FirstGear Burnout Motorcycle Gloves
FirstGear has gone through an interesting
evolution over the last several years. The brand
was once well known among BMW motorcycle owners as a
manufacturer of high-quality motorcycle clothing.
A FirstGear jacket had as much cachet as an Aerostich or
Motoport does now.
I'm not privy to the whole story,
but FirstGear has certainly had its ups and downs.
Intersport Fashions West (later called Intersport
Fashions) was the U.S. distributor for a while, and now
Fairchild Sports, better known as the aerospace
Fairchild, is now distributing the brand.
Whether or not this will make a difference will
become evident over time; let's just say I'm an agnostic
skeptic regarding their success. By the way, they
also inherited from Intersport Fashions the distribution
for some pretty big names in the motorcycle industry,
including Held, Schuberth, Oxtar, Vemar, Hein Gericke
and Honda apparel.
At least the Fairchild influence has been felt on the
FirstGear website. It actually works, and it's
relatively easy to find information on their product
line. The Intersport Fashions websites were, to
put it kindly, not quite up to par.
My opinion is that the FirstGear products are not
what they used to be, but I decided to give these
"Burnout" gloves a try because I was intrigued by the
way they fit. Summer is just around the corner,
and these gloves looked like they would be a nice
solution for hot weather riding.
FirstGear products used to be semi-exclusive, but
they now seem to have moved into the commodity pricing
model, competing against the zillion other brands of
gloves that stock just about every Japanese motorcycle
dealer on the planet. Not that I'm complaining - I
have no problem with being able to easily find decent
gear at a great price. But it does make it harder
to choose, for example, a glove with enough of a
distinguishing characteristic or two that stands out
from the crowd.
The Burnout gloves certainly do that. They
don't look or feel like other gloves. I normally
take an off-the-rack size large glove, but the size
medium Burnouts fit me like, well, a glove.
They're a little hard to put on, but once my mitts are
squeezed in, the gloves feel great. The (faux?)
carbon fiber knuckle protectors look great and they have
some type of rubber-like padding underneath. These
are the first gloves I've worn where I actually look
forward to making a fist or grabbing the throttle!
The fingers have some knuckle protectors also, right
above the second joint. The protectors on the
forefinger and pinky finger is different than the
protectors on the middle two fingers, but I think that's
for style purposes. They also have a touch of
padding underneath, which adds to the comfort.
These finger protectors are soft; when they're squeezed,
they feel like they're filled with some type of gel.
The outer skin of the glove over the top is made from
neoprene. This gives the gloves a very stretchy
feel, which moves with my fingers and feels great.
The neoprene fabric allows air to flow through, and
these gloves are very cool and have lots of ventilation,
so my feeling is that they are definitely summer
motorcycle gloves and aren't suitable for cool weather,
even when it gets below about 65 degrees Fahrenheit or
One downside of the neoprene that I noticed is that
if my hands aren't completely out in the open, like when
if I'm riding a motorcycle with hand guards, my hands
can get sweaty. So you may want to take this into
consideration if most of your riding will be behind a
The Burnout gloves also have a few sections of "Clarino"
leather on the palm, under the thumb and the upper palm.
This gives them a good grip and also helps add to the
These are short gauntlet gloves, and they can get
bunched up around a leather jacket with close-fitting
cuffs. That's another drawback, but I get around
it by wearing the gloves under, rather than over, my
This works fine with tight fitting race jackets, but
can cause a problem with some looser fitting sleeves.
The gauntlets on the gloves are medium length, and they
would probably work better if they were either shorter
Short gauntlet gloves seem to be all the rage lately,
and I have to admit, they do work nicely in hot weather,
but I question their protective ability.
Speaking of protection, it's impossible to determine
how well these gloves will protect the rider. The
older I get, the more protection I wear, and the
FirstGear Burnout gloves probably represent the minimum
amount of protection I feel comfortable with.
And while we're on the subject, the stitching on
these gloves doesn't add much to my confidence in their
ability to protect. The silver leather cutouts on
the back side of the glove are very rough looking, using
only single-row stitching, probably cotton. I
guess I'll have to keep my fingers crossed if I go down.
In my mind, this is one of the differences between the
old FirstGear and the new one.
I like these FirstGear gloves for summer riding.
They're comfortable (don't forget, mine are one size
smaller than I normally take) and they flow lots of air,
as long as they're out in the open. The price is
right - they list at $49.95 but can be found for $10.00
or so cheaper.
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Review: FirstGear Burnout
Retail Price: $49.95
|Colors: Silver, Black, Blue, Red
Comments: Comfortable fit, neoprene stretchy, flow lots
of air and the padding behind the knuckles adds comfort. Short
gauntlet means they won't fit under or over certain style cuffs.
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