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post #1 of 63 Old 09-29-2012, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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What kind of gloves do you wear?

Hey guys,
Just curious as to what kind of gloves everyone uses? I have a pair of Alpinestars that are water resistant and padded on the knuckles and fingers, but I find them clunky to wear and pretty much only use them if it's raining or cold out.

What I do seem to end up wearing more often than not are a set of old deerskin cruiser gauntlets (I'm on the slab mostly). I don't think they would offer much protection in a spill, but they are comfortable. I found out a couple of months ago what a spill without gear does (Lol, still healing!) so I'm just wondering what everyone else uses? Something light and comfortable that offers lots of dexterity and a decent amount of protection?

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I had a pair of Tourmaster gloves that I loved dearly. I bought them right around the time the company started and they lasted 20 years, believe or not. When they wore out I replaced them with a pair of Scorpion gloves that lasted until this summer, about four years. Not very good quality.

Now I'm wearing either Icon Pursuit or Held Air. Both are summer weight gloves and both are nice. The Held are as close as I've ever come to not knowing I had gloves on, as they have quite a bit of mesh fabric on them. They are definitely in the moderate protection category. The Icon are full leather, perforated for warm weather.

For really cold stuff I have a pair of Bilt waterproof gloves. They are junk, but they are also quite warm and do the job, though they are excessively bulky. I've no delusions that they are going to last if I have to wear them continuously; they ride along in case the weather turns wet.

I'm going to be needing some 'California winter' gloves soon, and will probably go with Held.

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depending on the application.

w my ZRX I use Dianese Joust Ti gloves or Oakley Tactical gloves

KLR, I have Alpinestars winter gloves, FOX dirt gloves

stay away from anything private label at Cycle Gear...Bilt, etc...garbage.
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I used to go through gloves like crazy...don't know why, but they just wouldn't last. For a while now I've been wearing Held Steve's I got on close-out (on Paper's recommendation). They are amazing. Pricey, but I haven't had to buy new gloves in a LONG time. And I like the kangaroo leather. And I really like the fact that they think of little things, like metal skid things on the palms (leather grabs when it hits the road). I make my money off my hands, so yeah...they are my most expensive piece of gear, but well worth it.




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Hmmm, I'll have to check those out! I'm definitely preferential to leather for gloves... Nylon seems to make my hands sweat like crazy. Our hottest temps here are about 80, and that's even kind of rare. Nothing like what you fellows in the South get!

Wow! They are spendy! Reviews are fantastic though, definitely worth consideration!


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Hmmm, I'll have to check those out! I'm definitely preferential to leather for gloves... Nylon seems to make my hands sweat like crazy. Our hottest temps here are about 80, and that's even kind of rare. Nothing like what you fellows in the South get!

Wow! They are spendy! Reviews are fantastic though, definitely worth consideration!
Check out Aerostich gloves. Got my Elkskin guanlets about 3 years ago after going through several pairs of textile gloves. They're comfy in the summer (for me) when it's hot.


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Check out Aerostich gloves. Got my Elkskin guanlets about 3 years ago after going through several pairs of textile gloves. They're comfy in the summer (for me) when it's hot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQuXErxLRt4
I really like these, very similar to the gauntlets I have now but with added protection... I'm thinking these are the ones I'm going to scoop

http://www.aerostich.com/clothing/gl...et-gloves.html

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I wear a few different gloves depending on temp.

I'll have to ++ on the Held Steve. Love those gloves. Sure they are pricey but then I figure they will last a long time and I'll be money ahead. I made the mistake of trying on a pair at a motorcycle show and then just had to have them.

I also have a pair of EXL gloves I bought from MotoDirect.com when I was trying to get away with cheap gear. These gloves were definitely cheap in price but they have been awesome in performance. Nice leather and still look like new 5 years later. Some of the other gear I bought there was definitely cheaply made.

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Thanks for the input guys, the Helds seem to be quite popular! I really like the Aerostitch gauntlets as well... Have to keep my eye's open for sales . Looks like the Helds are sold out on most websites though... They do sell them on ebay, but I think those are the first gen gloves. Lol, plus I'm always a little nervous about getting knock offs on ebay

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Guess I'm gonna have to pony up and try a pair of the Held Steves. A couple of questions for those that already have them. First, How is the sizing? True, smaller than most, larger than most? Normally a large here and according to RevZillas sizing chart I'm an 8.5. Nice to see that you could also get shorter or longer finger lengths. I suppose I have normal length fingers as that has never been a problem for me. Second, which are the first or second generation gloves? I see one with "rivets" in the palm and another with a "mesh" in the palm for protection.

Strangely enough my "go to" gloves are a pair made by Bell I bought from Wal-Mart for like 10 bucks several years ago. Starting to fall apart now and naturally they don't carry them any longer. I have several pair of gloves in my cabinet in the shop and I'm ashamed to say it looks like my wifes shoe tree in her closet....very few of which I actually wear. Does that make me a glove whore?
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