Teknic Violator Pro Motorcycle Gloves
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
additional safety features over the standard Violator gloves.
Padded knuckle protector
"floats" in a separate section to offer more comfort and
better protection; new closure system is very secure.
As with many race gloves, these can be
a bit hot in the summer.
There must be a Kawasaki in my future
-- first the KBC VR-1 helmet we recently tested and now these Teknic
Violator Pro gloves both were sent by their respective manufacturers in
Don't be afraid though; this Violator Pro color
never made it to production (sorry Kawi riders!), but you can get them in
black; black/silver/white; black/royal blue/white; black/red/white and
You can view them all on the
Pro page on the Teknic website.
By the way, my wife absolutely loves this color!
As soon as we posted the test of the 2001 model Violator, Bill Ringrose,
the Customer Support Manager at Specialty Sports Limited (the designer,
manufacturer and importer for Teknic gear), dropped us a line and asked if
we'd like to see the '02 model. Not being one to turn down an opportunity
to test a new piece of equipment, the only natural answer was
As soon as we took these gloves out of the box, we realized that this
wasn't just a few minor pattern changes to the existing product.
These gloves are radically improved. Teknic has really taken the
lessons learned from racing and rider input and made what has to be one of
the most state of the art pair of gloves we've ever seen.
simply amazing how they can sell these things for $129.95 and still make a
profit. I really like my '01 pair of Violators, but now I'm feeling
like they're the equal of the space shuttle in the era of Jean-Luc Picard's Enterprise.
Life used to be simple -- the original Violators were one of the
best-selling gloves on the market as soon as they hit the dealers'
shelves. But for 2002, Teknic's Violator comes in two flavors; the Violator and the Violator
Pro. The 2002 standard Violator is somewhat like the '01 Violator, except it doesn't
have the carbon fiber knuckle protectors, using heavy cowhide
instead. The new Violator Pro has many additional features; I'll try to explain
them by using these photos:
|Starting from the upper left
and going around clockwise:
- There's a completely new design for
closing the gauntlet, which offers more padded protection; it now
closes opposite the way last year's Violators did by wrapping
around the outside of the wrist from the top. This helps
ensure that a slide with an outstretched arm will not open the
hook-and-loop closure system.
- The knuckle protectors on the back
of the hand are chrome
plated and they sit in their own padded holder that is external
from the main body of the glove itself. This is a really
neat feature that makes the gloves even more comfortable.
See the detail photo below.
- There are rubberized protective
sections all the way around the sides and over the top of the
pinky finger. There's also a triangular section of this
material in the palm (you can see it in Photo 2).
- The knuckle protectors on the
fingers are available chrome plated and they are attached via
separate leather sheathing.
- There's a lot more padding that
extends from the top of the wrist all the way around and under
along the outside of the glove
from the upper left and moving clockwise:
- We think one of the most innovative
features on the Pro is a completely new wrist closure system (see
detail photo below); the secondary wrist closure now wraps around underneath
from the thumb side of the wrist down; this allows more control
over cinching the glove due to a counter tightening effect from
the gauntlet closure. There is also a large padded piece of
leather that covers the entire side of the hand and folds over the
inside wrist closure; hook-and-loop on this flap keeps the inside
wrist closure secure and helps to protect it in a slide.
- Several different types of
leather cover the first two fingers and include extra padding over
- The special rubberized padding on
the edge of the hand wraps around to the palm.
- The tufted and padded leather
protection for the side wraps from the top around to the bottom.
- The gauntlet protective flap is now
separate from the body of the glove; this, in effect, offers two
heavy pieces of leather to protect the crucial area outboard of
the wrist, which will probably take the brunt of the abrasion in a
The Violator Pro's knuckle protector now
lives in its own separate padded section covering the glove; not only
does this give much more protection for the knuckles, due to the added
layers of leather; it's also more comfortable, as the knuckle
protector can slide over your hand as it moves.
The new and innovative inside wrist
closure system and padded leather flap that covers the cinch.
As you can see, these gloves are loaded with very well thought out
features. One thing we noted is that the Violator Pro seems to run
just a touch smaller than the older Violators reviewed previously; the size
large feels tighter but we're sure it will stretch with use and in the end,
it may offer a more comfortable fit.
Other features I may have missed:
- The uppers are Japanese drum-dyed cowhide;
the innovative stitching means that there are several layers of
protection in the vital areas;
- The kangaroo un-dyed leather palm offers
greater abrasion resistance and excellent feel;
- Schoeller Keprotec Kevlar layers in palm, little finger and
thumb, increases abrasion and heat resistance.
If you're in the market for a new pair of
gloves (or even if you're not!), our recommendation is to definitely check
out the new Violator Pro gloves.
Violator Pro Motorcycle Gloves
Retail Price: No longer in production.
black/silver/white; black/royal blue/white; black/red/white and
in: Unknown. The standard Violator gloves are made in China.
|Review Date: Circa
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From "J.G.": "I just bought
Teknic Violator gloves from motorcyclegear.com after reading your
review. They have the gloves on sale and provided a link to
your site. The review was helpful. Thanks!"
From "E.S.": "Heya, just read
your review and thought I'd add my $.02: I've had a pair since June
'02 and everything everyone says about them is true; great fit and
finish, fantastic feel, comfortable, and well made. I tested
this last bit in Nov. I went down at 70-80 mph and I tend to try to
"catch" myself in falls.
Yet, the Violator's held up
great. A little bit of abrasion is apparent on the kangaroo
palms, a lot of abrasion on (all) the chrome knuckles, and one can
see that the Keprotec patches hit, but hardly show any wear.
The one discrepancy I noticed with my particular pair is that I fit
into Mediums (usually I'm a LG, or XLG). And yes they do
stretch a bit. I'm so satisfied with mine, that am going to buy a
second pair (from New Enough)."
From "N.P.": "The gloves are great! After minimal break in, they seem to be holding their
own. After 5000 miles two stitches on the index finger have worked themselves
loose but easily fixed. Fit is good.
Comfort is really good.
Tend to be rather warm so venting could be improved. All in all for the price I paid I
shouldn't be a bit disappointed and I'm not. excellent value for the money
and features offered in this glove."