BILT tempest waterproof textile motorcycle gloves Review

I recently picked up a pair of budget winter motorcycle gloves, and given the recent drop in temperatures, it seemed like the perfect time to test them out and share my review of the BILT tempest waterproof textile motorcycle gloves.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Are these the best waterproof motorcycle gloves for you? Read on for my complete hands-on evaluation.

BILT tempest waterproof textile gloves


Key Takeaways

  • Remarkable value
  • Adequate insulation
  • Impressive water protection

A Bit of Backstory

As many fellow riders can relate to, I’ve struggled to find an ideal pair of winter Motorbike Riding Gloves. Most options either lack weather protection, aren’t very durable, or cost upwards of $100.

My daily summer Rider’s Gloves (1) are some textile Icon Twenty-Niners that I really like, but the venting makes them useless once temps start dropping.

I generally prefer a tighter, slimmer glove fit and have had bad luck with super bulky gloves cramping my hands and negatively impacting grip/feel.

However, decent winter Moto Gloves need sufficient insulation and weather resistance, too. It’s a tricky balancing act trying to get warm and dry gloves that still afford good dexterity and protection.

While wandering the local Cycle Gear shop searching for better winter Motorcyclist Gloves, I came across these intriguing Built-brand options.

According to the packaging, they featured waterproof and breathable inserts and decent abrasion protection, and they were a steal at only $20!

The store employee highly recommended them as well, given my budget constraints. It seemed almost too good to be true…so I just had to snag a pair and put them to the test!

Initial Quality Impressions

Right out of the package, I was pleasantly surprised by the construction and materials of these sub-$25 Biker Gloves.

The outer shell utilizes a combination of decent-quality leather and textile panels, with the entire glove surface coated in a weather-resistant treatment. There’s also some flexible neoprene paneling on high-movement areas like the finger joints.

The palms feature added cowhide reinforcement for improved abrasion resistance in a slide. D3O foam padding in the knuckle protector provides impact dissipation in crashes as well. For cold weather protection, the liner contains a windproof and waterproof Hipora membrane.

An elastic wrist panel, adjustable wrist closure strap, and Lycra finger gussets allow easier glove donning while ensuring a firm fit.

The materials and design seem well-suited for providing an optimum balance of flexibility, ventilation, and protection.

Sizing, Fit, & Comfort

I ordered a size small, which is my usual glove size in most brands. Just as I prefer, the Built winter