Joe Rocket GPX Gloves
Joe Rocket GPX 2.0 Men's Professional Race Gloves
by "Burn" for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
We've been reporting on the evolution of Joe Rocket clothing
for several years, watching the quality rise from mediocre to first-rate
during that time.
I remember not too long ago when buying
a Joe Rocket jacket was nearly the social equivalent of
buying a helmet at K-Mart. But how things have
Joe Rocket gear is still a relative
bargain, but the quality and the styling is, in my
opinion, right up there with the best, and although I
don't know this for sure, I'd bet that the Joe Rocket
brand has got to be one of the top selling lines of
motorcycle clothing around.
These GPX 2.0 gloves are a good example
of how the company has changed and why their products
are in such demand.
The gloves are new for 2006, and they are part of the GPX line,
which is a relatively new Joe Rocket offering,
holding down the middle of what might be called the
"street performance" market, which includes the
"Speedmaster" gear as top dog and the "Blaster"
the other end.
There are several other Joe Rocket
clothing lines, and only their marketing experts know
what it all means, but the GPX gear seems to me to be "near
race" ready, targeted at high-performance sportbiking or
track day events.
The Joe Rocket GPX 2.0 gloves come with some
pretty good credentials, with Pittards "Ceramic Infused"
leather palms, just like some of the high-zoot
gloves and other much more expensive types.
They also have plenty of padding on the wrists and knuckles and
a double strength wrist closure, which is arguably one
of the most important features on any motorcycle glove,
but especially so with gloves that are marketed to the
Unfortunately, I'm not sure what the
stitching on the GPX gloves is made from, but it sure looks good. It
wasn't very long ago when this type of quality, styling and
features couldn't be found on a motorcycle glove at any
The GPX 2.0 gloves have thick padding over
each finger knuckle, and a vented injection molded
knuckle protector over the back of the hand. And
the vent really does seem to work; I could feel the air
rushing over the back of my knuckles while riding in
cool weather recently.
There's plenty of leather on the palm,
with extra reinforcement over the heel of the hand,
around the thumb and forefinger and across the top of
the palm just below the fingers.
The GPX 2.0 gloves have a dual wrist
closure, with a thinner band that cinches around the
wrist and secures with Velcro across the top of the
glove. The gauntlet has thick padding on both the
inside and outside of the wrist.
There's a section of Velcro attached to
the middle of the gauntlet, just below the wrist (see
The two sides of the gauntlet have elastic material with
Velcro on each and they can be pulled over and secured,
one on top of the other, to complete the seal.
The elastic works great for this
application and is sort of a "why didn't I think of
that" idea, because it not only helps to keep the gloves
secure but also helps make the cuff more comfortable
than it might be otherwise.
The only disappointment is that the gauntlet
feels a bit short to me and, as seems to be typical
lately, it's not wide enough to fit over the
bunched-up cuffs of some of my motorcycle jackets. I
think the gloves were designed to fit over very racy
motorcycle jackets with their short, tight-fitting
cuffs. As a result, some riders may have
difficulty fitting the gauntlet over some jackets with
Nevertheless, the GPX 2.0 gloves seem
like an incredible deal for the money. They list
at just a shade under a Franklin at $99.99, which is a
bare-bones price, so they aren't discounted that much
but can be found for as low as $90.00 or so, which is a
real steal, in my opinion.
By the way, the gloves are also fully
lined, which is another surprise, and they feel very
comfortable to me. In fact, I'll say they're probably one
of, if not the most, comfortable pair of motorcycle gloves I've
The Joe Rocket GPX 2.0 gloves are available in sizes
from small to 2XL. I normally take a size large
and these fit me perfectly. The fingers seem
proportioned just right and they have a tiny bit of
space at the tips, which is necessary to account for
fingers that are curled around the controls.
Likes: Styling, stitching, padding, comfort, knuckle vents and extra leather
on the palms.
Dislikes: Gauntlet could be longer. Don't fit over some street jacket
One of the best bargains available in
near-race motorcycle gloves and my new favorite!
Review: Joe Rocket GPX 2.0 Gloves
Retail Price: $99.99
Sizes: S to XXL
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From "G.G." (9/09): "Wow, these are fantastic
gloves! They look like heavy duty race ready
gloves. The external stitching is great for
comfort and the palm pads seem to be in the right
place. They transferred a minimum amount of
black dye to my hands and quickly stopped doing it.
The gauntlet is expandable and I had
little trouble fitting it over different jackets.
Did I mention that these gloves are comfortable?
With their external stitching there is nothing to
poke or irritate you in these gloves.
They flow some air with their vents,
but they are not really summer gloves. Most
mesh gloves will beat them for air flow.
However, I did fine with these gloves on hot days.
If you have long fingers they will touch the ends of
the fingers in these gloves and that can be
These were great gloves and I really wish mine
hadn't been stolen."