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Hi, I’m Dave with Moto Station. Today we’re going to be talking about gloves. Gloves are actually the second most important piece of protective gear you can buy, after a helmet, because it only takes a very little bit of trauma to result in a permanent injury. But what’s also interesting is that modern motorcycle gloves not only offer protection from impact and abrasion but today’s gloves can also enhance comfort based on environmental factors. Modern gloves, when they fit correctly, will actually enhance your grip and improve your ability to manipulate the controls of your motorcycle. In today’s world you can get gloves that will help your hands stay cool during warm summer months, or warm during cold winter months, or you get a touring glove that not only has to protect your hand but keep them warm, dry, and cool, sometimes all in a single day. This is what we would call a traditional pair of Road-Race gloves. They are basically the standard by which all other gloves are measured. This glove features armor across the back of the hand, and typically a lot of armor across the outside of the hand, because if you fall, your hand will hit there. So, you can see, this glove has armor across the outside of the pinkie and there’s a lot of padding in the gauntlet to help protect your wrist bone. The fingers are pre-curved to help with getting around the controls and giving you control over the throttle, or the brake, or the clutch. And the palm will be abrasion resistance for sliding, because if you fall in on your hand. But also it’ll have this extra grippy stuff to help you control the levers, protect from wear across the palm of your hand. You can see more armor here across the heel and, a really important feature is the wrist strap. In a lot of cases, when you fall, your hand will get flung, and if you don’t have a wrist strap the glove can just go flying off your hand. If you can only afford one pair of gloves this is the style glove we recommend you start with. But as your motorcycle wardrobe starts to grow you may want to add more specific gloves to your arsenal. This is a traditional Summer-Weight glove. It doesn’t have the same level of abrasion protection as a Road-Race glove but it has more synthetics and that includes mesh materials to help facilitate breathability. There’s still a fair bit of armor across the back of the hand and the outside of the hand, but you’ll notice that the gauntlet is gone, again to facilitate more airflow, and the wrist enclosure is a little bit less robust. These are a pair of Winter-Weight gloves they have a thin layer of insulation. In many cases, they’ll have a layer of gore-tex, which will keep your hands to as well as being breathable. They have a bigger gauntlet to keep the wind out. The glove, overall, is a little bit bigger. The typical downside with a Winter-Weight glove is, because of the insulation and the larger size they may reduce your dexterity on the controls a little bit. Also, beyond seasonal, gloves come in an array of different styles will have features specific to a few different uses. For example, a dirt glove is going to be much lighter since speeds are slower and you are exercising so much, so breathability is key. Racing gloves are always going to offer the highest level of protection because they’re designed for the racetrack where the requirements for protection are the greatest. There are Street/Sport gloves which are basically a slightly paired-down version of a race glove, that can often times be slightly more affordable. Touring gloves are going to feature comfort above all else; six to ten hours in the saddle is not uncommon, and you need a glove that needs to be comfortable for just as long. If you’re a lady, sizing down in man’s glove, or a unisex glove, might not cut it. Typically, women’s gloves are narrower through the palm and have longer slender fingers. You can find all of the gloves mentioned in women’s specific models as well. We’ve been pretty impressed to see more manufacturers making women’s specific gloves that are actually designed and engineered for women. Reputable companies have realized women deserve more than just the “Shrink-it-and-Pink-it” approach to ladies kit. Once you determine which style of glove is right for you, you need to get the right size. Too loose and you could lose dexterity of the controls. To begin determining which size glove is right for us, we need a measuring tape, or something that we can wrap around the circumference of our hand, and then lay flat. If you find yourself in-between sizes, determining whether you should step up or step down in size, depends on the material of the glove you’re looking at. A leather glove will “give” as it ages, particularly if it’s exposed to moisture or perspiration. A synthetic glove will soften as it ages but won’t really ever stretch. Once they’re on, pay attention to the feel. If they’re too tight, you could end up with numb fingers, especially on a longer ride. You want them sized so there’s not excessive dead space at the ends of the fingers, but also, you want to be able to make a fist without any material bunching in the palm. Be mindful of any seams or “hot-spots” on the inside of the glove that might be rubbing your hand. The longer you ride, a little irritation can turn into an aggravation. Over time they will break in, and conform to the shape of your hand. And while you should expect a short break-in period. the gloves should be comfortable from the very first time you put them on. Gloves live in a harsh environment. The Sun, UV rays, sweat, debris and temperature variations break down the materials in all gloves over time. Depending on how much you ride, and the environment you ride in, you may want to consider replacing your gloves even if they still look great. For most riders, we recommend replacing your gloves every two to three years, or so. For gloves that are exposed to an excessive amount of moisture, in the form of rain or perspiration, you may want to consider replacing them a little more frequently. And finally, if you want to help your gloves last as long as possible, don’t ever crumple them up and store them inside your helmet for extended amounts of time. We hope we have helped you zero in on the features that will be important to you, so you can end up with a glove that will perform the way you expect it to. And it’s totally okay to choose a glove that you think looks cool. Well, thanks so much for watching, and remember, if you have any glove questions please feel free to contact us and we’ll help you any way that we can. For Moto Station; ride well.

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