As it becomes more and more widespread to ride with a Bluetooth headset, more motorcyclists want to be able to operate their smartphone or other touch screen device with their gloves on. Keeping the gloves on makes it that much easier to skip a track, load your GPS directions, snap a pic, or quickly find a nearby burrito joint, among other necessities.
Right now is a great time to go shopping for a new pair of gloves, too, because there are a lot of first-rate choices out there for touch screen-friendly gloves. Below, we’ve laid out our top picks for best touch screen motorcycle gloves of 2016.
As illustrated by this list, Alpinestars and Rev’it are leading the way with touch screen compatibility, adding the touch screen fingertip feature to most of their new and updated models of gloves in 2015 and 2016. After a few years of working out the kinks of this relatively new feature, the touch screen fingertip tech is now fairly flawless and reliable. In most cases, the touch screen-friendly material is located on the tips of the thumb and index fingers, making it really easy to navigate your phone just the way you normally would.
Without further ado, here are our top picks for best touch screen motorcycle gloves:
Rev’it Striker 2 Gloves
Inspired by the no-nonsense simplicity and comfort of dirt gloves, but with the leather and hard knuckle protection you want on the street, Rev’it’s Striker 2 gloves are light on your hands and pretty light on your wallet, too.
Women’s Striker 2 also available.
Rev’it Neutron 2 Gloves
The Neutron 2 is a chip off the Striker 2 block, but with a rubber knuckle panel instead of a hard knuckle, and for a tad less money. That rubber knuckle allows air to flow through it, whereas the Striker 2’s hard knuckle is an impenetrable wall. So if keeping as cool as possible is a top priority, the Neutron 2s are one to watch.
Rev’it Dirt 2 Gloves
The Dirt 2s were designed for adventure riding and dual sport riders who work hard in hot temps, need protection for tumbles in challenging terrain, and demand a high level of comfort and mobility. All that engineering makes them a rock-solid choice for street riders, too. They sport a combination of leather and extremely ventilating 3D mesh, and accordion stretch panels for added flex.
Rev’it Fly 2 Gloves
Rev’it’s revamped Fly gloves have shot to the top of our glove charts in recent months thanks to an awesome fit, classic pre-curved and full-leather design, and great value for summer. Read more…
Women’s Fly 2 gloves also available.
Alpinestars Celer Gloves
Alpinestar’s Celer gloves deliver a winning package combining a high level of protection and fit with the convenience of touch screen-friendly fingertips. Perforated leather make the Celer gloves a great choice for summer riding, but the hard knuckle, full leather chassis, and patented A-stars finger bridge means you won’t be making the usual sacrifices in protection.
Alpinestars SMX-1 Air Gloves
The SMX-1 Airs are the least expensive pair of gloves on our list of best touch screen motorcycle gloves, but more than just cheap, they pack a big punch in terms of value.
Alpinestars kept the cost low but the coverage high by giving the SMX-1 Airs a full, ventilating mesh top and a leather palm. Synthetic reinforcement and the hard knuckle hit on key protection points, making the SMX-1 Airs a really impressive glove for around $50. Read more…
Women’s SMX-1 Air gloves also available.