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Just wondering what my fellow monster riders are wearing, & do you like them?

need something for protection (obviously) and to keep the hands warm when it gets a little cooler in houston

anyone own the Alpinestars SMX-4 Gloves or Joe Rocket Velocity Gloves? those are two i am considering
 

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Right now, I'm wearing Teknic Violator Pro gloves. Well built, comfortable, and I definitely feel that they'd do the job in a crash. They're on sale at newenough.com for $69, and I don't think that you can beat the protection at that price.

http://www.newenough.com/closeouts/gloves.htm

My last set was a set of Tecnik Speedstars. They were even more comfortable than the Violators, and they passed the crash test. (Judging from the state of my left clip-on and my wrist injuries, my left hand took a good chunk of the force of a lowside at 60mph, and although some of the stitching holding the kevlar panels was ground through, the base leather stayed intact)

http://www.kneedraggers.com/index.php?partno=33-TEKSSG&s=1

I have a set of SMX-4s that I occaisionally wear around town when it's hot. It's really just a glorified motocross glove (except that a mx glove has more protection for the outside of your hand). They're better than nothing, but not near the protection of either of the Tecniks that I mentioned.

When it gets cold, I wear a pair of Mountain Hardwear Powerstretch gloves under my regular gloves.
http://www.rei.com/online/store/Pro...productId=6393760&parent_category_rn=40001352

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you and i have the same taste in gloves - the teknics and smx's...

i like both and agree that the smx's just don't offer the protection the armored teknics do.

cheers!
steve
 
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i just picked up a set of icon ti-max's... one of the most comfortable glove i've worn and arguably some of the best protection out there.
 

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Alpinestars SP-1 in black. They're pretty good, though I'd like to get something a little more substantial as a second pair. Temperature-wise, they have been fine so far, and my hands are quite sensitive to the cold. I want something with a longer gauntlet to make sure that no chilly air can creep up my sleeves, which is an occasional problem for me with the SP-1.

Alpinestars SP-1
 

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I'm a big fan of Held gloves, currently riding with the Profi:
(the one on the bottom)


Comfy, lots of protection, but kinda spendy.

I've seen the Lee Parks gloves at Laguna and they look excellent also. Deerskin gloves are my faves.
 

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Nice gloves Michael. What are your (or anyone else's) thoughts on gloves without kevlar/carbon armor?


*** EDIT ***

Nevermind - I was just reading the Held Technical Review and discovered that all Held gloves are armored, just not in the typical fashion. I may have to get a pair of those! Is there a store in the Bay Area that carries them?
 
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I love the Held gloves. They brake in fast and fit sooo nice. They even have a wiper for the rain on the left pointing finger.
 

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Ditto on the Held gloves. I wear the "Jorg" model. Not much for cold rides, though. But cold in Michigan and cold in Houston are two different animals....
 

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I wear the Lee Parks Design deer skin tour gloves... They are super comfortable and they just keep getting better the more I wear them.
 

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Another happy Held wearer, mine are about 6-7 years old now and seem to feel a bit worn though - I've been looking for something new but not having much luck. I picked up a pair of Teknic gloves, the fit and finish is not like Held but they're not bad. Also have some Olympia perforated gloves that I bought on a really hot day that I don't wear much and some heavy cold weather Olympias that I'll only put on if it gets really cold - they feel like boxing gloves! Have some old Thurlow deerskins to put on if the Helds get soaked and need to dry - well made and washable. I really like the squeegee for my faceshield on the Helds, the Thurlows have a suede panel that does the same thing.
 

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Thanks for the info! Now i am looking into alpinestar sp-1or2 olympia ultima, or still maybe joe rocket.
Got about another month before it gets cold here in Houston
 

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Summer ...... Alpine Star GP Plus

Winter ........ Alpine Star Jet Road Goretex with Military silk flying gloves underneath.

8)
 

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The Joe Rockets are nice but very thin. They have protected me well in two hard crashes on the track and the street, but I have a habit of never breaking my fall with my hands so they never got to see much asphalt at all.

I have since replaced them with Held Kryptons and if you plan on doing any hard (read: canyons or track) riding at all I strongly recommend them or the K-u-s-h-i-t-a-n-i (doesn't let me spell it out without the hyphens) Hyper Pros (the choice of several Hollywood stuntmen I work with) over the Joe Rockets. Of course, the quality of those two comes at a price so if you're on a budget, the Alpinestars is probably your best bet.

-R.
 
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