Driving gloves are perhaps one of the most underrated driving accessories out there. Many drivers won’t even consider them, despite the numerous advantages that they can bring. More fool them however, because if they’re good enough for Ryan Gosling, they’re good enough for us. So we’re here today to show you that the best driving gloves can be a fantastic investment.
Stylish and practical, modern driving gloves look great whilst adding a high degree of comfort to your driving experience. If you drive long distances, or take winding routes that involve a lot of skin time between your hands and the steering wheel a good pair of driving gloves can help to take the strain.
In this guide we’ll highlight some of the best on the market right now, as well as help you decide which pair of gloves is the best for you.
The Best Driving Gloves
As we go through this list, you are going to see a range of glove designs manufactured from a number of different materials. Some will have a more modern cut and design, however to kick off we’re going with these men’s leather driving gloves which are of a timeless, classic design.
First thing to note is that these are genuine leather, so there’s quality right there. The leather is fine grain too, which means it is incredibly soft. That has a number of advantages. The first is that thicker, tougher leather often needs to be “worn in” meaning the first few times you wear them are very uncomfortable as they adapt to the specific size and shape of your hands. That’s not a problem with these gloves though which are soft enough to be comfortable straight out the box.
The second advantage of the thin leather is that you can still use touch screens whilst wearing the gloves. With smart phones and modern cars with touch screen interfaces that is a real advantage and great to see. The knuckle cut outs allow your hand to flex whilst gripping, whilst the snap lock cuff and elasticized wrist grips keep the gloves in place to prevent wrinkling.
These leather driving gloves are of a simple but highly effective design, with a price tag of under 30 bucks represents phenomenal value.
Wrist Cuff with Snap Closure
Elasticized Wrist Gripper
Knuckle Holes for Grip Comfort
Fine Grain Leather Construction
- BrandPratt and Hart
Another design from the more classic end of the scale, this time we have a set of fingerless driving gloves. Many drivers prefer this style as it can give more freedom of movement, whilst protecting the palms from abrasions that can build up over long periods clutching the steering wheel. It also means that you can always use touchscreen devices like cell phones and high-end radios.
The construction is both soft and tough, with unlined leather making up the body. It gives the softness for a comfortable fit, combined with the level of toughness that will help to make driving a comfortable experience. The leather is perforated too, which allows for good airflow down to your skin to keep your hands cool.
There are quite a lot of features built into this classic design and, what’s more, it boasts a price tag of just a shade over 30 bucks. That represents really good value for money for a pair of leather gloves that very well designed and constructed.
Unlined, Genuine Leather Construction
Range of Colors Available
Perforated Leather for Comfort
- BrandRiparo Motorsports
That’s two in a row for Riparo, a pretty impressive feat. Their next product here is a slightly different design, with a couple of features onboard that differentiate this set of driving gloves from the previous model.
The first and most obvious difference is the fact that these gloves are a full-fingered design. In addition to that these gloves boast a reverse stitch in their construction that gives them additional strength compared to contemporary designs. Apart from those two big differences though, there are also a number of similarities. For example, that soft and supple leather has been used in the manufacture, again it is designed to give that classic mix of toughness and comfortable softness.
We also have knuckle cut outs to provide a good level of flex when gripping the wheel, whilst a simple clasp sealed cuff should provide an effective hold. One thing to note is that with the extra features, this glove is coming in a little more expensive with a base price of around 40 dollars.
Still, if you prefer fingerless driving gloves check out the item above. If you want a full-fingered model, Riparo have you covered here.
Perforated Leather Construction
- Weight6.1 oz
After looking at three pairs of very traditional style driving gloves, our next product from RIVBOS drags us kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. There is not a patch of leather to be found here, with the manufacturer opting instead to go for a modern blend of Nylon Lycra and Cotton.
Thos two material combine here in a glove that is all about comfort. For one thing, the Lycra/Cotton blend is very flexible, allowing the glove to mold to your hand. In addition, both materials are extremely breathable which allows perspiration to make its way from the surface of your hand to evaporate into the air.
There are a few user-friendly elements to the design too. For example, the gloves have a pair of discreet finger loops that help you to pull the gloves off your hands. The palms also have a good degree of built in padding, making them comfortable when gripping the steering wheel. A simple Velcro fastener will hold the gloves secure and there are a wide range of colors and designs available to choose from.
The modern design may not be to everyone’s taste, but the price tag – around 10 to 15 bucks depending on the style you choose – certainly should be appealing to most people.
Cotton & Nylon Blend
Finger Loops to Help Removal
Nylon Lycra helps with Breathability
Our next product represents quite an interesting design. With those 4 studs along the knuckles, these gloves will look equally at home resting on your steering wheel or as a stylish accessory in a 1980’s post apocalypse movie. Come on, surely we can’t be the only people who could see Mad Max happily wearing these gloves?
