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Q What are the best track gloves money can buy?

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I’m plan­ning to do some track days soon and one of my ar­eas of con­cern is my hands. I’m a de­signer by trade so need them for work, so I’m re­ally af­ter the best pro­tec­tion I can get. What are the ul­ti­mate gloves for this sort of thing? Bren­don Reid, Put­ney

An­swered by Keith A Rois­set­ter, In­fin­ity Mo­tor­cy­cles There are a few on the mar­ket that I would con­sider very good. One of the most im­por­tant things is the fit. Find the one which feels and fits the best while you are sit­ting on your bike. Try squeez­ing your brake and clutch levers hard to make sure they don’t tighten ex­ces­sively. Good ones to con­sider are the very protective Knox Han­droids, which have all sorts of clever and sub­tle de­sign features to keep your hands pro­tected. The same can be said of the Alpines­tars Su­pertechs and the Dainese Full Metal D1s cer­tainly have their fans. Not as com­mon, but again highly re­garded are the Held Ti­tan Evos.

In Septem­ber, 2016 I was knocked off my bike by a car driver who didn’t see me and pulled out of a junc­tion. I was un­able to work for three months and was signed off by my GP once I was out of hos­pi­tal. I re­cently went to see the third party’s med­i­cal ex­pert. I have just been sent his re­port and it says that only one month off work was rea­son­able. This is ridicu­lous as I was in hos­pi­tal for the first week. Now I may have to re­pay my em­ployer for three month’s sick pay, yet will only go­ing to get a month’s pay from my op­po­nent. How is this fair? Theo Davies, Cardiff A If your em­ploy­ment con­tract con­tains a sub­ro­gated claim clause, it al­lows your em­ployer to claw back sick pay paid to you from the com­pen­sa­tion you re­ceive. If you’ve been to an ap­point­ment with the De­fen­dant’s ex­pert then I as­sume you have had your own ex­pert’s as­sess­ment too. Check what your ex­pert said. If he/she has not com­mented on this, you can put spe­cific ques­tions to your ex­pert, en­clos­ing all med­i­cal notes and ask­ing them to com­ment on the rea­son­able­ness of the time off. Your GP might also be pre­pared to write a let­ter to as­sist you. You could also check your em­ploy­ment con­tract to en­sure there is a claw-back pro­vi­sion. If so, speak to your em­ployer and ex­plain the po­si­tion in the hope that they only claw back the amount you ac­tu­ally re­ceive for loss of earn­ings in your claim. I find that em­ploy­ers can of­ten be sym­pa­thetic in this re­gard.

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