Not everyone wants, needs or can afford the kinds of gloves that Valentino Rossi and Ben Spies wear. For many riders, all that’s called for is something midway between those big-buck, super-tech racing mitts and a pair of gardening gloves from Home Depot.
These Latitude gloves by Tour Master are a perfect example. They’re simple, comfortable, versatile, durable and won’t force you to take out a second mortgage. The palms and backhands are goatskin leather, with stretch Lycra on the sides of the fingers and a soft polyester interior lining. Light EVA foam is sewn into key areas of the palms, with thicker EVA protecting the knuckles atop articulated flex panels. A Velcro strap below the palm and a zipper on the gauntlet keep the gloves secure.
Break-in time for the Latitudes is approximately zero. Thanks in part to pre-curved palms and expansion panels on fingers 3, 4 and 5, they’re comfy right from the get-go but don’t stretch and get floppy after extended use. They’re cool enough to be suitable for hot summer rides, warm enough to keep your digits cozy until the temps start dipping into the forties. And tough? In addition to using them on a daily basis, Senior Editor Dean wore them on his Alaska adventure (CW October, 2011), subjecting them to a week’s worth of rain, high-speed gravel bombardments and countless submersions in thick mud; but after a quick hand-wash with mild soap and water, the gloves still look and feel almost like new, with nary a loose stitch or separated seam.
If you yearn to look like you’re fresh off a Superpole qualifying session, these gloves aren’t for you. But if you just want a pair of functional, comfortable, affordable gloves that won’t disintegrate in the first week, the Latitudes could be a perfect fit.
26855 Malibu Hills Rd.
Calabasas Highlands, CA 91301
- Excellent value
- Decent gauntlet coverage
- E-Z on/off
- No knockout-punch knuckle protectors
- Available colors? Black, black or black
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