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[REVIEW] Racer USA High Racer Gloves

Racer USA High Racer Gloves
Whether you’re looking for a new track day glove or prefer to ride with maximum protection at all times – the Racer High Racer Glove will cater to both. At $239USD, they will do the job they were set out to do. The High Racers sit in the middle of the road price-wise but they offer protection found in much more expensive competitors, and with the Knox sliders, even more.
AESTHETICS
PROTECTION
CONSTRUCTION
VALUE FOR MONEY
Comfortable
Palm feel was great once broken in
Excellent protection throughout the construction of the gloves
Finish construction had minor quality control issues
Grip pads on the fingertips were unnecessary
Break-in time longer than advertised

Racer USA High Racer Gloves

The High Racer gloves are priced among the giants in the racing industry with an MSRP of $239USD. They come packed with protection in key areas like the base of the palm, finger joints, back of the hand, wrist bone, and forearm. In fact, they are rated CE level 1 along with the competitors like the Dainese Druid 3 or the Alpinestars GP Pro.

These race-worthy gloves are best suited for warmer climate riding as they were designed for track riding not dashing through the snow.

The High Racers are overall great gloves and do what they were built to do – protect your paws. Aside from loads of carbon fiber bits scattered across key areas, the two biggest highlights are the Knox SPS palm sliders and the kangaroo leather palm. The palm sliders will pay for themselves should you find yourself sliding your way out of an apex. The kangaroo leather palms not only provides great dexterity but also provides excellent abrasion resistance.

If you’re looking for a full gauntlet glove capable of providing track-worthy protection, the High Racer from Racer (the name is a tough one), will get the job done.

Thank you to Lee at Racer Gloves USA for providing these High Racers at no cost for this review.

The High Racer comes in two colors: black and white. This review was on the all-black men’s version. You can also read wBW’s review on the women’s High Racer glove. The main difference between the two is that the men’s come with the Knox palm slider while the women’s come with a carbon fiber slider.

This glove comes to the party with a 95% leather construction. This figure is surprisingly high considering the amount of less expensive materials found in most products these days. Perched nicely over the knuckle area is molded carbon fiber held securely with a double stitch with padding underneath. This section was very comfortable and fit a closed fist with ease.

The index, middle fingertips, and thumb of each glove have a silicone fingertip grip material present. This actually hinders the dexterity and feel on the finger pads but it does give you a bit more bite when gripping the brake/clutch levers. At the end of the day, I can see the reason for them but I can’t say that I’m a fan.

Palm closeup of the High Racer gloves

Fixed atop of the thumb and fingers (excluding the fourth/pinky finger) are small carbon fiber gems or shells with a base layer of soft foam underneath that covers the finger joints. I appreciate these being left off of the pinky area – one less thing to rip off during a crash.

The fourth/pinky finger is bridged to the third/ring finger to prevent “finger roll”. Keeping the ‘weakest link’ (your pinky finger) tied to your ring finger is an absolute ‘must have’ for a track glove – if you don’t have this on your current gloves – upgrade now!

The palm of each glove flaunts two large-looking pieces of LDPE (low-density polyethylene). These are palm sliders that have been supplied and patented by Knox. They are conveniently placed over the scaphoid and pisiform (on the lower sections of the palm) to provide additional crash protection during impacts and/or slides.

At first glance, the Knox palm sliders look obtrusive and in the way, but they aren’t. I actually forgot they were there while riding for hours on end over the past few weeks.

Along the wrist section, is an accordion-style stretch (stitched into the leather) in addition to a velcro strap to keep the gloves snug – no matter how much you move around. Placed right on the wrist bone is another chuck of carbon fiber for more crash protection.

Lastly, on the gauntlet was another chunk of carbon fiber to provide crash protection and all was held together nicely with a large hook & loop for secure closure. The Racer

The interior of the glove is made up of 100% polyester Teramid fabric, a moisture-permeable and waterproof nylon woven fabric. This is present in all areas of the glove, excluding the kangaroo leather section (entire palm/finger area).

Overall, I did not have any “hot spots” or pain points while wearing the High Racer – even with the tightest of grip. The interior was comfortable and provided ventilation in way of the perforated leather sections on top of the wrist and in the sides of the fingers.

Both sides of the High Racer glove

Features

Here are the features as per Racer Gloves USA’s website:

  • Kangaroo palm with Knox SPS palm sliders
  • Carbon Fiber protection on knuckles, fingers, and wrist bone
  • CE certified
  • Ring and little finger adjoined to prevent “finger roll”
  • Perforated gauntlet and fingers for airflow
  • Available in Black or White/Black
  • Sizes S-3XL

Comfort

Racer Gloves USA promoted an “Outstanding fit with virtually no break-in” – but that’s a bit of a stretch (pun intended). Like “virtually” all gloves, the High Racers took over a half dozen, sweaty, hour-long trips before they calmed down and welcomed my hands into them.

Once the gloves broke in, they felt great and like a nice wine, they’ll only get better with age.

Carbon fiber knuckle protectors on High Racer gloves

Per the Racer size chart, I wear an XL, and my index, middle, and ring fingers each comfortably reach the end of the glove. The pinky does have a smidge of extra material but it isn’t a deal-breaker nor impede function. For reference, my hand circumference is approximately 8″ / 20 cm.

