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Getting a Perfect Fit: Ultimate Guide to Motorcycle Glove Sizing

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 20, 2014 5:58:00 PM

handYour hands are the primary connection between you and your motorcycle controls. Proper fit is essential.

Yet we hear all the time from riders with a glove fit problem.

Maybe their hands and fingers are shorter or wider or longer than average ... but even if that's the case, there should be a glove that fits just right. 

Never settle for a poor fitting motorcycle glove ...

Here's a guide to gloves that fit, to keep you protected, comfortable, and focused on the road.

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Topics: Motorcycle Glove Size

Motorcycle Rain Gear: Waterproof Gloves That Keep Hands Dry

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 20, 2014 9:17:00 AM

RainEver get caught riding in heavy rain?

A "chance of showers" is one thing.  But a downpour, you need good motorcycle rain gear to keep dry, or water will find a way into every opening.

By good waterproof gear, we mean: helmets with faceshield, gaitors, rainsuits, waterproof boots or boot covers. And a ziploc baggie to put your phone in:)

And rain gloves! Wet hands get cold, so you have to keep them dry.

(Of course, if it rains so hard that visibility becomes an issue, safely pull over and find a place to wait for the worst to pass. Call ahead and let folks know you'll be late. Better than not getting there at all).

For those times you get caught riding in rain, here's how to choose the right gloves.

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Topics: Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves

Motorcycle Gloves: Touch Screen Gloves, for Every Budget & Season

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 13, 2014 2:01:00 PM

touchCombining tech with riding brings up an interesting debate among motorcycle riders.

Some say: “Leave the phone and distractions at home and ENJOY the ride.”

On the other hand, A recent reviewer of one of our leather touch screen gloves said:

“Wish I had these on my cross-country ride … no more holding one glove between my teeth!”

If you ride with a GPS or smart phone – and today, that’s most of us -- touch screen-enabled gloves can be a really nice feature.

Like anything, there are lots of choices. Here’s how to find the right glove for your needs and budget.

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Which Leather For Gloves? Cowhide vs. Goatskin, Kangaroo and More

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 4, 2014 9:12:00 AM

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Many people ask us which leather is best for gloves. WIth all the choices, it can get confusing.

Cowhide vs. goat skin? Deerskin vs. pigskin? Elk? Kangaroo?

The answer is, it depends. Different leathers are best for different purposes.

If you're a winter rider, you may have one set of needs. If you're using the gloves for summer, other qualities may be important.

The choice usually comes down to three things ... design, budget, and performance needs. Here are the key differences, for the most commonly used glove leathers.  

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12 Great Attention-Worthy Blogs for Women Motorcycle Riders

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 2, 2014 1:46:00 PM

Women

When you have a motorcycle gear/travel/maintenence question, do you search for answers online? Do you consult forums or motorcycle blogs?

That's what we do ... and by now, we have a list of our favorite "go-to" resouces for all things motorcycle, from forums to blogs and online magazines.

Today, we wanted to share some of our favorite women bloggers -- some of the world's most accomplished women motorcycle riders.

Most have a unique passion or expertise -- photography, motorcycle camping, motorcycle safety -- but in every case, each has ridden extensively and can be counted on for a wealth of motorcycle knowledge and a unique point of view. 

Check 'em out!
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Topics: Womens motorcycle gloves, Women Motorcycle Riders, motorcycle blogs, women motorcycle bloggers

11 Great Fitting Women's Motorcycle Gloves

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 2, 2014 1:41:00 PM

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Forget the girlie pink, flowers, embroidery, and sparkles – If you ride, you need serious impact protection.

You also need motorcycle gloves that stay cool in warm weather, add warmth when temperatures drop, and allow you to grip the controls well, without being to big or too small.

And an affordable alternative to higher-priced gloves would be nice too, wouldn’t it?

Here’s how to get what you need, when shopping for women's motorcycle gloves.

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Top Quality Motorcycle Gloves for Under $50 Dollars

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 28, 2014 4:54:00 AM

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When riders ask us why motorcycle gloves cost so much, sometimes we just want to say "what are your hands worth"?

Instead, last week we explained what goes into the making of a glove. To get the best value for your money, it helps to know what you're buying.

