If you ride in a variety of conditions, you likely have a few different glove options to choose from. A well-vented and lightweight pair for the summer months along with something insulated, waterproof and maybe even heated for the winter. Chances are you’ve also got something somewhere in between, with adequate protection against the elements that’s lightweight enough to suit your needs when the conditions improve. If you don’t, you’ll want to check out the short Klim Quest Gloves because they’re a perfect spring/fall riding glove option.
Quality is apparent from the start. The main body of the Quest gloves is high-grade Pittards leather. It’s soft and supple, but thick enough to provide abrasion resistance should a crash occur. That, in addition to the Gore-Tex technology, results in a glove that carries Klim’s “Guaranteed to Keep You Dry” warranty, which covers the Quest Gloves for the life of the product from any manufacturing or material defects.
The Quest Gloves also have Gore Grip technology, which binds the various layers of the glove together for improved tactile function, dexterity and grip. I can attest to the effectiveness of this design as the gloves offer fantastic feel at the bars. They move like a second skin and soon you forget you’re even wearing a pair of gloves. The accordion stretch panels on the back of the hand and knuckles contribute to the impressive fit and comfort.
Klim includes hard knuckle protectors while underneath those are Poron XRD protective foam. The Poron material is included inside the palm slide pads also. For improved visibility, there’s 3M Scotchlite reflective material.
One of the small touches that proved useful was the entry assist loop. It’s nothing more than a bit of material attached to the inside of each cuff, but a really convenient way to pull the gloves on. A Velcro cuff closure keeps everything snugged up tight.
Inside, Klim has used a moisture-wicking liner that is soft and comfortable.
Overall, the Klim Quest Gloves are a fantastic spring/fall glove that would even get you through the summer months without much issue. There’s no venting built in though, so they might get a little warm if you’re riding through the desert. I spent most of my time in close to freezing conditions and I’d have liked to have an additional glove liner, as my fingers got pretty chilly. Now that things have started to warm a bit around these parts, up into the mid-40s and low-50s, the Quest Gloves are perfect. I’m typically a medium glove and fit in medium is spot on as well.
Although these are a short cut design, Klim also offers a full gauntlet version for those wanting full-length coverage. The short Quest Gloves are available in black or grey colorways in sizes small through 3XL. Price is a little steep for a pair of gloves at $179.99, but you definitely get a product that’s built with quality materials which, thanks to Klim’s generous warranty, is poised to last a lifetime.
Klim Quest Gloves (Short)
Color: Black and Grey
Sizes: Small – 3XL Men’s
Warranty: Lifetime against manufacturer defects and Gore-Tex Guaranteed to Keep You Dry.