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"Fast Bikes", May 1, 2013

TEN OF THE BEST: RACE GLOVES

Hands and fingers are pretty important – so don’t sell yours short!

When it comes to protecting your important bits, few are more crucial than your head and hands. Damaging your hands can make life tricky, so it’s best to always buy the most effective kit in your price range. Like most kit, gloves have come a long way in the last decade. They’re traditionally the hardest thing to make, so when you think of the movement your hands are capable of, you can understand why. That’s also why Knox’s Handroid impresses, as they’ve moved the game on with genuine bio-mechanical protection, and thrown down the gauntlet (sorry!) to the rest...

DAINESE DRUIDS

£139.99 WWW.DAINESE.COM

This is Dainese’s Druid glove, which represents its middle-tier sports glove in terms of price. It features micro-elastic inserts, and distortion control on the little finger. All fingers are pre-curved, and there’s even an attempt at temperature adjustment, apparently! The palm is reinforced, while carbon fibre inserts protect the knuckles and finger joints. Dainese’s range also includes Rossi-aping offerings, with prices as high as £299!

RACER SICURO

£149.99 WWW.TRANAM.CO.UK

The Sicuro is Racer’s ‘racing’ glove, and lovely it is too. It has a kangaroo leather palm and titanium knuckle protection. Knox scaphoid protection is also installed, while the rest of the construction fabric is abrasion resistant. The Sicuro is available in sizes XS – 3XL and comes in either black or white.

IXON RS PRO

£159.99 WWW.OXPROD.COM

The oft garish RS Pro has rubber reinforcement on the cuff, don’t you know? It also features palm sliders, vented and pre-curved fingers and palm, while special flex-leather helps keep movement fluid. It’s actually a very nice glove to hold and admire. They come in sizes XS – 4XL, and in colours red/white, white, red/white/blue, and hideous yellow something or other!

KNOX HANDROID

£159.99 WWW.KNOX-ARMOUR.CO.UK

The Handroid is one of our favourite gloves, and we’re still impressed Knox nailed it on the first attempt. Protection and ‘feel’ are second to none other on these pages, and the quality shines throughout. The way the wrist closure feels so secure is nearly worth the asking price alone, and the bio-mechanical protection makes them look damn cool. Seriously worth your consideration.

RICHA T-PRO RACING

£109.99 WWW.NEVISM.CO.UK

The T-Pro Racing is unusual in Richa’s range, in that it’s reasonably expensive, relative to their usual price-structure. However, the new glove is fully-loaded with features that gloves twice their price boast, like kangaroo leather, titanium knuckle protection, full Kevlar stitching and even a finger-bridge. Nice! They come in either black, or black/white, in sizes XS – 3XL.

RST PRO SERIES CPX-C

£79.99 WWW.RST-MOTO.COM

This new for 2013 RST glove has a kangaroo palm, though is otherwise made from premium-grade cowhide. Kevlar thread is used for strength in impact areas, while Kevlar lines the interior in other places. It has a Coolmax lining, pre-curved fingers and silicon ‘powergrip’ on the fingers. Comes in black, white, blue or red and also sizes 8 – 12, or S – XXL, depending where you come from!

ALPINESTARS GP TECH

£219.99 WWW.ALPINESTARS.COM

At the forefront of Alpinestars’ hand protection is the GP Tech, a glove born directly from all those racers throwing themselves off motorcycles. It’s mainly kangaroo leather, in the palm and chassis, and Pittards digital leather makes up the rest. Throw in top-grade protection on the knuckles and you have one wicked glove. Comes in sizes S – 3XL.

WEISE VORTEX

£89.99 WWW.THEKEYCOLLECTION.CO.UK

The Vortex comes equipped with Knox’s scaphoid protection, surrounded by a kangaroo leather palm. TPU reinforcement sits in the knuckles and fingers, while multi-layers of Kevlar sit in specific impact points. It has a two-way cuff system for wearing inside or outside jackets, and comes in sizes XS -4XL in black, XS – 3XL in white, red and blue.

SPIDI CARBO TRACK

£189.99 WWW.SPIDI.IT

The Carbo Track is the same glove all of Spidi’s racers in MotoGP, WSB, BSB, AMA and so on, wear on their mitts. As such, it’s the best protection they provide. It’s Kevlar stitched, with a cow-hide palm and Keramide lining for extra resistance. Carbon fibre protects knuckles and so forth, while the Warrior protection technology is liberally applied, too. Comes in sizes XS – 3XL.

SPADA PREDATOR

£59.95 WWW.FERIDAX.COM

The Predator boasts specification components and construction found on gloves nearly five times their price. It has a calf-skin palm, a cantilever knuckle system, built-in scaphoid protection and pre-curved fingers. Made from full-grain leather, they represent another budget choice you can’t ignore. Comes in sizes S-2XL.

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