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Ratyson
Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 10:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I have been through 3 pairs of Joe Rocket gloves so far (the $40 pair... don't recall the exact model name, and it isn't printed on the glove anywhere.). Each pair has worn out in about 1 year or so, and with similar failures.
The palm on the left glove just basically desintegrates over time. As does the finger tips.

So, I am looking for some suggestions on a more durable glove. My budget is around $100. They can be summer gloves. And I want a gauntlet style.

I did see one glove that I liked on new enough dot com. It was an Icon TiMax TRX glove. Anyone have experience with these?
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Ratyson
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 10:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Bueller?? ... Bueller??.... Anyone??
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Metalstorm
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 11:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I discovered long ago it's cheaper in the long run to just pony up and pay the big bucks for Held or deerSports.

Either brand is going to run at least $150 but they last many, many years compared to the one or two years you get out of Joe Rocket etc.

My DeerSports (Lee Park's brand) are going on two & 1/2 years of year round riding (even in the rain) and they're still like new. They're actually better than new because they formed themselves to the shape of my hand and are extremely comfortable.
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Ratyson
Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 02:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Thanks for the input Metalstorm... I will take a look at those.
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Kurbennett
Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 07:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I've had a pair of these Held "Steve" gloves for two years now. Great glove, a little higher priced than what you were looking for but... WebBikeWorld did a write up on them, the link below is a place to get them.

http://www.newenough.com/gloves/street_or_racing_g auntlet/held/steve_motorcycle_gloves.html
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Metalstorm
Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 09:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

My absolute favorite glove of all time is the Held Profi, which they don't make anymore

I spent $200 on them about 3 1/2 years ago thinking they'd last a decade.

They probably would have except I had them in my tail pack one freezing morning (Winter routine: wear winter gloves on the way to work then switch to the Helds for the warmer trip home) and I FORGOT TO ZIP THE PACK!

I got to work and discovered the gloves amiss

I searched high & low but alas, they were not to be found.
Pity, they were only a year old at the time : (

The DeerSports don't have any armor or padding but the deer leather is pretty darn durable and unlike cow leather, you can completely soak deer skin and they'll be totally fine after they dry out. Actually they get better because when they're wet, that's when they conform perfectly to the shape of your hand. I don't worry when it suddenly starts pouring on me because I know the gloves are OK : )
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Ratyson
Posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 - 09:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Aw man.. that sux about the lost gloves. I can imagine the level of pissedoffness.

Thanks again for the info. I have put some Held gloves on my wish list for future replacement.
Unfortunately, I am on a strict budget for now (the wife and I are working on becoming completely debt free). No more than $110 is what I have available for bike stuff. So I have been looking at gloves with good reviews in that range, and those that have kangaroo leather on the palm, or some good reinforcing on the palms (as that is where the Joe Rockets have failed).

Thanks again!
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Court
Posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 - 09:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Held
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Bjack
Posted on Saturday, August 02, 2008 - 07:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

+1 on the Held "Steve" gloves. Excellent gloves. Pricey but great quality.
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Rclaytonsharp
Posted on Saturday, August 02, 2008 - 10:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

My first pair of Tourmaster TS Gel gloves lasted @ three years, I have put 13k on my Uly so far this year. My second pair are doing great. It's really irritating that some very expensive gloves I have purchased didn't make it to the one year mark. The TS Gels run @ $52.00 aren't waterproof but then again neither are my Buell X "waterproof" gauntlets.

(Message edited by rclaytonsharp on August 02, 2008)
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4cammer
Posted on Saturday, August 02, 2008 - 03:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I have Held and I have DeerSports (and A*)....love the DeerSports, but wish they had a bit of protection on the knuckles.
My Held Akira's are excellent, but seem a bit much for the street at times.
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Rpm4x4
Posted on Saturday, August 02, 2008 - 10:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I actually ride with a pair of snowmobile racing gloves. They are thin like motorcycle gloves but offer better cool temp protection. They also have knuckle protection. They are not really any warmer on hot days either. Ive been riding with them with temps in the 90s.

http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/product_catalog/Prod uct.jsp?skuId=3411999L&store=Main&catId=302&produc tId=prod1960239&leafCatId=30203&mmyId=

