Motorcycle Touring Gloves - Style, Protection or Stylish Protection?

When you talk to most riders, it’s a toss-up as to whether gloves are safety equipment or stylish accessories. Obviously it doesn’t have to be either-or. Gloves provide protection for your hands in case of a spill. They also help you maintain better control of the bike. But they are also an accessory that you can match to the personality of you and your bike.

Gloves are an important piece of safety equipment for every rider, whether you are touring through the countryside or tooling around town. Whenever you have an accident at any speed, what is the first thing you’re likely to do? Most riders extend their arms in an attempt to soften their fall onto the road surface. Our first instinct is to use our hands to protect our body. But what will protect your hands? Our palms are not exactly the most rugged part of our body. They tend to be fleshy and tender, and are essential to performing many daily tasks. That’s why gloves have extra padding on the palms; it provides protection for this key area.

Another critical function of touring gloves is to help you maintain better control of the bike. As you ride, your unprotected hands can become sweaty and slippery. It may be tougher to hold onto the grips. Without gloves, your hands may get colder (depending on the weather, of course). Cold hands don’t work very well or very fast. Not only do gloves protect you when you fall, they go a long way toward keeping you from falling in the first place.

But once our safety is assured, it’s time to think about how we are going to look. Gloves make everyone look cooler and more like a biker. If you find a set of gloves that go well with your bike, it begins to blur the boundary between you and the machine. You almost become one with your bike as you tour the countryside.

One final word of advice. Never sacrifice fit for style. Your motorcycle gloves should fit your hand like…well, like gloves. If the perfect style isn’t available in your size, you may have to settle for something a little less stylish until the perfectly sized gloves come along.

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