Do I need gloves for riding a scooter

We use gloves every day for only one reason: safety. Doctors who do surgeries used gloves to avoid contamination, people who are working with chemicals, construction workers, and others. Gloves are one of the most important personal protective equipment.

Riding a scooter is risky as riding a motorcycle or a bicycle. When you fall down, your instinct would react and the first part of your body to react are your hands. They will try to safeguard your body from hitting the ground. But what if your palms are not protected? They will be the first to get hurt!

Yes, you need gloves when riding a scooter. That is why in this article, I will help you understand what type of mittens to get to safeguard yourself.

In this buying guide find out how to choose your scooter mittens to protect your palms. In the scooter accessories family, with helmet and visibility, mittens are one of the most important safety features. Yet their choice is often overlooked. Wearing a helmet to protect one’s head has become very common, so should protecting your palms. What allowed you to type in the query that brought you here? Hands are precious. Protecting them not only from the cold but also from accidents is paramount.

This guide will help you understand the types of mittens according to your scooter, the weather, the level of protection, the level of your riding experience, etc. 

Of course, mittens are used to guard you against the weather and winter, but they also have a safety function that should not be overlooked.

In the event of a fall, the palms will be first in contact with the ground, so it is better that they are safeguarded against shocks or at least against abrasion and projections.

It is expected that the same pair of mittens will perform several functions, they are dissected here to understand how to combine its functions and choose the best gloves for scooters or gyropodes. Not to mention that you will also have to choose the comfortability and flexibility, and ones that do not interfere with your driving. You will also have to adapt your choice of mittens to the scooter or EDPM you drive (urban scooter, powerful scooter, gyropodes, etc) and to your driving style (sport, off-road, stunt, etc)

Choose warm gloves to protect yourself from the cold

One of the most sought-after and obvious features is cold-weather gloves. This is especially true on electric scooters or wheels because the speed multiplies the feeling of cold.

Your palms on the handlebars are very exposed; your fingers move little which does not activate the circulation of blood, the feeling of cold is also amplified by the movement of air. The temperature felt can be 5 to 10 degrees below the actual temperature. The sensations and discomfort caused by the cold can range from simple tingling to pain. 

Keeping the heat from your palms is also a matter of safety, as numbness see the tetany of your fingers prevents the fine handling of accelerator triggers with your index finger or thumb. By preserving the heat in the palms, the painful sensation can also be alleviated in the event of a fall.

In the wheel, one could imagine that they are less necessary because you have your hands free and you can put them in your pockets, but that would not be very prudent. In addition, even if you can reduce the feeling of cold by moving your fingers, wearing warm mittens remains more comfortable and safer.

Choose waterproof gloves 

Having wet hands when driving can be very unpleasant. This further increases the cold sensations described above. This can in extreme cases creates maceration phenomena or frilled fingers. Choosing waterproof mittens will depend a lot on the material in which they are made. When to put on mittens that are still wet. It will therefore be important to choose waterproof mittens. For this, the technical mittens are the best.

Choose gloves to protect your hands from abrasion

Abrasion is the most common injury to avoid. It results from the friction of the hand on the bitumen or other hard surface. A fall or slip even at 15 or 20 km/h (9mph) starts the upper part of the very fragile skin. It melts and lets the deep parts appear. This produces the same effect as a first or second-degree burn. Although often not severe, it is painful and can take a long time to heal especially when the second layer of the epidermis is also affected. Foam or gel reinforcements or well-placed carbon, plastic, or leather inserts on the palms are enough to avoid this. 

Choose gloves to protect your wrists

In the wheels, we will try to protect our wrists from the strain or a rupture of the head of the scaphoid. We will look for rigid protection that holds the wrist well external and internal. These supports are usually in the form of inserts or plates that can be removable. On the scooter this aspect is less present, the wounds being rather the area of abrasion seen previously or protection of the phalanxes below. Moreover, too rigid protections could even hinder the driving and handling of the brake and accelerator handles.

Choose Gloves to protect your phalanxes

In the most severe falls or at high speeds, the phalanxes may also be affected. The bones of the hand are fragile, and the protruding parts of the joints on the back of the hand are exposed in the event of a fall. Not to mention that it is not uncommon to turn a finger. This is unusual at speeds below 25km/h (15.5mph) but becomes so for higher speeds; for example, in a sporty use. The protection of the phalanxes is provided by more or less flexible hulls. Its protections are typically found on gloves approved for the bike.

Choose driving gloves

Whatever the season, wearing gloves to drive a scooter also offers one last advantage.

This is the simplest function of the glove, which can be found in bicycle mittens or driving mittens. They allow you to maintain your handlebars with more comfort and offer a better grip. The palms of hands do not slide the rubber handles and the glove wear removes some vibration sensations in the hands. Some scooter handles are unpleasant to the touch after a few months or years of use they can become “sticky”, also to decrease the frequency at which it needs to be changed. Investing in a small summer glove bet for scooters is a solution.

About the author

Phillip Gray

My name is Phillip Gray and I love going outdoors riding on skates and scooters. I work as a graphic designer and I love creativity. This is why I appreciate the different creative scooter’s designs. I’ve been riding on kick scooters ever since I was 5 and one of my early scooters had grown-up together with me.