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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-27-2017, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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What gloves do you wear?

I'm looking for three season gloves (spring, summer, fall) for my wife and I. Gauntlet style with palm sliders. The Knox SMS line has my interest, but I'm wondering what members of the board are wearing; where did you get them, and how much? Waterproof? Windproof?
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I carry 3 or 4 pair with me when I ride. I also install heated grips on most of my bikes to extend my riding comfort with the pair I have on at the time.

Part of the reason is because I don't want to expose my Gore-Tex gloves to the UV and oils from my skin unless I am riding in the rain.

Whatever brand you get, make sure they are comfortable but can't come off when the straps are cinched up.

I carry mesh or perforated, 3 season Gore-Tex, warm weather waterproof, and a solid leather pair. Swap out as needed.

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I just bought some BMW GS Dry gloves. I was looking for the same as you, spring, summer, fall, gauntlet, and waterproof. . I've only had them a week but they are good at 55 and also at 82. And they are waterproof. About 85 degrees might be their max though. I have vented gloves and lined winter gloves, and these seem to be perfect for in between those two. And I got the GS Dry gloves at a local BMW dealer and they were $150. I didn't really want to spend that much, but they felt so good on my hands, I guess you could say they fit like a glove.

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just get something within your budget and be ready to throw within 6 month. No need to buy expensive ones as they don't last. I have a few for long rides and they don't cost much.
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I usually carry two pair, except on long trips, where I carry more (depending on where I'm heading!) to cover expected weather.

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My main gloves are Held Thrux racing type gloves. They have slight perforation in inside of fingers but are warm enough for a slightly cooler day. The main reason I invested in expensive gloves like these, and there are lots of other great choices in this category, was their more serious wrist protection. I did this after an accident in which I broke a wrist. I also have gloves I use in cooler weather.

Having crashed with a resulting serious wrist injury, actually my only injury, I would suggest taking palm/wrist sliders, and wrist protection, very seriously. Anything that will grip the road can contribute to an injury. Super-fabric or plastic that slides easily on the road and won't rip your wrist around when it hits the road and grips is is desirable. In my accident the base of my palm/wrist (exactly where the palm sliders are on a glove) hit the road first, hard, and gripped, ripping my wrist back and breaking it. After the initial impact your hands instinctively ball up hence the protection on the back of the gloves. Wrist and other fractures to the joints are serious because they can't be totally repaired, unlike more basic bone fractures.

I find I do not require waterproof gloves in hot summertime as wet gloves are more comfortable than gloves that are too warm.
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I find I do not require waterproof gloves in hot summertime as wet gloves are more comfortable than gloves that are too warm.
Plus, if you're anything like me, gloves that are too warm very quickly become wet gloves
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My main gloves are Held Thrux racing type gloves. They have slight perforation in inside of fingers but are warm enough for a slightly cooler day. The main reason I invested in expensive gloves like these, and there are lots of other great choices in this category, was their more serious wrist protection. I did this after an accident in which I broke a wrist. I also have gloves I use in cooler weather.

Having crashed with a resulting serious wrist injury, actually my only injury, I would suggest taking palm/wrist sliders, and wrist protection, very seriously. Anything that will grip the road can contribute to an injury. Super-fabric or plastic that slides easily on the road and won't rip your wrist around when it hits the road and grips is is desirable. In my accident the base of my palm/wrist (exactly where the palm sliders are on a glove) hit the road first, hard, and gripped, ripping my wrist back and breaking it. After the initial impact your hands instinctively ball up hence the protection on the back of the gloves. Wrist and other fractures to the joints are serious because they can't be totally repaired, unlike more basic bone fractures.

I find I do not require waterproof gloves in hot summertime as wet gloves are more comfortable than gloves that are too warm.
The wrist protection is what's drawing me to the Knox gloves. They seem to have the best palm slider tech but I'm not keen on the exposed ratchet system cables. Seems like they could snag on things easily. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...i-sport-gloves


My wife is an RN and has seen so many injuries to the Scaphoid area. It can not only end your bike riding but your job and everything else you do with your hands. We ordered these for her. They're made by Scorpion but they use the Knox sliders in the palms. https://www.amazon.com/ScorpionExo-W...xo+mkii+gloves

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...Having crashed with a resulting serious wrist injury, actually my only injury, I would suggest taking palm/wrist sliders, and wrist protection, very seriously. Anything that will grip the road can contribute to an injury. Super-fabric or plastic that slides easily on the road and won't rip your wrist around when it hits the road and grips is is desirable. In my accident the base of my palm/wrist (exactly where the palm sliders are on a glove) hit the road first, hard, and gripped, ripping my wrist back and breaking it. After the initial impact your hands instinctively ball up hence the protection on the back of the gloves. Wrist and other fractures to the joints are serious because they can't be totally repaired, unlike more basic bone fractures....
I agree, I only use gloves with hard armor on the palms now. After having my hand broken in a crash last year I like hard armor on the knuckles, too.

