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post #1 of 29 Old 01-04-2017, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Affordable High-End Gloves

So while looking into buying some Held Titan Evo gloves, I came across Spartan Leathers out of Crystal Falls, MI. Their SL-1 gloves are constructed of kangaroo & stingray just like the Held's but are half the cost ($200) and made in the USA. Anyone have any experience with these gloves?

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post #2 of 29 Old 01-04-2017, 10:27 PM
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I won't wear any glove street or track that doesn't have Knox Palm Sliders.

Take a look here at these 3 gloves running $220~$280 They are some really nice gloves at good price points.

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and a good value glove $135 , Scorpion SG3

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I haven't had those gloves, but I know Mike @ Riders Discount hooked me up on a pair of a* gloves last year. Might be worth sending him a PM to see what kind of deal he could get ya
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post #4 of 29 Old 01-05-2017, 07:41 AM
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I've been wearing Five gloves for a season and they're pretty damn good. Plenty of protection and no issues with feel. You can actually feel the ventilation working which is a first for me and I've been through a couple pairs of A*, and a pair of Knox. Five makes gloves, that's it.

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Held are really great gloves but might be out of your price range. Most likely a stars would be a good fit for you. Try to find some on closeout.

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Thank you guys for the links! The problem I'm having is finding true CE 2 certified professional motorcycle gloves. Racer used to have some winter gloves that passed this rating, but are no longer offered. A*, Held, Racer, Dainese and others might state CE certified, which on the surface seems fine, but actually is a level 1 cert and fits into the category of "work gloves." That test only involves a short duration under an abrasion disk to measure abrasion resistance.

However, level 2 cert includes cut & impact testing, seam & stitching strength tests for blowouts, abrasion resistnace and other variables.

If you look at many of the product info pages for most of these brand name gloves they never actually state professional motorcycle gloves, required by the institute for certification, but leave it to the reader to make the assumption and imply it holds up to the test, when in fact it doesnt. There is some tricky marketing going on in the big name glove market for sure.

With the thousands of brands that sell CE 2 leathers, jackets, pants and boots why is it that none of these companies make Level 2 gloves? If anyone can point me to CE level 2 gloves I'd be super stoked!
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I concur with the opinion that sliders are necessary, dont ask me how I know.
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If anyone is interested in reading more about it check out:

?Articulated Hand Armor Makes These The Safest Gloves Ever

"Abrasion testing is done on a Martindale Machine. A coarse pad is slowly rubbed on the material to look for potential wear and tear issues. Motorcycle testing gets a lot crazier and is done using an impact abrasion tester. The lab attaches whatever material you're using to a mechanical arm, which then falls onto a high-speed, 60-grit sander. This is used to simulate a slide on hot asphalt. The minimum time to failure is just three seconds. Leather alone won't achieve that and neither will a leather/Kevlar mix. This is why so many companies find it so hard to pass. Riders can't tell the difference between the work and motorcycle certification, so what do the manufacturers care?"
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I would agree with Bottoms Up an mpp12 as far as the palm sliders go. I honestly believe they have saved me from possible serious hand injuries in past crashes. I would pm or call Mike at Riders Discount. He is the inside track on quality and price.
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OP, what size gloves do you need? I think I have a few leftover Held Titan (not the Evo's) gloves for a great deal. Shoot me a PM if interested.

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