Choosing the best glove to wear while riding your ATV requires that you know what you’re looking for. Unlike a helmet you can wear all year round, the kind of glove you need may change from season to season and depending on your riding preferences.
For instance, if most of your riding is going through slow, technical trails, you should look for a glove that offers comfort and dexterity. Similarly, if you live in a region that gets a lot of rainfall, you’ll need something that can keep your hands dry.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best gloves out there based on different riding conditions.
The Alpinestars Megawatt gloves have been around for a few years now and are the company’s top-of-the-line dirt-riding glove. These short cuff gloves are priced quite reasonably and come with hard knuckle armor and reinforced panels around the thumb and palm for added durability. They’re made with perforated leather and stretchable fabric that makes them ideal for warmer climates and year-round riding.
Perforated leather and stretch polyamide for optimum levels of comfort, durability, and breathability
Durable and hard-wearing synthetic suede on palm and thumb
Reinforced thumb and palm for durability and comfort
Alpinestars’ unique polymer hard-knuckle protector for superior impact and abrasion resistance
Suede reinforcements with foam padding on the palm for abrasion resistance in key impact zones
Thumb and palm reinforcement for a superior grip
Pre-curved finger construction reduces rider fatigue and offers improved comfort
Silicone printing on fingertips improves grip against the bars
Velcro cuff closure for easy glove entry and a secure closure
Klim is a name that’s at the forefront of the off-road gear industry. Its Baja S4 gloves are a shining example of the excellent products they make. They come with ventilated TPU armor on the knuckles and the outer wrist (unlike road gloves with hard scaphoid armor).
Klim has used functional, high-quality components in the overall construction of the glove, and nearly the entire surface has been reinforced for added durability. There are also large stretch panels for maximum comfort between the fingers and around the thumb.
The Klim Bajaj S4 is our top recommendation for an everyday glove that’s perfect for casual street rides and adventures down a trail.
Perforated leather palm and fingers
Karbonite™ Micromesh 500D Cordura chassis with 4-way stretch
TPU knuckle armor
3mm XRD thumb and palm impact inserts
Scotchlite™ C790 carbon black reflective detailing
The 100% Brisker Gloves are the perfect winter gloves if you’re on a budget. This is a lightweight, simple glove that’s been designed with one thing in mind—keeping your hands warm when you’re out riding.
We like these gloves because they aren’t bulky and don’t feel like you’re wearing oven mitts. The construction gives you complete mobility and dexterity; throttle control or reaching for the brakes feel as natural as they would if you didn’t have a pair of gloves on.
On the flip side, the 100% Brisker Gloves offer almost no protection against abrasion and impact. They’re also not entirely waterproof, so if you’re riding in continuous rain, they will eventually let water in.
Neoprene cuff gives a streamlined look while offering maximum durability and comfort
Adjustable TPR wrist closure with hook and loop backing ensures proper fit
Lightly insulated soft-shell top hand protects against colder temps
Moisture-wicking microfiber interior provides the perfect level of insulation
Reflective graphics on top of hand offer a clean look with improved visibility
Single-layer Clarion palm for premium comfort and performance
Silicone printed palm graphics increase grip in damp conditions
Integrated tech thread keeps you connected with your devices
The Togwotee Gloves are some of the best cold weather gloves out there. They’re part of Klim’s snowmobile gear collection, but we found that they work perfectly well even on an ATV. These gloves are on the pricier side and understandably so when you consider the features on offer. For starters, they feature a Gore-Tex removable liner, making them waterproof yet breathable.
The exterior of the grove is predominantly leather, apart from silicon grip zones. We’re also a fan of the shock cord at the wrist that lets you secure the glove with just one hand.
The Togwotee gloves are sold with a set of Klim fleece glove liners. You can use these as an added insulation layer or wear them as standalone gloves.
Gore-Tex® + Gore Grip Technology on the outer shell
The Inversion gloves are another Klim product to integrate a Gore-Tex layer into its construction. The technology allows the gloves to breathe and let air through while keeping water out.
These gloves have no insulation, so they’re not ideal for colder climates. That said, you can spend a day in the rain wearing the Inversion gloves, and you can rest assured that your hands will stay dry.
Gore-Tex® + Gore Grip Technology on the outer shell
3M Scotchlite reflective material
Nylon spandex palm with AX suede water-resistant overlays
The Hydra 2 H2O gloves cost as much as the Klim Inversion, but it’s the pair that we recommended. The gloves feature the company’s ‘Hydratex’ membrane to keep water out, along with polar fleece insulation to keep your hands dry as well.
They also offer better durability and impact resistance. The exterior is goatskin with hard knuckle armor and abrasion-resistant fabric on slide zones like the palms.
The Dirtpaw Gloves from Fox Racing feature a padded palm and offer loads of dexterity, making them ideal for casual rides. They also feature a hook and loop closure at the wrist for a secure fit and come with silicon panels on the fingertips so you can use your smartphone without having to take them off.
Compression-molded neoprene cuff for a secure fit
Padded single layer conductive Clarino® palm is touchscreen compatible
Durable nylon top-of-hand material with direct inject TPR knuckle coverage
Stretch mesh finger gussets increase airflow and dexterity
Troy Lee Designs is an American action sports apparel and custom paint company headquartered in California. One of their most popular gloves is the Troy Lee Air. This no-nonsense glove comes in bright colors and is made of a light, breathable mesh material. It also features silicone prints on the palms for added grip on the bars.
Silicone screen-printed graphic on palm for added traction on the hand grip
Light and breathable lycra mesh material on the back of hand for a cool, comfortable fit
Vented .08 Clarino palm panel for comfort, fit, and durability
Breathable airprene cuff
3D sonic welded rubber (TPR) graphics add protection
3D modified rubber (TPR) wrist closure for an adjustable and secure fit
The last glove on this list is another popular product from Klim. The Klim Dakar gloves are part of the company’s Dakar Series and sit below the Dakar Pro (which offers more protection). These versatile gloves are perfect for everyday use and feature high-quality construction typical of Klim products.
These gloves feature TPR knuckle protection, silicon fingertips, palm, and wrapped fingertips for added durability.
Updated design with improved fit and comfort
Improved palm durability with AX Suede
Improved wrist strap velcro closure
Hourglass finger construction
Durable wrapped fingertips for increased wear resistance
Improved smart e-touch device compatible on thumb and index fingertip
Silicone print on the index, middle fingertips and palm for grip