your gloves stay on?
Marsee Motorcycle Race Gloves
by B.K. for webBikeWorld
webBikeWorld visitors may recall our
recent article on the
Held Ninja motorcycle gloves that quickly became my
favorites after riding for years with a now beat-up pair
Well, love is fickle, so say hello to my
new favorite, the Marsee "Primatista Gaunto" Race
I find it very interesting to learn that
a company who is famous for its tank bags and who is
starting to build a reputation for its clothing can
build what is apparently the ultimate racing-style
motorcycle glove. The Marsee Race Glove has more
protective features than any other race glove we've seen
at any price.
Of course, we're not about to compare
the Marsee gloves with other brands in a "crash off",
but if looks and feel count for anything, these gloves
make my hands feel invincible.
Marsee also claims that the gloves are
"race tested" by many motorcycle racers and on the
Bonneville Salt Flats, so that counts for something.
Why race gloves? They're supposed
to be designed to handle the maximum amount of stress
for motorcycle racers. That is, of course,
assuming they stay on the racer's hands...
I heard a story once from a motorcyclist
who survived a horrendous accident on an Interstate
highway. How bad was it? When they stop
traffic on both sides to land the helicopter, you know
it can't be good news.
He was cruising along in the fast lane
and a deer jumped out from some bushes in the median.
I was actually on the road that day and got stopped in
the ensuing traffic jam, but I didn't realize what had
The bottom line was that in addition to
multiple fractures and internal injuries, one of his
gloves came off when he hit the deer. Not to get
into the gory details, but let's just say his hand will
never look the same.
For some reason, the part about the hand
really stuck with me over the years. I've become
phobic about protecting my hands, which would probably
be the first thing that hits the ground in a get-off.
The Marsee Race Gloves are the first pair I've ever worn
that mitigate that fear.
The gloves start with what feels like a
very thick leather base. The thickness gives a
different feel on the grips than other gloves, but it
doesn't take long to get used to it. Marsee claims
that the leather is cowhide from France and Korea, and
I'm not sure if that makes it better or not, but it
feels very soft.
There are double layers of reinforcement
on the thumb and forefinger (a single section), around
the top and sides of the little finger, the tops and
backs of each finger and more. In fact, there's so
much reinforcement on the base layer that it looks
almost like the entire glove is double-protected.
The gloves include some very big
protective pads on all of the knuckles and both sides of
the wrist and even way back on the gauntlet. The
pads are covered in what looks like a metal mesh with a
clear coating over each. Kevlar is used under the
high-impact areas on the sides, palm and the huge
There's a huge "floating" padded knuckle
protector over the back of the gloves that is attached
as part of the leather in the front but with a soft
flannel-like fabric lining that gives the protector
plenty of room to move without binding.
Marsee added a comfortable moisture
absorbing inner liner inside the gloves, which helps
make them comfortable to wear. The fingers have
hidden stitching, so the seams inside rub slightly
against my fingers, which is the only downside, but
The gauntlet is the sort of pièce de
résistance of these impressive gloves. It's a
full 5" (130 mm) long, beyond the wrist. It's
actually a double-layered gauntlet that's designed to
open wide enough to fit over a bulky sleeve.
It has three cinch straps; two at the
back of the wrist on the gauntlet with small D-rings to
grab and Velcro to hold them closed.
The other cinch closes under the wrist
and the end of the strap hides behind the outer flap of
the gauntlet. The cinches and the long gauntlet
means that the gloves are slightly fussier to put on and
take off than gloves with a single cinch, but worth the
Take a look at the photo at the top of
this page -- Lori, our Women's Clothing editor, was
pulling as hard as she could while using her leg for
leverage and the gloves did not budge off my hand.
Try that with a pair of wimpy Brand X
race gloves! When the Marsee Race Gloves are worn
properly, there's apparently no force that will strip
them off my hands. That gives me peace of mind you
could only imagine...
These gloves are a steal at only $103.00. We ride
with many different motorcycle products during a years'
time, and we're familiar with most of the gloves on the
market, but we haven't found any with as much apparent
protection as these. Double kudos to Marsee for
designing them and for bringing them to market!
Review: Marsee Race Gloves
Retail Price: $103.00
|Colors: Black with silver.
Comments: Thick gloves with lots of protective features and
big, double-layered gauntlets. Three cinch straps on the
gauntlets. Comfortable. Available sizes from XS to XXL.
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.