REV'IT! Ultra Gloves
designs and manufactures a substantial line of motorcycle
jackets, pants and gloves in both leather and
textiles. We were impressed with the
R-Tech jacket and
pants, and the REV'IT! Ultra Gloves are a good match
either with or without the complete REV'IT!
The Ultra gloves have been designed
to fill a
market niche that's about exactly half-way between a
full-on sport/race glove and a touring glove in terms of
both styling and functionality. I guess you could
call them "sport-touring" motorcycling
The Ultra gloves seem to be
designed and manufactured with as much attention to detail as the rest of the
REV'IT! line of apparel, right down to the three vertical dress stitching
accents on the glove back. The Ultra gloves use high
quality leather -- Nappa leather is used for most of the
glove, and double-stitched Pittards
leather leather covers a portion of the palm.
Nappa leather is a
"soft, full grain leather made from an unsplit
sheepskin, lambskin, or kidskin, usually tanned with alum
and chromium salts and dyed throughout" (Etherington
& Roberts). Pittards is a well known
and very old (circa 1840) U.K.-based leather manufacturer
who produces some of the finest leathers in the world for
a variety of world-class apparel retailers.
to the Pittards "Site
Map" leads to an interesting diversion into the
world of fine leather. The use of Pittards leather
on the palms of the Ultra helps to make them comfortable
over the long haul, whilst adding a bit of class!
The Ultra is designed to
offer a good level of protection while still remaining
comfortable for touring. They feature leather
covered carbon knuckle and joint protectors on top of the
glove, which minimize the "boy racer" look while
still offering good protection.
Twin soft foam
panels are stitched into the heel of the glove, one on the
the back of the thumb and another soft foam panel helps
protect the inner wrist. All stitching is Kevlar
fingertips of the Ultra gloves are rather unique; there's
a soft leather panel sewn on the outer three fingertips,
and slashes of silicone that help maintain feel and grip.
The Ultra gloves have a
gauntlet that's a bit shorter than you'll find on a race
glove. This allows you to wear the glove so that the
gauntlet is either under or over your jacket's
cuff. I like to wear the gauntlets over my
sleeves, so I wouldn't mind if the gauntlets on the Ultra
gloves were a bit longer and wider, or had a larger range
The gloves have a wrist flap that
closes with "hook and loop" fastener to
cinch up the gauntlet, and this flap also helps to provide
an added measure of protection over the wrist.
narrow leather strap secures the glove over the top of the
wrist, also with "hook and loop".
The Ultra gloves have some
other subtle features: elastic under the wrist; pleated
leather "stretch" relief between the knuckles
and first finger joint, and an embossed
"REV'IT!" logo on the outside of the
A careful inspection of the
gloves also reveals the barely visible REV'IT! motto ("Engineered Skin") embossed into the piping on
the inside of the wrist, which doesn't really add anything
to the glove's protective qualities, but is pretty cool
and illustrates the level of detail that seems to
characterize the REV'IT! approach.
The Ultra gloves are
comfortable, especially in the fingers. I've found
that motorcycle gloves need to have about 1/4" extra
room in the fingertips when the hand is held straight. This
indicates that there will be enough stretch
room necessary to wrap one's hands around the motorcycle grips. The fingers of the Ultra gloves
fit me perfectly in both positions, but the thumb is a bit
short, and I'm hoping it will stretch a bit over time.
I don't notice any chafing from the internal
stitching except in the shorter thumb. This is
probably due to the shape of my fingers and not
necessarily a fault of the gloves.
By the way, the Ultra
gloves appear to be fully lined, which helps make them
more comfortable and which makes them easier to slide on
These are conservatively styled gloves that have many
subtle features that might not jump out at you at first
glance. Their price is reasonable considering their
quality. They're not all-out race gloves and don't
pretend to be, but they should offer an adequate level of
protection for sport-touring or cruising. Since many
of the motorcyclists I see lately either don't wear gloves
at all or wear some type of fingerless cruising glove, a
pair of Ultras would go a long way to offering a better
level of protection for either sport, touring or cruiser
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Retail Price: $119.99.
in: China Sizes: XS to XXL
Comments: Conservatively styled
sport-touring gloves are a cross between race gloves and
touring gloves. Quality construction and interesting
features. Gloves are fully lined. Leather
covered carbon knuckle protectors. Silicone
fingertips offer good grip.
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