Sim Racing Gloves Buyer’s Guide: Which are Best for Sim Racing?

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As well as a good pair of race or karting boots, sim racing gloves are (in my humble opinion) an absolute necessity over pretty much any other. In our updated 2024 buyer’s guide, we’re going to look at my favourites (all of which I own myself) and, I’ll take a look at what features of a sim racing glove are most important.


A good pair of gloves while driving the sim is an absolute must – you get a better level of grip and the racing feels more, serious. With the right sim racing gloves, you get excellent tactility on the steering wheel and lose absolutely nothing in terms of feel. You can use your shifters, rotaries, and buttons just as accurately and in some cases, more so.

Sim Racing Gloves Buyer’s Guide: Which are Best for Sim Racing?
  • F33L Sim Racing Gloves
  • SimHound
  • Alpinestars F-Lite
  • Freem
  • Advanced SimRacing Gloves by Moradness
  • Alpinestars Tech-1 K V2 Gloves
  • The Best: SimHound vs F33L

And with today’s selection, “touchscreen compatibility” is a given.

Using my SimHound externally stitched sim racing gloves
Using my SimHound externally stitched sim racing gloves

Critically, you can keep a suede / Alcantara rim in much better condition, for longer – I have wheels I’ve owned for years that still look brand new because I’ve never driven them with bare hands. The grease and sweat (gross, I know) can build up in the Alcantara and the end result looks pretty bad. It also ruins the resale value of the wheel.

damaged Alcantara on this Fanatec sim steering rim
This is what *not* wearing sim racing gloves will do to a steering wheel (it’s OK, I recovered this – Alcantara can be rescued)

Can you use real FIA Racing gloves in the sim?

Here’s an old photo of me using a pair of Sparco RG-7 FIA-approved racing gloves (see here):

Sparco RG7
My Sparco RG7’s on the wheel

FIA racing gloves are overkill for sim racing; they’re probably 3 times too expensive and you get hot because of the lack of airflow. They’re fireproof which I dearly hope you’ll never need in the simulator. There’s simply no use case for proper racing gloves in the sim.

On that note here is a list of our top sim racing gloves – with the revised, externally stitched SimHound Gloves and the F33L SR2’s (below) being my two favourites.

F33L SR2 Sim Racing Gloves

If you’re looking for something ultra-lightweight, then F33L’s SR2 washable sim racing gloves are worthy of consideration. Here are mine:

F33l sim racing gloves - excellent fit, breathable, and lots of grip
F33l sim racing gloves – excellent fit, breathable, and lots of grip

I chose these gloves because of the bright, bold pattern and the fact that they’re on offer from Sim-Lab, which needs absolutely no introduction to a sim racer.

F33L Sim gloves available in blue or red
F33L Sim gloves available in blue or red

When you slide them on, the inner lining feels smooth on your hands. I’d class my hand size as “medium” but actually, the small size is the better fit for me. You always want to have a tightly fitting glove, or you’ll lose that all-important tactility.

The velcro strap is super strong, once you’ve got these on, they’re not going anywhere. As you can probably see from the photos, they’re co-branded by F33l and Sim-Lab, as I understand it Sim-Lab acquired this brand last year. High praise indeed.

F33l sim racing gloves in blue

The F33l gloves have a slender, ergonomic design that fits snugly. They have touchscreen patches on the forefinger and thumb (as all sim racing gloves do now – this used to be a unique selling point!

In use: the F33l sim racing gloves on my custom RSR wheel

I’d say most of the time, the smaller sizes will probably offer the best fit. Even while gripping the wheel you can see (pictured above) how the material stretches to my hand without offering significant resistance. With all that grip on the palms, there’s no question of their suitability for a sim steering wheel – they’re just, really, really good gloves.

If you’re buying F33l gloves, make sure you’re going for the best fit. There’s nothing worse than gloves that are too big! Measure the circumference of your hand. During the first use, the anodized rubber may take a few hours to adjust to your hand, but you can adjust the fingers for optimal comfort. Here’s the official glove sizing chart from F33l:

Sim racing glove sizing chart for F33l sim gloves
Glove sizing chart for F33l sim gloves

The F33l SR2s are available in sizes S to XXL, refer to the size chart to find your perfect fit. Sim-Lab also provides a 12-month warranty period, which for gloves is exceptional value. According to the label, they’re washable at a maximum temperature of 30c.