The materials used on the High Racer were quality but lightweight. On that note, my curiosity got the best of me, so I decided to weigh my current track glove against the Racer glove. When weighed against my Alpinestar GP Pro (another track equipped glove), the Higher Racer came in weighing 6.49oz (184g) while my trusty GP Pros (and chunky) scaled in at 7.12oz (202g) apiece.

For the purposes of testing, the High Racers were worn with an Alpinestars GP Plus R Air, an Icon leather jacket, and a Sedici one-piece leather race suit. Not only was I able to put the gloves on quickly (speed is ‘everything’ these days), but High Racer fit over all three with zero problems leaving zero skin exposed.

Dexterity

Utilizing kangaroo leather on the palm is a huge plus in this area. But for me, the grip pads or “fingertip grippers” completely disrupted the feel and dexterity that you typically get with kangaroo leather palms.

In all, the feel was great once the glove was broken in and after I had stopped thinking about the “finger ripper grippers” on the fingertips.

Grip pads stitched onto the fingertips of leather palm glove

Airflow

The intended use for the High Racer is to fit snuggle on the hands of a rider at the track. During a race or a track day, your hands are usually anything but dry. And like every glove I’ve had my hands in before, perspiration is a constant, and the High Racer was no exception.

I can appreciate the attempt with the perforated leather sections but in a glove meant to provide protection first, I don’t fault Racer for not keeping my paws dry. If they were claiming to be “the perfect summer glove”, this would be a different story.

Top view of the High Racer gloves

Water Resistance

Ever get caught in a rainstorm in a leather jacket? How’d that work out? Probably the same way these track gloves would react – wet, heavy, and wetter.

Build Quality

For a glove with an MSRP of just under $250, I would expect the seams and stitching to be next to flawless but this wasn’t the case with the High Racers. Aesthetically, the seams and stitches aren’t perfectly trimmed, nor are the edges as clean as those on other upper echelon racing gloves. These imperfections were mostly surrounding the finger areas while everything else checked out fine.

Closeup of stitching on fingertips

The High Racer gives the illusion of a hand-stitched glove from decades past. While I commend the classic look, the aesthetic is outdated when put beside a competitor’s new school design.

The High Racers aren’t all bad looks – the branded piping on the cuff and stamped logo on the velcro was a nice touch.

The integrity of the glove construction has the boxes checked as the downfalls are mostly aesthetic.

Fingers

The tops of the fingers consist of accordion leather and carbon-fiber armor with an additional leather layer holding them in place.

Motoring editor retires to two wheels

The stitching as mentioned above was not perfect but the overall functionality is not affected by the messy stitching or outseams.

The finger sidewalls are made up of perforated leather to assist in ventilation. Like all full gauntlet track gloves, these areas are extremely tough to provide enough ventilation without losing integrity, so no fault in this area.

Carbon fiber knuckle protectors on High Racer gloves

Palm & Wrist

The palms are made up of very nice kangaroo leather with the gripper material double stitched in place. The gripper material in this area is less of a bother with the exception of the entire thumb being covered. This does detract from dexterity but the purpose is to provide additional grip. While I understand the additional grip provided may come in handy, I don’t believe adding it solved a problem worth ‘fixing’.

I personally run a combination of soft and medium Renthal or Domino grips on my 2008 Yamaha R6. There has never been a time where I needed any more than that, especially at the cost of losing dexterity while on the track.

At the base of the palm lies the Knox palm sliders – they are genius! They may look obnoxious or in the way but they aren’t one bit. The protection they will provide while sliding on the pavement will fair well when compared to the competitors still using chunks of rubber or leather-covered foam in these areas.

Palm closeup of the High Racer gloves

The hook & loop wrist strap operated without fail and easy to adjust on the go.

Protection

This where the High Racer shines! The kangaroo leather palms, the full-grain leather everywhere else, and the carbon fiber armor paired with the Knox sliders are sure to protect your hands should you go down. They are on the same playing field as the major players like Dainese and Alpinestars with CE level one certification.

High Racer Knox sliders

The Knox sliders as mentioned before, are a huge standout. Having had my fair share of crashes in past, those sliders will come in handy when put to use.

The big piece of carbon fiber fixed on the gauntlet of the glove is light and flexible – a perfect combination that offers additional impact and slide protection.

Closeup of carbon fiber and Racer logo on glove cuff

The Verdict

The Racer High Racer comes to the stage packing a ton of protection for a medium price. Do they come with the same level of protection found in $400 gloves like the Dainese Full Metal or Alpinestars Supertech? Yes. Are they of the same refined caliber? No, but can they play with the MotoGP giants? Absolutely, for $150 less in fact.

After a few hundred miles of riding, the High Racers are broken in and conform to your hand. At that point, they fit perfectly and are ready to hit the track or canyons.

If you have a motorcycle gear obsession like most of us have, $239USD is a fair enough price to snag a pair. Sure you won’t have the flashiest gloves on the track but you can feel confident in knowing that your hands are about as fully protected as they can be.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Accurate fit
  • Feel was good once broken in
  • Excellent protection throughout the glove

Cons

  • Stitching/finish construction wasn’t built for looks
  • Grip pads on the fingertips
  • Break-in time was not as advertised

Specs / Where to Buy

  • Manufacturer: Racer Gloves USA
  • Price (When Tested): $239.00 USD
  • Made In: Made in China
  • Alternative colors: Black or White
  • Sizes: S – 3XL
  • Review Date: May 2021

Racer USA High Racer Gloves Photo Gallery

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Spain Looking to Tighten Grip on Moto Glove Use

When it comes to mandatory riding gear, most places require you to wear an approved helmet, but nothing else is required. It’s actually pretty weird when you think about it. A rider can go out on the bike sporting just about as much or as little protective gear they prefer.

