During intense races, you’ll find yourself not only struggling to battle your adrenaline, but also your sweat. For this reason, when you plan on taking your sim racing experience to the next level, gloves are a great addition. Needless to say, other peripherals such as wheels, shifters and pedals should come first, but gloves will help you not only enter the mindset of a true race driver, while also increasing your precision and avoiding catastrophic slips. In this guide, we’ll walk through five of the market’s best offerings for sim racing gloves.
The Top-Rated Gloves for Sim Racing
From our research, the best pedal sets for sim racing are:
- Top Pick: Sparco Meca 3 Mechanics Glove
- Runner-Up: Alpinestars Tech 1-K Race Gloves
- Budget Pick: Alpinestars F-Lite Glove
- Luxury Pick: Sparco Arrow Evo 7.11kg Gloves
- Multi-Purpose: Seibertron Dirtpaw Unisex Cycling Gloves
Top Pick: Sparco Meca 3 Mechanics Glove
If you are looking for gloves solely for sim racing then these are a great option. The material is of high quality, as expected from the Sparco brand.
These gloves are marketed towards mechanics, which is why the material is quite thin. This will allow you to pick up smaller objects more easily, without coming at the cost of grip.As an added bonus, the thinness allows for less heat to build up, meaning that wearing them for extended periods of time will still be comfortable.
Runner-Up: Alpinestars Tech 1-K Race Gloves
If you care primarily about the aesthetics of your gloves after a couple of sessions, then the 1-K gloves are not for you. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for gloves which will stick to your wheel for unparalleled control, then these are a safe bet.
While the first impression of these gloves isn’t great, the stitching softens within a week or two of use, moulding the gloves to the shape of your hands. The result will almost feel as though you’re wearing nothing. The suede material will help you hold on to your wheel, not letting it budge a single inch without your input. These are a working man’s gloves: not meant for beauty or showmanship, but pure accuracy and results.
Budget Pick: Alpinestars F-Lite Glove
You don’t have to spend a fortune in order to purchase great racing gloves. That is the philosophy behind the F-Light. These thin and breathable gloves function as a second skin, gripping your hands tightly but comfortably. The external grip is also excellent, aided by the suede material on the palms, allowing you to hold on to the wheel even when force-feedback tries to push you off. These gloves aren’t as durable as others on this list, but the very accessible price means that you’ll be able to replace them as needed. An added benefit is their appearance, with twelve different colour schemes to choose from.
As a last note, in order to make sure that you purchase the right size, we recommend you check Alpinestars website for fitment. This is generally a good rule of thumb regardless, but with second-skin like gloves it is extra important.
Luxury Pick: Sparco Arrow Evo 7.1kg Gloves
These gloves are the highest quality equipment you can find for not only sim racing, but use in the real world. The HTX printed palm grips the steering wheel like glue. Other than being the gold standard in terms of quality, they also have extra padding on the carpal area. This means that extensive racing with a force-feedback wheel will not take its usual toll on your hand. An added benefit is that of the touchscreen compatibility on the index finger and thumb, meaning that you won’t have to take the gloves off in-between races to use your phone. Their quality is excellent, providing a comfortable fit and soft texture.
Of course with all these features comes an (expected) drawback: the price. These gloves are expensive, almost reaching the price of some cheaper wheels and pedals.
Multi-Purpose: Seibertron Dirtpaw Unisex Cycling Gloves
- Excellent value for money
- Great aesthetics
If you’re looking for affordable, multi-purpose gloves, the Dirtpaws are a great choice. The grip is solid, offering much better control over the wheel than bare hands. The material is not as high quality as that of others gloves on the list, but considering the very approachable price tag, it’s impressive these gloves don’t more. Visually, these gloves are also quite striking.
The fact that the manufacturer offers a 30-day full refund return policy, followed by a one year replacement warranty for any manufacturing defect, shows how confident they are in their product.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you need gloves for sim racing?
No, you don't need gloves for sim racing. As with most racing accessories, though, they have benefits to both performance and immersion. Gloves may also prevent your steering wheel (and hands!) from unnecessary damage.
- What are the benefits of wearing sim racing gloves?
The main benefit of wearing gloves while sim racing is performance, since they allow you to better grip the steering wheel. Gloves also protect your equipment, since sweaty hands can wear down alcantara or suede steering wheels. Similarly, gloves protect your hands from blisters and rashes. Finally, you might find racing with gloves more immersive than racing bare-handed.
- What should you look for in sim racing gloves?
There are three things to look at when purchasing sim racing gloves: grip, comfort, breathability. Good grip will improve your precision with the steering wheel, and thus performance. Comfort will allow you to race, well, comfortably for long periods of time. Finally, breathability will prevent your hands from sweating too much.
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