My favorite protective gloves are the REV'IT! Cayenne Pro Gloves. They have a hard palm slider and an aluminum knuckle guard. Yet are amazingly comfortable.


Even more comfortable but still offering some protection are my Held Rodneys. They have super fabric on the palms. But unfortunately have soft armor on the knuckles.


For waterproof gloves I use the Held Rainstars. They have stingray leather on the palm, which is tough and will slide like super fabric. The waterproof liner is bonded to shell, so it never comes out even when you try to remove wet hands. They have a hard knuckle also, I think it's metal but not sure.
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Sounds like some of you need to slow down.

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my favs that I've had for years is the Knox Handroid. they're frightfully expensive, but at the time I was riding (and still ride) a ZX14 and I figure you can never have too much protection. they work very well in hot weather, they're rebuildable(!) when I wear them out, and fit better than any road glove I've ever had.

https://www.planet-knox.com/product/...orcycle-gloves

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...I find I do not require waterproof gloves in hot summertime as wet gloves are more comfortable than gloves that are too warm....
For 'waterproof' I use a pair of those waterproof gloves for working w/ sewage (from Harbor Freight or Princess Auto) sized to fit OVER a pair of MX gloves. I've ridden in some VERY long rain-storms w/ my hands comfortable and DRY!
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my favs that I've had for years is the Knox Handroid. they're frightfully expensive, but at the time I was riding (and still ride) a ZX14 and I figure you can never have too much protection. they work very well in hot weather, they're rebuildable(!) when I wear them out, and fit better than any road glove I've ever had.

https://www.planet-knox.com/product/...orcycle-gloves
Yeah I saw that and it's an awesome glove but the $270.00 price tag scared me away. The Nexos at $180.00 is bad enough.
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Yeah I saw that and it's an awesome glove but the $270.00 price tag scared me away. The Nexos at $180.00 is bad enough.
The old saw about "If you have a ten dollar head, wear a ten dollar helmet" rang true...

"I'm about to hit the pavement at 55 mph palms down, sure glad I bought the Cycle Gear $20 gloves.... Oh, wait....? Oh ****!!!!"
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[QUOTE=aboyandhisversys;1435362]The old saw about "If you have a ten dollar head, wear a ten dollar helmet" rang true...

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The old saw about "If you have a ten dollar head, wear a ten dollar helmet" rang true...

"I'm about to hit the pavement at 55 mph palms down, sure glad I bought the Cycle Gear $20 gloves.... Oh, wait....? Oh ****!!!!"
Agreed, but just to be clear, I never said anything about buying $20 gloves from Cycle Gear. That would be silly. I AM looking at the $180.00 set from Knox. Does that mean I'm going to be worse off because I didn't buy their $270.00 pair? Who knows. But I doubt every experienced rider here has their $270.00 (or higher) pair.
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For 'waterproof' I use a pair of those waterproof gloves for working w/ sewage (from Harbor Freight or Princess Auto) sized to fit OVER a pair of MX gloves. I've ridden in some VERY long rain-storms w/ my hands comfortable and DRY!
Great idea! This might also work for cold weather too instead of buying second pair of cold weather gloves although I would expect the result is a little bulky.
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I'm a glove whore. OK, a general gear whore. I have at least a dozen pairs of gloves hanging around, but my current "go to" are:

Olympia Weatherking II Goretex: cow skin; have worn them as low as 6F without heated grips; too warm over ~40F, waterproof, bulky, can't live without these

Held Steve Classic: kangaroo skin; cool to very hot temps; palm sliders, visor wipe, great control feel

Lee Parks Deersports w/ Outlast: deerskin; sorta cool (~40 F) to hot temps; no palm sliders but extra leather patch on the palm, great control feel

Aerostich Competition Ropers: elkskin; these go on when it's super hot; no palm sliders, very basic, visor wipe

I carry waterproof glove covers all year, but I do have some waterproof BMW-branded "Atlantis" Gore-tex X-Trafit (liners won't pull out with your wet hands) gloves I sometimes wear if I'm headed out in heavy rain.
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