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 38 buyers give the Orsas a 4.84-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 4.93-star average from their first 14 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 4 Stroke Evo

Although pricier than most short gloves, Dainese’s 4 Stroke Evo gloves offer premium, race-style features in a short-cuffed package. Customers say they take a bit longer to break in, but that they’re very comfortable once worn. Many find them surprisingly warm and plenty praise the great amount of protection, awarding them an average of 4.90 stars from the first 10 reviews.

Icon 1000 Axys

This urban-friendly offering from Icon hasn’t disappointed Sportsbikeshop customers, who’ve given the 1000 Axys gloves a 4.70-star rating from the first 10 reviews. Reviewers say the gloves are very comfortable, and ideal for use in summer thanks to a perforated backhand. Their build quality is highly praised, as is their fit and slick, streetfighter styling,

Spada Rigger WP

If you’re after heritage styling and some weather protection, Sportsbikeshop customers recommend the Riggers. With a Thinsulate lining and waterproof membrane, owners say these are ideal for Spring – though they struggle in the peak of summer. They also point out it’s worth sizing down as they’re baggy around the palm. Reviewers say they’re well made and comfy, giving an average of 4.64 stars from the first 14 reviews.