Biker gloves, what to get?

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  1. ProteinNerd

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    I didnt realise this but apparently if you are on a scooter, you don't need any protection because its not a motorcycle....
     
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  2. ButteMT61

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    For sure. Because got blacktop is totally different falling off of a motorcycle at 60 than falling off of s scooter at 60. It's challenge anybody to just run as fast as they can and dive on the road. Nobody will do it for good reason.
     
  3. Monitor

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    Can confirm.

    I wear armoured Alpinestars and Dainese, both with stainless steel and thermoplastic resin on the knuckles.
     
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  4. Graemsay

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    The Knox Handroid gloves are one of the few designs to be fully CE certified. This is still pretty rare, and indicates that they should take a fair amount of abuse if you go down in them.

    BKS (the made-to-measure part) no longer make their gloves in Devon, but have outsourced production to a company in Pakistan. The new range looks good, and they've got a couple of short styles in stock, one of which has an Outlast lining. Their long cuff design is due at the end of the month.

    I've got an old pair of their made in Devon gloves, and the new ones have more armour, including scaphoid protection.

    The gloves aren't CE certified, but are made to the standard. That's largely because they're being made in a small batch, and it's not cost effective to do so.

    Both Knox and BKS gloves will look after your hands. So I agree with @Plumbline on these recommendations. And they're both on my shopping list for a new pair.
     
  5. 01flhr

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    My dad bought me a pair of harley winter gauntlets and i can say im suprised i like them as much as i do. I personally would have bought vanson or fox creek but i cant complain about a christmas present that i actually like
     
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  6. ingineer

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  7. navetsea

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    I dunno... for 5-10 mins commuting here at 30-60kmh speed, leather jacket + leather gloves, would be too much of costume territory, I have a sheepskin unlined gloves I use sometime for driving, but not really for riding
     
  8. Cocker

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    On those 5-10 minutes, anything can happen. A car can cut you off, whatever. Try to slide your hands on the asphalt at even 30Km/H, and you will sorely regret not wearing gloves...
     
  9. Monitor

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    True, and it's not just sliding. I thought leather gloves would suffice until I got doored; slammed the back car door with my hand, that someone decided to suddenly open in the middle of the road for no reason whatsoever. Okay, I was too close but anyway... Hit me right in the knuckle. It somehow got in between of the brake and everything. Couldn't do anything with my hand for two weeks even though I couldn't have been going for more than 10 km/h. After that I don't even look at the bike without putting on armored gloves.
     
  10. ButteMT61

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    To prove the "I'm only going five minutes from home" myth, my wife has been hit twice within one mile of our home in three years. One car totaled, one not only due to the size of her vs them was in her favor. Both sitting at a red light. So yeah, prepare for the worst even if you're "only" going to the corner and back. Words to literally live by...
     
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  11. bn1966

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    Nearest petrol station to me is 100 metres away, speed wise I'm probably not getting past 20 MPH. Knox armour & proper motorcycle gloves every time (even just to top the tank up).

    I've tried Tarmac surfing after parting company with a scooter & can confirm it still hurts :)
     
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  12. rocketeer

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    My wife tripped recently(walking down the street) and got gravel in her scaphoids. Took ages to heal.
    You really don't need to spend a fortune if you don't want to. No need for my Power Ranger GP pro's, but do get some reasonable gloves that you think will suit your purpose which is why you asked the question in the original post. Almost anything is better than nothing, but for the gloves to last and be comfortable, the price you pay can determine the quality and a recommended brand is often mentioned due to experiences with that brand. That is why there are cheap and expensive on the market.
     
  13. Sheepdog149

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    "Motostuka" & "Grifter" are two different companies that make rugged leather riding gloves -- check em' out

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  14. red devil

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    Thanks for all the recommendations! I was hesitating between getting armored glove and cavalry style ones (more to go in line with the jackets I own), but reading this thread convinced I need proper protection.
     
  15. Edward

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    It's only sensible. I've been looking at al ot of bike stuff recently: fortunately for folks who like the old-school look, it seems a lot of companies are starting to cotton on that you can make and sell gear that both looks good and has a reasonalbe levle of safety protection!

    I've heard mixed reviews about the Biltwell: they look great, but all the ones I looked at were just basic leather gloves, not what I'd call mc gloves in terms of protective clothing. Though myself, I have considered picking up a pair of neat-fitting kevlar knit gloves - the sort you see used in commercial warehouses - to wear as an inner-layer under some nice-looking gloves. I'm not planning to find out any time soon, but it seems to me that in a spill it's the abrasion-resistance that matters more than knuckle protection...

    Goldtop is a name in British leathers that has been recently revived and are starting to gain a good reputation. Their gloves look really nice - I especially like the look of the Quilted Cafe Racer model: [​IMG], as well as the older style gauntlets: [​IMG]

    Most of their gloves are fleece-lined, though some are also available unlined, or with sheepskin fleece lining. Seem to be getting rave reviews from a lot of people actually using them on bikes.

    Roland Sands of California is another name starting to gain a solid reputation for vintage (in this case, more 70s) style motorcycle gear with a reasonable level of protection. I like their Dezel / Diesel / Diezel (seen the various on sale as all of these) gloves, especially the two-tone version:

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    Oh, ha, yes.... It's amazing how many people I see on scooters, travelling at the same speeds as a motorcycle in town, yet I don't recall the last time I saw one of them wearing any safety gear beyond the (legally required) helmet. I'll grant that sometimes scooters can be perceived as more stable, or at least less likely to pull you down under them, in a spill, what with sitting on top of the motor rather than with your legs wrapped around it, BUT much beyond that....

    Others have already commented on this. Suffice it to say I remember reading a report here in the UK which showed a shockingly high number of motorcycle accidents involving injury take place within a mile of the home - perhaps because people are that little bit careless sometimes in relation to proper kit when they're only gonig round the corner, I don't know...
     
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  16. navetsea

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    padded gloves are so bulky, there must be a way to carry them when not in use,

    Why not just cut-proof mittens/ gloves for kitchen or fishing
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  17. Cocker

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    Because they have ZERO impact protection... And sure, they might be cut proof, but what about the abrasion?

    I've never seen a bike or a scooter without at least a small compartment under the seat or so on where you can store your gloves
     
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  18. Graemsay

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    OK, how about the Knox Orsa Mark II?

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    They're a fairly plain, black glove. You probably wouldn't notice the Power Ranger elements from a distance. The closure will be hidden by your jacket's cuff.

    The gloves have a full CE rating, which is incredibly rare, scaphoid and knuckle protection, multiple layers of leather on the palm, and memory foam padding in impact areas.

    Whilst not as stylish as the Roland Sands gloves, I know which I'd rather wear in an off...
     
  19. Monitor

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    I love these!
     
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  20. 01flhr

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    Z custom would probably be willing to do just about anything you want. Im talking to them right now about a jacket and adolph seems to be more than accomodating as far as the jacket goes.
     
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