Most riders raise the bar to wear an approved helmet, jacket, gloves, and in most cases riding boots/shoes but they have the choice – but they have the choice.

What about riding without gloves? Personally, I don’t leave the house without them, but that could be just me. Again, the choice is yours.

For our French friends across the pond – it’s been mandatory to wear approved motorcycle gloves for quite a while now. But they are about to be joined by Spain when it comes to mandatory riding gloves.

Dainese Druid D1 Long Gloves

There was recently a meeting with the DGT (Directorate-General for Traffic) and additional stakeholders surrounding the proposed increase use of air-vests – which are most commonly found to be used on racetracks. The meeting ended up spreading the fear of mandatory use of air-bag vests on or off of the racetrack and was adjourned.

Maritha Keyser Cyclist rule endangers motorcyclists

The meeting wasn’t completely wasted as it also pointed out that it would be following in France’s footsteps when it comes to riders wearing approved gloves. There was no specific time for the rule to take effect but it is sure to happen soon.

For me, this wouldn’t be big deal whatsoever. But how about you? What are your thoughts on mandatory gear laws?

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

MotoCAP adds 12 gloves to ratings

If you’re in the market for a new set of motorcycle gloves, Australia’s internationally awarded MotoCAP now has safety ratings for 73 pairs.

The safety intitiative that rates motorcycle jackets, pants and gloves, launched in September 2018 and is the first of its type in the world.

It has now rated 223 items of clothing, including 105 jackets, 50 pairs of pants and 73 pairs of gloves.

In the latest round of testing, 12 gloves were rated for their safety.

The highest performing pair of the release was the Alpinestars SP-Z Drystar, which was awarded three out of five stars for safety.

Alpinestars SP-Z Drystar MotoCAP adds 12 gloves to ratings
Alpinestars SP-Z Drystar

Two stars were awarded to Harley-Davidson Women’s Gage Gauntlet, Five Gloves RFX2 Airflow, Draggin Vivid 2, Dainese Druid D1 Long, Rev’It Summit 3 H2O, DriRider Aero Mesh 2, Five Gloves Arizona, Five Gloves WFX Skin GTX, Triumph Raven GTX, BMW GS Dry, Five Gloves Stun Evo.

The new ratings can be viewed here.

No comfort ratings

MotoCAP rates gear for thermal comfort and waterproofing on jackets and pants, but not gloves.

That is despite some of the gloves tested having perforations for airflow.

Transport for NSW says that to measure for comfort a large square of fabric must be obtained.

“There is not enough material in a glove to obtain a sample for the thermal comfort measure,” they say.

However, they do test for waterproofing.

Canstar Blue customer satisfaction research last year found that Baby Boomers are more likely to choose comfortable motorcycle gloves while Millennial riders buy for style.

All gear rated so far has been obtained through a secretive buying system to guarantee integrity.

Click here to find out how products are selected for rating in secret.

International award

Last year, MotoCAP won a Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) road safety award.

MotoCAP is a partnership between Transport for NSW, State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), VicRoads, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), Lifetime Support Authority (LSA), Western Australian Police: Road Safety Commission, Department of State Growth, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Australian Motorcycle Council and Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand.

Testing is carried out by the Deakin University Institute for Frontier Materials on behalf of the MotoCAP partners.

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How long does waterproof gear last?

Have you ever found out the hard way that waterproof gear has a use-by date after which it is totally useless?

Two pairs of boots, two pairs of gloves, a jacket and several pair of pants have failed me after as little as five years of periodic use.

This is despite the fact that I look after my gear and store it in a cool, dry cupboard.

Waterproof warranty

I’ve checked all my waterproof gear and none offers a lifetime guarantee.

Also, note that “weatherproof”, “water-resistant” and “water-repellent” are not the same as “waterproof”. These terms mean the garment is rarely watertight even in light showers when you are riding.

And check whether it says the gear is 100% watertight. Some may also include an Ingress Protection (IP) rating.

This rating consists of two numbers. The first from 0-6 measures protection from foreign bodies such as dust, while the second from 0-9K measures resistance to water. Click here for more details.

Also note that your supposedly waterproof gear may only be guaranteed to be impervious to water in some areas or just have watertight pockets.

Waterproof warranties are typically the same as the garment which is usually from one year to about three years.

Manufacturers could fit jackets and pants with more robust and heavier waterproof membranes and offer longer warranties.

However, that would impact on comfort, weight and price.

So it’s important to look after your waterproof gear.

Failures

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Caught in the rain

One of the main problems with waterproof failures is that you may not notice a fault in your gear when you put it on.

You only find out when you go for a ride and get caught in the rain.

And even the most minor fault, crack or split can suck in moisture when you are riding at highway speeds!

