REV'IT! Inferno Gloves
by Lori B. for webBikeWorld
Rev'it makes a wide variety of motorcycle gloves,
several of which have been reviewed on webBikeWorld over
the last few years (see the right-hand column of this
page for a listing).
Although Rev'it does make a nice-looking "race"
style glove (the Stealth), most of their gloves seem to
be designed for the more practical uses that the vast
majority of us face every day.
I have a sneaking suspicion that most of the Rev'it
designers are also hard-core motorbike commuters,
because their glove designs and the Rev'it clothes are
usually chock full of the kinds of features that are
most useful for those pursuits.
I know we've also mentioned the frenetic pace of
Rev'it new product releases, with gloves, jackets, pants
and everything else simply pouring out of the factory at
regular intervals in a frenzy of continuous improvement.
The Inferno gloves are a good example, as they add to a
Rev'it glove lineup that, besides the Stealth race
gloves, includes no less than five different styles of
waterproof gloves, two different summer mesh gloves,
adventure touring gloves (the R59) and probably one or
two others that I've missed.
The Inferno gloves are "designed to fill the gap
between a race glove and a touring glove in terms of
protection and functionality", according to Rev'it.
The Inferno gloves have a conservative styling, which is
fine by me, because I'm not fond of some of the
over-the-top flashy glove designs with carbon fiber or
even chrome-plated knuckle protectors. I'll leave
my riding, my bike, my helmet and my jacket to showcase my
style, thank you.
Rev'it says that the Infernos have a French cowhide
outer shell, and why not? After all, if you're going to be wearing
cowhide leather gloves, they may as well be
made from French cows. I can picture them (the
cows, that is!) laying
around in some beautiful country field, wearing berets
with a Gauloises hanging out of their mouths as they
work over their cuds!
The Inferno gloves have a variety of other leather
types, including nappa, Clarino (a synthetic leather),
Pamas, Pittard's and even goat skin. Add in a
touch of Schoeller Keprotec for protection and there you
The gloves have a type of rubberized knuckle
protector on the first three fingers; one on the
forefinger, two on the middle and third fingers and an
extra patch of leather on the side of the pinky finger.
The main knuckles are protected by a hard type of armor
that's sewn into the glove with a double row of
stitches. This armor has a rough feel and Rev'it
says it's carbon covered with Schoeller Keprotec.
The Inferno gloves fit very snug, which is probably
important for protection during a crash so that they
don't slide out of place. But it does take a bit
of extra break-in time to get used to the snug fit and
the narrow wrist opening. I wonder if someone with
extraordinarily large wrists might have a problem
getting the gloves on. But the tight fit does give
a better sense of protection.
The palms of the gloves have a few layers of leather
protection, and the palms are covered in a large section
of the heavier Pampas leather. I'm not sure what
Pampas leather is exactly, but it seems like a thicker
type of stiff leather that I can only describe as
feeling something like a plasticized suede, if that
The Pampas leather section on the palm continues down
to the wrist, where it acts as a cover for the wrist
closure system. This makes the gloves slightly
fussy to put on, because the leather flap has to be
raised up, then the wrist closure must be secured and
then folded under the flap. But the flap is
designed to cover the wrist closure and prevent it from
opening in a crash, and hopefully it will do its job if
that time ever comes.
There's also a wrist gauntlet closure; the gauntlet follows the Rev'it design practice of being on the small
side. Since I mostly wear the gauntlets inside my
sleeve anyway, I'm not as bothered by this as the other
webBikeWorld staffers (see "The Case of the Missing
Gauntlet"). Note that I'm wearing the gauntlet on
the outside of my jacket in these photos for
The fingers of the Inferno gloves are nicely tapered,
which allows a more precise fit. I don't like the
"box" style fingers that have too much wiggle room,
because they get bunched up when my hands are wrapped
around the grips.
The lining feels slightly stiff and not quite as
instantly comfy as other gloves I've tried, but the
Infernos do seem to be breaking in over time.
One very nice feature of most Rev'it gear is the
availability in a wide variety of sizes and lengths.
The Inferno gloves are available in the women's specific
sizes of small, medium and large, and the men's version
is available in sizes S through XXXL. The women's
size medium fits me perfectly -- a bit tight at first,
but now starting to become nicely broken in.
The Rev'it Inferno gloves offer serious protection with
what I think is a nice conservative styling. I
feel more confident wearing these gloves than many of
the other women's (and men's) gloves that are available
that seem more like street dress gloves than anything
you'd want to wear while riding a motorcycle. The
list price of $119.99 is reasonable, considering the
quality and thought that went into producing these
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