Dainese Scalpel Gloves
Worth the Peace of Mind
The Dainese Scalpel Gloves shipped and arrived quickly. With an Amazon Prime account I don't have much patience for lagged shipping and Revzilla did not disappoint.
The gloves were snug, but I did buy them in a size Small although I was sized 8.5 for a Medium (so I believe they are true to size). However, with their limited stock and good sale I thought I'd try anyway.
They were definitely stiff at first. I wore them to sleep for a night and in the morning they definitely felt comfortable in terms of fit and movement. After a couple hours worth of riding I was not aware of any functional limitations.
The carbon fiber and polyurethane palm and ulnar protective accents gave me a peace of mind as they seem well placed and feel quite substantial while not inhibiting range of motion, which goes to show how much R&D they invest in their products. The precurved fingers are a nice touch as well as the distortion control (abduction control, scientifically speaking) on the fifth digit. The piping on the wrist is appreciated for esthetics.
Also, even though they are not gauntlets and wrist protection isn't as emphasized, I've tried using them as punching gloves on a 100 lb. heavy bag and they feel almost as comfortable as my hand wraps/12 oz. gloves combo.
I would only say that they are a bit lacking in breathability but I attribute that to ordering a smaller size for which I am fitted.
As a dentist, I placed great faith in these gloves to protect my hands and I don't think I'll be disappointed should something unfortunate occur. They don't fit my "style" of ride (Harley 1200 Nightster - Cafe Racer) but idiots on the street do not differentiate between brands of motorcycles when they run into them. They also are a little less economical but protecting my hands are well worth the investment.
July 8, 2013
Excellent fit and finish
I was initally quite hesitant to spend in excess of $200.00 on a pair of gloves but did so any way. I have had great results with past Dianese products but these were the first gloves. They in a word are awesome. The fit and feel of these gloves is amazing as well as the styling.The only downside if any is that they were difficult to get on and off initially. After a couple of days of riding they have broken in nicely and are much easier to get on and off.
June 3, 2013
saved my hands
had a high-side get off at 60mph on the freeway.
palm sliders did exactly what they were supposed to do - slide like a boss. knuckle guards saved 1/2" of abrasion, never hit my skin. pinky distortion control (or whatever stupid name they have for it) probably prevented a broken finger. leather got torn up but my skin didnt.
really glad i went for the extra protection over the other dianese short cuff gloves. these look less cool, but definitely saved my hands.
May 28, 2013
Good but not great.
So maybe I had higher expectations from Dainese but this product falls short. It still is a very protective glove with a billion little features I hope I never need to test. Here is where and why it fell short of my expectations.
First, this glove barely flows any air. I was using an Alpinestars SPS and they used to flow a ton of air compared to this glove. Very disappointed as my hands got all sweaty and thats never a comfortable feeling inside a leather glove.
Second, the gloves are strangely broad at the knuckles. Not uncomfortable but just very broad and they dont look proportionate to your hands. It's an opinion but a well considered opinion given this is my 7th pair of gloves. It takes away from the styling in my mind considerably.
Other observations, the entry is tight and they take time to break in. The sizing is similar to Alpinestars. I would have also wished the velcro strap at the wrist closure was broader. The extensive protection on the pinky does limit some flexibility but I guess that is a tradeoff. I bought the glove at a promotional price so I really cant complain but its a sound, very protective glove which looks decent.
April 19, 2013
The Scalpels are a must have
My hands' dimensions are right in between glove sizes so I chose to go with large over medium, and that was the right choice. There is a little bit of space in the fingers, but the width of the glove fits my hand perfectly. If I would have went with medium I know the gloves would be too tight. The DCP technology was a little restrictive on my pinky at first, but these gloves become more comfortable every day I wear them. This is my first pair of goat skin gloves, and I definitely prefer it over traditional leather. I was surprised how warm my hands stayed in colder weather, but there is quite a bit of perforation that allows for pretty decent airflow for summer riding as well.
March 19, 2013
Great understated glove
This is a grew glove with incredible protection for a short-cuff. It is comfortable enough to wear as a street glove (at least I think so), and very well-ventilated. So well-ventilated in fact that my fingers get pretty chilly on cool mornings in the spring and fall (less than 50 degrees). The best part about these gloves after the comfort is the styling. Plain, simple, no logos. These gloves offer great protection with good styling. One sizing note - Typically I wear XXL gloves, but I ordered that size in these and the thumbs were way too long. I downsized to an XL, and now the thumbs are perfect and the fingers are JUST long enough. I do have really long fingers though.
March 11, 2013
Form over function
I wanted to love these gloves. In fact, I did love them. Right up until I gave them an impact/slide test on some pavement. Going under 15mph, I hit some gravel and lowsided this past weekend. The palms on these gloves tore through almost immediately and I ended up sustaining worse road rash injuries than my bike.
You should hesitate to spend as much money as these cost on a pair of gloves that are inadequate in even the least severe offs you may get into. Would recommend finding other, stylish gloves that provide at least some minimum level of protection from road rash in the event you go down.
March 11, 2013
Riding for a year in them
I have used these in all four seasons now. They really are on top of the food chain when it comes to short cuff gloves. They feel comfortable, offer great protection. And let's face it.. They look awesome. They are a very sexy glove that looks and plays the part of an elite glove. I love mine. And at the close out price it's listed for now, don't think about it... Add to cart
February 11, 2013