of the first products we ever tested was a glove. Well, a
pair of gloves actually. Racer Aeropower gloves were so impressive
that I continued using the same pair right up until they saved
my hands from oblivion during my little off last year. The
fact that they lasted three years of continual use and a major
crash without letting me down is testimony to how good they
But time waits for no man and, since that particular glove
is no longer available, I needed to get something else. Happily,
Racer are still around, still producing excellent products
and still willing to let us test them. So now I have a new
pair of Racer Airforce gloves.
First impressions are very similar to before. They feel reassuringly
well made, they have some useful features and they are incredibly
comfortable straight out of the box. Palms are now made of
kangaroo hide with little carbon studs to add additional abrasion
protection in the event of a spill. Carbon is used because
it doesn't conduct heat, of course, as well as being less
likely to wreck your paintwork.
backs of the gloves are reinforced with the by now de rigeur
moulded shell. Unusually, though, these gloves seem to have
the backs in two halves, joining just behind the knuckles.
The finger part stops halfway down the back of the hand, and
carries the aroured part, while the back part goes underneath
and joins at the fingers. This slightly strange arrangement
gives you very thick leather, padding and armour without becoming
stiff and unwieldy, and it seems to work. There are vents
on the back of each finger and there are two extractor vents
on the back of the hand. Fingertips get extra padding and
memory foam armour while the little finger gets reinforced
leather down the side. The first two fingers also have some
higher friction material at the tips inside, presumably to
help working levers though this seems a little over the top.
Closer examination shows that stitching is extremely neat
and the finish is second to none. In a brief straw poll survey
nobody guessed that these gloves still cost the right side
I've been wearing them for a few weeks now and can confidently
say that they are as good as the ones they replace in every
way and possibly are even more comfortable. Not tested in
action yet, and I have to confess that I don't plan to change
that, but overall I'd say that they are a worthy successor
to the title of "Greatest glove I have ever known."
You can get Racer gloves from Infinity Motorcycles
- www.infinitymotorcycles.com - and they retail at £99.99. They come in black as shown
plus black and silver or black and red.