What Are the Different Types of ATV Gloves?

Erik J.J. Goserud

There are a plethora of options to choose from when acquiring ATV gloves. These gloves are almost always padded, especially on the backs of the hands, which are exposed to potential hazards such as scrapes and collisions. Generally, they are one size fits all, but custom models for larger hands and children’s hands can be acquired. They can also be referred to as sport gloves.

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Traditionally, ATV gloves are made out of mesh, leather, plastic, or a combination of the three. Manufacturers commonly use rubber on the inside face of the glove for improved grip, especially in wet conditions. Gels built into the same side of the glove can prevent blisters. Velcro runs along the wrist to secure it on the user's hand. Some gloves are designed to insulate heat, while others are designed to vent the user’s hands.

Some ATV gloves are cut off midway up the fingers, leaving them exposed for a more realistic feel and, in some cases, better grip. Some users customize their own gloves by cutting the tips of the fingers off. While added hazards may be slim using this method, it is not recommended.

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Another widely available option is ATV gloves with plastic. As plastic is highly inhibiting to joint movement, it is placed on the back of the hand in small increments away from the joints on the flat parts of the fingers and hands. These options work the best for preventing cuts and lacerations in the event of a crash.

Extra-long ATV gloves are also available. These gloves run up closer to the elbow for added arm protection. They are often leather insulated. Mesh, thanks to its tiny holes, is widely used as a cooling system for the hands. This material is a good option when purchasing extra-long gloves. The same gloves can be used for motorbiking and other extreme sports.

Color selection for different types of ATV gloves are nearly endless, and the best-selling gloves listed on major online retailer sites are combinations of black, grey, and red. Apart from adult ATV gloves, smaller and lighter youth models are also available. Major sporting goods stores carry many of the ATV glove models. Buying online offers the widest variety at some of the best prices. Buying used ATV gloves is rarely an option but is possible through online trade boards and auction sites.

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