The Best Motocross Gloves In 2018 For Summer, Winter & Blister Protection

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

Welcome to our 2-minute guide to the best motocross gloves.

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’s 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 are the top picks for 2018, from the new 2018 lines.

The Best Motocross Gloves For Summer [And Blister Prevention]

Fox Racing Dirtpaw

Fox Racing need 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 good so far.

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

Fox have incorporated a clarino palm. That coupled with foam padding that’s shock absorbent, mean 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 summer.

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

That’s why Fox have developed their Dirtpaws using moisture wicking fabric; sweat dries quickly.

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

Last update on 2018-11-20

The Best Motocross Gloves For All-Out Protection

Alpinestars SMX

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.

The main feature of the SMX glove 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 SMX-1 Air Mens Motorcycle Gloves - Black/White/Red - Large
  • Molded hard knuckle protection constructed from nylon compound for high levels of protection, strength, lighter weight and durability.

Last update on 2018-11-20

The Best Winter Motocross Gloves

Fox Racing Sidewinder Polar

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 have used a polar fleece on the interior.

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 Racing Men's Sidewinder Polar Gloves (Black/Red, XL)
  • PROTECTION: The Sidewinder Polar series of gloves is designed to provide you maximum performance without maximum cost. The palm features Clarino synthetic suede construction, to protect your hands from cuts and scrapes, as well as make it easier to grip the handles of your bike. The airprene padding gives you extra cushion, more so than other gloves on the market, so no matter what kind of spill you take, your hands will stay protected.

Last update on 2018-11-20

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Grant Draper

Grant's a motorcycle geek, outdoor enthusiast & confirmed racing nut. He road tests all the gear he buys, and then gives his feedback here on NoobNorm.

He also details any quick fixes he stumbles upon, whether that's to stop brakes on motorcycles sticking, or unusual noises coming from gaming wheels.

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Written by Grant Draper