Five of the best… short leather motorcycle gloves over £50

Five of the best... short leather motorcycle gloves over £50

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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 over £50, take a look at our guide to the best short leather gloves under £50.

Knox Orsa 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 4.76-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.  

Alpinestars SP-5

An impressive 4.94-star average from their first 17 reviews sees Alpinestars’ sporty shorties become a strong favourite with Sportsbikeshop customers, who say the perforated construction makes them ideal for summer. Reviewers like the ability to choose between bright or understated colour options, as well as the touchscreen-friendly index finger, and praise how comfortable and well-fitting they are.        

Dainese Blackjack

For the retro riders among you, Sportsbikeshop customers highly recommend Dainese’s Blackjack gloves, which average 4.58 stars from the first 24 reviews. They say these well constructed gloves offer a great level of feel on the bike’s handlebars, and that they keep hands at a comfortable temperature on summer rides. Stars have been dropped for the lack of hard protection, but customers say they still feel well-protected when riding in them.    

Rev'it Sand 3

If you’re looking for a short glove capable of off-roading and adventure, the Sand 3 gloves are highly recommended. Praised for their comfort, lightweight feel and top-notch airflow, they receive a 4.63-star average from the first 16 reviews. Reviewers suggest sizing up one from your usual and say the stitching on the little finger can rub and cause discomfort before they’ve fully broken in.  

Alpinestars Celer

Achieving a 4.85-star average from the first 33 reviews, Alpinestars’ Celer short sports gloves impress with their instant comfort and lightweight, well-made construction. Sportsbikeshop customers say they offer a good amount of airflow, and that the touchscreen-friendly fingertip is a handy addition. It is noted that the gloves come up small, and you should consider going up one size from your usual.