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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 11-14-2008, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for Glove Replacement (TRACK)

Ok folks, so, let's face it. I am VERY tough on gloves at the race track. Doing some base calculations of 65+ track days a year at an average of 16 sessions per day, that puts me a little over 20,000 minutes per year on the track.

That combined with my desire to point out apexes (hitting fingers along the way on the ground) tends to WEAR OUT my racing gloves. I have three sets of gloves that are beyond repair at this point that are all about a year old.

So, since gloves go on sale over the winter, I am gonna be shopping for replacement gloves. I need at least two sets, matching. I might by a third set of a different brand just to switch things up.

I had HELD Galaxy gloves, and loved them. They have been tested, and have protected me well each time. I also have a set of Technics, although significantly less rugged, they were easier to get on. Never tested, they still have fallen apart over the course of the year.

What HIGH END gloves, maximum protection, have you guys had good experience with? I will be watching the winter sales and trying to pick up some nice sets for next season.

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Well, honestly, you hit two that I lean on for recommendations. I don't know what factory the Technics come out of, but, for the money, they are pretty darn durable and fit well. Always worth picking some up for, at worst, a second set. I think I picked up a set from motorcyclecloseouts.com this year for less than $50. I like the idea of a lot of the Held gloves, but I do have a fitment problem with them. Goes back a long way too.

Years ago, I had a set of Suomy gloves, yes, the helmet company. I believe that they were actually made in Europe by the same people that make the Arlen Ness leather stuff for racing. Very, very nice glove.

Finally, I have a custom set of Vanson gloves that I was lucky enough to order a few years ago. It's not a fancy glove, per se, but the function and form of the glove was just outstanding. The leather felt like it was going to be way too thick, but once I rode with them, I found them to be just excellent.

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I've crash tested the A* GP techs and GP Pros, always with great results.
My current pair of Pros have seen pavement more than I'd care to admit and they're still good to go.

I like the little finger bridge thing, too.

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I have always loved my Helds, and they fit me great and have served me well. The Technics have great protection, and are easier to get on. I was thinking that since I was looking at replacements, now would be the best time to be open to looking at other options.

I do like buying on close-outs! LOL! Especially in this economy, I am assuming that there will be the same or more great off-season sales.

I'll take a look at the AStars and the GPs as well.

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Alpinestars GP pro. i too am hard on gloves and with multiple crashes these things have held up for 2 years now. I will be able to run them next year as well.

Kangaroom palms, knuckle protection, etc.. great gloves

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I like the little finger bridge thing, too.
werd to this. I have seen/heard of many broken pinky fingers without this.

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I would have a hard time buying anything but Held. I love mine and my other gloves just collect dust. I am in the market for a new set as one of my fingers is coming apart.
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werd to this. I have seen/heard of many broken pinky fingers without this.
I have to agree with this as well. With my AGV (nearly $200 pair) gloves, my fairly minor high side cause a dislocated pinky and cut through the leather in the palm and down to the bone.

My A* GP Pros have the pinky bridge that would have stopped the dislocation more than likely and have an extra patch of leather right where my AGV's ripped through.

Granted I don't have nearly the hours on my gloves that you do, but they have held up great through 2 seasons of riding and they are comfortable as well. I think I got mine for somewhere around $125 on sale somewhere.
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as one of my fingers is coming apart.
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GP pros or GP tech's if you can try them both on you can figure out which one is best for you, i rock the pro's. the difference is the gp techs have extra protection in the form of a plastic impact absorbing cuff, some people like the added protection, i think they feel bulky and cumbersome.
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werd to this. I have seen/heard of many broken pinky fingers without this.
Really? I mean, I think the idea is interesting and probably, in general, a good idea, but, in my "short" experience, I haven't seen it personally in those around me or myself. Might be common in some circles, I suppose.

I broke my pinky because I wore my wedding ring and crashed on that. Pretty much put an end to wearing that. My fingers being together would have had no relationship in that. It was the pressure of the ring on my pinky that caused the spiral fracture.

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GP pros or GP tech's if you can try them both on you can figure out which one is best for you, i rock the pro's. the difference is the gp techs have extra protection in the form of a plastic impact absorbing cuff, some people like the added protection, i think they feel bulky and cumbersome.
The new Pros have the cufff too. I think that started w/ the 08 Pro, don't have it on my 07 GP pros.
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The new Pros have the cufff too. I think that started w/ the 08 Pro, don't have it on my 07 GP pros.
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Held Phantoms rock. The underside of the fingers are thin though, I guess for maximum feel. Check them out at:

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Call for pricing. You will not be able to beat it.
$279?

I bought my last Helds on closeouts, two pair at $99 ea. It was the version right before the Phantom that was the top end. I'll wait for closeouts

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A** Pro plastic inserts grind down and melt after a good crash. That makes the glove questionably usable thereafter. But I do like the bridge and the plastic calf. The later somewhat restricts the movement of the wrist which may help redistribute the impact force and protect wrist bones. Hopefully.

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$279?

I bought my last Helds on closeouts, two pair at $99 ea. It was the version right before the Phantom that was the top end. I'll wait for closeouts
I got my held phantoms from STG for $205 shipped but that was a year ago...I have loved them since the first ride FWIW.

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What he said.

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$279?

I bought my last Helds on closeouts, two pair at $99 ea. It was the version right before the Phantom that was the top end. I'll wait for closeouts

Call for pricing Wink. It'll be a lot less than that.

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Hey Brian,

I don't know if you know this yet or not, but Held discontinued the Galaxy line. I know this because it was the only glove I could find that fit my freakish hands and exacting standards of high performance.

I haven't yet tried the Phantoms, but I did just receive a set of Kushitani's top of the line race gloves. Untested, but so nice ...

Anyway, best of luck you savage ... and quit pointing out apexes, it prematurely ruins your gloves no matter what kind you buy!

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I haven't yet tried the Phantoms,
They come in half sizes which helps. My 9.5s have relatively long fingers IMO....especially the thumb. Maybe I should have got the 9s but they have performed well regardless since day 1.

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Call for pricing Wink. It'll be a lot less than that.
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I know Monte, great guy. I did a private Cruiser event with him at Autobahn North a couple of years ago and he did a super job with it.

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As Jason stated, he swears by Held gloves. As far as the Alpinestars go, I have had several pairs and although I don't ride the track nearly as much as you, I do put a lot of miles in on road trips. The palms tend to wear out too quickly. Leather lotion every now and then might help that, but since I see that problem as a rider on the road, you might see it sooner on the track.

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i liked my T-age gloves from dainese, they lasted years but then again i dont do as much track time as you do. hell maybe take all 4 years of what i did is what you do in 1 for shizzle



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Held Phantoms. Sportbike track gear will probably have the best price. Love mine on the second pair. Ive tried Alpine starz and Icons. Wink I know you know this but it never hurts to hear it again, spend the money on a good set as we use the hands for everything.

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I know Monte, great guy. I did a private Cruiser event with him at Autobahn North a couple of years ago and he did a super job with it.
Yeah, but they offer actual member discounts was the point. Maybe you can be an honorary member. They ship fast, but I guess that's not a big factor in the winter.

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I have always sworn by my Helds. I'll most likely get the Red White and Blue Phantoms, but wanted to be open to change. They have ALWAYS been a great glove for me.

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