Whether the world has ended or not, what is a fact is these gloves represent incredible value. They are genuine leather (in parts at least) but have a price tag of under 10 bucks. You will frankly struggle to find better value than that. No, the whole gloves are not made of leather. The palm and parts of the back are, with simple polyester material holding it all together.
The two straps are a nice touch too, especially the one designed to stretch across the back of the hand. They will really help these gloves to form a tight but comfortable fit around your hand. These are not the flashiest gloves on our list (despite the Mad Max aesthetic), nor do they boast fancy material or high-end features you’ll see on pricier models. They are however decent gloves that will do exactly what they say they will without breaking the bank.
Excellent Value for Money
2x Adjustable Velcro Straps
- Weight2.4 oz
This is another example of the older style of design of driving gloves. In fact, the manufacturer Prime Leather is so proud of the old school looks, the gloves carry the word “Retro” right there in its product title. Aside from those old school looks however, are there are other features that these gloves are bringing to the market?
Well right off the bat, the biggest eye catching feature is the fact the gloves boast a 100% cowhide leather construction. That alone is pretty impressive however when you combine it with the price tag of around 20 to 25 bucks, it’s really eye catching. Complete leather construction is not that common at this pricing range.
The gloves are of the traditional unlined design, meaning they will mold easily to your hands for a comfortable fit. There is some perforation to the leather to allow your skin to breathe easier whilst the traditional knuckle cut outs allow for a bit more give when flexing to grip the wheel.
These gloves are not groundbreaking in any way, shape or form. But they are excellent value considering the high quality materials used to make them.
100% Genuine Leather
Simple Button Fastening
- BrandPrime Leather
It is just us, or do these black leather driving gloves have just the shade of George Michael about them? Either way these are very well designed and built gloves for a very reasonable price.
First up we have aniline leather that is designed to be extremely soft whilst very tough. The manufacturers have doubled down on that toughness by going with a double stitched construction method. That decision should provide seams that are extremely tough and able to stand up to a decent amount of punishment.
Aside from that you are getting everything you would expect on high-end leather driving gloves. So the knuckle cut outs for comfortable gripping and nice and deep perforations allow for excellent ventilation. The cuff closes with a simple but tough hook & loop style of design, and there is some elasticized panels inside to provide a snug fit.
All of those features and a price tag that will give you change (a little bit anyway) from a 20 dollar bill, and you can see why this is such a popular glove.
All Leather Construction
Double Stitch Construction
- BrandJackets 4 Bikes
- Weight2.08 oz
Something a little different now from Hugger Glove Company, who have employed goat leather to make this glove. This brings a number of advantages to this glove over cow leather, but the stand out has to be that these gloves can more easily stand up to water than traditional cow leather gloves.
These are in fact marketed as water resistant, a feature you don’t often see with leather gloves. Hugger Glove Company even go so far as to claim that these gloves will dry “like butter” if they get wet. Drying like butter is not a metaphor we’re familiar with here at Car Bibles, but the manufacturer seems confident in their abilities so that’s reassuring to see.
Another cool feature – literally – are the pinhole perforations that are all over the surface of the gloves. They are designed to allow for as high a level of air flow as possible, and should do a good job of keeping your hands cool – so perhaps these could be good summer driving gloves?
Of course, it could be hard to be truly water resistant when they are covered in tiny holes.
Premium Goat Leather
All Over Pin Hole Perforation
- BrandHugger Glove Company
There are a number of useful features to be found on these gloves that make them stand out from the crowd. One of the big ones though has to be those incredible Italian influenced looks. After all, who knows more about style than Italians – so if you want to look good whilst driving your car, put your faith in them!
Aside from those great looks, this is one of the few leather driving gloves that come with a liner and, depending on your budget, you can have fleece, wool or cashmere as your liner material. First of all, it’s great that they give you the option to choose the material. Secondly, the liner makes them a warmer style than most other driving gloves. So whilst our last product may be a good summer glove, this one by ELMA could be a great winder option.
The fingertips are lined with material to make them touch screen compatible too, another useful feature. The cuff has a simple but effective pop button closure, whilst the palm has a special non-slip grip. All in all, there are a lot of features packed into a very good-looking pair of black leather driving gloves here.
Material Lining (Fleece/Wool/Cashmere)
Touch Screen Compatible
Italian Nappa Outer
You don’t have to be a Bionic Man to wear these gloves, our last entry on the list. You may end up feeling like one however, as these gloves have been designed – by an orthopedic hand specialist no less – to provide a premium level of comfort and practical usability.
The stand out feature has to be the patented anatomical pad relief system. This system of pads is built into the gloves and designed to even out pressure, providing a supremely comfortable grip to the steering wheel. In addition, the fingers have their own patented design that adapts to the way you hold the wheel. This allows you to have a lighter grip, again making for a more comfortable driving position.
The construction of the gloves makes use of high quality carbretta leather for a glove that is soft and supple, but also extremely hardwearing. CoolMax insert vents are deployed in the backs and in the fingers to provide a high level of breathability. They may not be quite as stylish as the last pair we looked at, but they are certainly packed to the brim with useful design features.
