KIT SHOWCASE Do a dry March!
Top waterproof gloves are perfect for spring & summer
Rukka Argosaurus £229.99
The most expensive gloves in our selection have a mighty pricetag but are also top quality, with leather throughout and titanium knuckle protection plus plastic scaphoid sliders. They have the top-line fully waterproof, windproof and breathable Gore-tex membrane plus the vented fingers that help make this a glove for all seasons. There’s a visor wipe on the thumb for damp riding days.
Colours White/yellow or black Sizes 7-13
Richa Savage £99.99
For those who want race levels of protection and waterproofing, these are perhaps the best value option here. They have a robust quality, with friction-resisting palm sliders and hard knuckle protectors and a tougher leather from Somerset-based tannery Pittards around the heel of the palm. There’s good feel through the palms despite the presence of the Hipora membrane – and all for just under £100. Colours Black Sizes XS-3XL Contact www.nevis.uk.com
Lindstrands Flex £79
The name is an appropriate one for these short gloves from Swedish firm Lindstrands. Made from a combination of goatskin and Spandex with reinforced Hiart high abrasion resistant material at key areas and they’re very comfortable and flexible. The Dryway+ membrane is waterproof and breathable and has ‘Mcfit technology’ which allows the membrane and lining to be bonded to the outer glove so it won’t pull out.
Colours Black Sizes 5-7 (ladies), 8-14 (men) Contact www.jofama.se
Weise Shark WP £109.99
These sporty offerings provide good feel from the leather, which is backed by a Mcfit membrane that’s waterproof, windproof, breathable and designed to stay in place when you take your hand out. They have moulded knuckle and finger protection plus Knox scaphoid protection on the palms. The little finger has a bridge to secure it to the ring finger to give more protection in the event of a crash. These appear to offer good value for money.
Colours Black Sizes S-3XL
Racer Stratos 2 £139.99
While the pricetag looks high, there’s good value for money in these gloves. They have a Gore-tex waterproof and breathable membrane, which is superior to those in cheaper gloves, and the quality of construction is high. The cuff restraint is particularly effective as it wraps fully around the wrist. The quality of materials is high, there’s a rubber visor wipe and a hard knuckle protector. It lacks the tricks and flicks of some gloves here, but Racer make topnotch kit. Colours Black Sizes S-XL Contact www.tranam.co.uk
REV’IT Summit 2 H2O £99.99
Sports-touring gloves with a flexible quality with a reinforced leather palm and a scaphoid slider to avoid broken bones. The backs of the hands use both leather and textile for a supple feel and the knuckle protector is made from Rev’it’s Seesoft impact-resistant foam so it’s more comfortable than a hard guard. They have a novel wrist closure that works in tandem with the cuff strap so one motion secures both.
Colours Black. Sizes S-XXXXL
Alpinestars M56 Drystar £99.99
At the touring end of the sport-stouring spectrum, but with the hard knuckle protection you’d expect from a sports glove. The Drystar waterproof and breathable membrane and lining is slightly bulkier than some but they’re considerably thinner than winter gloves and will be effective in a wide range of climates. They have a couple of nice touches, including a touchscreen-compatible fingertip and a visor wipe on the thumb. Colours Black Sizes S-3XL Contact www. alpinestars. com
Dainese Carbon Gore-tex Xtrafit £189.99
Among the more expensive gloves here but the spec is high. They’re made from goatskin and cowhide with suede palm reinforcements and a Gore-tex waterproof and breathable membrane. There’s carbon knuckle protectors and protection on the little fingers. The elasticated cuff closure is very impressive and helps get a very secure fit. Colours Black Sizes XS-XXL Contact www.dainese.com
Buffalo Delta £44.99
These are another pair of gloves that sit more at the touring end of the scale, with a bulkier lining and a synthetic leather palm. Again, they’re not full winter gloves but they will be warmer than the raciest gloves here. They’re sporty in look, though, with hard protection at the knuckles and leather reinforcements on the palm as well as very long cuff.
Colours Black Sizes S-3XL