizes what it calls 2-chamber technology. The Proof chamber is breathable, waterproof and windproof with a Gore-Tex membrane and has an insulating thermal liner. The Grip chamber features extra-thin and tear-resistant kangaroo leather for excellent tactile feedback and crease-free fit. Crash protection comes from hard-shell armor on the knuckles and foam padding on the backs of fingers. The double layers of leather on the edge of the hand protects from a slide. 

Bottom Line

  • Two great gloves in one

Dainese Desert Poon D1 – $47

How could I not include these? An ultra-light short cuff glove with Dainese quality and style. Synthetic suede palms provide excellent feel, while perforated mesh panels on the fingers and backhand flow as much air as possible – and a neoprene cuff is nice and soft where glove meets wrist. Dainese smart touch on the index finger lets you order pizza from the saddle. Kidding. Never do that. One of many great Dainese offerings.

Bottom Line

  • As much fun to say as they are to wear

Firstgear Navigator Gloves – $25

The Firstgear Navigator Glove is more of a cool-weather gauntlet-style touring glove – waterproof and breathable, with a Hipora membrane lining. The outer shell is full leather construction, and the rubberized hard-knuckle cap provides additional protection. To keep the elements on the outside a drawstring wrist closure can be secured with one hand. A visor squeegee on the left thumb will help keep your vision clear. At this price, you almost can’t afford not to stow a pair of these for inclement weather.

Bottom Line

  • Helluva lot of glove for the $$$

Fly Racing Street Subvert Fracture – $50

Fly Racing is more known for its off-road gear, but that seems to translate into pretty rugged, reasonably priced stuff when it comes to street gear, too. Whether Fracture is a good name is up for debate, but these get high marks for mostly warm-weather street use. When the weather’s nice, you want gloves that are easy to get off and on, and the short cuff design with TPR wrist closure gives you that. Four-way stretchy material on the backs makes these super comfortable and breathable, but molded hard knuckle protection provides protection. Palms are leather, fingers offer touch screen technology, and these sport fun graphics including plaid.

Bottom Line

  • Lightweight yet heavy-dutyish

Held Air N Dry Gloves – $295

Lots of people love their German-made Helds. The Held Air N Dry Gloves are an innovative, warm weather, waterproof touring glove, which features Gore-Tex 2-in-1 technology with two separate chambers. In warm weather, the unlined and perforated chamber keeps you cool. The second, Gore-Tex chamber is for when the sun isn’t shining. The index finger has a convenient visor wipe. Molded knuckle guards and SuperFabric offer an extremely high level of abrasion-resistance as does the leather that covers the remainder of the shell. A hook-and-loop closure keeps the gauntlet closed. 

Bottom Line

  • For warm and dry, and cool and wet...

Klim Vanguard GTX Short Gloves – $130

Easy ingress and egress is also important when touring. The Klim Vanguard GTX Short Gloves are easy to slip on and off, thanks to the short cuff design and Kwik-access dual adjustment entry. Next comes the Gore-Tex waterproofing and index finger visor wiper. Poron XRD offers palm and knuckle protection, and the goat leather keeps the pavement on the outside. You even get Mult-E-Touch smart device functionality. 

Bottom Line

  • Top-notch construction, easy on/off

Latex Surgical Gloves – $24 for 100

What, you don’t already have a box of these in the house or garage? You should have, and you should carry a couple pairs whenever you’re riding far at all. Slipping a pair of these on under your gloves provides way more warmth when temps and/or precipitation unexpectedly drop. Also very nice to have to deal with messy roadside repairs or should anyone need an emergency roadside exam.

Bottom Line

  • Dryness and warmth in a pinch

Olympia 04352 All Season II Touch Gloves – $67

The Olympia All Season II Touch Gloves’ design goal was to be warm enough to wear in the 40-degree range without being bulky, to have touchscreen functionality, and deliver the palm comfort of gel padding. Oh, and if that weren’t enough, how about windproof and water resistant. You also get a three blade visor wiper and reflective knuckle trim. Not bad for a reasonably-priced glove, and there are plenty more in men’s and women’s sizes in the Olympia line-up. 

Bottom Line

  • Great all-weather glove for the money

Racer Mickey – $122

High marks for these light touring gloves from the MO peanut gallery.  This mid-length sport glove combines leather and mesh construction to produce a really convenient  and cool yet still protective glove. Clarino palm with silicone finger-grip diamonds, Super-Fabric covered scaphoid and knuckle protectors, and one quick Velcro closure. Racer makes great gloves.

Bottom Line

  • Very nice, cool and comfortable

REV’IT! Summit 3 H2O Gloves – $140

The REV’IT! Summit 3 H2O Gloves are what you want when you’re touring through warm, wet weather. Thanks to the Hydratex waterproof membrane, the elements stay on the outside – where they belong. Still, there are plenty of safety features, including TPU hard palm sliders and Temperfoam on the knuckles. The touring fit will remain comfortable on a long day, while the laminated reflective material increases conspicuity. The shell itself is constructed of drum-dyed goatskin, PWR|shell 500D, PWR|shell 500D twill stretch, flock PU, and PU-coated fabric. You even get a digitally compatible fingertip. 

Bottom Line

  • Waterproof without the bulky

Thermosport – $79

Like the intrepid honey badger, British riders tend not to care if it rains or freezes, long as they’ve got good gear. That’s where these Thermosport gloves come from, England, and the claim is they’re 100% waterproof, with Thinsulate thermal lining, Kevlar reinforcement, carbon knuckle guards and side palm protection – all in a Grade A semi-aniline leather shell at an excellent price. Find these and lots of other excellent curated British gear at

Bottom Line

  • For British conditions, `nuff said

Tourmaster Dri Perf Gel Gloves – $62

The Tourmaster Dri Perf Gel Glove provides a combination of cooling air flow while still maintaining waterproofness in case you run into summer showers. Gel inserts also reduce the tiring effects of vibrations on your hands. EVA foam padding on the fingers and outside of wrists team up with hard knuckle protectors to disperse impacts. The precurved gloves also have stretch panels for comfort, and the fingertips will work with your smartphone. 

Bottom Line

  • Gel inserts to combat vibration

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  • Mugwump Mugwump on Feb 04, 2020

    No Steve's?

  • Daytona Ben Daytona Ben on May 17, 2020

    I got used to the big armored gloves riding at track days so I felt naked without strong hand protection. My go to pair is Dainese 4 Stroke EVO Gloves. They take forever to break in with my fat hands but they are very secure and will not come off in a slide. My first pair over 10 years and couple falls has a hole in index finger and my newer pair 2 years old is still breaking in. For hot summer I admit wearing the fingerless gloves from time to time which is not ideal for safety but keeps me on the bike.