Ixon RS King Gloves
Ixon "RS King" Motorcycle Gloves Review
by Bill C. for webBikeWorld.com
Ixon Clothing Review |
Summary: Thick supple leather, big honkin' gauntlets and a
reasonable price make these a winner. I think we found the perfect replacement for Rick's fabled
original Teknic Violator gloves!
The Ixon RS King gloves review is Part IV of a
five-part Ixon motorcycle clothing review series.
The final installment will cover the Ixon Los Angeles
children's motorcycle jacket.
Ixon is a French company with a huge line of motorcycle
clothing items -- everything from kid's clothing to
accessories to leather race suits.
the UK distributor, sent over a sampling of Ixon
clothing for us to review, and we set up a five-part
series, starting with the
Ixon Courageous jacket review.
I count a total of 33
different types of motorcycle gloves on the Ixon
website; 34 if you count these Ixon RS King gloves,
which apparently have just been released and have yet to
be added to the list.
Rick's search for the
perfect glove must have gone international, because even
Thunderchild picked up on it and stuffed the RS King
gloves in the box with a note that read: "These
gloves are brilliant and also one of the few gloves that
are independently tested to CE specifications".
They were right -- the RS
King gloves come with a folded-up booklet format that
serves as an Owner's Manual. It describes the CE
approvals and testing that the gloves have passed.
The text in the booklet is printed in what I estimate to
be about a size 4 font (en anglais et français),
so I pulled out my trusty magnifying glass to learn
CE Standards for
After telling us that "These gloves are intended to
protect the motorcyclist from external elements without
reducing the dexterity of the user who actuates the
orders and switches of the motor bike", the booklet goes
on to say that the gloves "won't be effective in the
event of crushing" or from "wounds caused by penetration
of an object".
Thanks for letting us know,
I'll remember that!
Anyway, there actually is
some good information printed in this mini version of an
Owner's Manual, including some details on the CE PPE-1
(Personal Protective Equipment) approval info for EN
13594:2003 ("Protective Gloves for Professional
The RS King gloves passed
the "Abrasion Resistance by Impact" test with a 6.97 and
"Energy of Impact Transmitted on Reinforcement" with a
1.15. Unfortunately, the booklet doesn't say what
units these numbers refer to, a rookie mistake that I
hope Mrs. MacLean, my 6th Grade science teacher, doesn't
see, or Ixon will get a knuckle whacking from her.
To learn all about EN 13594,
you'll have to purchase the full text of the standard,
which costs something north of $100.00 USD. Why
countries use taxpayer dollars (or Euros or pounds) to
set up standards for the public good, then allow private
companies to profit from selling copies of the standards
so other companies can manufacture the products to the
standars is beyond me.
It would be nice to
understand the testing schemes that CE-approved gloves
endure. In the meantime, here's an
overview of the CE motorcycle glove testing scheme
(.pdf file), provided by
SATRA, one of the largest R&D and testing
organizations in the world.
I didn't mean to get off on
this tangent, because the point is that it's sure nice
to see that someone has developed a system that that at
least start to get at a consistent standard for testing
and reporting of motorcycle protective clothing. I
just wish I knew whether or not a 6.97and 1.15 is good,
bad or indifferent.
There are, by the way, other
CE standards for motorcycle gear, including EN 1621, a
standard specific to back protectors; EN 1621-1 for
on-road elbow, shoulder, hip and knee protectors (aka
"armor"); EN 13634 for motorcycle footwear; EN 13595 for
jackets, pants and one- and two-piece suits; and EN
14021, for off-road body protection against debris
tossed from tires and bikes.
Ixon RS King Gloves
I have no idea where the "RS King" product name comes
from for these gloves. It was mentioned in the
webBikeWorld overview of Ixon motorcycle clothing in the
introduction to the
Ixon Courageous jacket review that Ixon has so many
products they probably had to come up with some kind of
naming convention just to keep track of everything.
I'm assuming the RS King
gloves are in the Ixon "Performance" top-of-the-line
category, only because Ixon also has the "RS Queen"
women's gloves in the lineup, so it would make sense to
match the King with the Queen. The RS King version
is new and doesn't yet appear on the Ixon website.
