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What to Look for in Motorcycle Gloves

  08/03/2013 at 12:34 pm

What to Look for in Motorcycle Gloves

August 03, 2013

What to Look for in Motorcycle Gloves
Gloves are one of the simplest and most important pieces of  motorcycle safety gear. Not only will they protect your palms from the pavement,  they will protect you from elements like sun, wind, rain, dirt and bugs.

     

Some gloves are better than no gloves, but with that being  said, some gloves are better than others. Depending on the type of riding  you’ll be doing, you have different options to choose from for gloves. Street  riders have two basic options, leather and textile.

     

Leather gloves are made mostly from cow hide, and sometimes  deer skin. Leather is very popular with street riders because it makes it easy  to control the bike, along with functions like cruise control, communication systems,  etc.  Thicker gloves are good for keeping  your hands warm in cold weather, and thinner gloves are good for warmer  temperatures. Unfortunately, leather gloves are not waterproof, so wearing them  in the rain will cause them to gain weight and retain water.

     

Textile gloves are basically any glove made of materials  other than leather, such as ballistic nylon. Textile gloves have not always  been comparable to leather ones, but recent developments have made them just as  good, if not better. The type of material allows the gloves to breathe and have  air-flow, something leather gloves do not have. If you are looking for water  resistant gloves, look for ones with a mid-membrane waterproof layer.

     

Once you decide what style of gloves is right for you, the  next thing to think about is sizing. You want a pair that fits you well. Gloves  that are too small can cut off circulation and make your hands fall asleep.  Gloves too big will make your hand feel like it’s swimming, and you’ll find  that you have far less control of the bike. Pick a glove with good stitching…  if it looks shotty, your gloves will be about as useful as shoes without laces.  The length is important too… it should be long enough to just cover your wrist,  but no so long that you don’t have the flexibility to bend your wrist.

     

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By Eagle Leather