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Olympia Gloves

Since spring is around the corner, I'm starting to think about stocking up on my glove inventory.
Any suggestions for Olympia Gloves? They make so many different models, it's hard to know which ones are preferred.
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I've had a pair of their Digital Protectors for 5 years. They need replacing now but they are very comfortable. I found that the sizing ran small. I normally wear an XL and needed an XXL Olympia Glove. They are a great warm weather glove. I have a different glove for winter riding.
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Several years ago I got caught in rain up in the Adirondacks. The "waterproof" Olympia gloves I was wearing were not waterproof, nor were they colorfast. I was smiling when that photo was taken at camp, but getting my hands back to their normal color required round after round of detergent, bleaching cleanser and moisturizing lotion.

Perhaps they've addressed that issue at Olympia, but I've worn Held gloves ever since.
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I had a pair of Olympia textile gloves. They didn't last one season.

The second set I had were leather and nice and soft, "water proof" sometimes and warm till about 45 degrees.

I probably wouldn't buy a second set of either.

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I've had good luck with the Olympia Gel Sport Cowhide gloves, ordered from Aerostich. My first pair lasted at least 50k miles. Just ordered another set last spring, they feel just as good as the old ones did. Really good for $60.
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Olympia make first rate jackets/pants but their gloves are not the best. I'm not even sure if Olympia Gloves is connected or has any affiliation with Olympia Moto Sports which makes jackets and pants.

Held make fantastic gloves but they can be pricey. Check out glove reviews on www.webbikeworld.com
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Held make fantastic gloves but they can be pricey.
True on both counts. Check www.motorcyclegear.com for closeouts on good gloves, currently including Held Steve 2's. I have the gen 1 Steves which are awesome. I'm convinced the kangaroo palms make me faster.


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I have the Olympia leather gauntlet gloves and think they're fantastic. Warm, coverage over the wrist, nicely made. There's even a little wiper on the left thumb to clear the faceshield. I love my Olympia jacket too.
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I have Gerbings T5 for cooler temps but thinking of these for warmer temps. I currently have a pair of race gauntlets but the gauntlets, although protective, are overkill for regular riding and a bit of a pain to put on and I think a bit hotter. I like the idea of super fabric (ceramic) palm sliders.


http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/held-namib

I don't trust gloves made of mesh textile. In my experience kangaroo leather on the palm is really nice to have (almost all higher end gloves, regardless of brand, have it), it is thinner and stretchier so you get better feel, fit and dexterity but also much stronger and more abrasion resistant than thicker cow leather. Palm sliders are an often overlooked safety issue with gloves IMO.

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I have Gerbings T5 for cooler temps but thinking of these for warmer temps. I currently have a pair of race gauntlets but the gauntlets, although protective, are overkill for regular riding and a bit of a pain to put on and I think a bit hotter. I like the idea of super fabric (ceramic) palm sliders.


http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/held-namib

I don't trust gloves made of mesh textile. In my experience kangaroo leather on the palm is really nice to have (almost all higher end gloves, regardless of brand, have it), it is thinner and stretchier so you get better feel, fit and dexterity but also much stronger and more abrasion resistant than thicker cow leather. Palm sliders are an often overlooked safety issue with gloves IMO.
I have crash tested my Held Steve (gen I) gloves and they did a great job protecting my hands. Granted, it was low speed, but it looked like the smooth metal studs in the palm slid and protected as intended.

To stay on topic: I have Olympia winter gloves which are warm but very bulky. I have no experience with multi-season Olympia gloves.

To go off topic again: Whenever I can get away with it I wear my Held Steve gloves. Those provide the mix of comfort and protection that I am looking for. Adding a pair of $15 silk glove liners greatly extends the gloves' temperature range.
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Try aerostitch elkskin roper gloves they come in tan and black

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Held make fantastic gloves but they can be pricey. Check out glove reviews on www.webbikeworld.com
True, but worth every penny. I have tried all sorts of gloves, from Alpinestars, Scorpion, AGV, Fieldsheer, Icon, etc., and always come back to Held. Still have a pair of the Uno gloves (lightly fleeced touring gloves) that are about 5 years old now and still in great shape, while a pair of Scorpion Recon gloves are breaking up at 4 months.

I'm sticking to Held and will be very happy with them...

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