The RS King gloves are made from a thick-feeling
full-grain leather that feels like cow hide to me.
It's interesting to put on a pair of "real" leather
gloves after wearing so many different types of
synthetic gloves and lab-created leather glove fabrics.
The leather in the RS King gloves feels, "robust" I
guess is the word -- it feels just like leather!
The leather used in the RS
King gloves feels supple and the gloves felt broken in
after only about two short rides. As far as I can
tell, the entire body of the RS King gloves is all
The gloves have extra
sections of suede leather covering the palms and the
heel of the hands and generously-sized extra sections of
leather covering the backs (tops) of the fingers.
The entire construction
appears to be nicely double-stitched, although the edges
of some of the leather sections are slightly rough --
but this affects appearance more than performance.
The only non-leather material I can find on the gloves
(other than the rubber abrasion bits) is a section of
silicone padded Kevlar material covering the scaphoid
bone(s) on the wrist; it too is doubled-stitched on to
the leather glove body.
Super kudos to Ixon for
including a full-sized gauntlet on the RS King gloves.
Various webBikeWorld reviewers have been ranting about
too-short gauntlets for some time (see the article "The
Case of the Missing Gauntlet"), but Ixon has given
it all back to us. There should be no problems
fitting the RS King gloves over summer or winter
motorcycle jacket sleeves.
The gauntlets are also made
of leather, with thick rubber wear protectors added on
top and bottom of the wrist. These are
single-stitched to the leather, but the stitches are
recessed into a channel in the rubber, which should
protect them from wear.
By the way, the Ixon booklet
that came with the gloves warns that motorcycle gloves
are a one-time protection device that, like a motorcycle
helmet, should be replaced if involved in a crash, and I
Once the gloves sacrifice
their life to save your hide, thank them, hang 'em up on
the wall so you'll never forget and make the same
mistake and go buy another pair.
Race-Style Attached Fingers
As I mentioned above, the RS King gloves also have
generous sections of extra leather sewn on to the backs
or tops of the fingers. The forefinger and second
finger include those rubber vent scoops that seem to be
appearing on every motorcycle glove made in 2008, but in
this case, they actually work.
I can blow through them and
feel the air coming right down into the fingers, unlike
some of the other gloves with similar scoops reviewed on
webBikeWorld recently where the glove lining blocks the
Speaking of lining, Ixon
says the RS King gloves have a cotton lining. It's
thin and doesn't cover all of the internal seams, but
the gloves are pretty comfortable overall.
The third finger and pinky
(little or last) finger are sewn together via the large
extra leather abrasion protection piece on top, as is
the case with many race gloves.
For those who have not tried
gloves like this, it may look like they'd be
uncomfortable, but I have never noticed a difference and
do not notice any difference at all with the Ixon RS
King gloves. The fingers are sewn together to give
the pinky finger some stability and to help prevent it
from rolling and breaking in a crash.
It's interesting to note that there doesn't seem to be a
standard method for sewing motorcycle glove fingers and
fingertips, but I guess it doesn't matter, as long as
they stay together on impact -- their most important
The Ixon RS King gloves have
yet another take on finger construction, as you can see
in the photo above. In this case, the tops of the
fingertips are sewn with a blind seam, so the stitches
are on the inside.
It's a sort of modified box
construction, so the sides of the fingers are vertical,
and they're sewn with an external stitch on to the
bottom (palm facing) section of leather to form the base
of the box.
The top blind seam places
the stitches seam on the inside of the gloves right at
the fingernails, so owners with long(ish) fingernails
may need to go one size up to allow more room. I
notice it when I first slip my hands into the gloves,
but for some reason not when I ride -- I think my hand
grip forces the tips of my fingers downwards, away from
The bottom part (fingertips)
is unaffected, because of the external stitching on the
palm side of the fingers. This actually works
pretty nicely to provide more feel on the fingertips.
All told, it's a reasonable solution to fingertip
construction for motorcycle gloves.
Note that the thumb uses a
different construction, being sewn entirely with hidden
The back of the hand features a large carbon fiber
protector covering the big knuckles. It "floats"
on top of the glove, although it is not attached with
elastic at the sides; instead, the carrier is stitched
to each side of the glove.
