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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-17-2008, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Gloves?

Hi everyone I'm wondering what the difference is between sport gloves and moto gloves. Like if I already have a pair of mx gloves, are they ok to use on the road or should I get a different pair? I looked online for the difference but it didn't really talk about the difference in safety just comfort things. Thanks so much everyone for dealing with all my novice questions!! <--that's me heehee
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-17-2008, 09:00 PM
 
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I ride with my $40 dirtbike gloves (on my 2nd pair), but was forced to buy gauntlet gloves for a trackday.... its whatever, the dirtbike gloves are made of mostly cloth with some rubber grips here and there, the down side is that the MX gloves soak up sweat from my hands.. and when I try to wipe off a dead bug from my visor, the glove f**ks it up even more because whats within it.... Never had a problem with the gaunlet/leather type.... also the MX gloves break down easily at the seams, leather is srtong.... but on hot days I hated the leathers, on cold winters and such....

I conclude:
get what you need for the season.... summer I use cloth, winter I plan to use my leather gauntlet gloves (once my bike is fixed), and, spring fall shorter leather/cloth gloves

also there is the riding gear like helmet, and jackets and such, same theory there

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I conclude:
get what you need for the season.... summer I use cloth, winter I plan to use my leather gauntlet gloves (once my bike is fixed), and, spring fall shorter leather/cloth gloves

also there is the riding gear like helmet, and jackets and such, same theory there
Have to agree but would add always wear the ones which gives you the best protection should the worst happen.
Take a look at the GP riders they have the best available to them but still end up with broken bones, cuts etc, believe me uless the stiching is top notch stitching will soon give way when it comes in contact with road surfaces
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thank you so much. it totally makes sense that a good pair of gloves are essential because so often we try to break our fall with our hands. my friend was telling me that some people who don't wear gloves or who's gloves were breached bleed out through their hands--yikes!
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I'll disagree with both of them. To have anything other than leather (cowhide or even better kangaroo) is asking for hand damage. If you're going to wear gloves, the entire point is to save your hands in a crash. Given that, you want gloves that fit you, are protective, and keep your hand comfortable.

Given your climate in CA, you'll want gauntlet gloves that have a nice cooling effect. Mine, for instance, have cutouts in between the fingers so that air flows into them. Others include, recently, Coolmax or other materials internally to wick away your moisture and dissipate it through panels or openings. Your gloves should always have a wrist clasp of some kind (typically hook & loop, aka Velcro).

The better gloves have nice carbon fiber or hardened plastic on knuckles to provide even better protection during a fall. They also are pre-curved to ease the effort to grip the throttle and brake-side bar.

EDIT: One other note. One reason gloves are gauntlet-style is that many riders' jackets fit in such a way that if your arm leads your slide, the sleeve will rise up and your arm will be bared to the road. Gauntlets not only help grasp the sleeve but also provide lengthier protection for your arm. I do have a pair of shorty gloves, but its extremely rare I use them (think >100F, ~90&#37; humidity, and then only if I've got a trip <10mi).

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I'll disagree with both of them. To have anything other than leather (cowhide or even better kangaroo) is asking for hand damage. If you're going to wear gloves, the entire point is to save your hands in a crash. Given that, you want gloves that fit you, are protective, and keep your hand comfortable.

Given your climate in CA, you'll want gauntlet gloves that have a nice cooling effect. Mine, for instance, have cutouts in between the fingers so that air flows into them. Others include, recently, Coolmax or other materials internally to wick away your moisture and dissipate it through panels or openings. Your gloves should always have a wrist clasp of some kind (typically hook & loop, aka Velcro).

The better gloves have nice carbon fiber or hardened plastic on knuckles to provide even better protection during a fall. They also are pre-curved to ease the effort to grip the throttle and brake-side bar.

EDIT: One other note. One reason gloves are gauntlet-style is that many riders' jackets fit in such a way that if your arm leads your slide, the sleeve will rise up and your arm will be bared to the road. Gauntlets not only help grasp the sleeve but also provide lengthier protection for your arm. I do have a pair of shorty gloves, but its extremely rare I use them (think >100F, ~90% humidity, and then only if I've got a trip <10mi).
Totally agree, thats a big ten four.
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I live in south Florida; IMHO, I would not be on the street with anything but street gloves. You don't necessarily have to have the full gauntlet, but a nice shorty (and leather) glove like Alpinestars SPX, will do you wonders in an "off-road excursion."

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
 
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thanks so much everyone. reading your posts i am set on getting some street gloves because like you said: the whole point to wearing gloves is to protect you. I think I'll look into getting a pair of gauntlet and a pair of shorties that way I can wear the gauntlets and have the shorties stored somewhere in case it's just too hot (we're in mid November here and yesterday it got up into the high 80s still). Thanks again everyone, being knew to the cycling world, I am hungry for any information you can give me
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my selection

I dont worry too much about bracing myslef in a crash, im in shock before I can even think of what to do, then I instinctually break my fall with a roll

Im not worried about the jackets cuffs getting caught by the road surface and ripping, to me thats a never-to-happen probability.

My favorite gloves
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...er-Gloves.aspx

My short leathers, are the shorter version of theses
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ne-Gloves.aspx

And my Gauntlet gloves, are all white earlier year
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...-2-Gloves.aspx
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