Motoport 'Racing' Gloves
. All seasons / weather in Chicago.
Why? They offer a reasonable amount of protection and tremendous durability / longevity for a reasonable price.
The long version, as I am wont to do...
I've never had a pair of leather gloves last more than a year or two given the rain and, perhaps more destructively, sweat they experience. My meathead brother has had a pair of the Motoport gloves for years and years and years, and they're still going strong. Mine are now a year old or so. I only wish they had proper Knox-style palm sliders, but supposedly the Stretch fabric doesn't grab pavement like leather does...though I haven't tested myself.
They flow air quite well, though not amazingly, in summer. Even on the hottest days, I don't find them uncomfortable. They're perfectly comfortable for mild spring & fall riding, of course. And for colder weather, in addition to a heated jacket liner to keep my core warm:
- I have Moose Racing Contour Handguards to protect levers and provide a mounting point for additional handguard accessories.
- I also have Oxford heated grips used in conjuction with...
- For cool weather (down to ~35ºF), Moose Racing Foam Handguardsto keep wind off my hands and deflect much of the rain outside of a downpour. (I just let my gloves & hands get wet in warm rain.)
- For cold weather (below ~35º) I use Kolpin Geartector Mitts (modified for quick on & off) to keep all wind and all rain & roadspray off my hands.
The above setup gets me down to about 0ºF for local riding, of not more than an hour or two at a pop. If I were riding long durations in that kind of weather, I'd get heated gloves. But for my purposes, it works great. In seriously cold temps, the tips of my thumbs and pinkies sometimes get a bit cold since they have the least direct contact with the handlebar grips. But I don't find it uncomfortable, and it's relatively rare.