Not only do the SP-1s look good and fit great, they're functional, too. A series of cartwheels after a racing high-side let me test their impact protection. Scuffs on all sides of both gloves and gouges in the armor attest to the violence of the incident, yet my hands were fine. Okay, so the seams are tough, but that tumbling crash didn't test the durability of the suspiciously supple leather. Next up was a high-speed low-side that sent me body-surfing down 50 feet of wet pavement. Waiting for the crash truck, I noted with satisfaction that my SP-1s were soggy and battered but still intact.