Veloce Legionnaire Gloves
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Motorcycle Glove Reviews | Owner
Summary: High-quality race gloves with all the right features
but at an astoundingly low price.
Veloce has been developing a line of
motorcycle clothing, and when they sent this pair of
"Legionnaire" gloves a few weeks ago their website
wasn't even up and running.
They never mentioned pricing, and I had
no idea about how much the gloves cost until about 3
minutes before I started this review, when I visited
their site to get some background information on the
After riding with the gloves for a
couple of weeks and looking them over carefully as we
were taking the photos, I had assumed they were probably
selling for something in the neighborhood of, oh, maybe
$200 or so? I figured they were direct competitors
to high-end products like the aptly-named
gloves, which cost a beyond-outrageous $300.00+ or
Teknic Speedstars at $180.00.
But unless my eyes are deceiving me, the
list price for these Veloce Legionnaire gloves is only
$95.00. How they're making any money is beyond me,
because as far as I can tell, these gloves seem to be
the equivalent of the best motorcycle race gloves we've
seen. In fact, I just went back to their website
to check again, and yes -- the current list price is
The company is developing other types of
gloves and race leathers (including their "real" full
race glove, the Primus), all with an interesting
marketing twist: "The inspiration for our entire line
came from Roman times and the Roman Army.", they told
us. Thus the names like "Legionnaire" and "Primus"
for the gloves, along with "Emperor", "Centurion" and
the like for their upcoming line of men's, women's and
even children's leather clothing.
They have an interesting "History & Fun
Facts" section on their website that describes the
background and meaning of the names. "The Romans
were reputed to have the best armor available which
contributed significantly to their success on the
battlefield", Veloce says, so when you think about it,
the use of Roman terminology actually works. And
the Veloce logo is a highly stylized eagle, another
symbol used by the Romans in battle.
"Our goal going into this venture was to
provide riders optimum or "best possible" protection at
an affordable price, while still be able to offer
comfort.", according to the company. "During the
inception of our designs, we consulted with riders from
across the country who rode different types of
motorbikes, from styles to riding environment.
Thus, we have naked bike riders giving us their feedback
at the same time as track sport-bikes riders. It
was a unique opportunity to see and hear what people
actually wanted in their safety apparel."
Veloce uses "naked leather" in their
products. Apparently, this is the first cut taken
from the hides, and it's supposed to be the most supple
-- and the most expensive. I'm not sure if that's
what makes the Legionnaire gloves look and feel so nice,
but the leather, especially in the gauntlet, feels about
as supple as any I've experienced. In fact, I
thought maybe it was goat or kangaroo at first, it's
The Legionnaire gloves have all the
right features, including carbon fiber knuckle
protectors over the first, second and knockout knuckles.
The big carbon fiber protector over the big knuckles
floats on a separate section, and it's even nicely lined
underneath -- where no one would see it, by the way --
with soft fleece.
The gloves also feature plenty of double
stitching around the wear points, including the extra
padding located on the heel and the pinky finger.
The gauntlets have 3 big memory foam padded sections,
and the back of the wrist is articulated, a feature not
often seen even on gloves costing a lot more.
The gauntlets fit over lined winter
textile jacket sleeves, as we discovered during our
recent cold weather, so they should be big enough to fit
over a pair of race leathers. A wrist strap and
gauntlet closure secure the gloves to the rider's hand
on the bottom side of the wrist with hook-and-loop
The sizing apparently runs slightly
large; Veloce sent us a pair in size medium, and
although I normally take a size large, these fit.
I'd say the gloves run maybe 1/2 size big; in other
words, a medium seems to be equivalent to what I'd
expect in a tight size large.
I had some trouble at first squeezing
the gloves on my relatively skinny mitts, and I had to
give a few tugs to stuff my fingers up inside and then I
had to push the leather down in between each digit, but
after about 3-4 rides the leather started to get broken
in and the gloves are feeling good.
But just keep in mind that these are
cheetah-like race gloves and not the bulky winter
waterproofs you're probably wearing right now, so thick
or stubby fingers may be more difficult to fit. I
expect this pair will loosen up even more after they're
fully broken in.
You'll notice as you read our many
reviews that the fingers of motorcycle gloves are
stitched using either "box" construction or the hidden
stitch style. There are pros and cons and fans and
detractors of both; the box style keeps the stitches on
the outside for better theoretical comfort on the
inside, and they can be made to fit thicker fingers.
