Options To Protect Hands From Wind
Since hands are one of the most exposed body parts for a motorcycle rider, we make many styles of windproof gloves. But there are several non-glove options to block wind, such as hand covers and wind muffs, that are also worth considering.
While they DO NOT provide the warming layering effect of air trapped within textiles on your hands, these additions to your bike DO block wind and rain:
- Wind Deflectors/Wind Guards: usually heavy duty plastic, mount on the bars to shield from wind
- Hand Muffs: sewn covers that go over grips, with or without a hand guard, to add another layer of protection from wind
Some riders say that the combination of muffs plus electric bars is a nice recipe for warm hands … others say that it is a sure recipe for warm palms and freezing hands. With or without electric grip warmers or hand covers, protect hands from exposure to wind using a competent glove.
Motorcycle Glove Features For WInd Protection
What about the gloves you already have in your gearbox? While not technically windproof, some gloves naturally have features that add wind protection, and should not be discounted -- such as:
- Leather Gloves: Leather is highly wind resistant. Though we stop short of calling it windproof without the lamination, it’s the best wind protection youll find in a glove that is not labeled "windproof".
- Gauntlet Gloves: Let's not forget the usefulness of a gauntlet glove style, designed to keep cold air from going up your sleeve! Whether the extended cuff goes over or under your jacket, it's another way to stay comfortable while riding in wind.
WindProof Gloves: "The Basics" For Motorcycle Riders
What does it mean for a glove to be windproof?
A special film is laminated to either the exterior shell of the glove, or the interior lining, that adds wind blocking qualities and stops your body from feeling the chilling effects of wind.
This type of membrane goes by several names, such as WindTex and Windstopper.
Of note, Windstopper is known for total windproofness and optimized breathability, which maximizes comfort as it lets moisture vapor to easily escape and prevents overheating and perspiration build-up.
For a short guide to some of our Windproof glove styles, scroll down below!
BUYERS GUIDE: 12 Windproof Gloves from Olympia: