Written By Car Bibles Staff
Published Apr. 29, 2019

Whether you’re a two-wheeled rider or prefer your quad bike, it’s always essential to protect yourself from any harm that may come to you. Especially when those rides take you off-road, where having the best ATV gloves in your arsenal will protect you from that first impact and make the difference between skinning yourself to the bone and walking away relatively unharmed.

While we can’t guarantee your safety when out and about, we can do our best to provide you with some of the best choices of ATV gloves when you’re riding. In this article, we’ll let you know what to look out for in a quality pair of ATV riding gloves, as well as answering some of your most common questions and giving you our personal favorites in the ATV glove world.

The Best ATV Gloves

Created using a myriad of materials, such as a Lycra gusset and silicone padded fingers, the Dirtpaw gloves from Seibertron have clearly taken a good deal of time over the design to create the best ATV gloves on the market.

Highly rated by multiple sources, including hundreds of reviewers, these gloves are incredibly versatile and perfectly balance protection with flexibility, durability and safety. Despite this, they are still available at a great price and the quality of materials used for such an affordable rate is something that helped these gloves shoot to the top of our list.

Key Features
  • Added protection against injury
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Breathable
Specification
  • Brand Seibertron
  • Model Dirtpaw

Packed with additional features for comfort and security, the Bomber glove from Fox Racing is the first of many entries from this brand, who are dedicated to providing high-quality gloves at affordable prices. In particular, we love the breathability of the pitted artificial leather and overall flexibility of these ATV gloves.

Fox Racing’s Bomber gloves use multiple layers of Clarino (a brand of artificial leather) and silicone to create an armored glove that protect your hand where you’re most likely to receive strikes from debris or skid, should you fall. Meanwhile, the reinforced polycarbonate knuckles work to keep your hands both shielded from strong winds and any accidents that may occur.

Key Features
  • Molded polycarbonate knuckle protection
  • Double layer palm
  • Breathable
Specification
  • Brand Fox Racing
  • Model 03009
  • Weight 1 pounds

With special consideration given to the wrist and lower forearm, these gloves are a great addition to any ATV gear. The silicone infused fingers and palm areas allow for vibration absorption, which in turn allows for a smoother feeling ride, as you journey off-road. Meanwhile, the reinforced knuckles give an added feeling of security while riding, without losing any of the flexibility you’d expect in such a heavy-duty pair of gloves.

In particular, the Wrister from EVS Sports is a big hit with those who have suffered from wrist injuries in the past, with many reviewers noting that these ATV gloves have allowed them to get back in the riding seat, without worrying about their hands and wrists.

Key Features
  • Wrist support
  • Impact guards for knuckles
  • Silicone placements across digits
Specification
  • Brand EVS Sports
  • Model GLWRD-XL
  • Weight 8 ounces

Coming in with a slightly higher price range than some of our other choices, the Mojave Pro from Klim comes with an amazing durability, without compromising on the flexibility required to comfortably ride your off-road vehicle. They’ve also spared no expense when it comes to protecting your hands, with super-tough reinforcement along the knuckles and wrists, to ensure a safer ride.

This is easily one of the most popular option in terms of reviews, as they haven’t managed to stack up anything negative against them yet- a big plus in the age of the internet! In particular, customers have loved how well ventilated yet protective these gloves are and mention that the extra budget required is more than worth it.

Key Features
  • Durable
  • Extra protection along the wrists
  • Velcro closure for better fit
Specification
  • Brand Klim
  • Model Mojave Pro
  • Weight 4 ounces

Designed using RipStop neoprene, these high-quality ATV gloves can handle pretty much anything you throw at it, without tearing. With reinforced knuckles and a double-layer palm, the Legion gloves from Fox Racing have been created to be a long-lasting companion to your off-roading activities.

The best part about these gloves is how well they hold up to everyday use yet provide full articulation along all your joints. They may not be the most heavy-duty options but they are still a great choice for regular riders who like to feel the road through their handles.

