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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-20-2007, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
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Glove Performance

Various critical analysis of gloves:

Ride Mag protective value comparison reviews:

Perspective within the numbers:

Some further reference:

CE Glove Standard Summary:

"EN 13594 - Protective gloves for professional motorcycle riders - Requirements and test methods

There are requirements for tear strength of materials, with the impact abrasion resistance (minimum requirement of 2.5 seconds) sharing the same apparatus described in EN 13595. The tests for strength of seams and impact cut resistance adopt methods from the industrial glove standard. Optional impact protection is tested with an impact energy of 5 Joules and a transmitted force requirement of 4 kilo Newtons.

Glove materials are also required to meet international requirements for their innocuousness. Any metal studs or components of other materials which are intended to improve the abrasion resistance of certain parts of the glove must be fitted to a separate external layer and may not protrude to the inside of the glove. Gloves must extend not less than 50 mm above the wrist joint, and are restraint tested to ensure that in use they cannot be pulled off the hand."

To date, there are no known CE-approved gloves yet being produced. Why? Because the cost is too great for low volume manufacturers, and the high volume mainstream companies are not interested in real protective values.


Motorcyclist mag reported a test rider wearing a pair of Teknic Violators a few years ago that low sided on the track in low speed corner, something like 25-35mph, IIRC. The palm tore apart and the rider suffered some scrapes. They were pissed at the performance so they wrote Teknic about the incident and major damage.

The response from Teknic? " Those gloves are not made for track use."


Ku****ani uses Zylon thread to stitch their gloves. Zylon has recently been recalled from bullet proof vests, with a huge investigation into it's durability. Seems it loses tensile strength rapidly, which has been enough to cause ballistic failures in worn vests. Anyhow, the degradation is linked to moisture, and the Zylon fibers from those vests lost over 50% of their strength within one to two years of use. Use in sweaty gloves seems like a bad idea.

Loris also knows molded plastic and carbon bits are a truly worthless gimmick, a few finger/wrist injuries later:

Joe Rocket palm treatment:

Dainese X-moto Gloves, low speed failure:

A slow lowside in Held Profis, exterior stitching and pinky reinforcement leaving a nice little raspberry where there shouldn't have been a failure:

Hard pieces create compromised stitching and designs to gain back comfort and fit. More panels, more seams, creative exposed stitching techniques, and thinner materials are all byproducts of the hard armor marketing gimmick. Armor should be impact absorbing material, and things like metal pieces in glove could cause greater damage, rather than adding protective value of any sort.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-20-2007, 09:33 AM
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i'm thinkin either this should be a sticky or we should get some sticky action with more testing of riding gear. the last thing you want is a noob buying cheap gear and becoming another statistic.
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This dude is posting some great info.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-24-2007, 03:37 AM
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Ride Magazine sure does some pretty good gears testing. They were also known for doing destructive tests on helmets. Granted that the helmets were British and/or EU specs instead of Snell and/or DOT, but you can see how the various manufacturers' qualities stack up against each other. I wish I had saved those magazine issues and scanned them in for historical references.
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