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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-18-2019, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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***Moderators...you should probably move this to the "Rider's Gear" section. (My bad!)

Since I'm a relative cheapskate when it comes to gear/clothing my Kawasaki dealer sold me on a pair of, what I call expensive ($70), Fly Racing Brawler gloves. I currently have a few pairs but they're getting worn out. Problem I have is that the mediums fit great...until I'm riding. Then they tend to pull down on my finger tips and make my hands go numb. Then I have a pair of large that have a little too much play where I wind up hitting my horn instead of my turn signal button.

I went large on these as the mediums were a little tight. Rode about 100 miles on them and my takes are:
1) Really nice gloves, fit well
2) Kevlar-sewn
3) Plenty of armor
4) Thick pads on the "hypothenal eminence", or the outer edge of the palm running down the pinky finger.







Problem so far is that even the large, which I have some play in the fingers PRIOR to twisting the throttle, tend to pull down on my finger tips again! But where my hands would normally go numb on the H.E. the thick padding has cured that! I'll have to figure something out with this, maybe some kind of liners.


I also rode over to CycleGear as I was looking at some close-out overpants. The Bilt brand were decent at $70 but they only had 36's, and there's no straps to tighten. So after trying on a few different brands I went with some Alpine Stars Airflow overpants. Mind you, I've NEVER worn overpants except for a pair of snow pants that I bought for cheap off of Amazon in these cold, Florida riding days!
I tried on 4 different pairs of overpants and every one of them were impossible to get my boots through. Their inner lining would snag on the sole of my boots to where they were, literally, impossible to get my foot through.
With these Air Flow's they zip up from the rear of the ankle and wrap around all the way to the crotch! Easy in, easy out! ($140) They don't have much armor but I can replace the knees with CE stuff. But they feel pretty durable and not too hot for the summer time. We'll see how they hold up.
My major concern...I'm going to be sliding a lot on the seat so I may look for some sticky iron-on type patches to place on the butt area to prevent the sliding.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-20-2019, 08:04 AM
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Nice gloves! I will have to take a look at those. As I have similar issues which you described.
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With regard to the finger tips pushing down on your fingers. 1) Those look to be leather, so after about 10 rides (especially if you sweat in them) they should fit better. 2) Sounds crazy, but I found that if I leave my fingernails a little longer leading up to a ride, the tips of the gloves do not bother me as much.
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With regard to the finger tips pushing down on your fingers. 1) Those look to be leather, so after about 10 rides (especially if you sweat in them) they should fit better. 2) Sounds crazy, but I found that if I leave my fingernails a little longer leading up to a ride, the tips of the gloves do not bother me as much.

You're probably right about the finger nails...but I'm so anal about keeping my nails cut short I couldn't take having anything longer than a little white!!!
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took me quite a while to get used to them. I ended up jamming a flashlight in the fingers that bugged me to stretch it out.
all good now.

old post but so am i.
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