Key Features
  • RipStop material
  • Double-layer palm with added grip
  • Additional knuckle protection
Specification
  • Brand Fox Racing
  • Model 19862-028-2X
  • Weight 0.32 ounces

If you’re looking for something that’s better for lightweight use, then try these glove liners on for size. Available from FirstGear, these are created to be light on your hands yet amazingly snug and warm- but placed under your standard gloves. As such, you might find yourself having to buy another pair of slightly larger gloves.

However, as these provide a great, warm layer for your hands, it does mean you can opt for a wider range of choices as your next layer- whether that requirement be focused on safety or flexibility. Still, these are a great first choice if you find your hands are becoming icy during winter months or in the colder states, so we felt it best that we add these!

Key Features
  • Snug fit
  • Heated gloves
  • Ideal inside layer to double-up with other options
Specification
  • Brand Firstgear
  • Model FirstGear
  • Weight 5.6 ounces

It’s easy to spot the biggest benefit to these ATV gloves from Cortech, the second you set your eyes on them: the super-thick, super-tough leather and individual protection points over each joint certainly don’t come cheap- but they definitely come with a little flair and a lot of love from their designers.

With double-layered leather and double-stitched seams, these are easily the most heavy-duty gloves on the market, and will be perfect for riders who like to take their tracks hard.

Key Features
  • Made from tough, cowhide leather
  • Double-stitched seams
  • Layered leather over knuckles and sides
Specification
  • Brand Cortech
  • Model Impulse St Adult Gloves
  • Weight 8 ounces

Another option from Fox Racing is the Dirtpaw Race gloves which are created using polyester, neoprene and Clarino to create a hard-wearing glove that can handle tough trails. In particular, we think entry-level riders will love the added silicone grips and added dexterity created through the use of stretch mesh material over the fingers.

These also come with some handy features, such as touch-screen compatibility and a hook-and-loop wrist closure which allows for a more snug fit, as well as the surprisingly low cost that these gloves are available at.

Key Features
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Hook-and-loop cuff for a secure fit
  • Affordable
Specification
  • Brand Fox Racing
  • Model 22751-097-l
  • Weight 0.16 ounces

Another durable and hard-wearing option, the Megawatt gloves from Alpinestars are a great mid-range option for those who a looking to get a little more serious with their ATV gear. In particular, these gloves come with added reinforcements around the palm and thumb to reduce the risk of damage and create a more comfortable ride.

These ATV gloves are created with synthetic suede over the contact areas to keep your hands free from blisters, while the polyamide and leather materials allow for ultimate comfort, durability and flexibility. Overall, these gloves make for a great option for the hardened off-roader.

Key Features
  • Reinforce palm and thumb for increased grip
  • Durable and hard-wearing
  • Surprisingly breathable
Specification
  • Brand Alpinestars
  • Model Alpinestars Megawatt Men's Gloves
  • Weight 2 pounds

These massive, gauntlet-style gloves are perfect for winter riders and those who like to get into the great outdoors in all weather. With heated ATV gloves like this, which come with better cover over the wrist area and a pre-curved design, these are a great option for ATV enthusiasts that like in the colder states or like things to get a little dirty while out and about.

Key Features
  • Heated gloves
  • Extended length to cover wrists
  • Reinforced palm
Specification
  • Brand VOLT
  • Model GL-12v
  • Weight 3 pounds

Best ATV Gloves Buying Guide & FAQ

Things to Consider When Buying ATV Gloves

  • Material

The material of your gloves can make the difference between poor quad gloves that leave your hands blistered, sore and at risk of further injury from falls, and having a comfortable ride that won’t leave your hands with callouses. They will also help to keep out the cold air that is inevitable when riding at speed, not to mention that they can protect your hands from scrapes and breaks, should you come off your bike.

The best materials are usually the tougher leather and various fabrics, such as neoprene, which will be reinforced with silicones and hardened plastics. In particular you will want reinforcements around the knuckle areas and along the wrists, where possible.

