By Jim Pruner
Worth The Money?
Rukka’s Virium Gore-Tex X-Trafit gloves are premium quality, adjustable, lightweight and appear to be built to last. They have a very effective layer of waterproof Gore-Tex meshed with nylon textile, polyester, suede and elastic materials sewn together with double stitching where it counts.
Armor built into the suede fingertips, knuckle and scaphoid/palm area. Special material on the thumbs and index fingers enable the use of your smartphone.
The rubber wiper on the left index finger works well for clearing water off your visor and overall the gloves allow for decent hand dexterity and comfort.
Are these near perfect, all-around adaptable gloves worth $179?
The short answer is a resounding YES!
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Fit Testing and Break In
When I first pulled the Virium gloves on they felt snug and stiff, (typical of any new piece of gear) but not too stiff to use the bike controls comfortably. As expected they fit great right from go and even better after break-in.
The two velcro straps on each glove make putting them on or taking them off quick and easy, as well as adjustments on the fly. They remind me of baseball batting gloves.
My fingers all reached …read more