Tourmaster Summer Elite Vented Motorcycle Gloves
by Bill C. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
Although I'm partial to wearing motorcycle racing
style gloves with the highest levels of protection, I'm
also a realist.
I realize that there are some motorcyclists who
either wear no gloves at all (very foolish, in my
opinion) or who can't afford or don't want a $175.00+
pair of high-end gloves.
Also, most motorcycle
racing gloves can become very hot when the weather turns
even the slightest bit warm.
And I'd be the first one to agree that race gloves
don't really fit the cruiser image.
With that in mind, I set out to look through the
myriad selection of motorcycle gloves that are available
at just about any local or online dealer to find a
reasonably priced pair with good hot-weather
Tourmaster is a familiar name in motorcycle apparel,
and my experience with their products has been positive.
They have a nice variety of functional and reasonably
priced clothing and motorcycle accessories that are also
stylish and have good quality.
Tourmaster's Cortech overpants have been a staple of the
line for years and are still one of my favorites.
Thanks to the various international trade agreements
and the vibrant global economy, there are literally
dozens of different brands and styles of motorcycle
gloves from which to choose.
Any decent motorcycle
dealer will probably have several flavors of basic
vented leather gloves on display.
But these Tourmaster Summer Elite Vented gloves
caught my attention, mostly because of the very secure
fitting leather closure around the wrist.
one feature that motorcycle glove manufacturers
(especially the makers of the inexpensive varieties)
seem to have a hard time figuring out.
No matter how thick or protective the glove, if it
flies off your hand during a crash, it's worthless.
And I've seen it happen also. Not to get into the
gory details, but an acquaintance once hit a deer at
about 70 mph on a local Interstate highway, and among
many other problems, one of his gloves instantly came
off in the crash.
Of course, this isn't to say that a good wrist
closure is all that's necessary for protection.
There are many different qualities and features that
make a good glove, and it's certain that the Tourmaster
Summer Elite does not have the highest quality leather,
padding or stitching to offer anything more than the
most basic (barely) level of protection.
But they're probably better than no gloves at all,
and when the weather turns ultra hot and sticky, as it
often does here in the Mid Atlantic in July and August,
these gloves may be a solution.
The wrist closure on the Summer Elite gloves just
have a nice feel -- the gloves can be securely fastened
around the wrist using the wide Velcro closure, and the
wrist flap is in just the right spot. They
actually feel like they add some support to my wrists
when tightened, which is comfortable, especially on long
I normally take a size large men's glove, as my hands
measure about 8.5" around the knuckles. But I've
also discovered that 8.5" is about on the borderline
between a medium and a large on many glove
manufacturer's sizing charts.
Some of the size
large gloves have fingers that are too long for me, and
I don't like the extra space at the tips of my fingers
when I'm riding -- for some reason, it drives me nuts.
I've found that I can fit into most medium sized
gloves, and since leather quickly stretches and assumes
the shape of the owner's hands, this has worked out much
better for me. The size medium Tourmaster gloves
are slightly difficult to fit over the widest part of my
hand (the palm), especially if my hands are sweaty, but
once they're on, they fit very comfortably.
Tourmaster claims that the back side of the gloves is
made from Pittards goat skin, and the palm side is made
from Japanese cow hide. The gloves are actually
very comfortable and have a large number of perforations
on the back side, allowing about as much air to flow
through as is possible.
The back of the knuckles have minimal padding and
there is an extra leather patch over the heel of the
palm with a touch of padding included there also.
The box-section fingers have solid leather wrapped over
the tips and a few ventilation holes on the underside,
but since this part of the hand is protected from the
wind, they don't add much to the volume of air flow.
The Tourmaster Elite Vented gloves offer a minimal
amount of protection and padding but with maximum air
flow. They're comfortable and nicely made and the
leather is soft and flexible.
The design of the
wrist closure should ensure that the gloves remain on
the hands during a crash, although the thin leather
would probably abrade through very quickly.
price is reasonable and the gloves are also available in
a non-vented version (style #83-631) and in women's
vented and non-vented sizes.
Review: Tourmaster Summer Elite
Vented Motorcycle Gloves
Retail Price: $39.99
|Colors: Black, vented and
non-vented, men's and women's sizes.
Comments: Minimal protection. Lots of air flow.
Comfortable. Comfortable wrist closure. Reasonably priced.
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