  • Density/Thickness

This can be adjusted according to your own, personal taste. If you prefer to truly feel the bumps and jumps of your bike, you’ll need a slightly slimmer thickness for your gloves. This can help with riders who feel more confident when they can get a better feel for the ground below them and assist with the level of control during riding. However, if you favor a little extra safety around your hands or prefer to not feel the terrain changes as much, you might decide on ATV gloves with a little extra density. Just be aware that these usually come with limited movement in the hands, which can be tricky to work with.

Of course, the best of both worlds is to grab yourself a pair of all-terrain gloves that are made from a material that is less dense, yet padded over the palms, knuckles and wrist to have a good mix of flexibility and durability. Our top picks have a good selection of these, so go check them out.

  • Porosity

Cold weather ATV gloves are usually made to be thicker and can come with the added benefit of a heating element. However, due to their nature, they are much less porous which can cause your hands to become sweaty and uncomfortable on long rides.

Having gloves with a decent porosity can allow your skin to breath, which is ideal for long rides and those summer months when things can get a little sticky. Of course, these naturally leave your hands more vulnerable to cold winds which can pick up during your ride. Not only that but, if it rains, you’ll find your hands getting wet as these breathable options have a tendency to let the water in, as well as your own sweat out.

A good way of getting around this is to have ATV gloves that are made from a decent material which can wick away moisture, without leaving your hands exposed to cold weather. It can also work to get gloves for your quad or motorbike that use multiple materials to protect your hands where it’s needed but allow your palms to breathe.

  • Safety

This is one of the biggest factors when choosing ATV gloves and, again, this mostly links back to the material. Of course, material isn’t the only factor in getting the appropriate protective gear. You’ll need to ensure that your new gloves are durable and comfortable too, as these will affect how your hands move inside them.

In addition, you might want to check out some of the added features that some gloves come with, to try and get the most out of your gloves and protect yourself from every eventuality. All terrain riding is fun- until it’s not. Keep yourself safe by investing in good quality gloves to ensure your own safety. We discuss this in more detail, below.

  • Fit

This can be tough to get right when ordering online, so be sure to check out reviews to see how true-to-size your new purchase is. Amazon has a handy feature which gives you a general overview as to how well the sizing is marked out on each purchase, which can be a big help.

Similarly, once you’ve got your gloves, you should try them on straight away and ensure that they feel comfortable when you flex your hands. Some gloves might feel stiff at first, so the best way to tell if they are of a good fit is to try balling your hands up. If you feel the fabric straining against your knuckles, they are probably too small. Similarly, your fingertips should comfortably reach the ends without placing too much pressure on your digits.

  • Quality

This can be another tough one to discover without holding the gloves in your hand. However, there are a few giveaways when it comes to checking the quality of your ATV gloves. For starters, manufacturers can place extra security through double-stitching on the seams, which lowers the risk of splits and tears during your ride.

The next big clue is from the design- the best ATV gloves are created with flexibility and security in mind, so you might notice that some options will have individual plating over the knuckles, wrist and palm. This isn’t a necessity but it’s certainly nice to have and can make the difference between a standard glove and a high-quality glove that allows for easy movement, while still providing protection from the elements.

  • Features

As always, these aren’t a necessity but they’re certainly a benefit to a decent set of ATV gloves. Some of the most common features you’ll come across when buying your four-wheeler gloves will include those that improve the grip, such as a padded palm or rubber materials which improve the traction on your handles.

Meanwhile, other features which can be a benefit improve your safety, including padded knuckle areas which can save your fingers from flying debris as you travel. Or you might find that your new gloves come with heating elements, which are perfect for winter riders. They can even be as simple as have a longer, gauntlet-style design which lands higher up your forearm and provides protection over a greater area.

When You Should Use ATV Gloves

ATV stands for All-Terrain Vehicles, which should give you a good idea of what ATV gloves are truly designed for. Naturally, when using your quadbike, motorbike or even a snowmobile, you’re likely to come across uneven surfaces, cold hands and a lot of flying debris. ATV riding gloves are ideal to use in these areas, because they are reinforced to provide protection from the elements- whether that’s rocks and mud being thrown up, or simple wet and windy weather which can make your hands dangerously numb.

