REV’IT! Dominator 3 Gloves Review: Stiff Armor Hamper All-Day Comfort?

My hands take a beating from wind, rain, and vibration, so a solid pair of gloves is crucial. In this review, I wanted to uncover whether Rev’It’s top-shelf Dominator 3 motorcycle gloves can truly shield my paws across endless miles of pavement and dirt.

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

REV’IT! Dominator 3 Gloves Review


Key Takeaways

  • Gore Grip Insert
  • Cinching Wrist Closure
  • Pitards Sheepskin Palm

Construction Combines

The Dominator 3 gloves (1) utilize goatskin leather on the backhand with abrasion-resistant Pitards sheepskin at the palm.

Sheepskin improves grip and tactile feel compared to bovine leather. The palm coating also resists moisture and sweat intrusion. I appreciate how Rev’It locates specific leathers in strategic zones for optimized performance.

Gore-Tex Insert Bonds with Palm and Fingertips

Underlying the exterior is a Gore-Tex liner with Gore Grip technology. This heat-fuses the waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex membrane to the palm and fingertips instead of loosely floating inside. The bonding enhances comfort and feedback while preventing liner bunching.

For riders traversing unpredictable terrain and fickle weather, Gore-Tex protection brings peace of mind against soggy gloves.

Sophisticated Closure Tightens the Wrist Profile

An intuitive velcro closure system cinches the gauntlet snugly as you fasten the strap. The narrowing wrist profile resists air infiltration for augmented temperature regulation.

The hook-and-loop design also simplifies sliding your hands inside without fiddling with multiple closure components.

Reinforced Knuckles Defend Against Impact

Shielding the knuckles, injected TPU protectors overlay foam padding to absorb crashes. Together with goatskin’s natural abrasion resistance, your fists remain guarded from rocks or tarmac. Just note that the extensive armoring somewhat hinders dexterity until the gloves are broken in.

Stretch Panels Allow Flexibility

Generous accordion stretch at the thumb, index finger, and middle finger promotes ease of movement.

The expansion zones prevent the glove material from binding up as you operate controls for a responsive, unencumbered feel.

Comparison To Other Armored Motorcycle Gloves

Alpinestars SP8 V3 GlovesHeavy-duty adventure touring glove with waterproof Hipora liner, TPR palm slider and polycarbonate knuckle armor.
Icon Pursuit Classic GlovesRace-inspired sport gloves with kangaroo palm, carbon knuckle protector, and PU cuff.
Scorpion EXO Claw 2 GlovesAll-weather sport touring glove with full leather construction, waterproof Hipora liner, and injected PU knuckle protector.
Alpinestars Cayenne 2 GlovesHeavy-duty adventure touring glove with waterproof Hipora liner, TPR palm slider, and polycarbonate knuckle armor.
Joe Rocket Velocity 3.0 GlovesMesh and textile sport bike