Five perfect pairs of driving gloves for winter motoring

Originally designed for sports cars with a wood-rimmed steering wheel, driving gloves are an almost-essential component for some spirited winter driving. Looking just as good out your Porsche 911 as in it, we’ve put together five perfect pairs for a slightly alternative group test:

Jeffery West Driving Glove – 4 stars
Jeffrey West

Better known for their high-end shoes, these tan leather driving gloves from Jeffery West are certainly a match for the British designer’s footwear. Visually, they are particularly understated, although the scarlet wrist piping and silver button fastening add some aesthetic intrigue.

Despite the external seams, the stitching is first class, while the soft external leather is beautifully complimented by the red silk lining, making for a supremely luxurious feel.
Price: £95
www.jeffery-west.co.uk 

Historica Classic Driving Glove – 3.5 stars
Historica

This Italian-made pair from British firm, Historica Racewear are one of the most comfortable pairs of gloves on test, particularly around the palm and fingers, although they aren’t as soft as the Acapello or Jeffery West gloves.

The aesthetics aren’t as appetising, with the some unsightly external seams, large breathing holes and (admittedly practical) ribs on the palm. The stitching isn’t as neat as its rivals either but they are the most affordable offering here.
Price: £55
www.historicaracewear.com

Akapello County Driving Glove – 4.5 stars
Akapello

Sometimes, paying a premium really does bring excellent results. This is certainly the case with these gloves from boutique designer, Akapello. They may be expensive but, alongside the exclusivity, the tan-and-brown colour combination is stunning.

The internal seams produce a beautifully styled glove yet, unlike the Black pair, the lining masks any feeling of the superb stitch work. Their fit is easily the best on test and the lightweight yet quality leather makes for a glove that barely feels like it is being worn.
Price: £175
www.wolfandbadger.com

Black Driving Gloves – 3 stars
Black

Featured here in ‘Navy and Tobacco’ these classically-styled gloves from Black are available in an evocative selection of colours. The styling, with its central pop fastener, contrast stitching, and open back is certainly appealing.

However, while the fit around the fingers is good, the lack of lining makes the internal seams make these the most uncomfortable on test, especially when flexing. It’s a shame as they are excellently presented, including their own protective pouch.
Price: £72
www.black.co.uk

Suixtil Endurance Race Gloves
Suixtil

Previously known for clothing F1 stars in the 1950s, the resurrected Suixtil brand offers these iconic brown leather gloves. The hide is of a premium quality befitting the price tag and, along with the soft lining, they are an excellent choice for colder, winter excursions.

The detailing is understated, although the suede pull tabs and thumb reinforcement are nice touches. The fit is on the larger side, especially around the wrist (which doesn’t come with any fastening method).
Price: £96
www.suixtil.co.uk

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