8 Of The Best Leather Motorcycle Gloves


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Last Updated: 5th November 2021

Lots of motorcycle gloves use leather as one component among other durable synthetic fabrics.

With this list, we decided to narrow the focus. We’ve only included gloves that use leather as their primary material. This is still a fairly broad category. And we’ve listed options inspired by rigger gloves, retro-styled, short gloves, touring gloves, and fully-armoured urban gloves.

Top Pick
Spada Rigger WP Glove

Old School Toughness

The Spada Rigger Gloves look classic but are 3M-lined, waterproof, and CE certified - easy to recommend.

Short Cruiser Pick
Oxford Holbeach Leather Gloves

Feel Good, Look Good

The Holbeach Leather Gloves from Oxford’s Heritage series look and feel seriously cool with clean lines, perforated leather, and subtle knuckle and finger joint protection.

Best Leather Motorcycle Gloves Reviewed


Spada Rigger CE WP Leather Motorcycle Gloves

Inspired by old-fashioned workwear, these gloves from Spada are seriously tough.

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They use naturally pigmented cowhide for durability and a Hipora membrane for breathable waterproofing. 

These are toasty too, with 3M Thinsulate lining.

And, as you’d expect from rigger gloves, hand protection is top-notch. 

The CE certified rubber armour covers the knuckles and any part of the finger that’s likely to come into contact with the ground.

A layer of aramid fibre wraps the palm to provide protection but, thankfully, isn’t overly thick. 

The throttle, switches, and brake levers feel pretty natural and easy to use despite the initial bulky impression these gloves give. 

These are a great looking pair of gloves that are warm, waterproof, and CE certified – what’s not to like? 

Pros:

  • Great protection
  • Waterproof, breathable, Hipora membrane

Cons: 

  • Nope

Oxford Holbeach Short Leather Motorcycle Gloves

A simple-looking set of short summer gloves from Oxford. 

As part of their Heritage range, Oxford has opted for a classic, perforated style reminiscent of our old pal, Steve McQueen. 

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And though they look like something from 40 years ago, they pack CE certified knuckle protection and protective finger joint inserts. The palm is also wrapped with an extra layer for safety in a fall. 

A simple hook and loop system fastens the glove, and accordion stretch panels help with comfort when closed. 

These are recommended wear for cool cats in summer.

Pros:

  • CE certified armour
  • Perforated for ultra breeziness

Cons:

  • Single season only

Spada Freeride WP Glove

For a fairly old-school looking set of gloves, these perform remarkably well. 

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These use aniline leather, meaning the dyeing process doesn’t eliminate surface blemishes and marks from the original hide. Only high-grade cuts of leather are chosen for this dyeing process.

And the quality is immediately apparent in the feel. 

No doubt, these will soften up and mould to the hand with time. But they feel pretty good right out of the box. 

The membrane layer is 100% waterproof with a decent level of breathability. 

A double-layered, padded palm offers protection in a fall but doesn’t negatively affect feedback or control. In fact, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the tactile feel. 

For a waterproof glove with decent heat insulation, these are barely noticeable. 

Our only gripe is the lack of armour.

But these are a great set of gloves for cruising.

Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Warm

Cons:

  • No knuckle armour

Richa Brooklyn Waterproof Gloves

With a very simple, utilitarian look, these gloves from Richa will appeal to minimalist riders.

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They use high-end goatskin that’s both supple and durable. And the feel of these is immediately different to cheaper, stiffer gloves you may have tried in the past. 

A Hipora membrane makes them waterproof with a decent level of breathability. 

The palm has an extra layer of leather and double stitching, creating a safer glove in a fall without sacrificing too much sensitivity. 

Snap closures on their elasticated wrists make for a comfortable fit. 

These gloves are probably too warm for a full summers day but perfect for cooler days or early spring/autumn.

With a very clean look, free from branding or unnecessary flash, these are great, ultra simple-looking gloves at the price.

Pros:

  • Look and feel great
  • Waterproof

Cons:

  • No armour

Richa Rock Gloves

Listed as ‘urban leather gloves’, this pair has more armour than many other gloves on our list. 

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Given all this protection and their futuristic styling, we guess these are meant to appeal to the growing stunt rider population. 

And they’re certainly fit for purpose.

