Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: coogee beach australia
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two basic ways of looking at the question,
comfort/rideability and safety/protection..
most gloves today attempt both,
with varying success..
for general riding esp in hot weather
i prefer a/s summer gloves, which do have
additional leather at typical contact points
plus knuckle protectors, well integrated thus
not uncomfortable or restrictive etc..
they are easy to dry or rinse and dry..
lightweight, easy on/off, fit in pockets etc..
full leather gauntlets are obviously better for
cold wet weather riding, while good summer gloves
are better for summer etc..
some really nice very protective armour gloves
with great features such as boas fastening etc
are obviously well crafted riding/safety gear,
which also cost more..
another factor for some..
as truefaith observes, fit is everything
as in other motorcycle safety etc gear..
the best most expensive gloves that dont fit,
can only be a distraction while riding,
ie, contrary to focus/awareness
thus also to potential safety..
basically, go for an established maker
of gloves that fit well when tried and tested
[pick things up, make fists, move thumb around etc]
and according to your riding environment [eg heat,
cold, rain, day/night etc] - within your budget..
if budget is irrelevant to you,
build up a collection..
if not, choose wisely