Internal or hidden stitch construction
keeps the stitches on the inside so they don't abrade
and burst during a crash.
That's the theory anyway, but like most
things in life, it's not always black and white.
I've worn box-stitched gloves that are uncomfortable or
too bulky and I've also worn gloves with hidden stitches
that I didn't notice.
The Legionnaire gloves have what looks
like a sort of hybrid construction, as you can see in
the photo below showing the fingertips. The
stitches are internal, but the fingers have four
sections of leather that come together in the shape of
an X at the fingertip. So they're sort of a box
section but using internal stitching.
The gloves have a bit of lining on the
inside and although I can feel a seam here and there,
overall they're comfortable for a race-style glove and
I'm confident they'll be more so over time.
The gloves are very well made -- extraordinary actually,
considering the price. They even feature some nice
leather piping along the backs, but this is probably one
place where the Veloce sewing machine operators got a
bit carried away. There's a fine line between too
few stitches and too many; too many stitches in too
small of an area can actually weaken the leather, and
that's apparently what's happened on this pair where the
piping meets the sides.
You can see in the close-up in the first photo below
that there are too many stitch holes through the end of
the red piping. In the second photo, you can see
what happened after stretching the gloves over my hands
a few times; the piping pulled apart, right where the
stitches weakened the leather.
In this case, it's not really a big deal because the
piping is more for show than go. Also, this pair
was from the first production batch so it may be related
Close-up of stitches in red piping.
Too many stitches can weaken the leather...
The Veloce Legionnaire gloves are loaded with features
at a great price. It's nearly impossible to truly
evaluate and compare the protective qualities of
motorcycle gloves to determine how well they will
perform in a crash, but from what we can tell, these
seem to be equivalent to gloves costing two to three
times as much.
Product Review: Veloce Legionnaire Motorcycle Gloves
Retail Price: $95.00
|Colors: Black with Red,
Blue or Black.
Sizes: XS to XL
December 2007 Comments: The gloves
for this review were provided courtesy of Veloce.
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From "M.C.": "I purchased a pair of the
Legionnaire Gloves. I bought the Limited Edition pair.
My first impressions were:
On 10-1-07 they arrived. Initial feel is great.
You have positive feedback with the clutch & brake.
They are definitely a cool weather glove (60-70 deg's).
Over 80 they seem a bit warm for my liking. A little
ventilation in the fingers would help.
The palm pad is awesome for "vibe" control on a Honda
919, with it's inherit handlebar vibrations. Overall
fit is comfortable & soft. A little long in the
fingers for my hand, I wear an (XL) in this glove (XXL)
in my Dainese glove. I would like to see a 1/2 size
shorter in the fingers but the rest of the glove is perfect.
The wrist strap is of perfect length over a Race Suit or
jacket sleeve as well as the gauntlet closure. The
only less than optimum condition is the slippery feel of the
fingers & palm. This condition seems typical with all
gloves until they "surface" & get a little stick to them.
Break-in time seems to be extremely short. After
the first day they seem to be falling into a nice "set".
I have noticed a very slight bunching under the fingers
(also typical) that will soon disappear.
All in all, a very sweet glove. No tight spots, no
pinching, no pressure points at all. The construction
& fit give a very "safe" feeling & I would not second guess
the gloves ability to take a very serious beating in a crash
& stay together! If I were to crash & have my arm &
hand under a bike I would want this glove on my hand!
I give the glove Four out of Five Stars. I would like
to see the third & fourth fingers bridged & then it would be
an easy five!
Today: 1-21-08 I have used the gloves for about 50-60
days so far & they have held up extremely well. They
are very solid feeling, they also feel just as safe & secure
as the first day I put them on.
The glove did take a while to get rid of the slippery
feel. But it is gone now. The glove has a nice
stick to to them in regards to the controls, witch helps
with arm fatigue. The bunching is gone, still no
pinching or pressure points. No stitching has come
loose except for a small overlap stitch in the index finger.
The Swed pad ending stitch pulled out a little. It was
easily trimmed & forgotten about. Nothing else has
pulled out or stretched from where it's supposed to be.
It seems like 3 minutes on the bike & I forget I have
gloves on. They are easy to feel the clutch & brake
with. Throttle control is easy to obtain. They
are definitely my favorite pair of Gloves."