That is what consumers told a Canstar Blue survey of more than 400 motorbike riders. Overall 75% shun the cheapest motorcycle gloves on offer, with an average spend of $168 for a pair of gloves. That average spend does vary though, with Queenslanders paying a whopping $341, and those across the border in New South Wales paying an average of $77.
The average spend on a pair of motorcycle gloves in other states are:
- VIC: $188.99
- SA: $177.50
- WA: $102.86
In terms of generations, people aged 30-39 spend the most, with the average spend for this age group being around $324. The only other age group that came close to his were 24-29 year olds, who spend around $204 on their gloves.
It is the youngest riders who spend the least, with the average 18-13 year old spending just under $57 on their motorcycle gloves.
Overall though it seems that three quarters will not choose the cheapest gloves, but rather consider other factors such as comfort and style.
Types of motorcycle gloves
Not all motorcycle gloves are created equal; in fact, that is the whole point of having different types of gloves. One glove is not necessarily suitable for every type of riding, so it is necessary to have variety.
Off-road Motorcycle Gloves
Synonymous with motocross and trailbikes, these gloves are generally a combination of textile and either leather or fake leather.
They provide breathability, as motocross is a sweaty sport; however, the thin fabric also means that there is less protection. In saying that, a motocross rider is falling on dirt, and that is generally a lot softer than the pavement.
Off-road gloves are made for grip more than anything else, due to all of the pulling and manoeuvring of a dirt bike in an off-road setting.
As the name suggests, these gloves are used for riding on the road, and are there to protect your hands in case of a fall onto the road. Often they are made of leather, but they can be made of fake leather or a thick textile.
As long as these gloves protect their wearer from road rash, and keep the skin on their fingers, then their purpose has been served. These thicker gloves are ideal for keeping warm on a cold ride, and some brands also make waterproof gloves – which are great to have if there is any unexpected showers while you’re out.
While some prefer them over street gloves for their superior breathability, fingerless gloves don’t necessarily have any other special features.
While they may look cool, they provide little protection if you hit the deck. Also, there is little in the way of protection from the elements, so you might end up with some cold fingers once you’re out on the road.
How do my motorcycle gloves protect me?
Stresses to the body can dramatically affect your ability to concentrate on the road and on hazards around you while riding – and 58% of the 423 motorcyclists in Canstar Blue’s recent survey said that Australian roads are dangerous for motorcyclists. Furthermore, 23% of survey respondents said that they had been involved in a collision with another vehicle.
Cold weather can both physically and mentally affect riders; not only does the cold make you lose feeling in your hands, thus reducing your ability to operate your bike, but being cold and uncomfortable is draining to the body.
All of that can become a distraction while out on the road, risking an accident. To protect your hand from the cold, glove certainly come in handy, but they also have another purpose.
Like any motorcycle safety gear, gloves are designed to reduce impact on the body during a crash, and keep the skin on your body. The durable material of all clothing is what should be scraping against the road and wearing down – not a rider’s hands.
In the event of a crash, I’m sure anyone would prefer to lose a glove rather than lose a finger.
Burns and blistering
As well as protection in the event of an accident, gloves also provide protection from blisters and sunburn. While they may not be as serious an injury as road rash, both are still painful, and can be easily prevented by wearing gloves.
While the insulation of gloves keeps away the cold, the ventilated covering of the skin protects from sunburn, as well as providing a soft barrier for the hands to keep blisters at bay.
Gloves aren’t just about protecting against negative impact, they are also made to make your ride more comfortable.
There is no disputing the satisfaction that comes with a comfortable ride, and gloves are there to make it so. Whether they are thick or thin, breathable or insulated, gloves are there for a rider’s comfort.