The back side of the carbon
fiber protector is generously molded to fit the shape of
the knuckles, and it features a thick section of
padding. Underneath the carbon fiber knuckle
protector is a separate flat protector; it feels stiff
and is covered with leather on top and a fabric
underneath to help is slide smoothly back and forth as
the hand is clenched.
This flat protector is sewn
slightly too far forward by just a hair on the left
glove (or it could be that my left hand has a slightly
different size) and it doesn't slide back enough to
allow the knuckles on that hand to fit up into the
carbon fiber protector. This is slightly
discomforting but I'm hoping that it will resolve itself
as the gloves wear in. In any case, it's
definitely not a deal-breaker.
Security: Attachments and Straps
The Ixon RS King gloves have a large section of
hook-and-loop fastener to cinch up those full-sized
gauntlets, and a strap underneath the wrist also
attaches with H&L to effectively hold the gloves on the
rider's hand. The gloves include an elastic band
sewn under the wrist, which makes it slightly difficult
to squeeze the hands into gloves -- as it should be.
When the gloves are on and
the wrist strap is cinched, I can not pull the gloves
off by the fingertips. This is as it should be and
a crucial safety feature that is unfortunately missing
on too many motorcycle gloves. A glove must stay
on the hand to protect it during a crash, so it's always
important to run a simple test to see if they will.
A piece of the suede-like
leather that protects the palm has been left long enough
to cover the wrist cinch strap. It doesn't attach
to the strap but acts as a sort of overlay that will
hopefully shelter the strap during a slide.
The slightly different Ixon sizing routine is at work
here also; the gloves shown here are labeled as XXL,
which is two sizes larger than the size Large I would
These gloves fit me just
about perfectly -- when I first put them on, the pinky
fingers feel about 1/8" short and my fingernails just
interfere with the internal stitches, but curiously once
I get on the bike and hang on to the grips, the fingers
feel like they have enough room.
So the RS King gloves at
least seem to run about 2 sizes 2 small; that is, you
may need to order two full sizes up, which seems scary
-- as Thunderchild said it would. I don't have
experience with any other Ixon gloves, so I'm not sure
if the sizing issue runs across their other products;
perhaps some Ixon owners can let us know?
Since the RS King gloves are
available in sizes from XS to XXXL, I'll have to also
assume that also means that in "real" sizing, the gloves
actually will fit sizes XXXS through XL. Strange...
I really like the Ixon RS King gloves; they're a
straightforward pair of semi-race gloves that I am now
using for almost all my riding. They're
comfortable; I like the thick, soft leather; they have
all the protective features I need without feeling too
confining but they're not so tricked-out that they lose
perspective on the basics.
The wrist cinch that secures
the gloves on the hands is an important safety feature
that gets bonus points.
The price of the RS King
gloves is reasonable for
UK motorcycle riders, and I'm not sure how much they
sell for at discount. I will say that £90
translates to about $150.00 USD in today's money, which
is fairly expensive for North American motorcycle
But if you're looking for a
match for your Ixon clothing or for real leather
motorcycle gloves, the Ixon RS King gloves are just
about the only game in town.
Product Review: Ixon RS King Motorcycle Gloves
Retail Price: £89.99
|Colors: Black/White, Black/Blue,
Sizes: XS to XXXL
Note: For informational use only. All material and
photographs are Copyright © webWorld International, LLC - 2000-2011. All
rights reserved. See the webBikeWorld®
page. NOTE: Product specifications, features and details may
change or differ from our descriptions. Always check before purchasing. Read
Terms and Conditions!
►Your Comments and
Please send comments to
Comments are ordered from most recent to oldest.
Not all comments will be published (details
). Comments may be edited for
clarity prior to publication.
From "M.B." (8/10): "I just rode 1,900 miles through sun and
rain from Dallas Texas (105 degrees) to Cloudcroft New Mexico / Lincoln National
forest (64 degrees) and Roswell NM (78 to 98 Degrees) with these gloves.
They powered through multiple temp ranges and they were extremely comfortable.
I was really impressed with the ventilation and the fit.
I usually wear (size) M+ to L gloves and the XXL fit perfect. I highly
recommend them. Thank you so much for your review of these gloves, I would
not have known about them otherwise."