Riding gloves safeguard your hands against chafing and blisters from extended gripping of handlebars or steering wheels. Additionally, they provide protection from airborne stones and debris, and can provide protection if you’re thrown to the ground in a fall or a crash.
Good features to look for in a riding glove include plenty of padding, a solid grip, and adjustable wrist straps for the perfect fit. For warm or hot-weather riding, consider lighter-colored, ventilated gloves. It’s always a good idea to keep a pair of waterproof riding gloves in your gear, and these are essential in cold, wet conditions. Winter riders may want to consider snowmobile gloves for maximum insulation and functionality.
As far as footwear goes, you’ll want water-resistant or waterproof over-the-ankle boots with good tread for maintaining your traction on or in your vehicle, as well as while scouting out sections of trail on foot, or getting yourself unstuck. Depending on the season and the conditions you’re riding in, you may also want insulated boots.
For UTV riders, rugged lace-up work or hiking boots may suffice, while quad enthusiasts may want to consider ATV boots offering extra leg protection.
Wear high, thick, well-cushioned socks with whichever style of riding boot you choose.