I felt a little weird though. Something was wrong, not pucker up "OH MY GOD!" wrong. More of a little annoyance wrong. My left hand glove hand developed a hole in it. It was my index finger. I needed new gloves plain and simple.
I have to admit, I hate wearing gloves. Always have, even growing up in Pennsylvania;where gloves were a requirement during the winter months, I didn't like wearing them. My hands were either to hot, or to bulky, or I was not able to actually touch what ever I was working with, or grasp it. I'm a very tactile person so I like having what ever I have actually in my hands.
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So why change now? Because I'm not sure if they provided the best protection. They are not waterproof or windproof, meaning that they are pretty useless during the night time commutes during the winter months or in the rain. Even the older gauntlet gloves I have for rain and my bulky winter gloves are going to have to be replaced eventually. I may buy all three pairs at once if I find something that I like. I understand how some bikers might have five, six, seven pairs of gloves depending on their needs.
The question is...what to look for? I want a glove that works for me. I want more protection than I felt I was getting before. If I end up with three different pairs of gloves then so be it. If I find a glove that is light, waterproof and comfortable then all the better. I know it's also possible to get a little reflective piping in them as well, which considering my commute home at night, may be helpful
I also need a new pair of boots, the only issue I have there is steel toe or not. They will be waterproof, have skid and oil resistant soles and be comfortable. Padding up around the ankle is a good benefit. I've worn enough work boots to know what size to get and what works for me. I don't see the need, other than some calf protection, of buying traditional motorcycle boots. I know many will disagree with me on that.
I bought my summer riding jacket off the net, and although I'm generally happy with it, I'm not sure if I would buy gear of the internet again. Size and fit matter, comfort matters. I've found my summer jacket to be a little big but all the protective padding is where it should be. When your flying through the air at 70 MPH about to hit the concrete you want the padding to be in the right spot, protecting the right parts. An elbow pad in the middle of your back is not doing any good for either your back or your elbow.
So what is the point of this post you may be asking? I need to buy new gear. I'm getting it from motorcycle shops where I can actually go and try things on. It might be a little pricier but in the end I think I'll be a little more happier...as well a little better protected on the road. That's all that matters in the end. Coming home.
And Susan my long suffering girlfriend is going to have to find some more room in the closet for me.