Protection starts with the chassis, which is a complex patchwork of textiles (stretchy stuff and mesh), leather (natural and synthetic), and armor. The combination of materials keeps the gloves very light and breathable, while likely impact and abrasion areas are thoroughly shielded. The outside edge of the pinky fingers is covered in double-thick leather, as are the heels of the palms, which also feature robust “Super-Fabric” sliders. The same hard material covers the knuckles, and there are small leather pads extending down the finger joints. I haven’t crashed in my Mickeys, but I’m confident they will do their job if I do.