There can be a number of reasons for waterproofing failures:

  • Waterproof leather gear is usually the first to give in because it can age and crack;
  • Boots can develop minuscule cracks in the soles from simply walking around in them;
  • Racing boots with bolt-in toe sliders can become loose as they repeatedly hit the ground, allowing in water;
  • Waterproof pants can develop small tears in the lining or you can dislodge the glued-on taped seams if you pull them on while wearing your boots;
    Waterproof pants
    Waterproof pants lose their taped seams and lining from years of use
  • Folding waterproof garments can cause them to wear and split at the creases;
  • Carrying waterproof gear on your bike scrunched up on a rack and secured by Occy straps can cause rips and wear;
  • Gore-Tex pants and jackets should last a long time, but the outside layer can get worn from rubbing in areas such as the armpits, crutch and backside;
  • Zippers can become rusted from rain and road grime and even waterproof zippers can become gummed up by dust and bugs; and
  • Machine washing your gear can remove or destroy the watertight capabilities of some materials.

Waterproof care

King Canute found he could not hold back the tide and maintaining waterproof riding gear can be similar.

However there are some things you can do:

  • Boots will last longer if you only wear them on the bike and do limited walking.
  • Regular treatment of leather with shoe polish, special softeners and waxes such as Dubbin may help prolong their waterproof life;
  • Take your boots off before pulling on waterproof overpants;
  • Re-spray your textile gear with waterproof sprays;Nikwax Gloveproof waterproofs gloves
  • Store your gear in a cool, dry cupboard;
  • Hang your jackets and pants and never fold them;
  • Always allow wet gear to dry in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight before storing;
  • Carry waterproof gear in a safe place in your backpack or bike luggage, preferably rolled up, not folded;
  • Give zippers an occasional spray with silicon or rub them with an appropriate wax to help the zipper slide smoothly and last longer; and
  • Leather gear requires special attention. Click here for our comprehensive tips on how to look after your leather gear.

WashingWater crossings

Riding in the rain or even doing water crossings not only get your gear wet, but also dirty.

So you should periodically wash your gear before storing it away.

When washing your gear, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. They usually stipulate a hand wash or gentle, warm-wash machine cycle.

Long, hot machine washing cycles can limit the waterproofed life of a garment.

Never use fabric softener when washing and most manufacturers warn against tumble drying or ironing.

However, note that some materials, such as Gore-Tex, actually require tumble drying or ironing after washing to restore their waterproof qualities. Watch this instructional video.

User error

Sometimes it’s not the gear that fails, but the rider, says  Link International product manager Ron Grant.

“The majority of wet claims I believe are mainly due to incorrect usage or fitment,” he says.

“You can have the best jacket in the world, but if you don’t get all the closures correctly positioned, ensure your shirt collar or cuffs aren’t exposed (which creates a wicking point for water entry) you will still get wet.

“If you wear gloves over your cuff, water penetrates through the jacket stitching in the chest and arms, runs down between the outer shell and the outside of the waterproof liner (so the rider is still dry) and drains straight into the gloves. This is not a glove issue but a rider fitment issue.

“Likewise with waterproof boots. I see riders buy ‘shorty’ waterproof boots and then complain they get wet feet.

“If you have a look at their rain pants when their feet are on the pegs, the rain pants may ride up just enough to allow water into the boots.”

Ron Grant tests waterproof gear
Ron Grant tests waterproof gear

Ron warns that water will finds its way into that 1% vulnerable area in your whole riding ensemble and spoil your ride.

He says he left for work recently in the pouring rain on his Triumph Tiger 800 fitted with a new, large touring screen to protect him from the elements.

“This new screen creates a bit of a vacuum between the screen and I could see water droplets swirling around in front of me around my throat area,” he says.

“I didn’t really think about this too well, but I had pulled my neck-sock on before fitting my jacket as it’s more comfortable that way.

“The droplets eventually soaked my neck-sock which wicked the water downwards wetting my jumper and shirt. My waterproof jacket didn’t fail, it was the dummy wearing it that failed!”

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MotoCAP testing women’s riding gear

As Australia’s internationally awarded MotoCAP safety and thermal comfort testing and ratings system for motorcycle clothing has surpassed 200 tested items, there seems to be a paucity of women’s gear.

The safety intitiative, launched in September 2018, is the first of its type in the world and has now rated 202 items of clothing, including 105 jackets, 50 pairs of pants and 47 pairs of gloves.

However, in women’s gear only eight leather jackets, eight textile jackets, seven textile pants and three gloves have been tested.

The lack of women’s gear is a common criticism we receive here about the MotoCAP testing.

However, it should be pointed out that the testing is actually quite representative of the proportion of female riders in the community which is estimated to be about 10-12%.

In fact, the women’s gear tested represents 12.9% which does not account for the fact that gloves are often sold as unisex, rather than for men or women exclusively.women's gear female riders testing

Testing methodology

Dr Chris Hurren*, a research scientist at Deakin University in Geelong where he and his laboratory work on protective motorcycle clothing, explains the MotoCAP methodology for selecting gear for testing.

“We have all of the instore women’s gear in the purchasing database alongside the instore men’s gear,” he says.

“The algorithm determines what will be purchased and it does not discriminate between men’s and women’s apparel.

“Appropriate proportions of both are being purchased.

“We have tested women’s gear in each of the categories of MotoCAP.

“If you compare the percentages tested with what is hanging in store the ratio of men’s to women’s is quite similar.”

In the past 24 months, all garments reported on the MotoCAP website have been purchased covertly by MotoCAP purchasing staff.

None has been supplied by distributors or manufacturers.

