Protect your hands and improve grip with these ATV gloves
Choosing the best ATV gloves is a bit of a tricky proposition. One of the big reasons why is that there just aren’t a lot of gloves designed specifically for ATV riders and UTV drivers.
Us four-wheel dirt riders generally use gloves designed for other purposes – and most of them work out great, depending what type of riding do and what the outside temperature is like.
Personally, we’ve found some of the very best ATV riding gloves were initially designed for motocross racers, snowmobilers, adventure-touring motorcyclists, and manual laborers. So those are the gloves we are focusing on for this article. We will dig into why we like each of these gloves and what makes them among the best ATV gloves you can buy.
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Fly Racing Kinetic
The very first ATV gloves we ever owned were a basic pair of lightweight motocross gloves much like the Fly Racing Kinetic gloves. No, they don’t keep your hands terribly warm, but these gloves are super breathable and won’t have your hands sweating like you are on a first date. Features include four-way stretch finger sidewall for flexibility and comfort, reinforced double layer palm and thumb, split knuckles with ventilated gusset, adjustable wrist closure system and silicone finger grippers. If you want the latest colors, expect to pay about $27. But if you don’t mind last year’s patterns, you can pick up a pair for about $20.
Another simple, motocross glove option is the Fox Racing Flexair. These minimalist ATV riding gloves feature a single layer cool touch palm, stretch mesh finger gussets (for improved airflow and dexterity) and stretch Cordura ripstop construction. Ideal for use when the temperatures are warm, these lightweight gloves retail for about $40.
Dainese Tempest D-Dry
Dainese may not be a name a lot of ATV and UTV owners are familiar with, but this Italian brand is well known in the motorcycle world and the Dainese Tempest D-Dry gloves are a great option for four-wheel enthusiasts. We’ve had Dainese gloves in our gear bag for years and these ones in particular offer great features. These gloves are waterproof and insulated – perfect when temperatures start to get a little colder. They also offer added protection with impact-absorbing inserts, and hard knuckle protection. Fingers are also pre-curved for more comfort. Prices vary from about $70 to $100.
Some of the best ATV gloves for cold weather come from the snowmobile world. After all, nobody knows cold weather performance like snowmobilers. One pair worth considering are the Klim PowerXross. Much less bulky than some snowmobile gloves, the Klim PowerXross is built with 100 grams of 3M Thinsulate Platinum insulation on the top of the hand, GORE-TEX construction that is guaranteed to keep you dry, silicone finger tips, leather palm and fingers and a goggle squeegee so you can keep a good view of the trail ahead. Expect to pay $75 to $100, depending on current sales.
Going in a completely new direction, there are a number of work gloves that we’d rank among the best ATV gloves available. One pair in particular is the Mechanix M-Pact. Though these are meant for working in the garage, they have features that translate well to the trails, including thermoplastic rubber knuckle guards and finger guards. Other features include dual-layer internal fingertip reinforcement and great abrasion resistance. Pick up a pair for about $33.
Carhartt Flex Tough II
Another work glove option that can do double duty on the trails is the Carhartt Flex Tough II. Made from textured, breathable spandex with synthetic palm and foam padding, these gloves are designed to add warmth and comfort without sacrificing grip. Other feature include neoprene-reinforced knuckles and a brow (or goggle) wipe. These work/ATV riding gloves retail for $32.
Why Should I Wear ATV Gloves?
It’s worth pointing out that you definitely should be wearing gloves when riding ATVs or driving UTVs. Motorcyclists have a very poignant theory and it fits with ATV and UTV enthusiasts just the same – All the Gear, All the Time! Basically, this means that any time you go for a ride, you need to be properly protected. Accidents happen when you least expect it, so don’t short yourself by being lazy and not gearing up the right way.
Gloves might not seem like essential gear, but they are definitely important. Not only will ATV gloves help protect you from rocks and debris kicked up from other riders, but they can also make your ride more comfortable. Good gloves will help keep blisters down and offer better grip on your ATV handlebars or UTV steering wheel. They also offer additional warmth when the mercury drops and additional protection in the event of a crash.
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