What Size Motorcycle Gloves Do I Need?

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How To Measure Your Hands For Motorcycle Gloves

Arguably the most important feature of motorcycle gloves is the fit. A loose glove is not only dangerous and uncomfortable to ride in, it is very distracting. On the other hand, a glove that is too small can restrict your movement or cause you to lose grip on the handlebars.

The best thing to do when purchasing new gloves is to try them on before purchasing them. If you can’t go into a store or if you want to order online, the best thing to do is measure your hands.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Place your hand flat on a piece of paper with your palm facing upwards.
  • Use a ruler to measure the widest part of your palm. This is usually right at the base of the thumb. Add 1/4” to this measurement. That’s the size you need to buy.
  • To measure the size of the widest finger, measure around the knuckles and add 1/4” to get the size.

Once you have the measurement, choose a size that is .“.” larger than the base of your palm.

Motorcycle Glove Sizing Charts

There are several different sizing charts for motorcycle gloves. They are not all the same. They are produced by different brands of gloves. The easiest way to get a correct fit for you is to find a local dealer who could sell and/or fit you in the gloves or order the specific glove you are looking for in a size that will fit you correctly. Most responsible motorcycle dealerships have trained personnel on hand to help you. Most manufacturers produce their gloves in multiple sizes to fit different sized hands.

Here is a sizing chart for one brand of gloves to give you an idea of how different gloves are sized:

2X-Small X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large XX-Large

Length 7 7.25 8 8 8.5 9 9.75

Cuff Circumference 6.25 6.5 7 7.5 8.5 9 10

Hand Circumference 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.75 8.5 9.25 10.25

Notice in this chart that their smallest size glove is actually a size XL glove. The smallest full-featured, fully protective glove offered by this manufacturer is a 2X-Small. The smallest size gloves are considered 3/4 riding gloves and are not meant for regular riding purposes. Think of these gloves as fashion gloves. If you wear them on a regular basis, the seams will split long before the material weaves have stretched out very far.

How Should Motorcycle Gloves Fit?

Why do you have to fit motorcycle gloves to your hands? Well, it is not just for the aesthetics. No, the fit is very crucial, and you should follow the proper fitting so that you can get the best and maximum comfort out of your gloves. To ensure that the gloves fit efficiently, you need to have a measurement idea of how they should fit your hands.

Measure the width of your hand. Again, this is where you will measure the hand at the widest point. To effectively measure the widest part of the hand, keep your hand flat and measure your hand from the outside of the wrist to the tip of the fingers.

Right or Left?

Measure the length of your hand. This is important because your dominant hand can be different from your other hand. Measure from the tip of the fingers, to the tip of the fingers and to the longest part of the palm.

Outside of the palm, places where you would grip your bike. Then, you can measure the circumference of your hand.

Manufacturer Standard

To make sure that you get the right measurement, you must use the standard that your preferred brand hands out. In case you are having a hard time getting the measurements right, you can always check your manufacturer’s guide.

You don’t have to go for anything smaller or anything bigger, nor do you have to base it on hand shape and size.

Too Big

Or Too Small?

Motorcycle gloves are an essential piece of gear that will help keep your hands safe, secure, and comfortable both on and off the bike. Regardless of the type of motorcycle or riding you do, a pair of gloves is a smart investment. Choosing the right size is important, however. Here is a quick guide for making the right size decision.

If you haven’t bought gloves before, try them on in person. If you’re buying them online, then order a size up from what you normally would. Gloves don’t always come with sizing information, so take measurements around the widest part of your hand to help you get the right fit.

Ideally, you want the gloves to be a little larger than they need to be to allow for some natural movement. Gloves that are too tight will limit your dexterity and severely impair your ride.

Choose a glove that’s mid-weight to heavy-duty to ensure that your hands stay protected. Some lighter gloves are most appropriate for summer riding. Although there are some lightweight gloves made with abrasion-resistant materials, every biker needs to be prepared for cooler temperatures and for riding during the winter months.

Too Small

Or Too Large?

The first thing that you need to consider, however, is your budget. Motorcycle gloves can vary in price, especially for customization. But you don’t need to spend a great deal of money on a pair of gloves that are just going to sit in a cupboard or catch dust in your garage.

The second thing you need to consider is where you plan on using your motorcycle gloves. If you’re a daily commuter, then it’s really a matter of how much cold you can tolerate. You’re already going to be feeling the wind rush around your hands, so why would you want to be uncomfortable while you’re doing it?

Short rides on the weekend can be good for showing off your new gear, though, especially if you’re the type who likes to be fashion forward. For these short rides, you can test out the gloves for size, as well as to see if they’re comfortable. This is especially true if you plan on wearing bulky and thick winter gloves underneath your motorcycle gloves.

What’s Next?

If you’re interested in getting a pair of motorcycle gloves, the first thing you need to do is figure out what size gloves you need.

Every motorcycle glove manufacturer has slightly different sizing, but to make things simple, you can use the following chart as a general reference:

Size XS S M L XL XXL XXXL

Glove Length 20.5cm 21cm 21.5cm 22cm 22.5cm 23cm 23.5cm

Glove Width 4.5cm 5cm 5.5cm 6.5cm 7cm 7.5cm 8.5cm

As you can see, you’ll need to measure the length of your hand from the base of your palm (where it meets your wrist) to the tip of your middle finger. Most manufacturers use a range on their charts, but most people will fit comfortably into the middle of the range.