* Dr Hurren worked with Dr Liz de Rome and others to produce the protocol that is used by MotoCAP for their testing regime. He has also written a series of four articles for Motorbike Writer on the new European clothing standard which you can start reading by clicking here.

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Ducati launches new touring gear

If you love touring on your Ducati in Italian style, safety and comfort, you’re going to want the new touring range from the Borgo Panigale manufacturer.

Ducati Australia and New Zealand head of market Alana Baratto says the touring gear will arrive in November.

If you can’t wait, you can buy the gear online on shop.ducati.com.

Sport Touring C3 Jacket ($A789)Ducati touring gear

The Tour C3 sport-touring jacket, is produced by Spidi exclusively for Ducati with CE-certified protectors on shoulders and elbows. You can also fit a back protector.

The outer jacket, made of a mix of polyester fabrics, is equipped with large air vents and has a waterproof and breathable H2Out membrane.

The removable thermal lining can also be worn as a casual jacket.

It is designed to be worn zipped together with Tour C3 trousers.

It comes in a men’s cut in black/red and high-visibility black/ yellow, and for women in black/red.

Tour C3 Trousers ($A499)Ducati touring gear

The Tour C3 trousers are designed by Aldo Drudi and made in collaboration with Spidi Sport.

They also have the H2Out membrane, CE-certified shin and hip protectors, a removable lining, elastic fabric, and zipper-adjustable air vents.

The pants are tailored in different cuts for men and women.

Fabric-leather gloves Strada C4 ($A299)Ducati touring gear

These limited Strada C4 gloves are produced by Held exclusively for Ducati.

The exterior is made of cowhide, sheep leather and polyamide fabric.

Inside is a Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable membrane. However, the reduced thickness created by the Gore grip process still allows control sensitivity.

They also have SuperFabric inserts, volume adjustments on the wrist and are fully CE-certified.

Horizon helmet ($A999)Ducati touring gear

The Horizon composite fibre helmet is based on X-lite’s X-1004 shell, but designed by Drudi Performance.

This modular helmet is one of only a few flip-up designs approved to be worn while riding in the open position.

The chin guard has a dual safety opening system and ventilation system.

There is a removable and washable internal padding, a sun visor with UV 400 protection and reflex inserts for greater visibility.

Black Steel helmet ($A949)Ducati gear

The Black Steel helmet is based on the Arai Renegade V and designed by Drudi.

The outer shell is made of SFL fibre while the inner shell is made of EPS with differentiated density.

Its interior is made of antibacterial and washable fabric, the VAS visor has a wide field of view and the ventilation system is able to circulate about 14 litres of air per minute.

All Terrain Touring Boots ($A569)Ducati touring gear

These CE-approved, full grain leather and suede, all-terrain boots were made in collaboration with TCX.

They are equipped with a waterproof and breathable eVent membrane and a closure system with adjustable, interchangeable aluminium levers.

The boots have a rubber sole for maximum grip on the pegs and feature lined pleats to increase comfort.

Ducati Communication System V2 ($A569)Ducati gear

This intercom system with voice commands allows up to 15 motorcyclists to communicate simultaneously in a range up to 1.6km in “ideal conditions” and about 1km in “real conditions”.

The connection is automatic, activates by talking and goes off after 30 seconds of silence.

In case of interruption, the connection is automatically restored.

It is based on a Cardo Intercom System and allows the rider to make and answer calls, control mobile devices with the touch of a finger or a voice command and listen Bluetooth music or the integrated FM radio.

The volume of the device adjusts automatically according to the background noise.

It features universal connectivity with any Bluetooth headset of any brand.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Royal Enfield launches first women’s riding gear

Royal Enfield has expanded its vintage-look apparel to include its first range of women’s riding gear.

Australian importers Urban Moto Imports says their shipments of the gear have been delayed due to the Covid outbreak.

“We are hoping to see stock around springtime,” says spokesman Mal Jarrett.

Meanwhile, you could buy it online from India at the official Royal Enfield website.Royal Enfield vintage-look women’s riding gear

Riding gear sizes

However, there may be differences in Australian/India sizing, so we suggest waiting until they arrive and you can try them on and get the sizing right.

The range includes jackets and pants, leather gloves and leisurewear such as shorts and t-shirts.Royal Enfield vintage-look women’s riding gear

The all-season Nubra jackets and pants and summer Breeze range include rain and thermal liners, CE-certified elbow and shoulder armour, YKK zips and Cordura reinforcement.Royal Enfield vintage-look women’s riding gear

Female riders have been complaining about being neglected by motorcycle gear manufacturers for years although it is getting better and more available.

MotoCAP has also included women’s jackets in their safety ratings.

It is great to see motorcycle manufacturers pay attention to the potential women’s market and providing properly tailored gear for the female form.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

MotoCAP ratings for more than 200 items

Australia’s internationally awarded MotoCAP safety and thermal comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing has added 15 jackets to its list of more than 200 tested items.

The safety intitiative, launched in September 2018, is the first of its type in the world.

It has now rated 202 items of clothing, including  105 jackets, 50 pairs of pants and 47 pairs of gloves.

Latest MotoCAP testing

In the latest round of testing, MotoCAP has added 15 textile and leather jackets.

