Fieldsheer Sonic Gloves
by "Burn" for webBikeWorld
I've been on another quest -- this time
it's in search of the perfect pair of summer motorcycle
But I'm not sure if the perfect pair
really does exist.
Sure, there are plenty of textile mesh or perforated
leather choices, but I haven't really found anything
that offers the winning combination of protection and
lots of cooling air flow.
The comfort factor is also important, as
always, so give me a nice glove that hits aces on all
three criteria and I'm in.
The problem seems to be the balance
between ventilation and protection. Large amounts
of air flowing through a glove means plenty of holes,
holes provide less integrity, generally speaking.
Can you have both? I'm not so sure...
Another factor comes in to play for
owners of adventure-touring bikes like our Triumph Tiger
hack (soon to be replaced by a cool-looking
The Tiger has hand guards
that block the wind at the grip, just where it's needed
for cooling the digits. This definitely
complicates the cooling equation but if a glove feels
cool when riding the Tiger, it's probably
going to be aces on everything else.
When I evaluate a summer riding glove on
the Tiger, I'll hold my hand outside the grip to
simulate a "normal" hand position. Most of the
time, there's a huge difference. But this still
doesn't solve the protection vs. ventilation paradox.
The Fieldsheer Sonic gloves are a
fairly typical example of the textile mesh variety of
summer glove. They feel light at 64 grams (2.25
oz.) in size large and they have a comfortable, sheer
thin stretchy lining.
They also flow lots of air through the
open mesh (see photo below). I'll even go as far
as saying that I think they flow more air than any other
summer glove I've tried.
But I'm concerned about
what they really offer in the way of protection -- they
feel almost too thin. While I don't have a problem
with a glove that will only last for one crash, I do
have a problem with a glove that won't last through
The Sonic gloves have a layer of thin leather
over the back of the hand, with some lightweight "gel"
padding over the knuckles and back. These leather
sections are sewn with only a single row of rather
The palm, which is probably the most critical area
for protection, is completely covered with leather.
Fieldsheer calls it "aniline cowhide". There are
double layers of the stuff sewn over the palm, between
the thumb and forefinger and a small patch over the heel
of the hand. I do feel a bit more confident about
the protection offered here than the mostly mesh top
Fieldsheer also says that the palms
have gel padding, but if this is true, it's the
thinnest gel I've ever seen, because I feel absolutely
no padding whatsoever in the palms of the gloves shown
The Fieldsheer Sonic gloves have a
decent sized gauntlet for a summer mesh glove. It
secures with a smallish piece of Velcro over the wrist,
which seems to be typical for this type of glove.
A section of elastic is sewn in to the top of the
gauntlet at the wrist, but I don't think this will do
much to keep the glove on the rider's hand in a crash.
Even with the gauntlet tightened up as close as
possible, it's very easy to pull the glove right off my hand.
There are many tradeoffs when choosing
summer gloves; maybe too many tradeoffs for a serious
rider. For those truly concerned about
wearing the safest gear possible at all times, it may be
better to sweat it out in a pair of heftier leather
race gloves than to take the chance with a too-thin mesh that
might come flying off at the first sign of trouble.
On the other hand, there are
subscribe to the theory that "anything is 100% better
than nothing" (what I tell myself when I can only get
out for a jog about once a week). They may find that the
Fieldsheer Sonic glove offers a reasonable compromise
between safety and cooling.
I will say this -- the Sonic gloves are
comfortable and they flow lots of air, and in ultra-hot
weather, that may be all that matters if it's a choice
of riding or not.
The Sonic gloves in size large are just
about a perfect fit on my hands. They have a
slightly long thumb at rest that gives me enough stretch
room when my hand is curled around the
grip. The fingers are slightly too short and the
mesh fabric does not seem to be stretching enough over
time for a nice
broken-in feel, so I find that I do have to pull the gloves at my
fingertips once in a while to give me the room I need.
This is something to remember when
you're looking for a new pair of motorcycle gloves.
Extra room in the throttle hand is important and can
help prevent discomfort. A perfect fit at the
glove display may end up feeling too tight after 10
minutes on the throttle.
While the Fieldsheer Sonic gloves flow about as much air
as any hot weather motorcycle riding glove that I've
tried, I'm concerned about their ability to protect my
hands when the time comes. But they're comfortable, the
price is right and they may be just the ticket on those
super-hot southern days.
In the meantime, I'll keep looking for that perfect
combination of air flow and protection.
Review: Fieldsheer Sonic Air Mesh Motorcycle Gloves
Retail Price: $39.95
|Colors: Black, Red, Blue, Silver
Comments: Available in sizes
XS to XXXXL (4XL)
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