Your fingers, palms, and wrists are very fragile and don’t hold up well to any kind of crash. Gloves provide considerable protection, including reinforced construction and integrated abrasion-resistant armor. Plus, gloves enhance long-term riding comfort. After all, who doesn’t appreciate a good pair of heated gloves on an early-fall ride?
When riding off road, prioritize grip/dexterity, abrasion resistance, and comfort. If you're riding adventure or are in the bush, you'll want gloves that give you total control over the bars (and throttle).