The RST Adventure III textile jacket shares the equal highest safety rating awarded to a textile jacket yet, having received three out of five stars.MotoCAP now rates more than 200 items

The Ixon Frantic leather jacket adds to the range of high performing leather jackets, having received four out of five stars for safety.MotoCAP now rates more than 200 items

Click here for all the MotoCAP jackets ratings.

International award

Last year, MotoCAP won a Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) road safety award.

MotoCAP gives clothing two separate star ratings – one for protection and one for heat management or comfort.

Clothing manufacturers’ advertising is not an extremely useful resource for protection in a crash or from the extremes of an Australian summer.

Australian Motorcycle Council Protective Clothing sub-committee chair Brian Wood points out that MotoCAP tests the whole garment, unlike European Protective Clothing Standards which only tests samples of fabrics, fastenings and stitching.

“(It) gives the motorcycle community more information when they are making choices about the clothing they wear when riding,” he says.

MotoCAP is a partnership between Transport for NSW, State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), VicRoads, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), Lifetime Support Authority (LSA), Western Australian Police: Road Safety Commission, Department of State Growth, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Australian Motorcycle Council and Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand.

Testing is carried out by the Deakin University Institute for Frontier Materials on behalf of the MotoCAP partners.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Best Motorcycle Gloves in 2020

If you are an avid motorcycle rider you know how important having the best motorcycle gloves are. If you are a new motorcycle rider you may not fully appreciate motorcycle gloves until you have your first long ride. Gloves are an essential piece of motorcycle gear.

There are many benefits of wearing motorcycle gloves, apart from protecting your hands in an accident. Motorcycle gloves help to absorb the vibrations of the motorcycle. This helps reduce the tingling and numbness that many motorcycle riders experience. If you are holding the handlebars of the motorcycle for too long, you will definitely experience this numbness. 

Motorcycle gloves also provide extra padding, which helps ensure that you feel comfortable and secure while riding.

There are many different types and brands of motorcycle gloves on the market today. Before buying the first pair of gloves that you see, it’s important to know what to look for in the best motorcycle gloves of 2020. 

If you are looking to get a new pair of motorcycle gloves, here are the best motorcycle gloves on the market. These gloves can truly make your motorcycle ride more fun and help you look great.

Best Motorcycle Gloves

1. Dainese 4 Stroke EVO Gloves

Dainese 4 stroke evo best motorcycle gloves

These motorcycle gloves are some of the best motorcycle gloves on the market. They are specifically designed for sport motorcycle riders who want gloves like the professionals. 

These gloves feature a short cuff for easy on and off. They are ergonomically designed with stainless steel inserts. They have finger reinforcements and distortion control. These features help ensure that you have the most comfortable and controlled ride ever.

This company uses micro-injections and leather palms for added protection. This beautifully designed glove not only helps to reduce the vibrations, but it is equipped with many safety features to help protect your hands from all possible scenarios. 

The thermoplastic resin composes the knuckles and back of these gloves to help ensure that they are fully supported. It also uses the same thermoplastic resin on the outside of the little finger and on the joints of the fingers to ensure added strength.

These gloves are made of cowhide leather for superior strength and durability with a goatskin palm for added comfort and protection. They feature a tightening strap to help fit all sizes of hands. They also feature pre-curved fingers for a more ergonomic design. 

These are some of the best gloves on the market because they are specifically designed for safety and protection to help all riders ride like the professionals.

2. REAX Superfly Mesh Gloves

REAX gloves

These gloves come in a variety of different sizes and colors to help you get the motorcycle gloves that you really want. These are ideal motorcycle gloves because they come with a variety of unique features to help set them apart from all others.

These mesh gloves are designed for safety and protection but are made of a breathable material to help keep your hands cool while you ride. 

They are a great pair of summer motorcycle gloves and are great touring gloves since they provide increased breathability for long rides. 

These gloves come with a pre-curved fit to help you better grip the handlebars for a better ergonomic design. If you want to check your phone without removing your gloves you can do so with the REAX Superfly Mesh Gloves as they are touchscreen capable. This helps you answer calls and texts more quickly without having to remove your gloves.

The palms of these gloves are made from goat leather, which is very comfortable and durable. The backside of the gloves are made from mesh for added airflow to help reduce sweat. 

The knuckles feature a leather-wrapped protective material to protect your hands if you were to fall. They also feature TPR finger inserts and a palm pad insert for extra padding and support.

To help maximize your safety these gloves also feature reflective highlights to help others see you on the road. The company believes in their product and offers a two-year warranty on all materials and workmanship for these specific gloves. This helps ensure that your investment is protected.

3. Full Leather Motorcycle Gloves by Blok-IT

Blok-it gloves

If you want a leather motorcycle glove, these from Blok-IT are some of the most affordable gloves on the market. They are designed to come up past your wrists for added hand and wrist support and protection while riding. 

This gauntlet glove comes in a variety of sizes and includes an adjustable strap to give you the exact fit that you need for the long rides.

These gloves are made from a 3M thinsulate thermal material to help give you added protection, comfort and warmth. They may feel like heated motorcycle gloves, but are simply made of a thermal material for added warmth. This material can help ensure that your hands stay warm when the cool air hits them on the open road. 

These biker gloves are great for all weather conditions. They are waterproof and windproof, so they can be used all year long. While they are great for most weather conditions they are best used as winter gloves during the cold weather.

They are a very durable pair of gloves because they are made from premium leather and feature double stitching on all the seams. The great workmanship that went into these gloves helps ensure that all riders will be happy. These gloves look great on both men and women so they can make the perfect gift for any avid rider that you know.

