I am looking to upgrade my gloves because I care about my hands. Any suggestions? Anyone have gloves they just effing love? Or hate? I do seem to have a rather wide hand with short stubby fingers so the slim fit stuff just wont work.
Yes I have looked on the interweb but I am curious about what the scooter based constituency thinks and feels on this one.
I've got the same stubby finger problem. Had a set of Alpine Stars which were crap and the ones I have now are AGV also a bit crap. Both fell apart after the first spill. I tried a pair of Shift gloves on that fit my stubby fingers quite well. I might try those next.
i am gonna get on my motorcyclist high horse here... so bear with me..
in GENERAL dont ever ask a scooterist what type of gear works...
youll end up in gardening gloves and your moms old combat boots.
ok that was a joke.. but kinda true..
i cant imagine Alpinestars falling apart.. depending on how old or what model, they are some of the best stuff around... i trust them with my life. i have gone down the track on my hands ( and head and ass) at well over 100 mph with high end alpinestars gloves and used them for another couple years with no failures... they are top quality.
BUT i have seen some bad stitching in the last couple years that caused a couple exposed seems.. this is remedied easily and alpinestars will warentee such odd happenings.. this was caught BEFORE they were used in a crash however.. so catching afterwards wouldn't really help you...
i think a better question would be.. whats the best glove for ______ price range...
Dianese's high end full on metal racer is around 350... Rev It is currently making a comparable glove to it for around 250. so that is a great deal. Dainise set the standard for feel and protection.. and tend to lean tword the feel side of the spectrum...
Alpinstars GP plus glove is a good middle of the Road glove for around 100. went down in turn four at PIR a few years ago and they held up great, still have them.. they just dont match my stuff anymore.. lol..
i will probably be wearing Alpinestars GP PRO for road racing my Ducati super bike and an R6 in AMA Pro this year.... they are about 300 retail. yes.. i am supposed to race Pro this year in AMA.. which means i am VERY VERY likely to hit the ground at speed, so i am looking very hard at really good gear... that will last, and survive lots of contact with the ground.. i cant afford to replace gear with a race weekend costing around 1500 alone.
for the money/protection and fit i think Falco Gloves are the best right now, especially for scooters where typically people dont spend money on high end gear.
the Falcos feel like Kushitanis (which are about 400 bucks) and are only 125 retail. a REALLY fucking great buy... just tell Todd at Advanced Motorcycle gear that Drat sent you.... he is the only Distributor in North America that i know of...
i was sponsored in 2009 by Falco and you might of seen me wearing their gloves last year on the scooter. they are great. i crashed a bunch and they are still fine. they are madein Europe, not Korea or Pakistan like a lot of gear nowadays and they are an Italian company so thats cool.
I wore their Gloves, Boots and one piece Leather Suit in 2009 under Contract, and i helped them and gave the factory feedback on the products.. they even used some of my suggestions. they very inexpensive when comparing similar products from other companies..
also Technic gloves are really good,( another Italian company as well as Alpinestars) i have had lots of their gloves over the years.. and one of my last suits was their Violator suit.. that thing is like a tank... really well made.. i have about 15 off bike incidents wearing it.. and it still doesn't need any work... amazing really...
if you have weird fingers.. well.. the best bet is to buy whatever and have a knowledgeable leather seamstress custom fit them... it will probably cost you about 20 bucks..., if your local Portland i can give you numbers of 2 that will do it right and only work on motorcycle gear, so they know how to do it right..
one thing to remember is buying older gear and retro gear like i see a lot of scooterists and moped guys doin can back fire on you. its better to buy once.. then buy cheaply once.. and then buy better gear again.. not very cost effective.
yes the 1908s retro leathers are cool... and the leather is great... its the stitching and other parts you have to worry about... thread will deteriorate over time, even a simlple fall can leave you injured if the threads fall apart..
. there have been MAJOR advances in how suits and gloves are made in that last several years, both in design and materials that makes buying older stuff seem silly and not cost effective..
also if anyone is interested.. i have some old gear i can part with, just hit me up if you need something.
Thank you for the input gentlemen! And thank you Drat for taking the time to make such a comprehensive, thoughtful and experience driven post. I am looking to stay around $200 for gloves. I am pretty impressed by the Held Phantom gloves right now but I am definitely going to check out the Falco, Rev It and Technic per your suggestion. I tried on a number of Dianese and A* products but haven't had much luck with fit.