Monday, January 31

Dainese Steel Core Carbon Gloves Review

The Dainese Steel Core Carbon Gloves arrive new for 2011, and are second in command in the food chain of Dainese race-level gauntlet gloves. Second only to the Dainese Full Metal Pro Gloves worn by MotoGP pro racer Valentino Rossi, the Steel Cores offer a great deal of features and functionality and are a great choice for the regular track day rider and racer alike. With upgrades across the board over the mid-level Dainese Pro Carbon Gloves, the Steel Core gloves will perform extremely well in all active racing scenarios.

Check out our Dainese Steel Core Carbon Gloves Review:

Starting out, Dainese utilizes a single piece of premium cowhide leather that is cut to the shape of the glove. Less panels equates to higher levels of safety and lower likelihood that the glove will tear by eliminating superfluous seams. Every reinforcement panel is stitched on using Kevlar jersey thread, an extremely high-tensile-strength thread that has high levels of resistance to tearing, with double stitching in all high-wear and high-use areas. Moving beyond the chassis, the armor that protects against impact and abrasion is constructed from the most technical materials available. At the backhand and main knuckles, a carbon fiber hard part is thermowelded to a stainless steel base plate, while the finger knuckles have TPU hard part protectors. The outside of the pinky has TPU sliders in addition to Dainese's distortion control system, which protects the pinky against torsion and subsequent breakage. There are also TPU hard parts at the outside of the palm and protecting the ulna bone, both of which allow the hand to slide in the event of a low-side on the track.

For comfort, there is perforated leather between the fingers and at the gauntlet, encouraging high levels airflow to the hand when riding at speed. The fingers are precurved for ergonomics and overall fatigue reduction. Strategic areas of the glove, like the back of the thumb and the top of the wrist, utilize Spandex fabric and microelastic paneling for full range of motion when working the controls. The palm of the hand features double layer leather reinforcements to extend the longevity of the Steel Cores. There is a single velcro tightening strap at the wrist for a snug fit while the single velcro cuff closure allows enough room for the glove to be worn on the outside of your racing leathers. Overall, the Dainese Steel Core Carbon Gloves are a solid pick
for the racer or track day enthusiast.

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