In particular, they are designed to handle the stronger vibrations that come with all-terrain vehicles, which can cause numbness, blisters and, over time, callouses. The best ATV gloves are designed to negate this, so you can ride in comfort. They should also protect you from the falls and skids that are most likely to happen during tight turns, as your hands are usually used to break a fall, purely by reflex.

In short, ATV gloves are best used when you’re looking to ride off-road, as these off-road gloves are designed to protect you from accidental falls and the elements- as opposed to standard riding gloves, which are designed mostly for impact with other drivers and extended skidding across tarmac.

Best ATV Gloves FAQ:

Q: How do I wash ATV gloves?

Being designed for off-roading, your ATV gloves are very likely to get extremely dirty. Not to mention that the added adrenaline-induced sweating can create a particularly unpleasant odor! As such, it’s likely you’ll need to clean you gloves fairly regularly to maintain their materials. The most important thing, with any pair of riding gloves, is to closely follow the manufacturers guidelines. You may find some pairs of gloves are absolutely fine when it comes to popping them in the washing machine, but this is pretty rare thanks to the reinforced palms and knuckles, which come with different materials. If you can do this, pop them on the right cycle, which will likely be a cold wash and gentle rinse. Otherwise, give them a simple hand-wash. Drying is usually the more painful part, as they can take a while to become dry enough to comfortably use again. Never put your ATV gloves in the dryer, as the materials are not often suited to this and your gloves can become damaged or lose their shape. Instead, simply hang them out the dry or pop them on your radiator- keeping them as flat as possible, so you don’t bunch up any of the fabrics or synthetics.

Q: How do I choose the correct size?

There are a few differences between what each company would consider a hand measurement, with some preferring a straight hand-span from your outermost knuckle to your innermost knuckle and others preferring you measure the entire way around your hand. The best way to measure for your new ATV gloves is to take both of these measurements. So, using a tailor’s tape measure, wrap your tape around the widest part of your palm, which is usually across your knuckles, above the thumb. Now, do this again, but stop when you reach one, full side of your hand. Next, check out the sizing guide for the brand of gloves you’re looking at purchasing- these can change, depending the manufacturer. If you notice the measurements are based around the smaller side, it’s likely because they want the half-hand measurement (it’s very unlikely that a company will sell gloves to half-handed measurements of 11” and above). For larger numbers, they’ll have used the entire hand circumference. Once your gloves have arrived, check they fit well over your palms and knuckles. You should be able to ball up your hands into fists, without feeling too much pressure on your knuckles. Similarly, your fingertips should comfortable reach the end without feeling as though there is pressure on your fingertips.

Q: Are all of these gloves waterproof?

Unfortunately, not all of the gloves mentioned above are waterproof. This is because we’ve tried to balance the water-resistance with breathability, which is a tough middle ground to meet. Where possible, we’ve marked whether or not our options are waterproof in the descriptions, to give you a more conclusive idea as to which ATV gloves favor which side of the spectrum. The main issue with waterproof options is that they are more likely to sweat and cause the rider to become uncomfortable during use, since locking moisture out also tends to lock moisture in. Those most likely to be waterproof will be our leather options- although, again, we have worked hard to ensure that your hands are still protected from the elements in all of our options, including the rider’s own comfort.

Our Top Pick

The Seibertron Dirtpaw gloves took our coveted number one top spot thanks to the sheer dedication to quality and affordability. These are the best ATV gloves for both new riders and veterans, as they provide added protection in all the right places, with additional grip for security and some great little features that make this a solid buy.

We particularly love the versatility and durability of this product, which is designed to work for both mountain bikers and quad bikers alike. The only real downside to these gloves is that they don’t come with a padded palm area- but we feel that the added reinforcement and high-quality materials of these ATV gloves still make this a great purchase. Besides, if you’re not happy for any reason, there’s always the 30-day money back guarantee and year-long warranty to make returns as easy as they come- although we don’t think you’ll be needing it!

Source:

  1. ATV Safety Blog – ATV Course
  2. Keeping safe: essential tips for quad and ATV riders – Bike Sure

 

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