Knox Orsa MK2 Gloves Review: Evolution From Mk1 Worth it?

I typically log thousands of miles annually, navigating congested highways and pothole-ridden city streets on my trusty Kawasaki Versys 650.

My hands take a beating from wind, rain, and vibration, so a solid pair of motorcycle gloves is crucial to shield my paws across endless miles of pavement.

In this Knox Orsa Leather MK2 Gloves review, I wanted to uncover whether Knox’s revised Oulton gloves can truly protect my hands from the hazards of daily street riding.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Are these the best motorcycle gloves for protection for you? Let’s analyze the details.

Knox Orsa MK2 Gloves Review


Key Takeaways

  • Flexible
  • Durable
  • Protective

Knox Oulton Mk2 Glove Overview

Knox labels the Oulton Mk2 as a “street sport” glove, denoting their optimal balance of protection and flexibility for daily street use rather than track days.

The gloves (1) feature single-handed Boa closures for easy tightening, flexible TPU hard armor over the knuckles and wrists, and a mixture of goat hide leather and textile materials.

Notably, the Mk2 iteration adds more flexible knuckle protection compared to the original Oultons.

With prominent armor and premium leather construction, do these ~$130 gloves provide sufficient real-world protection for the street? Let’s analyze the details.

Comparison to Similar Motorcycle Gloves

Reax Tasker Leather Gloves ReviewBasic leather gloves with minimal protection
Joe Rocket Velocity 3.0 Gloves ReviewShort street gloves with injection molded knuckles
Icon Contra 2 Gloves ReviewSport bike gloves with rigid carbon fiber knuckles
Alpinestars GP Pro R3 Gloves ReviewHigh-end track day gloves

The Knox Orsa MK2 balances protection, flexibility, and comfort, making them well-suited for daily street riding.

They offer more airflow than track-focused options while providing better impact defenses than basic leather