These gloves feature an ergonomic design to help make your ride more smooth. They allow for optimal dexterity and flexibility when riding. This design helps ensure that you get the best grip on your bike, while still being able to move your hands around.

4. Alpinestars Men’s SMX-1 Air v2 Motorcycle Riding Glove

Alpinestars gloves

These stylish racing gloves are some of the best summer gloves on the market. They come in six different sizes so you can be sure to get the pair you need. They are a short cuff style so they allow for added flexibility around the wrist for more control while you ride.

These gloves are made of premium leather with small mesh sections. The leather helps ensure that your hands are padded and protected, while the mesh helps ensure that your hands stay cool. 

If you want the best of both worlds, this motorcycle glove has it all. It features a hard polymer system around the knuckles for added protection from accidents and falls. These gloves also feature side padding for added protection.

To help ensure that you have full range of motion these gloves offer stretch zones on the fingers and backhand. These zones allow you to stretch your hands in all directions without having to take off your gloves. This provides added comfort when riding. 

Since your hands are typically grasping the handlebars for the entire drive it is nice to be able to stretch your hands without having to remove and replace your gloves. These gloves also feature a closure to help keep the gloves secured while riding.

5. Milwaukee Leather MG7510 Men’s Short Wrist Leather Gloves

Milwaukee gloves

If you are looking for some leather gloves with a simple and classic design, you can find them in the Milwaukee Leather gloves. These gloves are a short wrist glove that offers style, protection and comfort.

This summer glove is made of the highest quality cowhide leather you can find to ensure added durability and strength. You do not need to worry about these gloves falling apart over time because they are designed to last a lifetime. This genuine leather is also designed to help protect and secure your hands during all scenarios.

These leather gloves feature a gel palm, which distinguishes them from the competition. This padded palm helps reduce the vibrations while you ride and also gives you added comfort. It can make a day-long ride feel like you have only been riding for an hour. They feature an adjustable wrist closure to help keep the gloves secure while riding.

These all black leather gloves take the design and flash out of gloves. They get you back to the basics. Rather than sporting off colors and lines, these gloves are all black and feature only subtle hints of texture and design. They are ideal for men who want to focus on the ride and less on the accessories.

6. ILM Alloy Steel Leather Hard Knuckle Motorcycle Gloves

ILM gloves

These gloves are made to leave an impression on everyone who sees them. They are alloy steel leather hard knuckle imprints. These steel protectors are integrated into the gloves to help ensure that you are protected from all unforeseen situations. The placement of these alloy pads helps keep your hands and knuckles from getting bruised or scraped.

These gloves feature extra padding on the thumbs and palms to ensure a more comfortable ride with fewer vibrations. The padding, in addition to the premium leather material, helps make these some of the most comfortable gloves on the market. They feature an elastic strap around the glove to provide security and a comfortable fit.

If you are looking for comfort, these gloves also have an anti-slip feature that helps prevent your hands from slipping during the ride. This can make you feel more comfortable and confident in your ability to control the bike. The palm is made of an anti-skid material that helps absorb the shock during any ride.

Another wonderful feature of these gloves is that they provide touchscreen capabilities. If you are looking to use your phone when you stop or while you take a break, you don’t need to remove your gloves. Instead, you can simply use your phone like you normally would because these gloves can handle the phone. These are also another affordable option for those wanting motorcycle gloves on a budget.

7. Harley Davidson Men’s Winged Skull Gloves

HD gloves

One of the most iconic brands of motorcycles is Harley Davidson. When you say this phrase everyone knows what you are talking about. Harley Davidson makes giant bikes, but they also make great bike accessories, like these leather gloves.

These leather gloves are made of goatskin leather to ensure a better ride. They allow for optimal cooling airflow and comfort during your ride. The increased airflow capabilities help to ensure that your hands stay sweat free. This helps you get a better grip on the bike and feel more confident while you ride.

These gloves also feature an ergonomic design. They feature a thirty-degree tilt of the fingers and knuckles. This curve helps you get a better grip on the bike, while also increasing the durability of the gloves. 

These gloves feature a padded palm for added comfort. The gloves are made of a neoprene cuff with an adjustable closure to help keep you safe while you get the perfect fit. They also have a convenient velcro wrist.

Harley Davidson offers all customers a ninety-day limited warranty on the gloves to ensure that you are satisfied with your purchase. 

These gloves are designed to look like hardcore biker gloves. They feature the iconic Harley Davidson skull imprint on the back of the gloves so that everyone knows the brand you’re wearing. These gloves are all black to help you blend into your bike.

How to Choose Motorcycle Gloves

If you are an experienced motorcycle rider, you will need to invest in a pair of motorcycle gloves for added comfort and protection. Motorcycle gloves can provide abrasion resistance, knuckle protection and act as one of the best forms of protective riding gear. 

There are many factors to consider when choosing your next pair of motorcycle gloves. Some of these factors are a personal preference so you must fully look into each brand and style of the bike glove before choosing one. 

Here are some of the main factors that you need to consider before purchasing your next pair of riding gloves.

1. Riding Style 

One of the main factors to consider when looking for the perfect pair of gloves is what is the riding style of glove you want to have. For instance, if you want a cruiser glove you will likely be looking into a traditional style of glove, while if you are looking into a sport glove you will likely want a pair of gloves that have lots of color and even metal imprints.