SimHound Gloves

I owned the original SimHound Gloves which have since been significantly updated:

sim racing gloves from SimHound
The original SimHound Gloves

Simhound uses an elasticated fabric construction that is snug-fitting with a touchscreen-compatible forefinger and a nice grip pattern on the palms. This philosophy has reigned true with the latest iteration of their gloves, except they’ve switched to external stitching:

Externally stitched Simhound gloves
Externally stitched Simhound gloves

Something Simhound gets very right is in the construction. The gloves have the right amount of stretch in the outer fabric providing a nice sensation of support when you’re holding on to the wheel. The material doesn’t stretch quite as the F33l gloves do, but nonetheless, they’re grippy and very nice to work with:

SimHound branded gloves – a little shorter at the wrists than the F33ls and very breathable

The fabric is hard-wearing with a firm feeling to it and good breathability. Here they are being tested (at Sebring, in rFactor2, in the Radical)

SimHound gloves on the wheel
SimHound gloves on the wheel

You’ll notice a slight overstretch between my thumb and forefinger – Simhound has always fitted me like this. It’s not an issue in the slightest and these gloves are certainly a bit cheaper than the F33l gloves, so no issues for me.

There’s a variety of colour options on their website including these:

Simhound sim racing gloves also available in different colours
Simhound sim racing gloves also available in different colors

Alpinestars F-Lite

Cycling gloves are perfect for tactility and staying cool. The best gloves are very thin, like these Alpinestars, and usually come with touchscreen compatibility. Price-wise wise they’re no different to sim racing gloves so if you’re a keen cyclist, maybe these are the better option as all-rounders?

Alpinestars F-Lite
Alpinestars F-Lite

If heat is an issue, try a lightweight glove like the popular Alpinestars F-Lite cycling gloves. These were most like my original Augury gloves – very light, very tactile, but likely to wear quickly in comparison to some of the other gloves we own.

Freem SIM21 racing gloves

Freem is a well-known high-end Motorsports manufacturer that has dipped its toes into the sim racing world. They’ve come up with the higher-end, higher-priced Freem Sim-glove, the SIM21. This is a photo from last year and, they’re still practically brand new:

Freem's sim racing gloves
Freem’s sim racing gloves (the predecessor to the new SIM21 gloves)

Freem has manufactured sim racing gloves with input from the “world’s top sim racers” and have all of the features you’d hope for grip, screen compatibility, and so on. The only catch, aside from the price, is finding somewhere that has them in stock.

They’re very light, using an interesting and very stretchy fabric. A word of caution on these, though. Buy small, as they work best when snugly fitted.

Freem SIM21 sim racing gloves
Freem SIM21 racing gloves

As with all items from Freem, the SIM 21 gloves are made in Italy. Freem has revised the fabrics on the palm surface with what they call “L-Grip” which is intended to provide high levels of grip on the steering wheel and wheel controls.

Freem SIM21 gloves worn by one of the Apex Racing UK team

I found these gloves to be extremely light and breathable and they fit very snugly, almost like a second skin. In total, they only weigh 32 grams! These are touchscreen compatible on the index finger and thumb. My only mild complaint with Freem’s design is that the fingers are slightly too long for my hands. So I suppose if you’re a skinny hands / long fingers type, these are for you.

Advanced SimRacing Gloves by Moradness

We really like these new gloves from Moradnesss. The Advanced SimRacing Gloves by Moradness are another comfortable pair of gloves that you can go with for your Sim racing setup. The padded grippy palms along with pre-curved fingers ensure that you have a strong and comfortable grip over the wheel.

Advanced SimRacing Gloves by Moradness (check price / availability here)

And with the outside seam, you can have a slightly better precision and it also helps you find your sweet spot on the steering wheel. And since these gloves are from Moradness, there’s no doubting the quality of these premium gloves.

Moradness sim racing gloves

Aesthetically, the mesh of black and purple color with Moradness branding on the front gives a charming look to the gloves. All things considered, these are a nice pair of sim racing gloves and if you have a reasonable budget for your next pair of sim raciing gloves, these come highly recommended

Alpinestars Tech-1 K V2 Gloves

If you’re after lightweight gloves with a strong grip, the Alpinestars Tech-1 K V2 Gloves are worthy of your hard-earned money. Aesthetically, you have a plethora of options here and you can choose anything from lime color to the standard Black Targray color. Personally, the pair with the black and yellow color scheme is my favorite. 

