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Old 09-18-2007, 03:44 PM   #1
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Choosing a general purpose street glove

This past weekend my umpteen year old gloves finally just wore out. I've already ordered a pair of mesh gloves for hot weather riding, but I need a good pair for general street use and track days. The Held "Steve" glove looks perfect except for the rivets in the palm. I like to rest my hands on the tank at stop lights and it seems like I'd end up scratching the paint. Here's what I'm looking for:
  • Temp: 50F-90F. I've got gloves for above and below that.
  • Excellent protection since I tend to exceed posted speed limits and do a couple track days a year.
  • Gauntlet style that will fit over my jacket cuff.
  • Excellent quality. I'm willing to pay more for stuff that lasts.
  • Non-bleeding dye. This is a pet peeve of mine.
  • No rivets in the palm or carbon fiber on the knuckles. Plain old leather without the gimics.
  • Waterproof would be nice, but it's down on my list of features. I could live fine without this as long as the dye doesn't turn my hands black when wet.
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Old 09-18-2007, 04:23 PM   #2
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The Vanson Engineer Gauntlet in either solid or ProPerf work for me.
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Old 09-18-2007, 05:52 PM   #3
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I have a pair of Helimot’s Buffalo Pro’s which conform to your specifications. I like them very much.

http://www.helimot.com/
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:50 PM   #4
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Try these?

I'm about to order these:

Elkskin Roper out of the Areostisich Catalogue:

http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...t-p-16824.html

Price is right. "Natural" wouldn't bleed black for sure.

Anyone want to chime in on these? Anyone?


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Old 09-18-2007, 11:26 PM   #5
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Simple, HELIMOT 365s (San Jose CA), Ask him why they are called 365s. Best glove for your application. No gimmks, no flash, no stupid logos, just the best glove money can buy. Wear them for a few weeks and send them back for finger alterations if necessary. I believe he will do one or two fingers included, other wise its a few bucks more. I feel like I could put my hand in a meat grinder with these gloves and come out fine, however, I also feel I could play the piano. Anyway I like them.
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Old 09-18-2007, 11:29 PM   #6
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Hi,

The Held"Steves"are perfect.

You can still rest the front part of your hands on the tank and the rivets are very smooth,or else get some of the 3M clear protective film to cover the top of your tank.

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Old 09-18-2007, 11:41 PM   #7
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Simple, HELIMOT 365s (San Jose CA),
Just looked at them on their website and they're a possibility. Couldn't find anything on sizing. I'm in the Philippines this week so I guess I'll have to call them when I get back to figure out the sizing.
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Old 09-19-2007, 03:28 AM   #8
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Alpinestars SP1 or SP2 gloves. I have used them for tens of thousands of miles. Very comfortable, well built, lots of armor, don't look ridiculous and are reasonably priced.


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Old 09-19-2007, 04:35 AM   #9
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Just looked at them on their website and they're a possibility. Couldn't find anything on sizing.
I wanted to get Helimot’s Buffalo 365’s but I found the gauntlet a little too tight over my jacket. But I have unusually big hands and forearms. The Pro’s have a slightly wider gauntlet.
I really really like these gloves.
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Old 09-19-2007, 04:42 AM   #10
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Elkskin Ropers with gauntlet or Lee Parks Design "Deersports Performance".

Both awesome gloves.
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Old 09-19-2007, 04:59 AM   #11
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take my meddling with a grain of salt, but I'd try and drop that habit of putting your hands on the tank at lights.

I've seen toooooo many people rear-ended at lights and they were in cars. I don't wanna see it on a bike.

Best to pull to one side, aimed toward an escape route between the cars in front of you, and keep it in 1st with your hands on the controls and your eyes in the rearview.

Good luck.
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Old 09-19-2007, 05:01 AM   #12
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take my meddling with a grain of salt, but I'd try and drop that habit of putting your hands on the tank at lights.

I've seen toooooo many people rear-ended at lights and they were in cars. I don't wanna see it on a bike.
I see you're in Florida, land of the blue hairs. Things aren't quite so bad here in the midwest, but point well taken.
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Old 09-19-2007, 05:56 AM   #13
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I see you're in Florida, land of the blue hairs. Things aren't quite so bad here in the midwest, but point well taken.
I WAS in florida, but I lived through it.

I also have a few years living and riding in Kansas, SoCal, and Georgia... plus a few instances in other countries. My point is, drivers are drivers.

in florida you worry about this thing cause grandma may be asleep or dead behind the wheel and fail to stop.

In other areas, there may be conditions in the weather or road conditions that are more a danger than the driver's attention span.

In any case, watch your 6. All drivers are bad drivers and that includes me. Just depends on the day.
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Old 09-19-2007, 06:29 AM   #14
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personally, I don't trust gloves to protect me without some kind of armor. damage to your hands can be life altering, so all things considered, I would rate the protection of my hands far above the protection of my tank's finish. the rivets are there to prevent the heel or palm of your hand from "digging in" at initial impact and allowing injury.

I have the Akiras, the next glove up in the Held line, and truthfully, I forget the rivets are there and do put my hands all over the tank with no scratches whatever. they are so well designed and installed flush that they don't have any sharp edges. of course, if you went down with them, that may leave them gouged and rough but at that point, I'd retire the gloves as I'd be worried about the rest of the glove holding up in the next incident.
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Old 09-19-2007, 06:37 AM   #15
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Aerostitch Deerskin/Elkskin natural gauntlet. $64. For adventurers, not poseurs.
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