How To Measure Your Hand For Gloves

As any motorcyclist would tell you, finding the right pair of gloves that fit properly is quite a task. Some gloves that you really like for their style, just don’t have the right fit or protection.

And those that have the right fit and protection, don’t offer you much when it comes to style. That is why it is important to measure your hand for motorcycle gloves so that you can select the right sizing options when looking at different brand options.


So the question becomes, how to measure your hand for gloves so that you can purchase a pair of gloves that provide protection, offer unique sleek styling, and fit well? This guide will help you to figure out how to measure your hand for gloves so that you can get the perfect set.

What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial

With any successful tutorial, you have to know what you need to get the job done. For this tutorial, we recommend having a body measuring tape that is able to contour to the shape of your hands, along with some pen and paper.

The measuring tape will allow you to measure certain sections of your hand to get the appropriate size, and proper documentation to write down the proper dimensions.

The last thing that you need to have is a flat surface to measure your hand on, to get the correct dimensions without having to waste any extra time or energy.

It is a good idea to keep all of these items within arm’s reach so that you do not have to go chasing around to find them once you begin the process of measuring your hand for gloves appropriately.

Items You Will Need

  • Item 1 – Body Measuring Tape
  • Item 2 – Pen Or Pencil
  • Item 3 – Piece of Paper
  • Item 4 – Flat Surface To Measure Hand On

Once you have gathered the necessary items to begin, you can start measuring your hand to find the perfect set of gloves for you.

Step 1: Lay The Measuring Tape On A Table Or Platform And Place Palm On Top of Tape

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Go ahead and lay the body measuring tape out on the table in a horizontal position, so that you can press the palm of your hand face down on top of the body measuring tape.

You can choose to use either the left or the right hand, but make sure that you can start from the notch that indicates where the measuring tape begins so that you can get an appropriate measurement.

You will want to position your hand so that one to two inches is left over, as you will wrap the beginning of the measuring tape around your hand to find the full diameter. In addition, make sure that your hand is set at the base of your palm where it is widest.

The center of your palm that is the widest is usually found between the thumb and index finger at the center.

It is important to place your hand correctly on the measuring tape the first go around, otherwise, you will get different measurements each time, and will ultimately lead to the wrong size calculations that you will have to make when you purchase a pair of motorcycle gloves.

Step 2: Wrap Measuring Tape Around Your Hand Until It Connects With The Beginning Of The Tape

Wrap the body measuring tape around the largest part of your hand as we mentioned, and connect it to the beginning. Once you have done so, mark how large your hand is.

Your hand could be anywhere from 6 inches to larger than 12 inches. Any less than six inches, and you did the calculations wrong.

Refer to the visual image for a guide as to what the proper measurement technique looks like.

Step 3: Write Down Initial Measurements

Once you have measured your hand to its initial sizing estimates, go ahead and take the pen and paper and note the size measurements you calculated.

It is important to write down the sizing measurements, as most individuals are liable to forget their exact measurements even if they believe they have a good memory.

Take the safe route and write down the measurements so you can remember them later when you are shopping around for gloves that will fit properly this time. Once you have taken that step, go ahead and move onto the next step.

Step 4: Repeat Step 2 To Ensure Proper Sizing

The old phrase goes, “measure twice, cut once” and it definitely applies here as well. It is best to double check the measurements you have written down for your hand so that you do not have to worry about potentially making a mistake.

Go ahead and repeat Step 2 by measuring your hand for motorcycle gloves one more time to ensure that you got the right measurements.

If you would like, go ahead and measure the other hand to see if you get a similar hand. Take note that one hand will be larger than the other simply due to genetics, and it is best to go off the larger hand size, to make sure that you find the correct fit to provide the most protection when going out for a ride.

Step 5: Go Out Shopping For New Motorcycle Gloves

Now that you have successfully measured your hand for gloves, you can go out and purchase the correct pair of gloves that will fit you best.

​Check out the size chart below:

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You will no longer have to try on several different pairs of gloves to find the correct fit, or spend money on a pair of gloves that you simply don’t like.

The good thing to take note of is that your hand size doesn’t alter too much over the course of your lifetime, and measuring your hand for gloves doesn’t have to occur frequently.

You also can check out the video below to learn more about it.


Measuring your hand for motorcycle gloves is important because it takes out all of the guesswork and hassle that comes with finding a new pair of riding gloves.

No longer will you have to sacrifice time, effort, money, or return trips to get a pair of motorcycle gloves that meet your needs. Now that you have followed this tutorial and figured out how to measure your hand for gloves, did you enjoy the tutorial?

If so, let us know what you think in the comment section, and don’t hesitate to share this informative how-to article with your riding buddies who are looking to get a new set of motorcycle gloves that fit properly, offer protection, and cater to their individual style.

Bradley Miller

There is nothing that compares to the feeling of controlling a thundering beast beneath you. In addition to the joy of the ride a motorcycle has many advantages over any other vehicle. You learn how to drive the smarter way with traffic rules on the road; also you are always in the state of complete-awareness when on the ride.