Every rider has their own set of requirements for a pair of gloves. Thankfully manufacturers are pretty good at packing a lot into small packages to meet rider needs.
We have collected the best gloves together to help narrow down your choice, and they all have one thing in common.
They are the best cruiser-style gloves.
Whether riding the latest Indian Chief or pounding the streets on your Harley Ironhead, these gloves will match you perfectly in your V-twin glory.
Let’s get to it.
Here are our top cruiser gloves.
The Best Cruiser Motorcycle Gloves Reviewed
Dainese Blackjack Gloves
The Blackjack gloves from Dainese are my favorite pair of riding gloves, and they are also the Staff Pick over at Revzilla.
Dainese is known for using only the best leather in all their products, and the Blackjack gloves are no exception.
They are a simple, timeless Italian summer riding glove, constructed from Goatskin leather with finger perforations to let the air flow through.
Comfort is at the top of the agenda here, with pre-curved fingers so it won’t take long to break these gloves in, there are soft knuckle and back inserts, and the gloves use a simple hook and loop closure system.
The fingers are quite long, and the palms are a bit small, so you may need to try a couple of sizes to find the right fit.
- Quality construction
- Pre-curved fingers
- Soft padded inserts and leather reinforcement pad
- Long fingers paired with small palms
Biltwell Moto Gloves
These Biltwell Moto Gloves are as simple as it gets; they are designed for riding and working on your bike.
The best bit is they come in 10 different colors, so you can pick a pair to match your style, from blacked-out and subtle to bright orange.
They are a no-frills glove; if a pair of gloves could be deemed a bobber, this would be that pair. Everything you need is there with no added extras at an awesome price.
Synthetic leather on the palm and a laminate textile elsewhere for breathability offer adequate protection while remaining supple from day one.
It should be noted that the gloves run a little big and have plenty of stretch in them, so going for a size down is your best bet.
- Range of colors to match your style
- Stripped back and subtle
- Run a size or two big
Held Rodney Gloves
Held has produced the Rodney gloves using a combination of super fabric, goatskin, and kangaroo leather which adds up to a protective but very comfortable pair of gloves.
They are a classic style glove with clean lines, offering a timeless style that won’t look out of place on any cruiser you shoot for, modern or old school.
A Coolmax liner has been stitched to keep you nice and cool while riding, and it also has moisture-wicking properties. The fingers and top of hand are also perforated for maximum ventilation.
Foam knuckle and finger protection are built-in, and stretch panels allow your hands to swell up on scorching days, keeping you comfortable.
They take a few rides to break in, but once they do, you won’t be looking for another pair of gloves anytime soon.
- Quality materials and construction
- Very comfortable
- Well ventilated and equipped with Coolmax liner
- Reinforced palm area is a bit on the small side
Speed and Strength Rust and Redemption Gloves
If you are rocking around on that old Ironhead, these vintage-cut Rust and Redemption gloves might just be the pair for you.
I am a big fan of these all-business, rugged style gloves with an incredible name.
They have been pre-curved for comfort out of the box and also have hinged knuckles to allow for greater flexibility when rolling on the throttle or using your levers.
There is plenty of perforation to keep you cool and a reinforced leather palm and fingertips for added protection.
Unfortunately the lifespan of the gloves is a letdown. They don’t seem to last as long as some others; however, this will be subjective to how often you ride and in what conditions.
- Vintage style
- Comfort features
- Good leather construction
- Bit pricey without the longevity to back them up
Men’s Premium Leather Cruiser Gloves
These gloves on Amazon are a non-branded, excellent value pair of leather motorcycle gloves that have all the basics of what you need.
Comfort liner, knuckle protectors, double-stitched, reinforced palm pad, and adjustable hook and loop closure.
They are as basic as it gets, but they do the job, and they do it pretty well.
- Great value
- Knuckle protection
- Easy to get on and off
- If they get wet, you could end up with black hands from the liner
- No ventilation
Considerations and Cost
There isn’t much to think about when buying a pair of cruiser gloves.
Generally, they are the most basic of gloves, with fewer features than others.
They are focused on style, abrasion resistance, being suitable for around town, slower cruising speeds, and for riding in the summer.
All you need to do is make sure they fit, they offer adequate protection, and they will remain comfortable for the length of your rides.
Here are my top tips for buying cruiser gloves:
Use size charts offered by the manufacturer, and ensure you measure your hands using a soft tape measure.
You want a snug fit from the get-go, as you must remember they will break in and get looser.
However, you don’t want them so tight that they restrict your movement and start to cause you pain when riding; at that point, they are too small.
Make sure the fingers are the right length, and you can use your bike’s controls without extra fabric at the fingertips getting in the way.
As a bare minimum, you want your gloves to protect your hands in a slide, so make sure the material they are produced from is tough, durable, and offers good abrasion resistance.
A reinforced palm and double stitching on the seams are two great basic features that most manufacturers offer.
A good pair of cruiser gloves will get knuckle protection, either soft padded reinforcement under the leather or actual armor.
As with a motorcycle helmet, a pair of gloves that fit well will offer the most protection.
Your long-term comfort will come down to the construction of the gloves and how they fit.
Some riders prefer liners in their gloves, and others don’t, so there is maximum airflow.
Considering the weather you ride in and temperatures will help you determine how practical your gloves will be and whether your hands will be too hot or cold when riding.
Some gloves like the Held Rodney are built of multiple materials with a focus on comfort, and some, like the Biltwell, are a stretch textile that offers great flexibility with no restriction on your movements.
Make sure that the gloves are comfortable from the start, but remember that they will break-in; if the leather seems a bit tough to start with, it will get more supple with use.
There it is our best cruiser glove picks, with the Dainese Blackjack coming out on top, thanks to the timeless style and quality leather, but if something lighter and cheaper is what you want, the Biltwell Moto Gloves are a brilliant choice.