Komodo Summer Mesh Motorcycle Gloves
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Motorcycle Glove Reviews
The first thing that caught my eye was the $54.95
list price for these Komodo mesh motorcycle gloves.
I tried them on and then did a double- and triple-take
at the price tag, which seemed about 30% lower than I
"Must be an End-of-Summer sale", I thought. But
it's not -- $54.95 is the current list price.
If there's a catch, I haven't found it yet.
Along with their bargain-basement price, the Komodo
gloves seem to be made better with higher quality and
they have more features than most or all of the
Known simply as the "Komodo Mesh Glove", they have a
very nice appearance and they feel more comfortable than
most of the other hot-weather riding gloves I've tried
recently. The combination of soft leather and a
full-length microfiber-type lining give them a nice
They also have plenty of room for thick fingers.
The fingers are a modified box construction with blind
stitching used along the outside edges. My feeling
is that the gloves run slightly large by maybe 1/3 of a
size or so. This means that they may feel a bit
loose on a those with narrow fingers.
I normally take a men's size large and my hands are
about as average a pair of mitts as you'll likely find,
and the bit of extra wiggle room is a welcome feature
when riding in the hot weather for which these gloves
Although the gloves appear to be well made, it's
impossible to tell how they might actually hold up when
it counts. But unlike most of the other mesh
gloves I've tried, which sacrifice protection for air
flow, the Komodos at least have plenty of leather on the
back of the hands, the fingers and the palm.
Sure, the extra leather means that they flow a little
less air than a full-on mesh glove, but I think the
tradeoff of a few more drops of sweat is worth if they
do a better job at protecting my digits.
The Komodo brand is apparently new, but the
relatively vague "About Us" description on their website
doesn't tell us much about the company, which sells a
variety of leather and textile gloves, jackets, pants,
suits and boots.
I'm sure they'll take umbrage to my characterization,
but the brand has all the markings of yet another
virtual sales and marketing effort that distributes
motorcycle gear produced under contract by offshore
This isn't necessarily a bad thing, and although you
may argue with the social and economic implications of
the business model, if the products are properly
designed and manufactured with high-quality materials,
the consumer usually benefits.
I can't seem to find a lot of details on the Komodo
mesh gloves; for example, it would be nice to know what
type of leather is used or what material is used for the
thread in the stitches or why this design is better than
The Komodos are double-stitched on the palm, which is rare for a lightweight summer
glove, and a mix of single, double and blind stitches
are used on the remaining leather. The product
literature states that the
carbon-fiber-look knuckle protectors are made from
"carbon tech", but I'm not sure what that really means.
All they say about the palms is that they are made
from "reinforced leather ... with overlay".
What this apparently means is that the palms have an
extra layer of very soft and nappy leather between the
thumb and forefingers and running up under the top of
the palm for the first four fingers. Another piece
of this soft leather is double-stitched over the heel of
the palm, with a tiny section of Kevlar-look padding
added at the heel for good luck.
The gauntlets on the gloves are slightly larger than
the smallish variety that seems to be in fashion lately,
but I still wish they were wider and longer, which would
help them fit over a wider variety of motorcycle jacket
The only feature I really don't care for is the small
Velcro closure used to secure the gloves, which is
located on the palm side of the wrist. I'm not
aware of any studies that have been conducted on how
motorcycle gloves protect a rider during a crash, but it
would seem to me that motorcycle gloves should always
close on top of the wrist.
Since it's natural to use one's hands and arms to
protect against a fall, I would think that the inside of
the wrist might bear the brunt of any abrasion and a
small Velcro flap would immediately tear open and the
gloves could come off the rider's hand.
One of the main gripes I have with many of the summer
lightweight motorcycle gloves that I've tried is the use
of these small Velcro wrist closures and the absence of
a secondary wrist strap. If you can pull a secured
glove off your hand by the fingertips, it's not safe.
The small wrist closure doesn't do much to keep the
Komodo gloves secure, unfortunately.
None of the summer gloves that we've tried offer the
protective features of a good pair of leather
race-quality gloves. But these Komodos do at least
have extra leather in the areas where it should count.
The extra leather means that they don't quite flow as
much air as other brands, but they're comfortable and
the price makes them an excellent bargain.
Review: Komodo Mesh Gloves
||List Price: $54.95
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