Teknic Violator Motorcycle Gloves
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Can be a bit hot in the summer time; the inside folds of the fabric can rub against the fingers.
Can good equipment make you a better rider? I think so -- the first time I went for a ride with these gloves, I noticed a real difference.
I seemed to have a much better feel for the throttle; I felt that I could ride much more smoothly because I could really tell what each little throttle increment was doing. I also had a much better feel for what the front end of the bike was doing.
Now I know why most of the fancy and expensive racing gloves use kangaroo skin on the palm; besides its claimed superiority over cowhide regarding its resistance to abrasion and tearing, it also seems to transmit tons of feel to your hand.
I guess it's because a thinner
grade of kangaroo hide can be used to equal the same amount of protection
you'd get from cowhide, and less thickness means better feel.
Until someone volunteers to scientifically crash test (?!) products for our benefit, we won't know. So I postulate that as long as you buy decent quality gear at a price you feel comfortable with, you'll probably end up in as good a shape as the next rider with the more expensive gear.
By the way, a corollary is "anything is 100% better than nothing"; an old pair of garden gloves, while certainly not the ideal solution, is probably better than wearing nothing!
Anyway, back to the gloves; they're nice and comfortable, the size
large fits each finger perfectly (unlike other brands of gloves I've tried), and
they have a nice gauntlet that fits over all of my jackets, including the
Aerostich Darien, which has a lot of material at the wrist that can be
pretty hard to stuff under a glove.
They have the cool (or ugly, depending
upon your point of view) carbon fiber knuckle guards and some extra
padding on the palms and along the pinky finger. There's also some
extra kangaroo hide that runs down along the index finger and up the
thumb; I guess this is to help improve wear in that area that gets the
I'm not sure if one is better than the other, but the external seamed gloves always seem to look untidy to me, and the stitching and the edges of the leather always seems to quickly fray.
The Violators are internally seamed, but the downside is that you can feel some of the seams rubbing against your fingers. About the only place this sort of bothers me is on the tip of my index and second finger. I can feel the seams, and they sometimes get caught right under my fingernails as I twist the throttle.
It's not really a
nuisance, it just sometimes takes a bit of your concentration away because you can
feel it catching under your nails. My fingertips come right up to the end of the gloves, so
maybe they will fit you differently and you won't have this problem.
When I bought mine in 2001, the list price was $149.99,
I got them for what at the time was a good deal at $119.99, but I've seen
them since for as low as $99.99. If you see them at that price or lower,
definitely grab them, as I think it would be a steal.
If you're in the market for a nice set of race-style gloves, but don't want to pay a fortune, check out the Violators -- I think you'll agree they're well worth the money.
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I'll never have anything bad to say about those gloves.
Two crashes and they still protected my hands completely. I've owned
several pairs of gloves and the Violators held up even better than a much
more expensive pair of Alpinestars GP Plus gloves.
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