Alpinestars Tech-1 K V2 Gloves
Alpinestars Tech-1 K V2 Gloves (check availability)

As for the grip, you’ll get a textured palm and fingertips that ensure a strong grip over the steering wheel. These long-sized gloves offer a snuggle fit as you only have to slide your hand and the soft fabric will take care of the rest.

Alpinestars Tech-1 K V2 Gloves
Alpinestars Tech-1 K V2 Gloves (check availability)

There’s a mesh material found between the fingers which can improve the airflow as well and even after marathon gaming sessions, your fingers won’t be very sweaty. Overall, a pretty decent pair for your sim racing, and you can even use them for real-life driving.

Moradnesss Classic White Gloves

Moradness is a household name when it comes to racing gloves and every sim racing enthusiast seems to be awed by the quality of these gloves. Moradness offers a variety of professional gloves but the Moradness Classic White Gloves caught our eye with their premium quality.

Moradness sim racing gloves
Moradness sim racing gloves

The iconic Moradness gloves offer a strong palm grip with pre-curved fingers that ensure comfort and precision. On the outer side, you’re getting polyester material, and inside, nylon material is stitched and both work in a medley to offer a nice grip. 

One of the things that I liked about these gloves is their clean look, something that is often missing from most professional racing gloves. 

Moradness Sim Racing Gloves
Moradness Sim Racing Gloves

Moreover, these slide-in gloves offer a snuggle fit and while purchasing, you have the option of customizing the gloves and engraving your name and flag on the gloves. Finally, designed for sim racing and kart racing, the Moradness Classic White Gloves enable you to get the best of both worlds in a single pair of gloves. 

Trak Racer Multi-use gloves

Don’t want to spend a fortune on racing gloves? The Trak Racer Multi-use gloves give you the best bang for the buck without making a dent in your bank statement. Some of their designs happen to look amazing, too. Despite the low price tag, you’re getting a nice pair of gloves that come with strong palm and finger grips for optimal driving experience. These are going to be my next acquisition.

TRAK RACER MULTI-USE SIM RACING GLOVES - BLUE
TRAK RACER MULTI-USE SIM RACING GLOVES – BLUE (availability / stock)

The gloves are also touch-screen friendly and with the breathable material, you won’t be sweating after long gaming sessions. Also, these aren’t as long as some of the other professional racing gloves on here and you can easily use them for other sports such as Karting and BMX.

TRAK RACER MULTI-USE GLOVES - BLACKED OUT
TRAK RACER MULTI-USE GLOVES – BLACKED OUT

For this price, you’re getting an excellent deal on the Trak Racer Multi-use gloves, and if your main purpose is to protect your Alkantara steering from regular wear and tear, these are some pocket-friendly options for you.

TRAK RACER MULTI-USE GLOVES - BLACKED OUT
TRAK RACER MULTI-USE GLOVES – BLACKED OUT

Opinion: What are the best gloves for sim racing?

Well that’s the question, isn’t it? I’ve tried all of these gloves and more (my favourite Augury gloves became obsolete and wore out in the end). Personally, I think it comes down to F33L vs SimHound.

SimHound (left) vs F33L (right)
Grip patterns: SimHound
(left) vs F33L
(right)

It’s a difficult choice as they’re different in a few critical ways. The SimHound gloves have a more supportive feel while the F33l gloves are softer and stretch more. Fit-wise, for me, the F33L gloves are a slightly better match to the shape of my hand, but I’d be equally happy to wear the SimHounds for the next year or so.

Top: F33L (left) vs SimHound (right)

If I was pushed to make a choice, I think the F33L gloves are the best choice for sim racing.

They come at a slight premium, price-wise – especially if you live outside of the EU which adds a bit of extra delivery cost. But, with all that said, the difference between the two is so marginal that I think you’d be happy with either choice.

Need a hand? How to measure yourself for your next pair of sim racing gloves

Measuring your hands to fit your sim racing gloves is very easy. Just measure the circumference of your hand with a tape measure:

Glove size guide from Alpinestars
Glove size guide from Alpinestars

As you can see from the diagram above, measure the circumference of your hand following the path of the red line in the image. Then take that measurement and compare it to the manufacturer’s size guide.

Each size guide will be slightly different, so just because you’re an “M” for a set of gloves from Alpinestars doesn’t mean the same thing with Freem, SimHound, Sparco, and so on. I think the safer choice is always to go slightly smaller than you think you need, not larger. And always check the sizing guide on the product page!

Whatever you choose, gloves enhance your sense of enjoyment in the simulator. I recommend all drivers choose a pair of gloves and then get onto a good pair of boots, too.


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