Every rider knows his or her life is at risk when underdressed on a motorbike, the missing helmet, armour jacket, correct boots and gloves can alter the fatality of an accident. The important feature of gloves is to provide a secure grip on motorbike handlebars. The weather elements can change, the duration of the ride can vary and all of these factors are important when considering what gloves to buy for riding.
The popularity of motorbikes in Pakistan is due to their lower cost as compared to cars. It is important to be safe while riding regardless what the rider's style of riding. Depending on if the rider is located in the city, village, concrete road or dirt road, they need to wear protective gear while riding. It is by law sanctioned that all riders have helmets on while riding in major cities. But along with helmet protection keeping the hands warm is essential to safe riding. The balance of the bike is fully controlled by the hands of the rider, it is only with the hands that riders can turn their bikes on turns, use the breaks and change gears while riding.
The protecting of the hands can save the riders life when in an accident, The only way riders save their heads from crashing into the ground is using their arms and hands, the first impact of an accident is usually broken from the hands. The fatal damage from a crash will first affect the rider's hands. It is important to invest in protective gloves with velcro straps, elastic wrist bands that adjust with different wrists for a personalised fit. The added foam padding allows the hands to withstand any impact without running the risk of breaking any important bones.
Gloves now have touchscreen compatibility that allows the tip of the index finger to use the phone, making it easier to wear gloves throughout the commute. Removing the hassle of taking off your gloves saves time and energy for the rider while being able to take important calls on the road. Some advanced designs have ergonomic carbon fibre knuckle protection, TPU palm sliders, SuperFabric and D3O that ensure supreme protection for the hands without being too expensive.
There are several variations of design in motorbike gloves with full-finger and half-finger formats with functional embellishments such as button seals, zips, little pockets, and stitching patterns. The essential features when selecting a pair of gloves is the colour and material that should be easy to wear for long periods, comfortable for the fingers and wrists and suit the weather conditions of Pakistan.
The highest-quality material used to make motorbike gloves is genuine leather followed by a close second by synthetic leather that both softest and pliable to feel comfortable on the skin. The ergonomic quality of leather ensures that fitting of the glove mimics the shape of the hand's contours. The material of the gloves depending on the season and weather is designed accordingly with space for airflow circulation for hot weather so that perspiration does not accumulate on the palms.
Brands such as Bilt, Sedici, Dainese, Alpinestars REV’IT!, and Icon are internationally famous for protective riding gloves.