Made using cowhide leather (a double layer in the palm), TPU knuckle protection, and rubber inserts at areas of impact, these are designed to keep you safe while stunting about. 

And they’re comfortable too, with stretch panels and vents in the fingers. 

These would suit anyone looking for something between their waterproof winter gloves and their breezy, mesh summer gloves. 

Pros:

  • Good protection
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • No waterproofing

RST Blade Glove

These gauntlet style gloves use premium cowhide with bonded nylon stitching to create a comfortable glove with excellent abrasion resistance.

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Longer gloves like these feel especially secure with the double wrist and cuff closures fastened in place. 

And these are comfortable too. 

Pre-curved finger joints, silicone beading on the palm and fingers, and out stitched seams help with grip, feedback, and feel. 

Protection comes in from a double-layered palm, carbon fibre knuckle protection, and TPU finger joint support. 

These gloves are perfect for spring, summer, and early autumn. 

Thin enough to feel good on the bars but sturdy enough to feel secure, these are a great set of gauntlet style gloves.

Pros:

  • Good protection
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • No waterproofing

Weise Victory Leather Gloves

These gloves from Weisse look classic but hide some modern touches.

Their goatskin leather makes for exceptionally flexible gloves without sacrificing safety.

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And these safety features are integrated subtly. The plastic knuckle and finger reinforcement is overlaid with leather, making it all but invisible.

Under the knuckle section, memory foam padding prevents any rubbing or discomfort.

A grippy palm is achieved using a chamude (synthetic leather) overlay.

For some riders, the plastic inserts for finger and knuckle protection feel uncomfortable at first, sitting in the wrong place. As the glove breaks in, this will settle down. 

A great-looking, leather summer/spring gloves that will suit riders of classic machines. 

Pros:

  • Classic styling
  • Memory foam padding in the knuckles
  • Finger protection

Cons:

  • Only good for mild, dry weather

Rev It Prime Leather Motorcycle Gloves

These are entry-level street gloves at an attractive price point. 

Sticking to a sportive look and using a mix of goatskin and mesh, these are a comfortable summer option with decent protection. 

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That protection comes in the form of polyurethane injected knuckle protection and the abrasion-resistant leather outer shell. 

With the mesh, perforations, and lightweight construction, these are very much single season summer gloves.

But the mix of highly breathable goatskin and mesh panels mean comfort even in the hottest UK conditions.

Pros:

  • Touchscreen compatible
  • Super breezy

Cons:

  • Summertime only

Buyer’s Guide


There are two things we are most concerned about when looking for a quality pair of leather motorcycle gloves.

  • The quality of material
  • The protection the gloves offer.

Material

Cowhide leather

Remains the most common kind of leather used in gloves and motorcycle clothing in general. This is because it’s relatively cheap, abundant as a byproduct of the meat industry, and has good abrasion resistance. 

Goatskin leather

More supple than cowhide but retains excellent abrasion resistance. It makes for good motorcycle clothing in general and is often used on the palm section of gloves.

This area might come in contact with the road in an accident and must be tough. But it also needs to be thin enough for handling and feedback from the throttle. Goatskin helps with this.

Deerskin

A premium material for gloves. It is perhaps the most supple of all leathers, has the best insulation properties, and is durable.

Deerskin stretches and softens over time even more than other leathers. For this reason, many people buy a smaller size than usual in deerskin gloves, knowing they will stretch to fit. 

Kangaroo Leather

The highest-end material in the business. It’s often used by Moto GP riders and is fairly uncommon for consumer-grade gloves.

We didn’t include any kangaroo leather gloves on this list. But some gloves use kangaroo for their palms on our Best Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves article. 

Armour

A reinforced palm area is a must for motorcycle gloves. This is typically achieved using extra layers of leather, bartack stitching, and/or composite ‘sliders’ (the polyurethane raised bits designed to bear the brunt of abrasion in a slide)

Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is often used for hard protection over the knuckles and sometimes extends onto the finger joints. This stuff is also used in phone cases because of its impact resistance. It’s not as rigid as traditional PU but less flexible than silicone. This means it’s protective and relatively comfortable. 

Final Thoughts

The Spada riggers are my favourite option as they tick all the boxes; protective, waterproof and tactile. If you want something with cleaner lines have a look at the Oxford Holbeach gloves.