Can You Put Motorcycle Gloves In The Dryer?

Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts

I’m here to tackle a subject that isn’t discussed as often as it should be but one that we have all likely pondered at some point: “Can you put motorcycle gloves in the dryer?” It’s an important question. After all, our gloves are an essential part of our gear, playing a significant role in our safety, comfort, and overall riding experience. So, when they get soaked during a sudden rain shower or from our sweaty hands on a hot day, what’s the quickest and safest way to dry them?

We’ll dive into this issue, but to give you a quick answer: No, you should not put your motorcycle gloves in the dryer. While it seems like a convenient and fast solution, it can actually cause more harm than good. To understand why, we’ll need to take a closer look at the construction of our beloved motorcycle gloves and the effects of heat and tumbling on these materials.

Motorcycle gloves are typically made from a blend of materials, the most common being leather, textile fabric, or a combination of both. Many gloves also feature protective elements like hard knuckles, reinforced palms, and high-density foam. These materials are chosen for their durability, flexibility, and protective qualities, but they also come with certain care requirements to maintain their functionality and longevity.

When it comes to leather, excessive heat from a dryer can cause it to shrink and become hard, which in turn makes the gloves less comfortable and flexible. This can severely affect your ability to operate your motorcycle controls efficiently, and the stiffened, shrunken gloves could potentially pose a safety risk. Moreover, the high heat can dry out the natural oils in the leather, leading to cracking and a significantly shortened lifespan for your gloves.

Textile gloves, whether they are made from synthetic materials like Cordura or natural fibers, are also not friends with the dryer. Heat can cause these materials to warp, shrink, or melt, especially if they have waterproof membranes. Not to mention, the tumbling action of a dryer can cause damage to the protective inserts, impacting their ability to provide safety in case of a crash.

So, what’s the alternative? How can you dry your gloves safely and effectively?

The Best Way to Dry Your Motorcycle Gloves Is by Letting Them Air Dry Naturally

1. Clean your gloves

 If your gloves are muddy or dirty, clean them gently using a damp cloth. Avoid using harsh detergents or chemicals that can damage the materials.

2. Remove excess water

 If your gloves are soaking wet, blot them gently with a towel to remove as much water as possible. Avoid wringing them out as this can damage the glove’s shape and protective elements.

3. Air dry

 Once you’ve removed the excess water, let your gloves air dry naturally. Lay them flat or hang them up by the cuffs, but avoid direct sunlight or heat sources as these can cause the same problems as a dryer. Ensure they are in a well-ventilated area to speed up the drying process.

4. Condition

 If your gloves are made from leather, consider using a leather conditioner once they’ve dried. This helps to restore the oils that may have been lost during the cleaning process and keeps the leather soft and flexible.

In conclusion, despite the allure of a quick fix, resist the temptation to throw your motorcycle gloves in the dryer. Yes, air drying may take a bit more time, but in the long run, you’ll maintain the integrity, comfort, safety, and lifespan of your gloves. Keep riding safe, my friends, and take care of your gear as it takes care of you!


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