Street & Steel Westwood Gloves Review: Protection Without the Price Tag?

Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience. However, to fully enjoy the freedom of the open road, it’s essential to protect yourself. That’s why choosing the right motorcycle gloves is so important.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Are these the best-armored motorcycle gloves for you?

In this Street & Steel Westwood motorcycle Gloves review, we’ll take a closer look at the Street & Steel Westwood gloves to help determine if they’re the right fit for your needs and budget.

Street & Steel Westwood Gloves

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Key Takeaways

  • Affordable leather glove
  • Decent protection features
  • Quality beats the price point

Street & Steel Westwood Gloves The Bottom Line

At the end of the day, Street & Steel Westwood offers impressive value by combining supple, high-grade leather construction with useful protective features. The clean aesthetics work on everything from classic roadsters to sharp custom cafe racers to modern adventure bikes.

For less than $100, they might lack some of the premium accents of pricier racing gloves (1). But they don’t pretend to be. Instead, they focus on nailing the fundamentals like fit, comfort, protection, and resilience.

So, if you want something stylish and functional without going overboard, the Street & Steel Westwood deserves strong consideration.

Riders needing more hardcore protection may want to look elsewhere. But for riders seeking a dependable short glove that won’t destroy their wallet, the Westwood gets my seal of approval.

A Reliable Mid-Range Option

Coming in at the mid-$100 range, the Westwood offers a lot for riders looking for a solid pair of motorcycle gloves without breaking the bank.

At around $60, you get durable full-grain leather construction, decent protection for the knuckles and fingers, and an overall stylish design.

While the Westwood may not have all the premium features of top-tier track gloves, they provide good functionality for daily street riding.

The pure aniline drum-dyed leather feels supple right out of the box, while strategically placed panels add flexibility.

So if you want something stylish yet practical for casual weekend rides or even commuting, the Westwood strikes a nice balance between protection, comfort, and affordability.

Good Protection Without Getting Bulky

One of the things I appreciate about the Westwood is that it provides decent impact protection without feeling overly bulky or restrictive.

The gloves incorporate a soft thermoplastic rubber (TPR) knuckle protector that sits almost flush with the surface, so it doesn’t limit dexterity or add a lot of bulk. Even better, it’s lined with D30 impact foam to help dissipate energy from crashes or spills.

While not as burly as some racing gloves, I think the low-profile armor fits with the overall aesthetics and intended use case of the Westwood. For all-day rides, you want motorcycle gloves that flow with natural hand movement, and these deliver.

Quality Materials Where It Counts

As mentioned up top, the highlight feature of the Westwood is definitely the drum-dyed aniline cowhide leather used throughout the glove.

This type of leather undergoes a special tanning process to produce supple, durable, and highly-breathable material. Although thicker than naked leather, it still offers an excellent tactile feel.

From the shortened cuffs to the knuckle armor and articulated fingers, the dressy black leather gives the Westwood an understated look.

Street & Steel added stretch textile panels between the index finger and thumb to boost flexibility, along with elasticated accordions on the outside fingers.

However, besides a small reinforced digital goatskin leather palm patch, these gloves lack durable palm or heel reinforcement for abrasion resistance.

So, they may not be ideal for aggressive riding or racing. But for more casual use, the premium leather should hold up well to normal wear and tear.

Decent Fit with Some Minor Gripes

I tried on a large Westwood pair, which fit pretty well with my average-sized hands. The fingers were nice and snug without pinching, although the pinky area felt slightly tight and bunched.

Street & Steel gloves cater more towards American hand shapes, but I’d say the leather construction has enough give for most riders.

One thing missing that would’ve been nice is conductive index fingertip patches for using touchscreen devices. As