Velocity Gear Prodigy Gloves
Velocity Gear Prodigy Motorcycle Gloves Review
by Bill C. and "Burn" for webBikeWorld.com
Motorcycle Glove Reviews | Owner
Summary: The Velocity Gear Prodigy gloves have many of the same
protective features of the Formula race gloves, but with a slightly more
subdued look, perfect for street riding or sport touring. They also
meet the EN13594:2002 standards for resistance against cutting, tearing,
seam burst and abrasion.
Velocity Gear Formula gloves (review) are a bit too
"over the top" in terms of styling for street riding or
touring, but you still want some of the best protection
you can find, then the Velocity Gear Prodigy gloves are
The Prodigy version has all of the protective features of the
Formula gloves, but without the attached 3rd and 4th finger system. Also,
the knuckle protectors on the Prodigy gloves are covered with leather and there
are a few more tweaks to make this pair more biased for street riding.
The Prodigy gloves are the only other model currently made by
Velocity Gear that meets the EN13594:2002 standards for cut resistance, tear
resistance, seam burst resistance and abrasion resistance. Motorcycle
gloves that meet the standards are just finding their way to the market, and
it's nice to see this capability available in a non-race glove.
Protective Features, Stitching and Gauntlet
The Prodigy gloves also have the same Knox SPS (Scaphoid Protection System) and
Schoeller Keprotec stitching as the rest of the Velocity Gear gloves reviewed in
this series. The Prodigy gloves also feature a combination of kangaroo and
cow leather, with the soft tan-colored kangaroo leather visible
The gauntlet on these gloves is not
quite as large as the gauntlet on the Formula race
gloves, but it still fits nicely over a jacket sleeve.
The gauntlet has a large TPU wrist protector sewn on to
the outside. The outer edge of this hard protector
continues out over the edge of the wrist, which
interferes somewhat with the wrist closure from wrapping
completely around the side of the wrist, but it's barely
The wrist closure on the Prodigy gloves
is unique. It starts on the underside of the
wrist, then goes all the way around to the top, where it
goes through a D-ring which allows the strap to be
pulled tight and then back around the inside of the
wrist. Here's a photo:
We really like this design for a couple
of reasons. First, it allows the gloves to be
tightened very snugly. Then the length of strap
makes it more comfortable and it also has hook-and-loop
all the way around, giving it a very secure feeling when
closed. The strap end has a nice grooved pull tab
sewn into the layers of hook-and-loop, giving an
excellent pulling surface. Velocity Gear did a
very nice job on this design and we wouldn't be
surprised if other glove manufacturers start copying it.
The wrist strap is protected by a small
flap of leather that forms the back of the Knox SPS
protector. This section isn't as large as it is on
the Velocity Gear Formula gloves, but it's more than
adequate and it continues up the outside of the hand.
The kangaroo skin palms have an extra
section of cowhide at the grip area and the black
leather is also featured on the outside of the gloves.
The Prodigy gloves have a big
leather-covered main knuckle protector that floats on a
separate section across the back. The four fingers
each have leather-covered middle and top knuckle
protectors and the thumb has one. The material
used under all of these is reflective, which is another
interesting feature on the Prodigy gloves.
The knuckle protectors on the fingers
are all attached to floating sections of leather, which
give the fingers a lot of flexibility and help to make
the gloves very comfortable. The lining material
used in all the Velocity Gear gloves reviewed in this
series is also soft and adds to the comfort. It
protects the internal stitching from rubbing on the
The size large Prodigy gloves shown here are also oversized by at least one and
perhaps two sizes, just like the Formula gloves. So these fit more like an
XL or even an XXL. Velocity Gear said these were from the first production
run and the sizing will be more consistent with their size charts.
The fingers and the fit is otherwise generous, making these gloves very comfortable,
although the fingers on the Prodigy gloves feel slightly
narrower than the "boxier" finger fit of the Formula
The Velocity Gear Prodigy gloves also come with a lifetime warranty
against manufacturing defects and the Velocity Gear "Half Price"
replacement guarantee: "If your glove is destroyed for
any reason we'll replace it for half of it's original purchase price, no
While the Prodigy gloves do not have
mesh or air vents, they do have some perforations in
between the fingers at the base of each finger.
The Velocity Gear Prodigy gloves have the security of
meeting at least some of the individual tests described
in the ECE standards and high-quality construction with street
or touring style. This combination of features is
difficult to find and riders who desire the ultimate in
protection should find these an excellent choice.
Product Review: Velocity Gear Prodigy Gloves
||List Price: $225.00
Sizes: XS to XXL
October 2009 Note: Gloves provided by Velocity Gear
for this review (more).
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