Veloce Primus Gloves
Veloce "Primus" Motorcycle Gloves
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Motorcycle Glove Reviews | Owner
Summary: Race gloves with kangaroo palms, double gauntlet and
attached pinky finger.
The VeloceGear Primus gloves also have flow-through ventilation in three
fingers and the thumb.
High quality, race features and nice styling all at a reasonable price.
In This Series: Part 1:
Veloce Legionnaire Gloves
The original version of the Veloce
Legionnaire motorcycle gloves we reviewed in 2007 were
the first gloves produced by the then-new company.
In Part 1 of this two-part series, we described the
update to the original Veloce Legionnaire gloves in what
we've called "Legionnaire
Veloce are in the process of filling out
their line of motorcycle gloves, and the Primus gloves
shown here take their place at the top of the heap.
Veloce also manufactures one- and
two-piece leather suits for men; women's leathers (not
too sure about the "Amazon" name though...) and a
limited selection of street clothes. And coming
soon is motorcycle clothing for young riders, along with
a few other items to fill out the product line.
The company also continues the Latin
naming convention and Roman themes, which seems like an
interesting and appropriate strategy for something like
protective motorcycle clothing.
As we noted in our review of the updated
Legionnaire gloves, Veloce seems to be working hard to
improve their products and I'm sure the same will be
said for their ever-expanding line of motorcycle
leathers and other clothing.
So what do the "top-of-the-line" Primus
gloves give you for the extra 90 bucks? The
construction and quality of the Primus gloves are both
similar to the less expensive Legionnaire gloves, so no
compromises there for either type.
But the Primus model features high-end
touches like kangaroo palms with smaller Schoeller
Keprotec wear pads for improved grip feel (but larger
Keprotec layers on the outer edge and heel of the palm);
a double gauntlet with two ends that fold over each
other and attach with hook-and-loop; race-style attached
pinky finger and forced-air ventilation on the first
three fingers and gloves.
It was a surprise to find that the
Primus gloves use what appears to be thermoplastic
urethane (TPU) for the top, middle and base knuckle
protectors. TPU is claimed to have excellent
abrasion resistance, but I suppose from force of habit,
we were expecting the carbon fiber that is used on the
Legionnaire gloves instead.
I have no idea which is better and I
have no intention of testing it in a crash, thus I'll
have to leave it up to the Primus glove designers to
choose the best protection for their best race glove, so
TPU it is.
The TPU protectors covering the middle
knuckle on the thumb and first, second and third finger
are vented. Screen covered openings actually do
flow air through the glove leather, through the fabric
liner and through a small hole into the glove. The
effect is much more apparent on an unfaired motorcycle
than when riding behind a fairing.
Air vents and TPU knuckle protectors.
Air vents in the fingers.
Although the full lining in the Primus
gloves is comfortable, I prefer no lining in race-style
gloves for added feel, especially when they feature
Nevertheless, the Primus model
apparently uses the same form, or last, as the revised
Legionnaire gloves, resulting in a roomy fit that
appears to run about 1.25 sizes large. The white
and black gloves shown here are labeled as a size M, but
fit much like a broken-in size large on my hands; my
hands are just over the size large borderline.
Like the Legionnaire Version 2 gloves,
the Primus gloves utilize a new fingertip construction
resulting in plenty of room to the thick-fingered.
The kangaroo palms are connected to the underside of the
fingers with a single line of external stitching, and
the kangaroo extends very slightly, about 1-2 mm beyond
the bottom of the leather on the finger, as you can see
in the following photograph:
Specially constructed fingertips and kangaroo leather
The leather surrounding the outside of
the fingertips is one continuous piece, as on the
Legionnaire gloves; this can also be seen in the photo
This type of finger construction is
harder to fabricate but removes any seams from the
sensitive fingertip area, which is a definite bonus.
Not many gloves have this feature because it probably
isn't something the general glove-wearing population
would notice -- until they feel the chafing at the
But webBikeWorlders know different, and
I'm sure our readers will appreciate the subtle but
smart engineering that goes into this design!
The main knuckle protector floats on a
separate section of leather that is padded on the
underside. However, my hands must be slightly out
of proportion to the Primus gloves, because when I bend
my hand, my knuckles bump up against the front of the
knuckle protector, just missing the central molded
This isn't that noticeable, but the
protector also feels slightly narrower than the carbon
fiber protector on the Legionnaire gloves, which provide
more comfort in this area. This makes the Primus
feel just slightly tighter when I'm on the grips than
So if I had my druthers (That's 19th
Century American slang for 'would rather'!), I'd prefer
to swap out the carbon fiber on the Legionnaire for the
TPU on the Primus.
Attached 3rd and 4th fingers to help prevent rollover.
Don't let the vents on the Primus main
knuckle protectors fool you either -- they're vented,
but the air has nowhere to go because the protector is
attached to the floating section of leather. So
the air does not penetrate through the rest of the glove
body and on to the hand.
These are relatively minor nitpicks that
many riders may not notice and they shouldn't dissuade
anyone from this very nice pair of gloves.
The Primus gloves also have a very
nicely made flexible leather accordion in the back of
the thumb, which provides flexibility to the glove when
grabbing the bars. Also, the Primus gloves have
the same horizontally cut sections just under the
floating main knuckle protector as the Legionnaire
glove. This provides good fore/aft flexibility to
the hand also.
It's interesting to note that the
Legionnaire gloves also have an additional section of
flexible accordion-style leather pleats just in back of
the gauntlet, which provides even more flexibility in
Other than that, the Primus gloves have
the same 1.2 mm thick leather used in the Legionnaire.
Both are very nice, high-quality gloves and choosing
between the two is difficult indeed.
The Veloce Primus gloves have a few added attractions
when compared to the less expensive Legionnaire gloves,
including the kangaroo leather palms, vented fingers and
attached 3rd and 4th fingers for racing. The
quality and construction of both pair is excellent.
In the end, however, we're not convinced that for street
riding or even track days that the Legionnaire isn't the
better deal of the two.
Also In This Series: Part 1:
Veloce Legionnaire Gloves
Product Review: Veloce Primus Motorcycle Gloves
Retail Price: $169.00
|Colors: Black with Red,
Blue or Black.
Sizes: XS to XXL
|Review Date: April
2009. Note: This
product was provided courtesy of the manufacturer (more).
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