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Five of the best short leather motorcycle gloves

22 Jun 2020
Updated: 9 Mar 2022 Short leather gloves are great for towns, tours and warm riding days. Here are the five key contenders…

Short gloves are perfect for summer − great for getting air flowing, and no need to fiddle about getting them under or over a cuff.

Our guide to the best short leather gloves has been put together using reviews from the Sportsbikeshop website.

If you’d prefer not to spend this much, take a look at our guide to the best short leather gloves under £70.

Knox Handroid POD Mk IV CE Glove

Sportsbikeshop customers have been impressed with these short gloves from British manufacturer Knox, with more than one customer calling them the best gloves they’ve ever owned. The Handroid gloves rank highly for comfort, dexterity and feel among the first 33 reviewers, giving them an average score of 4.9 stars. Reviewers so far have loved the Boa lacing system, which has split opinion in the past.

Icon 1000 Axys Leather Gloves

These stylish gloves from Icon have impressed the first 20 customers to leave a review, resulting in an average score of 4.7 stars. Customers commend these gloves for their comfort, style and feel provided by the goatskin leather palm. Reviewers have also been impressed by the quality feel of the gloves, with one customer in particular singling out the stitching as particularly impressive.

Richa Bobber Leather Gloves - Brown

With an average rating of 4.9 stars, the first seven customers to review the Richa Bobber gloves have been impressed, especially with the comfort and fit of the gloves. Several reviewers have been pleased with the amount of ventilation on the gloves, which has kept their hands cool on warmer rides. Customers were also fans of the retro styling of these gloves.

Knox Orsa Leather Gloves MkII

Knox have knocked it out of the park with their Orsa MKII. One Sportsbikeshop customer calls them “the best gloves in the world”. Some buyers initially thought the Boa lacing system was a gimmick, but soon realised how easy it makes things. Together, the first 49 buyers give the Orsas a 4.8-star average. Reviewers say the cuff is difficult to tuck under leather jacket sleeves, but they easily slide under textiles, and the gloves are comfy and breathable.  

Klim Badlands Aero Pro Short Leather Gloves

Praise has been high from the first seven reviews for these Klim gloves, with customers describing them as “great gloves” and “top quality”. Customers have commended these gloves for the generous ventilation, comfort, protection and feel. Despite the ventilation, one reviewer likes them so much he stuck with them through winter, in conjunction with heated grips, rather than switching to his winter gloves.