Glove shopping is a pain in the ass. We all look for that magic pair that we can wear in any weather/temp. And yet we know it just isn’t going to happen. Doesn’t stop us from trying though does it?
Myself, I have probably 4 or 5 pair of gloves right now. I use maybe 2 of them. One pair I actually filched from work. They’re leather work gloves. I use them in the morning on my way to work. If it’s colder than normal I put a pair of thinner gloves (also filched from work) under them.
When I first got them.
Their current state.
My favorite pair believe it or not are the very first pair of riding gloves I ever bought. The Castle Streetwear Blast Gloves . I needed them in order to take my MSF course. The MSF basic rider course requires you to have gloves along with the following:
- Long-sleeve shirt or jacket
- Long pants (heavy denim or riding pants recommended)
- Over-the-ankle boots (sturdy, not canvas)
- Eye protection
- Full-finger gloves
- Full-face or ¾-face helmet
Features for the Blast glove:
- Ladies specific cut and sizing
- Top of hand is air stretch mesh with Spandura® reinforcements
- Leather palm and dual layer Clarino® reinforcements
- Airprene® breathable wrist
- Pre-curved palm and fingers create less fatigue plus improved fit and performance
- Custom molded TPR knuckle and finger protectors
- Custom TPR Velcro® wrist closure
- Action flex panels on fingers and thumb
- Soft touch polyester lined for added airflow and moisture wicking
- Silicone tipped fingers for enhanced lever feel in wet conditions
There is also a men’s version of this glove. The color I bought is called Berry. They come in Pink, Black and white also. The Men’s colors are Blue, Black, White and Red.
I normally wear a small in gloves but it turns out I’m a large in Castle Streetwear women’s lines. Here’s a link to Castle Size Chart .
The good, the bad, and the ugly:
It took me a little bit to get used to these gloves. I’d never worn riding gloves before this and I wasn’t used to the material. The TPR protectors bothered my knuckles for a week or two and the stitching kind of scratched the back of my hand. After I got used to it I loved them though! They form to my hand and there’s no awkward bunching between the creases in my fingers. Those TPR protectors double as wipers when I get caught in a shower. They act just like a squeegee! Sorry, I love that fact. If you’ve ever ridden in the rain you totally get it though!
Normally, I have a problem tightening gloves, shoes, hats, etc. when I have to use Velcro because they don’t put enough on for me to get a good fit but not with these babies. Because they are so form fitting they are a little thin. I wouldn’t recommend wearing them in <45 degree weather but anything above they work great. My hands do not sweat in these gloves! The grips on the palm make it easy to throttle the bike. When I get caught in a shower I’ve never had a problem with slippage either. The only other reason I don’t wear them in the colder temps. is because the wrist’s only come down about an inch and a half. Right about where that little bone that pops out of the side of your wrist sits. It’s called the Ulna I think?
Sorry about the messy Velcro, I have a Siberian Husky. They say they shed twice a year but I call bullshit.
I’m currently thinking about buying another pair of these before they are gone forever. I found them on Walmart site for $45. I originally bought them at Lane’s Yamaha for $60 on sale. Since they’re a little over 6 seasons old I would have to say they’ve held up really well. Overall, I’m very pleased with these gloves. It’s going to be hard to part with them!