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The Best Motocross Gloves In 2021 + the ones in my gear bag

Looking for the best motocross gloves? Our 2-minute guide will cover everything you need to know, including 3 glove recommendations.

We’ve dropped in 3 recommendations here.

One being the best MX gloves for summer and blisters, another for the best winter/cold weather MX gloves, and one for all-out protection.


If you’ve already read our list of the best MX brands, you’ll know there are at least 22 to choose from.

And, that poses a big problem. With each brand producing 2-3 (or more) sets of gloves, which ones do you choose?

Below I cover the best MX gloves available.

*Update: I’ve got a few new sets of dirt bike gloves I’m trying out including the Fox Legion Thermo (for winter) and a set of Troy Lee Designs for summer. I’ll update with a review after I’ve done a few MX races. You can get them here at a pretty-good price.


The Best Motocross Gloves This Year

1. Fox Racing Dirtpaw

fox motocross glovesOur Pick for: The Best Motocross Gloves For Summer [And Blister Prevention]

Fox Racing needs no introduction. They are one of the most iconic MX brands in the world.

The Fox Dirtpaw MX glove weighs in at around 30 bucks, so that’s a pretty good deal.

A quick check online shows it’s got lots of positive reviews. All is good so far.

I know what you’re thinking. How do they help stop blisters?

Fox has incorporated a clarino palm. That coupled with foam padding that’s shock absorbent, means the gloves take the brunt of rub, not your hands.

More importantly, even in the cold weather, you’ll sweat on a bike; and even more in summer.

When you sweat through your hands, you’re more prone to getting blisters.

Fox has developed their Dirtpaws using moisture-wicking fabric; sweat dries quickly.

And, you’ll get silicone fingertips, which increase the feel when grabbing the front brake or clutch.


2. Alpinestars SMX

alpinestars mx glovesOur Pick for: The Best Motocross Gloves For All-Out Protection

The Alpinestars SMX gloves are actually a street-bike glove, but I’d call them a hybrid.

They’ve got way more protection than the average motocross glove, but a lot less than the typical street-bike equivalent.

And, that makes them good for motocross.

If you don’t want to compromise and want the absolute best motocross gloves with protection, these are the ones for you.

However, if you are willing to spend a little more, Alpinestars carbon V2 leather gloves are even better. The main feature of these SMX Gloves is the carbon knuckle. If you’ve ever had a rock to the knuckle, you’ll know how much it hurts!

Being Alpinestars, you know durability, comfort, and breathability is there.

There’s also another option with the Alpinestars Megawatt too.

Alpinestars Motocross Gloves  

3. Fox Racing Sidewinder Polar

fox sidewinder gloves

Our Pick for: The Best Winter Motocross Gloves

Looking for the best winter motocross gloves? Look no further than the Sidewinder Polar gloves from Fox Racing.

Basically, you’ll get the traditional comfort from a normal MX glove, with some extra bulk on the inside for warmth.

Fox has used a polar fleece on the interior. They’ve actually just released the Fox Racing Legion glove. I’ve bought a set, and so far I’m really happy with them. You can get the best winter gloves from Fox here.

They’ve backed that up with a wind-resistant exterior profile too. Your hands are going to be snug!

But, if you’re really hauling ass and sweating, they’ve got the breathability qualities so sweat dries quickly.

And, you won’t find that with cheaper winter MX gloves.

Cheap motocross gloves won’t breathe correctly, so sweat doesn’t dry quickly.

When sweat doesn’t dry quickly, it draws heat away from your hands!

Fox Winter Motocross Gloves  


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