By Troy Siahaan
When it comes to any kind of riding gear, comfort is key. This is especially true when it comes to gloves. Since your hands are pretty darn important to riding, if a glove doesn’t fit well, it doesn’t matter what sort of advanced materials or techno-farkles it has. It’ll just sit on the shelf, anyway. Now, there are plenty of comfortable gloves out there, but as far as race gloves go, I’ve never worn a pair that were instantly as comfortable as the High Racer Glove from Racer. Forget the old baseball analogy, now when I hear “it fits like a glove,” the High Racer is what I’m talking about.
On the surface, the recipe for such comfortable gloves isn’t a secret. The kangaroo leather palm is the big ingredient, as it’s generally more supple than cow leather, meaning it breaks-in quicker – they felt perfect by the end of one trackday. I’ve worn kangaroo-palmed gloves before but they weren’t this instantly comfortable, so Racer must have secret sauce to make these feel even more supple. Additionally, Knox SPS palm sliders help the hand slide instead of catch on the pavement should you fall down, and carbon fiber knuckle, finger, and wrist armor is also there to protect your digits from impact. The knuckle armor “floats” above the rest of the glove, allowing the hand full articulation without bunching or feeling tight, especially when gripping the bars.
The kangaroo leather in the palm is one of the big keys to the High Racer’s instant comfort. It also allows for excellent feel at the controls.
Speaking of gripping the bars, silicone inserts across the palm and first two fingers help provide a little extra stiction to the grips, but honestly, I couldn’t tell a difference from my non-silicone-lined gloves. As for the rest of …read more