But you don't have to spend your whole paycheck to get a good pair of gloves.

Today, we highlight 5 classic motorcycle glove styles, that offer great value.

So protect your hands ... and save some bucks, the next time you need gloves.

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Topics: motorcycle gear

Top Quality Gloves: What Should Motorcycle Gloves Cost?

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 27, 2014 10:49:00 AM

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Experienced riders know that you "dress for the ride, not for the slide"

But staying protected is definitely a challenge for riders on a budget. You can find gloves at all price ranges --

-- but do you know what to look for when buying a glove? What features are worth the money?  How to tell quality?

Here's how to save a little green, and get the best value for your money, next time you go glove shopping!

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Guide to Summer Motorcycle Gloves: Choosing the Perfect Pair

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 21, 2014 1:10:00 AM

BeartoothWhen summer is in full swing, the roads and highways are full of bikers on vacation, attending rallies or just cruising the countryside.

While taking advantage of the great weather is what summer riding is all about -- it can be a challenge to keep cool wearing full gear in in hot weather.

But with a little research, you can find summer gloves that keep hands protected AND cool. Here are the options.

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Why Wear Motorcycle Gloves?

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 12, 2014 8:42:00 AM

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Hey, we don't usually bring this up ...

We'd much rather talk about the fun of riding .. but every once in a while the "why wear motorcycle gloves"  question comes up.

You may be tempted to think -- " ... it's summer, it's hot, no gear today".
 
Well, we could tell you all the benefits of protective gloves ... how they're made with "abrasion proof" this and "padded" that ...

Instead, we'll just let a rider friend who was in a wreck last month answer this most basic question for you.

Junie Rose is an experienced year-round rider who has completed the 8000+ mile Hoka Hey Challenge ride every year -- but she was in a wreck last month on her way to the 2014 Hoka Hey Challenge.  

 As she tells it:

" ... The speed limit is 70. Four lanes of traffic, all stopped. The tail lights came so fast there was no time to think. I have always told myself get away from the bike. I don't remember doing that but that's what I did.

More important than what I did for the next few seconds is what I did that morning. I put on my gear. My helmet, my long pants, my jacket, my boots and my gloves. I did not hit the cars stopped in front of me but I did hit the ground. Thank You Olympia for the gloves you gave me they saved my hands..."

As for this most basic question, it goes without saying: All the Gear, All the Time.

Every rider is going to have an unplanned get-off. Your gear will save your hands, and your hide.

Enough said.

PS - We are so thankful that, despite her injuries, Junie is on the mend. 

We look forward to seeing her back in the saddle on "Hunydu", good as new, continuing to raise money for the Nation of Patriots and others in need -- she is one tough lady with a heart as big as they come.

As for the rest of us ... stay alert, and stay safe.

Rider Suggestions for Safer Riding

The riders who stop by our Facebook page are not shy about saying what they think.  So on the topic of safety, here are a few basic reminders we wanted to share:
  • Wear polarized sunglasses so you are not 'blinded by the light'.
  • Zen Time: You know that time of day where you start drifting off into the clouds and start daydreaming. This is a clear hint that it is time to pull over for a short rest. Clear your mind.
  • When you are riding, pay attention to what is ahead of you. Watch out for people crossing the street, people walking their dogs and traffic lights about to change from yellow to red. Looking out into a beautiful open field, body of water or other view can be distracting. Even the automobile next to you while at a red light, or rubbernecking when passing an accident is tempting. Be mindful of the 'big picture' and stay focused on your ride. Stay on track and keep driving ahead.
  • When it is time to rest, rest. Your body may be uncomfortable. Listen to your body and take a restful stop.
  • Why wear motorcycle gloves? Safer riding ...
             High protection from crash and elements
             Abrasion impact (key areas like palm, knuckles, and little finger )
             Weather protection (warm, waterproof, airflow for summer, etc.)
              Protection from vibration (gel)
              Convenience features (touchscreen, zipper pocket, etc)
If you are reading this, you may have gone without gear before, and ... though we hope not ... perhaps you still think that "feeling the wind" beats suiting up.

Have we changed your mind? Let us know what you think.

    
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Topics: Motorcycle Safety, All Season Motorcycle Gloves

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