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Your opinion of fingerless gloves

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by jthuang, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. jthuang

    jthuang On The Jazz

    Jan 17, 2000
    Pennsylvania, USA
    What's your opinion of fingerless gloves for cycling?

    A buddy of mine uses them and says they should be enough because if you go down your hands really only need protection at the palm and back of the hand ... I dunno, I think your fingers may be affected if you're going down and you put down your hands to break your fall but I'll admit most of the damage probably goes to your palms in such an instance.

    The above assumes high quality fingerless gloves, like the Joe Rocket Torque Flight or Hammer gloves.

    Your thoughts appreciated.
  2. 45acp4me

    45acp4me Pissed puppet

    May 11, 2001
    Farmington, MI
    Would you ever see a racer wearing them? Not a chance, the speeds on a motorcycle are a ton higher than on a bike. Fingerless gloves won't do much to protect your hands at all in a crash.


  3. Fingerless gloves are for posers.

    I value my fingers as well as my palms and backs of my hands.

    Ask your friend if he wants to put his digits onto a spinning grinder...
  4. Compy

    Compy CompensateWhat?

    Feb 28, 2000
    Neither here nor there
    Putting your hands down to break a fall is an excellent way to break your wrist and a few fingers ;)

    I don't believe the gloves make much of a difference. Get whatever feels best to you.
  5. jthuang

    jthuang On The Jazz

    Jan 17, 2000
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Thanks, appreciate the responses. Most quality gloves are bearable in the summer (esp the perforated ones) so I don't really see the need for fingerless.
  6. jpa

    jpa CLM

    May 28, 2001
    Las Vegas NV
    I like gloves mainly to keep a good grip on the throttle and to keep my digits from going numb if it's cold out. In the event of a crash, I'd also much rather have the top layer of leather shaved off rather than my skin.
  7. Njanear

    Njanear Nagant-ophile

    Jul 20, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    Heck, I've hit plenty of big juicy Georgia bugs while on my bike and have felt the impacts through my gloves and pants (and tried looking through the goo on my faceshield too :). I would imagine that a big bee or June Bug to the exposed fingers would be akin to being slapped across the knuckles with a metal ruler. I'll pass.
  8. WERA49


    Jul 26, 2003
    ;a I agree completely.

    I wear high quality gloves on the street and track. Actually, I use the same gloves for both. They have Carbon fiber/ Kevlar mold protectors over the knuckles, double stitched on the critical seams, padding between and extra piece of leather on the palm and a rubber cushion under the protectors.

    I've crashed several times on them. They do wear out after a while. I'm now using my second set.

    For cool weather I use Alpinestars with a liner.

    After crashing many times and watching many more crashes, you won't cathch me without serious gloves while riding. Yes, I do wear a full face helmet (Arai) and a great leather jacket (Vanson). As you can see, I take safety seriously.

    If you want to know what works, ask a racer. They are very hard on parts and safety equipment. Usually, they'll have a first hand story. :)

    My gloves and helmet can be seen in my avatar.
  9. Eyespy

    Eyespy Proud Infidel

    Sep 2, 2004
    Southern California
    My opinion is that they are next to useless, and as a trackday staff rider and tech inspector for MTC, I would fail them at tech inspection in a heartbeat.
  10. RKC2000

    RKC2000 OFOPOS

    Jun 2, 2003
    I don't expect my fingerless gloves to protect me in a crash. I expect that if my bike slips under sand/gravel in a turn, that my natural tendency would be to extend my palms to break my fall. The gloves do have some padding on the palm area. Some protection is better than no protection.

    Ever fall off a bicycle when you were a kid? Remember what happened?

    Do what makes you feel comfortable.

    Never though of fingerless gloves as 'for posers'. Mine are so old and faded they are far from making a fashion statement.
  11. Eyespy

    Eyespy Proud Infidel

    Sep 2, 2004
    Southern California
    That's good, because in most circumstances, they won't provide very much. ^8
  12. ClickClickBoom

    ClickClickBoom Sod Off

    Sep 21, 2003
    Still The Back 40
    The one time I went down on pavement, I was wearing fingerless gloves. For starters, I can't stand gloves in general, in the cold, for working, for shooting, whatever. I hate the feeling of having my fingers 'gloved'. I was flung head first about 30 or so feet and landed face down on the pavement. I threw my hands out to catch me and the palms hit and slid down the pavement, saving my hands. Even when the bike caught up with me and pushed me another 20 feet or so down the road (Palms out, trying to avoid going under an SUV). My hands survived fingers and all without a scratch. The gloves survived, but in the palms they eventually started to seperate where the threads had been ground off.
  13. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

    Sep 4, 2004
    Racing Capital, USA
    I believe any rider who spends a large amount of time on a bike professionally (racers both on and off road) will tell you as some have told me "wear the best saftey gear and get the best quality possible". Every piece you have on all adds up in a crash. You don't want that one piece you don't have on be the one piece you need (yes even fingers could matter). It's like a gun. Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. Besides with all the new technology, comfort isn't a big problem anymore. The new mesh and armor jackets, new helmet vent designs, and new vented gloves and boots are all very comfortable. Also, you always get what you paid for. BTW I suggest ONLY Arai helmets (by far the best helmet period IMO).
  14. I just picked up a pair of full summer gloves, Olympia brand, that have holes in the leather on the backside, padded on the palms. These are very cool gloves, even tho they are finger-full :)