These may just be amongst the best motorcycling gloves ever, so take a few minutes and listen to why we would make such a claim for a pair of gloves that don’t, at first sight, even look as though they were designed to be worn on a bike.
First let’s talk about the deerskin and elkskin from which they are made. Now most gloves are made from cowhide because it is relatively cheap; it is also readily available in countries like China and Pakistan, where most gloves are made. Deerskin and elkskin, by contrast, are really only available in the US.
The basic structure of these gloves is 2.75 ounce, US deerskin. This skin is buttery soft, yet it is substantially more tear and abrasion resistant than any cowhide. In vulnerable areas, such as on the knuckles and the palms, there is a extra layer of four ounce elkskin. Elkskin is quite simply the strongest hide you can find. The result is a level of abrasion resistance that almost no glove out there can come close to matching. Yet try a pair on and you’ll find them to be the most comfortable motorcycle glove you’ve ever put your hands in to.
But, you might reasonably think, a pair of gloves like this is really only appropriate for summer riding. You’d be wrong, though. These gloves are fully lined with Outlast’s unique Phase Change material. Basically, when you get hot your body naturally releases heat. Outlast absorbs and stores that heat. And then, when you cool down, the stored heat is released back to the body. It’s not quite black magic, but it does explain why these gloves provide comfort across an incredibly wide temperature range; from 2°c, right down to 24°c. The Outlast lining also makes these gloves particularly useful for those who ride with heated grips, for the heat actually transfers to the Outlast on the upper side of the glove, to keep the entire hand warm, not just your palm.
One of the most important aspects when it comes to the construction of a glove that is safe for motorcycling is the number of seams and stitch holes. Because decorative features are often a consideration for a manufacturer, you can find that, even on a single finger, there will be as many as four separate seams. Well on a Deersport gloves, there are just four seams on the total glove. Fewer seams means greater strength and integrity.
The downside is that you don’t get as many gloves per animal, which is why the gloves aren’t cheap, but if that’s the price for a better glove, so be it. The final, yet no less important, factor in making the perfect motorcycling glove is the type of thread you use. Kevlar thread is perfect in some applications, particularly with textile garments, but it is too strong for a leather glove and, under pressure, it will cut through the material like a hot knife through butter. But these Deersport gloves are constructed exclusively with two strong Nylon threads in every stitch hole. The spacing of these holes is calculated to give the greatest strength to the seam, but the double threads give just the right amount of elasticity to ensure that the seams only fail when it becomes necessary.
We could go on and discuss whether hard knuckle protectors are really the safest option for your average road rider, but we won’t. Let it just be said that the people at Deersport think that hard protectors can do more harm than good.
The last thing we’ll tell you is that a pair of Deersport gloves will last a lifetime. Over time they’ll get ever more comfortable, and the fit will simply mould to your hands. Simple as these gloves may look, they sure contain a lot of technology and engineering finesse. Try a pair, and you’ll perhaps see what all the fuss is about. Oh, and by the way, the gloves are hand washable and, unlike most leather gloves, they won’t harden up after washing.
Product Code: GPL1026
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Lee Parks gloves. Please note: Sizes available are shown on the product page. Keep in mind that both deerskin and elkskin will stretch quite a bit so if you are between sizes it's best to get the smaller size.
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