Dainese Short Tracks Gloves | MC Tested

By: Charles Everitt, Lon Rozelle, Photography by Joe Neric

Talk about your monkey business, I Took a set of dainese's short tracks Gloves on an off-road ride through South africa's valley of the baboons. There, I found myself holding on to the handlebars Tightly enough to leave fingerprints, which Pressed powdery local silt into the goatskin-reinforced Palms. I crashed repeatedly, grinding More of the talc into their cowhide exteriors, Already soaked through with perspiration. Admittedly, the soft silt didn't faze the titanium Knuckle guards and thermoplastic resin inserts, But considering they're the same as those Used by valentino rossi et al., I wasn't worried.

Needless to say, the gloves were a mess. Yet after cleaning them with a wet towel and Applying some Dainese leather conditioner, They were almost as good as new.

Before and since, the short tracks have Lived on my paws for countless short trips and Longer ones in hot weather. Shortcomings? Well, some street-only riders might wish for a Little more security than the single hook-andloop- Fastened strap, and a longer gauntlet. But those are traits of all such shorty gloves.

Certainly, some pure off-road gloves can Equal the short tracks' light weight and ability To bounce back from a baboon valley beating. But such textile gloves can't equal leather's Pure abrasion resistance. Overall, the short Tracks are among the best of their breed in combining the light weight and durability of Off-road gloves with the best attributes of their Street-going brethren. If they're not, i'll be a Monkey's uncle.

Dainese Short Tracks Gloves
Price: $139
Contact: Dainese
www.dainese.com
Verdict
Shorty gloves that are long on features, durability and protection.

By Charles Everitt, Lon Rozelle
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