Wayloo "Gladiator" Motorcycle Gloves Review
Summary: Good basic gloves at a bargain price that work for day-in day-out riding.
NOTE: As of April 2011, apparently Wayloo is no longer in business (website is non-functional).
These are not high end gloves that will give competition to expensive race track offerings from Alpinestars, Held, or Velocity. There are no titanium protectors and you won't find skin from some rare species of animal covering your fingers.
Like a Model T Ford, the selection of colors is limited to black, black, and black. These gloves have a more modest goal: a straightforward and comfortable pair of gauntlet gloves that provide a reasonable amount of protection at a good price.
Wayloo "Gladiator" Gloves
The length of the gauntlets is excellent, covering the end of jacket sleeves enough to block wind and rain without reaching halfway to the elbow. The gauntlets also have thin flexible armor inserts and they are adjustable with hook-and-loop closures. Another hook-and-loop strap at the wrists should keep the gloves in place during a slide.
The fingers have a good length and roomy diameter. They're not overly loose for anyone with thick fingers, but they are what I can describe as comfortable and not too thin. Whoever did the ergonomic model testing to size the gloves must have used a wide range of people. One person found a bit more material than he needed in the palm, however. Because these are apparently made from cow leather, they do not have the feel or stretch in the palms that the high end gloves do that use kangaroo leather.
The knuckles of the Wayloo Gladiator gloves are protected by an outer layer of leather with foam inserts. Because of the semi-loose attachment, the armor does not make the gloves stiffer. While this design has none of the high-end ECE certifications, it looks like it would take an abrasive slide and protect precious fingers.
The thumbs, heels, and palm have additional layers of leather for additional abrasion protection. There is a smooth synthetic lining to the interior.
Wayloo Gloves - Details
After a daily use for a week, I can find no worn stitches or other unusual wear points. The Wayloo gloves and the stitching, armor, and general construction seemed so familiar that I started reading previous webBikeWorld glove reviews. It didn't take long to realize that many of the same features used in the Wayloo gloves are also apparently found in two other pairs of gloves that were reviewed.
For example, the Wayloo gloves seem very similar to the Joe Rocket Highside gloves that were reviewed in 2009. The big realization came from a reader who was responding to that review in the comments section.
Nearly 20 years ago, I had a Honda 700 with a red and white pair of HondaLine gloves and the reader noted how similar the Joe Rocket Highside gloves were to the Honda gloves. The Wayloo gloves are their own product, but the theme and construction looks similar. So it's possible that the Wayloo gloves come from the same factory as the Joe Rocket brand, but don't tell Joe Rocket.
The word "Gladiator" is used only once on the Wayloo web page describing these gloves -- it's used in the page title only. Perhaps if Wayloo starts making more types of gloves, the names will become more significant. But keeping it simple, they're pretty much known as "Wayloo gloves".
Wayloo has a list price of (wink, wink) $199.00 for the Gladiator gloves, but the "Military Discount" brings them down to only $40.00. That is a certified bargain. Wayloo also sells helmets and jackets and offers a package discount for bundling the gear in a single order.
While the Honda and Joe Rocket brands have moved on to other versions of gloves over the years, it's great to know that a similar and popular basic product is still apparently with us; one that has been providing protection for motorcycle riders for many years.
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