(Message edited by rpm4x4 on August 02, 2008)
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Ulynut
Posted on Saturday, August 02, 2008 - 10:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I tried the Frank Thomas gauntlets they sell at cyclegear.com and I like them. Had them about 3 months and they're broken in nice now. About $110
Also got the Frank Thomas perforated leather jacket. Good quality. Comparable to Alpinestars or the other big brands. Styling might not be for everyone, but for me, it aint no fashion show. I just want good protection. Comes with elbow, shoulder, back and chest protection. Also reasonably priced.
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Simmadown
Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2008 - 08:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I rode 10k miles last year with a set of alpinestars sp2's . THe precurved box fingers provide excellent feel, and zero visible wear on the gloves. Took about a week to break in and are more comfotable than anything else i have tried. I do have to gripes about them, 1, Only a large hook and loop closure over the gauntlet area but nothing right at the wrist to really snug them on. Now that the gloves are broken in i can pull them off with some trying without loosening the cuff. 2, temps over 85 F tend to get sweaty.
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Froglosopher
Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 - 11:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I've bought a couple pairs of gloves from Fox Creek Leather. I have the Deer tours and the Deluxe lined deerskin gauntlets. Been wearing these for two years without so much as a stray thread popping up. Quality U.S.A. made.
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Quintssp
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 09:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I have the Tarmac 2 from Icon and I realy like them, but the Tarmac 3's look really good too.
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Will547_us
Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 11:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Held !!!
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Rdkingryder
Posted on Sunday, May 03, 2009 - 09:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Helimots! Made locally to me in the USA. Nearly 60K miles and a get off that totalled my bike and still going strong.
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Fahren
Posted on Sunday, May 03, 2009 - 11:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

+1 for Lee Parks Deerskin @ $110.
less pricey but still excellent: Fox Creek Elkskin Gauntlets: $60.

http://www.foxcreekleather.com/220.htmlhttp://www.leeparksdesign.com/eshopprod_cat_530-36 37_product_33201.DeerSports_Black_.htm
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Gunslinger
Posted on Monday, May 04, 2009 - 06:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I am with Fahren. The Lee Parks gloves are excellent.
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Rclaytonsharp
Posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 07:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I earlier posted that the Buell waterproof gloves were not waterproof as advertised.
I was wrong.
They are completely waterproof and good all around gloves, warm but not bulky and they fit like, well, a glove. In my earlier experience the water must have been running down my sleeves. Sorry.
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Pso
Posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 09:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Lee Parks, even washable. great Also you get what you pay for. buy cheap get cheap. However you can also overpay for name, but again Lee Parks are good.
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Toecutter
Posted on Friday, March 26, 2010 - 01:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I have had a couple pair of Joe Rocket Highside gloves, and while they aren't the best, they are comfortable, and did protect my hand in a get-off.

I wear gloves every time I get on the bike, therefore comfort is important to me. So I tend to look for gloves that primarily have outseam stitching, and that do not have hard armor. The J-R Highsides are good for the summer as they have perforations in the leather between the fingers. I just ordered a pair of Alpinestars Hero Long gloves for the cooler weather. They are not insulated, have outseam stitching and no hard armor. With my heated grips, I bargain that these will be the sweet spot for cooler weather, as they are not perforated like the J-R's. I'll report on them once I have had a chance to use them.

I like the Lee Parks too, but there sport models do not have outseam stitching.
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Toecutter
Posted on Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 08:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Well, I unpackaged the Alpinestars Hero Long gloves yesterday evening, and I do not like them. The leather is very thin, more like that of a driver's glove, and definitely not sufficient for motorcycling.

Then there is the fit. The size medium fits me pretty good, except in the thumbs. The thumbs are way too tight, and I don't have inordinately fat thumbs. They are tight enough that I believe they would cause discomfort while riding.

The adjustment strap is just that, and it is not a retaining strap. In other words it does not go all the way around the cuff. There is elastic sewn into one side of the cuff, and the adjustment strap is sewn to the back.

Finally, there is no pre-curve at all. They are flat as a pancake. This wouldn't be a deal breaker if the gloves were otherwise good, but in this case I have to add it to the list of shortcomings.

I will be returning these gloves, and moving on to something else.
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Bluzm2
Posted on Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 09:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I've noticed that as common trend with a lot of gloves and Alpinestars in particular.
The tight thumb thing.. also too short.
When your thumb is jammed by the glove, it doesn't take very long to have numbness and tingling. Usually less than 10 miles for me..
I've gotten rid of 3 different gloves because of the thumb fit issue.

Brad
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Ulynut
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 04:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I'm thinking I need these. $$$$

http://stores.sportbiketrackgear.com/Detail.bok?no =6957
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