Remember in March, when it was snowing? Seems like a distant memory now, with the sun continuing to flex its muscles. It's prime riding season, although it can get uncomfortably hot on the bike. We notice fellow riders cruising along without protective jackets or boots, but we've seen enough crashes to wholeheartedly disagree and dig out our favourite summer jacket. Nothing makes us cringe as much as seeing someone riding without gloves, though. No matter what speed you're going at, you're going to instinctively put your hands down. When they meet the tarmac, guess who wins the battle... Have a look at our favourite summer riding gloves of 2018, they'll keep your hands safe without roasting them, so you can make the most of this incredible summer.
Goldtop's Viceroy gloves are the brand's most elaborate and protective short cuff glove. The palm of the glove is unlined, while the back of the hand has a beautifully soft silk layer underneath the leather. This combination gives you excellent dexterity, but avoids your hand sticking to the glove on a hotter day.
The fingers and palm are padded and reinforced. The knuckle protector is "floating", offering an extremely comfortable yet protective fit, no matter whether your hand is closed or open. The wrap-around velcro strap holds the glove securely in place. Available in black, brown or tan. £59.99
The RSD Rourke is a short-cuffed summer glove with classic styling and heaps of character. It is constructed from sturdy cowhide leather and the fit is spot on, making for an extremely comfortable glove. That doesn't mean the Rourke will let you down when it comes to protection: it has reinforced padding on the fingers, palm, side and back of the hand and a velcro wrist tab ensures it stays put when the going gets tough. The leather is perforated to allow airflow on those sun-soaked summery rides. Available in black or brown. £75
Fuel Motorcycles is a Spanish bespoke motorcycle shop that has been impressing us with their gear range. That trend continues with the excellent Fuel Rodeo Perforated gloves. Constructed from a weathered tan cowhide with a brown suede overlay on the knuckle and palm. These gloves certainly look the part, but it's not just about the looks: the Rodeo has an integrated PVC knuckle protector and anatomically contoured suede palm panels for abrasion resistance. Accordeon stitching on the fingers makes for added flexibility. The leather is perforated throughout the back of the hand for excellent airflow. £80
The 78 Motor Co Stingray is an undeniably handsome glove with a seriously sturdy construction. 78MC use the softest natural aniline leathers and the glove is put together using non intrusive inner stitching which provides clean lines on the outside and a high level of wearer comfort. All critical joints are double stitched and the thumb joint is even more reinforced with a triple stitch. The palm received an additional layer of leather in the same ribbed design you'll find on their Sprint and Speed gloves. The leather is ribbed and gusseted on the back of the hand and the fingers for added flexibility and the poly satin lining makes for a very comfortable glove. Every pair has been designed to sit close to the hand yet allow fluid motion with enough protection should the going get tough. £85
Tucano Urbano's Gig Pro gloves are an upgraded version of Tucano's best-selling Gig glove: a classic summer glove with a distinctively classic style. Tucano have stayed true to that style and the Gig Pro has a lot of technical features hidden underneath its classy exterior. The outer layer is constructed from strong yet delightfully supple goat leather. The knuckles and palm have soft D3O inserts for excellent impact absorption. On the fingers you'll find gusseted panels to maintain optimal dexterity. Strong polyamide panels between the fingers provide a welcome amount of airflow. Available in black or brown. £69.98