Riding Gloves save my hands on day to day basis. I’ve been riding a motorcycle for 8 years now, but it’s been a year since I started wearing riding gloves. The reason? I was not aware of their importance earlier, plus good riding gloves cost a lot. In fact, all riding gear cost a lot if you buy branded stuff. But it’s always worth saving from your budget to buy riding gear. It saves your life.
You can buy gloves from as low as 250 rupees, but they are just not right. Everyone needs gloves that are affordable but at the same time good at what they are made for.
This is the reason why I choose to do some online store research and find some good riding gloves under 3000 rupees which are worth paying for. I picked out the best ones available at that price point. Here’s the list.
Between 3000 ₹ – 2000 ₹
After going through all the options available under 3000 rupees, I have come to the conclusion that Raida Streetron is the best one you can buy if your budget is 3000 ₹
Raida has used two layers of leather in these gloves even on the fingers; additionally, there is aniline soft leather construction which keeps your hands comfortable. Protection duties are handled by TPU molded knuckles and fingers guards. Moreover, there are sliders for the palm too. There is double stitching on the joints, making them more durable.
A wiser viper is a straightforward feature which I think every pair of gloves should be equipped with. It saves your time while riding. You can easily wipe away water and dust from the wiser without stopping your bike if you buy these gloves. I think these gloves will be perfect for riding to Ladakh when you have to clean your wiper often.
Touch screen tips
I find that the inability to use touch screen phones becomes an excuse for riders to not wear gloves. But the Raida Streetron gloves are touchscreen friendly, you have touch screen tips on the index finger and thumb to use your mobile without removing your gloves.
Design & look
I love the rugged design of these gloves, the placement of TPU protectors and air vents on the fingers make these gloves look even better. There is Raida branding on the pony finger, complemented by threads which gives it a nice muddy look.
Not water resistant
It would’ve been a steal deal if these gloves were water resistant, but they’re not. Raida has another model of gloves called the RainX, which is quite similar to the Streeton in terms of quality and offers water resistance too. You can buy the RainX if you want a water-resistant pair.
Zeus Airtech Carbon Gloves
I am very impressed by the Airtech carbon gloves offered by Zeus and they definitely deserve to be your second option after Raida Streeton, if your budget is somewhere around 3000 rupees.
Carbon fiber knuckle protection
Unlike the TPU protection on the Streeton, the Zeus Airtech gloves get a carbon fiber knuckle protector. This reduces the overall weight of the gloves and makes them feel light. Carbon fiber is also very durable, so I think these gloves can take a lot of beating.
There is a lot of meshwork on these gloves making them extremely breathable. Ventilation matters while riding in summers because your hands are likely to sweat, accounting for an uncomfortable ride. Personally, I would invest in riding gloves that are more breathable.
Touch screen tips
Like the Raida Streeton, you can use your mobile phone while wearing these riding gloves. They too have touch screen tips on the thumb and index finger.
Shiny coating on the knuckles
I appreciate Zeus for using carbon fiber for knuckle guards, but for the odd shiny coating on them, I don’t. Airtech branded on the pony finger saved the look of these gloves; otherwise, they would look close to some cheap riding gloves.
For 2900 rupees, these gloves are a little overpriced for me. You can check out the Raida Cruise Pro which cost 900 less than these and is somewhat similar in terms of quality.
Between 2000 ₹ – 1000 ₹
Royal Enfield NATO GLAW
Royal Enfield has come up with a lineup of riding gears, riding gloves, riding luggage and other accessories for riders. I went through a lot of riding gloves from their lineup and found NATO GLAW an excellent option to consider if you are looking to buy riding gloves under the 2000 price tag.
Design & Look
The minimal design made them stand out of all the other riding gloves under the 2000 price tag. I love the Royal Enfield branding on the index finger and the velcro. Additionally, the pattern visible on the matt finish gives these gloves a pricey look and feel.
Most of the riding gears come with knuckle protectors fitted right on top of your knuckles, underneath the fabric, but in these gloves, the knuckle protectors are overhanging. There are ribbed panels on the finger joints contributing to more flexibility.
No protection for fingers
Royal Enfield did a little cost cutting here, these gloves don’t have any extra resistance for your fingers against abrasion. You just have the faux leather layer to protect your fingers.
No mesh for ventilation
These gloves don’t have any mesh for ventilation, and I think they are not the best option if you tour long distances.
Royal Enfield Enduro GLAW
Another worthy product from the house of Royal Enfield. The Enduro glaw is similar to the Nato Glaw, the distinctive element here is the design.
I am not writing the good and bad about these riding gloves because there’s no difference between NATO Glaw and Enduro Glaw, apart from the design. If you have a Royal Enfield, Enduro Glaw will look really cool with military print.
Below 1000 ₹
You have a lot of options to choose from if you want to buy riding gloves below 1000 rupees. But most of them are a waste of money. After researching a fair bit, I found that Scoyco Mc08 is better than most of the other options.
The quality of the Scoyo Mc08 is better than every other riding gloves under 1000. Though they are made of fabric and plastic, the quality of material used is decent enough to pass a few years in them with less usage.
Design & Look
Mostly, cheap riding gloves are overburdened with the design. Shiny and bright colour schemes with untidy detailing make them speak “Cheap” for themselves. This is not the case with Scoyo Mc08. These gloves look neat and uniform, making them different, different from others in the category.
Scoyo Mc 08 are made out of a fabric that is likely to attract a lot of dust while riding. You will have to wash them often.
I was skeptical about the second option for including in the riding gloves “under 1000 section” because I didn’t come across a better pair of riding gloves than the Scoyo Mc 8. But then I found Vega MCS – 21 which is a fair deal for the price.
The fabric on these gloves is breathable. There are small vents on the fingers too from which air can pass. These gloves are comfortable to wear too, thanks to the padding.
These gloves provide decent protection for your knuckles, palm, and fingers. You also have small beads on the palm to protect it from abrasion.
Design & look
These gloves look bulky, and the colour scheme is pretty substandard. Nothing impressive like the Scoyo Mc 08.
Which gloves should you buy?
I compared these gloves with the other ones available at the same price, but I found them better in every aspect. Raida Streeton makes the strongest case here and I would definitely want to buy them myself. If your budget is around 3000₹ you must go for it. Otherwise, you can go through the other in the list and decide what suits your need and budget better. Check out my special pick below.
Joe Rocket Eclipse
What’s so special?
Joe Rocket is a Canadian company that manufactures riding gear. These gloves are the most affordable leather riding gloves by them. I like how they look, and the quality of the leather is impressive too. I have a feeling that these gloves can be better than any of the gloves I mentioned here in this list. To buy them from Amazon, you need a photo ID proof and will have to pay 600 ₹ extra which will take the total amount somewhere close to 3000 ₹
But I still think they are great for the price point. Hope you liked these budget riding gloves suggestions.