The latest Handroid MkIII racing gloves from Knox are quite simply, a generation ahead.
It's easy to have a good roll of the eyes when you see youtube "reviews" from some of the big US outlets. Rightly so - if you sell a product, it can only really be regarded as an advert, not a review. We always encourage customers to look beyond bold claims and try to really understand what they're getting for their money, and always take adverts with at least a grain of salt.
So, since we sell these in our shop it would be a little brass necked to call this a "review", but let us explain quickly why these gloves are so damn good.
The most visibly obvious difference to other offerings of hand protection are the exo-skeletal rubber
ligaments running down the length of the fingers. These retract back under the aerodynamic blade on the top of the hand as you straighten your fingers and extend out again in a terminator like fashion when you close your fist. Gimmicky? Not at all. Apart from being distracted by admiring the coolness as they slide back and forth across the top of your digits , they are not obtrusive in any way. When Knox designed the Handroid glove, their intention was to provide the maximum amount of protection where reasonably possible. This is also reflected in the large protective sliders on each side of the wrist and the latest incarnation of Knox SPS Scaphoid protectors on the palms.
The upper is made of high quality aniline leather from Japan and the palms feature soft, abrasion resistant kangaroo leather. More roo hide was added to the palms for these latest MkIII models.
There's a silicon panel bonded to the inside of the palm for a nice feel of the grips, gel padding to protect the bones on the top of the hand, nice detailing and full CE EN 13594 certification for peace of mind that you're buying a good quality product.
Now these things alone, should add up to a pretty decent racing glove but it goes further:
Wrist closure is obtained by the BOA lacing system. It looks delicate, but it's not. Once the glove is placed over the hand, you just dial in the required tightness using the ratchet type button, and to release, you simply pull the button upwards. It's so simple, it's genius. These systems have been tested for thousands of operations with years of development and are known by a lot of snowboarders which is where the idea and technology come from. There's a lifetime warranty from BOA on the lacing system, and it's even replaceable should you damage it in a crash.
This is the bit we really love...
We've been repairing riding gear for a long time now, and the biggest weakness of most racing gloves is the fingertips. This is because most manufacturers use external stitching along the finger seams right to the end. The advantages of this method is that it gives better feel of the controls and a reduced break in time. The downside is that the stitching itself is exposed and can be damaged in high speed slide resulting in the seams opening at the end of the fingers. It's a common result of a slide at the track and many riders have first hand (pardon the pun) experience of this.
If you cast you eyes over the latest Knox Handroids, you'll see that they use external stitching on the lengths of the inner fingers but internal stitching at the tips. So you get the benefits or external with the damage resistance of internal stitching at the most vulnerable point.
Why doesn't everyone do this?
As usual, it comes down to price. This technique of stitching the fingers on a glove increases complexity and production time. So far, Knox are the only major glove manufacturer that has adopted it.
It not only adds to the general durability of the glove, but it more importantly maximises the protection of your fingers in a high speed accident. And we all love our fingers don't we?
So all this results in an uber-protective race glove with the features and quality that can make the difference. Sure, in most typical crashes, you maybe don't need some of the particular components that you find on a Knox Handroid, but sometimes crashes aren't typical. If you're going to be experiencing a Lorenzo-style high side, a high speed tumble through the gravel trap or perhaps the worst of all, entanglement with a crashing bike, we think the best glove you can stick your hands in is the latest MkIII Knox Handroid. Available in our shop for only $289 per pair.
We can ship them to you free of charge anywhere in Australia, and you can exchange them unused for a different size if needed. See? we told you this wasn't a review.