Odd on the size issues. Stas is the man, I stopped by his place yesterday and while he wasn't there, he had his brother show me his brother's new Handroids in L.
I tried them on and they fit well, if anything a bit tight at the junction of the fingers to the palm, and the finger lengths were fine. I wear an L in most gloves without a problem, never bought a pair of XL's, and squeezed into a handmedown pair of waterproof M's that I stretched the bejeezus out of in just a few weeks.
I also tried on Stas' old Held Phantoms, and while they fit well, they didn't seem to provide the same 'feel' for lack of a better word.
I'll be buying the Handroids. The plastic spines do seem to resist the fingers being pulled into a fist, but not enough to cause extra tension on the hand when riding. I liked them.
And the fastening sytem - the button you pull, push and turn to tighten? Blows away any velcro crap and is easily worked with gloves on. Level of protection on the Hnadroids just seems to be the pinnacle of protection, and after a buddy of mine shattered his pinkie into his palm after a tumble at Black Hawk, I think the protection is a good idea.
Will report after I use them for a bit.
Thanks again Stas and Anton. Very cool, particularly since I hadn't met either of them.
Stas, nice garage...have enough polish?