2. Weather

Another thing that you need to consider when purchasing your next pair of gloves is what type of weather you typically ride in. Many motorcycle riders will only ride their bikes in nice weather to help prevent the risk of falls and accidents. Other riders may not have an option when they ride. 

If you ride during wet and rainy conditions you will definitely want to consider getting a waterproof glove. If you ride during other, dry conditions you will likely want to get leather gloves for the added protection that they offer. For cold weather, choose some padded winter motorcycle gloves.

3. Size

To ensure that you are comfortable and confident when you ride, it is essential that your gloves fit properly. If you are going to buy a pair of gloves, they need to fit you properly in all areas. 

Many gloves have an adjustable strap that allows for added security. You need to ensure that the gloves fit your fingers, hand and wrist. A snug fit will help ensure that you get a better grip on your bike.

4. Length of Glove

Another main factor to consider is the length of the glove you want. If you want to have a short glove that only goes to your wrist you should find a pair of gloves that offer this design style. 

If you want to have added protection around your wrists in case of a fall or want to keep your hands and wrists warmer during a ride you may want to invest in long gloves. Both types of gloves are great, however, it is a personal preference of which type you choose.

5. Touchscreen Capability

If you like to use your phone while you ride, or while you take a short break, you may want to invest in a pair of gloves that have touchscreen capability. Once your gloves are on you will likely not want to take them off. It is difficult to get the perfect adjusted fit and then have to take the gloves off because you have an important call coming in. 

If you use your phone while you ride you may want a pair of gloves that have touchscreen capabilities. This allows you to answer your phone while you ride.

6. Price

One last factor that every rider needs to consider before buying a pair of gloves is the price point that they want to stay within. All gloves are made and designed differently, however, there are great gloves at all price ranges. You need to find a glove that fits within your price range so that you feel comfortable spending the money to keep yourself safe and comfortable while riding. 

You should decide which factors are the most important to you in a glove and find a glove within your price range that has all of the features that you care most about. This can help you find a glove you love for less than you expected.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Warranty issues on motorcycle clothing

If you’ve ever had motorcycle gear fail through wear and tear or a crash, it could be covered by the Australian Trades Practices Act and/or the manufacturer’s warranty.

But first, click here to see the difference between a product failure and rider error.

Consumer protection

If it’s a genuine product failure, then it is deemed “not fit for purpose” and the Act will offer consumer protection.

The problem is that “fit for purpose” can be difficult to quantify and prove.

However, if the garment makes a specific claim that is not met, then that is a pretty clear case of product failure.

Otherwise, if it fails to meet basic acceptable standards such as the zipper failing, you should be due a repair, refund or replacement.

LDM ExoFlex jacketYKK zips

Most protective motorcycle clothing brands vie for consumer dollars by also offering manufacturer warranties that go above and beyond the basic statutory requirements.

They can vary from one year to as many as seven years.

A one-year warranty may be sufficient to reveal any issues if you are a regular rider.

However, weekend warriors or monthly riders may require a longer warranty period to identify any problems.

Warranty conditions

Riders should also note that a warranty is only as good as the fine print exclusions and conditions.

For example, some warranties may exclude track use and even crashes which is strange since surely the main reason to buy protective motorcycle clothing is to protect you in a crash.

Interestingly, one company also offers a crash guarantee on some of their gear, promising a replacement if the damage cannot be repaired for half the cost of a new item.

However, they do not cover gear that has been cut off by a first responder.

MotoCAP senior researcher Dr Chris Hurren awardChris Hurren and his Honda GB400

Dr Chris Hurren who researches protective materials for a living and worked with Dr Liz de Rome and others to produce the protocol used by MotoCAP for testing says a suitable warranty should cover materials, closures and seams.

“It should cover defects from manufacture and use of faulty components during assembly,” he says.

“A warranty will also allow a manufacturer to see what is giving problems with their garments and allow them to find an alternative as they will see trends in components or seam failures.

“Most warranties will not cover general wear and tear or ageing from extended use but these are sensible as they are out of the control of the manufacturer.”

CE approved

Link International product manager Ron Grant points out that a major benefit of buying European CE-approved riding gear is that once approved, manufacturers are not allowed to change material, stitch lines, manufacturing plant, etc.

If they do, the garment has to be re-submitted for testing at an average cost of about $10,000 per garment.

“This guarantees product consistency,” Ron says.

“Non-CE brands usually place an order for jackets, don’t actually go to the factories for quality control checks, cannot guarantee the material used is the same quality as last production, nor even guarantee who is making the gear as there is potential the factory the product was ordered from may sub-contract production to someone else,” he warns.

Ron says one of the biggest issues facing the industry is not just trying to teach riders what garment is better than the other, but also the necessity to actually wear safety gear.

“Recently I saw a guy on a new sports bike with brand new boots, leather jacket, gloves, top-of-the-range helmet and board shorts,” he says.

“Every day I see guys geared up on their way to work wearing runners or lace up work shoes. Or no jacket. Or shorts. Or normal jeans. The other day I saw a guy fanging over Mt G with a pretty young lady on the back with a string top and skimpy shorts.”

He says the onus is on experienced salesperson to expertly advise customers so they buy the right gear for their use.

“Of course, that is all negated when buying online,” he says.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com