Dainese Druids S-ST Gloves
Mixed feelings...read on
After quite a bit of research, I zeroed in on the Dianese 4 Stroke EVO...but those are sold out in all colors (at this writing) so I ordered the Druids, because they seem to be almost identical - the main difference being that the 4 Strokes have metal sliders on the knuckles whereas the Druids have a big piece of carbon fiber. It seems that the higher end designs are moving away from exposed carbon fiber; it's super light and has terrific structural integrity, but as it grinds down in a crash apparently it can grip instead of slide as metal does.
Putting that issue aside, I was hopeful that the Druids would be a great choice because I wanted a short glove that would be easy on/off, a lot of armor, but still be comfortable and agile for 3 season warm. I know, I want it all, right?
There are a lot of things right about this glove. The wrist slider, goatskin, and reinforced stiching give me a lot of confidence that this glove would protect me in on a very bad day and I was hopeful that the microfiber would ensure comfort.
Ultimately, I sent this one back due to the following issues (and I'm setting aside the exposed carbon fiber, because that's something I could live with --having CF is much better than not having any knuckle protection or just plastic):
1. The big hunk of beefy protection on the back of the hand and knuckle area doesn't 'float' and really seemed to dig in to the back of my hand when I grab throttle. I could probably get used to it, but it's a distraction to me. If that doesn't bother you, then you can take comfort in having the rough equivalent of a bulletproof vest and ceramic plate strapped to the back of your hand.
2. My wrists are narrower than average, and the velcro clasp on this is constrained in terms of how far it will enable you to secure the glove around your arm. For me, there is just a sizable loose gap there, and I am not confident it would stay secure in a drop.
So bottom line is, this is a great glove with a lot of protection, and a price to let you know they are proud of their work. It's probably better than 90% of the short gloves out there, but I feel that it needs more refinement from Dianese before it gets a couple hundred bones from me.
I think I'm going to try the Held Short Race...but I'm really looking forward to the Dianese X-Strike whenever that hits Revzilla. From the previews of that glove, they seem to be applying lessons learned to new products quickly.
Oh one more tip -- I'm an 8 in Held, a M in A-Star, but a S in Dianese....order down in size if you're going in.
November 12, 2014
Best short cuff I ever owned
These glove are simply put superior to any other short cuff glove I own. They look good, feel good, and are very comfortable even on the long rides. The fit is very american, I wear a medium in Icon and the medium Druids fit me spot on. The only weird thing is the partial cuff that holds the strap and wrist protection, I cant seem to find a good way for it to interact with my jacket. My jacket often ends up in awkward positions around the wrist. Also the Rossi tickler on the plams takes a while to get used to but other than that these gloves are solid, but a bit pricey I highly recommend these over the 4 stroke EVOS or any other glove
September 30, 2014
This is my first real set of gloves. The fit and comfort of these are amazing along with the protection they come with. Great investment in my book.
September 29, 2014
Protective everyday gloves!
I've been wearing Rev'it's sand pro gloves as my everyday gloves due to their tremendous comfort but I wanted to get something more protective. I have a pair of Dainese Full Metal and Full Metal RS. Both are great but being gauntlets, not the most convenient. So I got these and no regrets so far.
I have quite wide hands. My palm is almost square. This has made it very difficult to find well fitting gloves but as a result I've tried a huge number of them. While my hands are not small, I decided to go with size Small.
My large Full Metals fit very comfortably but fingers are too long in whatever position. My medium Full Metal RSs has perfect length fingers when gripping but feels a bit too long when reaching for levers. Small Druid S-ST gloves are perfect. After breaking them in, they're comfortable always. Keep in mind that these, like any other leather gloves, break in. These were not perfect fitting out of the box.
I prefer the looks of Full Metal but these still look great on my sportsbike and on my cruiser. I recommend these wholeheartedly.
September 14, 2014
These are great gloves, only reason they're not perfect is because they don't breath well, and this may deter some in warmer climates from wearing these comfortably.
NC summers regularly see temperatures over 90F and once your hands get all sweaty, these are a bit difficult to get on and off.
Fit is great, with the exception of the super long pinky finger, but that could also be just me.
My last pair of Dainese gloves like these developed a hole on the back side of the thumb area at the stitching from pulling and tugging while attempting to put on the gloves. Haven't seen any issues develop thus far, but they are wearing great so far.
Fit is true to size. I wear a medium in most every glove brand, and these fit just as I had expected.
They look great and I get tons of compliments from other riders on the appearance.
July 21, 2014
The Perfect Gloves
I got these for summer gloves and they ended up replacing my AGV GPR's year 'round. The GPR's are the most comfortable gloves I've ever owned, but these fit so perfectly that it's almost like they're not even there. All the hard points are perfectly placed, and the gloves stay in place so there's never any adjustment needed on the go. Seriously, just get them. You won't regret it.
July 9, 2014
Great Looking Glove, worth the money!
I purchased these gloves two weeks ago and ride a combination of city and highway daily. I should have ordered a medium based on the size chart but went with a large as that's what I wear in most gloves. The fit is good, gives me a little room without feeling loose. The protection across the back of the hand and across the knuckles looks good and does not bind or feel uncomfortable to wear. The glove has some pre-curve built into it allows you to rest your hands comfortably across your levers. The only complaint I do have is that the pinky finger protection rubs against my left hand pinky. Don't write them off due to this, the glove may fit you better. The gloves feel stiff out of the bag, but soon form nicely to your hands. The more you wear them, the better they feel. As far as air flow goes, it is adequate but not spectacular. The glove offers a great deal of protection on all the right places which only leaves so much surface area for venting. I would definitely purchase another pair.
June 16, 2014
Great FIt -- Incredible protection
The second you put this glove on, you know it has been crafted to perfection.
The fit is amazing and the protection you are getting is incredible.
May 23, 2014