Internal Pads Relieve Pressure
Patented Design for Best Grip
CoolMax Strips for Excellent Breathability
- ModelDrive M
- Weight1 lb
Best Driving Gloves Buying Guide & FAQ
To our mind, that represents the best driving gloves available on the market right now. But with such variety out there, it can be hard to know which are the right style of driving gloves for you.
In this next section we’ll take a look at the features that make for the best driving gloves, and help you decide which ones are the most important for you. After that we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about driving gloves, and then you should be set with everything you need to pick out the best driving gloves for you.
Features to Consider when Buying a Pair of Driving Gloves
- Probably the biggest design choice you’ll make will be about the material the glove you like is built off. As you will have seen on the list above, leather is sill very popular. It’s both tough and comfortable, so it’s easy to see why. More modern designs are out there that make use of different materials these days, such as Nylon Lycra which is both extremely soft, very breathable and very flexible. If you lie a traditional looking glove however, it is probably going to be made of leather.
- Knuckle Cut Outs. Most, but not all, driving gloves will employ knuckle cut outs. They are especially seen on leather gloves, where they provide a little extra flexibility when you grip the steering wheel.
- Touch Screen Compatibility. Do you need to use a Sat Nav or cell phone whilst in the car? Chances are it will have a touchscreen interface. If you don’t want to have to take your gloves off all the time, look for one that is compatible with these devices. Or just go for a fingerless design.
- Fingerless or Full Glove. We’ll rap about this a bit more later on, but it is certainly one of the design features that you need to decide on. Both styles have their own pros and cons, which we’ll take a good look at below.
Different Kinds of Driving Gloves
Whilst there can be some differences in terms of materials used and the finer parts of design, there is really only one big difference that separates driving gloves into one of two camps – fingerless or full fingered.
- Fingerless – As the name suggests, these types of gloves are missing the fingers. The big plus of these is that you keep your fingertips free so you can operate tactile devices like touchscreen phones and Sat-Nav devices. Some people find the feeling of free fingers to be a little strange, and you don’t get the all over support and protection of full-fingered gloves. Speaking of which.
- Full-Fingered – These gloves look like the more traditional design of hand wear, with all over coverage. That means that all of your hand is wrapped up in leather (or whatever material you’ve chosen) for increased comfort. On the other hand (ha ha!) you may not be able to use touchscreen devices quite as easily than with a fingerless design.
Driving Gloves vs. Racing Gloves
What is the difference between the two types of driving glove, and does it make much difference which one you choose? Well, a racing glove is designed to protect you in the event that the car you are racing in crashes into a wall and bursts into flames.
Racing gloves are therefore usually constructed of heat resistant material, which is not something you really need to worry about when driving around in your normal car on normal roads. Also, leather is not a heat resistant material anyway and does in fact shrink when exposed to excessive heat. You won’t therefore find much of that material used in a racing glove.
Best Driving Gloves FAQ
Do you have any questions about driving gloves? If you do, you probably find the answer below!
Q: How do I know what size glove fits me?
A: The best way to ensure that you are getting a pair of gloves that will fit you like… well like a glove is to measure your hand before you buy your new gloves. All you need is a tape measure, it’s nice and straight forward.
Q: Can I wash my driving gloves?
A: The first thing to do is to check the care instructions that come with the gloves, as different materials will have different cleaning methods and instructions. Leather for example, should not be washed, and you should in fact take care when cleaning leather products.
Gloves made of more modern materials like Nylon Lycra, cotton and polyester will usually be able to stand up to a tougher cleaning regime – but again, and we can’t stress this enough, read the label first!
Q: Are these gloves waterproof?
A: Do they say they are? Gloves made of modern material blends are often waterproof to a certain extent, and can usually survive getting a little wet. On the other hand (no pun intended) you should do your best to keep leather gloves dry, and always fully air dry them as soon as possible if they even get damp.
Q: Do these gloves work with touchscreen phones?
A: This may sound very simple, so forgive us for saying this, but if you need gloves that guarantee compatibility with touch screen devices then your best bet is to go for a pair of fingerless driving gloves.
There are full finger gloves that are also compatible, but not all of them are. So look for ones that are specifically designed to provide this function if it’s important to you. This could take the form of a special touch screen compatible material on the fingertips, whilst traditional gloves made of soft leather are often fine with touch screens too.
Our Top Pick
Big lists of top quality products always makes it hard to pick the winner, but we’re going to put our necks on the line and go for the Pratt and Hart Traditional Leather Driving Gloves as our top product. For us, we really liked the traditional design above all else. We felt like we could slip them on and become Ryan Gosling in Drive.
Aside from our weird Ryan Gosling love in, there’s a lot else to like about these gloves. They are off a high quality material. They are built with both comfort and practical usability in mind and they are very cheap for such a well-designed genuine leather product. That’s why for us then they are the best driving gloves on the market right now.
- How to Measure Glove Size, WikiHow