Icon Hooligan Gloves Review: Serious Protection or Poser Wear?

I log thousands of miles yearly on my bike, so having quality motorcycle gloves is non-negotiable for comfort and safety.

But do Icon’s entry-level Hooligan gloves offer sufficient durability and protection for the price? I decided to put them to the test in this detailed review.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Are these the best motorcycle gloves for protection for you? Keep reading to find out.

Icon Hooligan Gloves Review


Key Takeaways

  • Mesh Back Ventilation
  • Lightweight Construction
  • Versatile Warm Weather Use

A Closer Look at the Construction and Materials

  • Palm: Ax Laredo Synthetic Leather
  • Back: Polyester Mesh
  • Cuff: Velcro Closure
  • Armor: Padded Knuckle
  • Other Features: Touchscreen Compatible Fingertips

Considering the low cost, I was skeptical whether these gloves could truly shield my hands. Below, I break down the main materials and components based on my testing.

The Ax Laredo palm utilizes Icon’s synthetic leather for abrasion resistance. While not as durable as real leather, it performed decently during my testing. The supple feel allows a good feel and flexibility.

However, there are no reinforced palm sliders. This surprised me, given many comparably priced motorcycle gloves integrate extra leather or plastic for slide protection.

The mesh polyester backhand offers ventilation but minimal insulation. Fine for summer but useless once the cold hits.

I appreciate the padded knuckle armor for shock dissipation, though it’s thinner than premium options. The added protection grants peace of mind when riding.

The convenient velcro wrist closure secures the gloves, while touchscreen fingertip functionality enables the use of mobile devices.

Overall, the materials balance cost, comfort, and protection. But a lack of insulation or water resistance definitely limits their year-round versatility.

Comparison to Similar Gloves

Alpinestars SP8 V3 GlovesFull gauntlet racing glove with carbon fiber knuckle protection and external seams
Scorpion EXO Claw 2 GlovesAggressively pre-curved race glove with TPR knuckles and wrist closure
Icon Pursuit Classic GlovesVintage styled leather riding glove with knuckle armor

The Icon Hooligan gloves differ from the SP8, EXO Claw, and Pursuit models by focusing more on affordable summer protection rather than high performance or style.

The Hooligans lack the extensive armor, race-oriented ergonomics, and weatherproofing of the other gloves.

However, the sub-$50 price makes the Hooligans attractive to value-conscious riders looking for decently protective warm-weather gloves.

While they compromise cold/wet performance and crash protection compared to premium alternatives, the breathable comfort and touchscreen compatibility help fill the entry-level niche.

Breaking Down the Fit, Feel, and Comfort

Finding the right fit is imperative with riding