Q What are the best track gloves money can buy?
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.