Joe Rocket Speedmaster 8.0 Gloves
Nice product for price.
For a good price the Joe Rocket 8.0 gloves are pretty comfortable and look great. aa
March 30, 2012
I use these as my every day ride on my sports bike. These are very comfortable and run true to size. They offer great protection and and look great. The air vent into the gloves doesn't really let to much air in that I can notice though. Very well made and the padding inside the palm helms with vibration as well as hand cramping on long rides. Would highly recommend these.
October 3, 2011
Style over Function ; Smaller than Stated Size
Way too Tight for Size
I bought these gloves after reading the glove shoot-out in the Aug 09 issue of UK's “Ride” magazine, where the Joe Rocket Speedmaster 7.0 was ranked as the safest glove costing over 80 UK-pounds. I was hoping that the less extreme-looking Speedmaster 8.0 gloves may have inherited some of the 7.0's safety features.
Overall quality seems good. Quality materials, good workmanship, tight seams, no out of place stitching. Leather feels like it is on the thin side, offering maximum tactile feedback with minimalist protection.
Stitches in the fingers use a combination of internal/external stitching. On the palm side, the fingers use external seams to keep your fingers from feeling the seams as you grasp the grips. On the back side of the fingers, the seams are internal; the presumption of this design is a compromise, based on the idea that you won't object to the internal seams on the back sides of the fingers. The internal seams extend all the way to the fingertips, and you do feel the internal seams under your fingernails, especially on the index fingers.
The seams under the fingertips are particularly annoying if you're a rider who keeps 1 or 2 fingers on the control levers at all times. I don't have long fingers but my fingers still fill up the entire length of the fingers in the gloves. I have very short fingernails, but I still feel the seams on the tips of my index fingers and I find it quite annoying. The other fingers all feel fine. The thumbs feel exceptionally short and binding. I can't straighten out my thumbs, and the outside edges of my thumbs constantly feel like they're up against an internal seam. The thumbs are short enough that you have to keep your thumb joints flexed in the “grab the bars” position. You can't ever straighten out your thumb or it will feel like it is being short-sheeted because the depth of the thumb pockets are too short.
Knuckle protectors, and the seams that affix them to the fingers, are good quality and workmanship is pleasing to the eye. The main knuckle protector that goes across the back of the hand is one-piece, and it is exceptionally stiff and somewhat uncomfortable.
This glove doesn't deliver the air circulation you'd expect, based upon the plethora of air vents. The huge solid/inflexible intake vents do move air into the glove, and over the back of your hand. The problem is that the exhaust vents at the back of the hand near the wrist are small, and they are only for show – they are effectively plugged-over by the liner, and they don't communicate with the interior of the glove. You can't blow air through them, they seem to be totally fake. This means that the glove is functionally sealed if you tighten the wrist retention strap. To move air through the glove, you need to leave the wrist strap loose enough to allow air to flow out via the gauntlet. This defeats the safety feature provided by a properly tensioned wrist strap. Also note that there are no perforations anywhere in the glove. If you like a nice tight wrist strap to keep the glove from being pulled off during a slide, then don't expect a lot of air exchange from this design as the exhaust vents at the wrist are non-functional fake vents.
The palm has a plastic slider bar that I would expect to protect you if you put your hand down during a slide. Although the slider bar looks like it would be in the way when you grab the bars, it doesn't get in the way when you're on the grips. I like it.
The wrist fastener works really well. The velcro wrist strap does NOT go all the way around the wrist (as a good wrist retention strap should). It only about 2” long, but it does a very good job of anchoring the glove to your hand so the glove won't get pulled off in a wreck.
The gauntlet is nice and deep, extending about 3.5” beyond the wrist. The clear plastic sliders should provide good wrist protection for the wrist bones during a slide. The opening of the gauntlet is adequate for most jackets, but if you have a set of nice heavy old-school leathers you may find that the gauntlet diameter to be too small; although the bottom flap is nice and long, the top flap is barely long enough to reach the velcro on the other flap. Only the tip of the velcro flap reaches the fastening surface, and just barely; the velcro flap needs to be a bit longer to assure adequate closure over a thick-cuffed set of leathers.
One really annoying feature of these gloves is the padded “Rocket” oval branding on the gauntlet. The long oval extends forward beyond the gauntlet, so that it's tip protrudes into the wrist space. The result is that when you extend your wrist (go hard on-throttle) the tip of the branding oval and it's padding sticks out and pokes you on the back of the wrist. This is particularly annoying. Someone obviously thought that branding the glove with this protruding padded label that says “Rocket” in big letters was more important than rider comfort while operating the controls. This was a major oversight. The padded branding oval from the gauntlet shouldn't be allowed to protrude into the wrist space and poke you in the back of the hand when you wrist is extended. If you're a sedate rider this may never bother you, but if you're a demanding rider, you will find this feature of the glove to be annoying when you go for WOT and keep getting poked on the back of your hand.
My biggest gripe about these gloves is that the sizing is AWFUL. The gloves are a full size smaller than the label represents them to be.
I wear a size 10 / Large in every other glove I've ever bought, including some favorties like the Olympia All-Season, A* GP Pro, etc. Prior to ordering the Speedmaster 8.0 I measured my hands using the palm circumference scale, where a measurement of 9.0” to 10.0” is classified as size “10” or “Large.” My hand measured 9.5”, right in the middle of the Large range. Using the “lay your hand on a ruler” method, my palm-span is 3-7/8”, falling right into the middle of the range for Large: 3-5/8 to 4-1/8”. Using either measurement technique, I'm smack-dab in the middle of the range for Size Large.
The pattern used to sew these gloves is a full size smaller than what it should be for the size label. The “Large” gloves are so tight that it is nearly impossible for me to put them on and take them off. They were WAY too small for the stated size – I had to fight with the gloves to get them on. Once they were on, they were constricting, uncomfortable and difficult to get off. I took them for a 15-minute ride to feel them in a real-world test, to see if I only needed to break them in. The finger depth and palms felt fine. The index fingers always felt like I had a wad of seam being jammed under my control fingertips, pressing onto the fingertip just below the nail. Both thumbs were so short that I was constantly in pain. The large knuckle protector / air scoop was uncomfortably tight and stiff across the back of the hand, and the glove felt constricting around the base of the palm. I cut the ride short and turned around and went home to take them off. Getting out of the gloves took several minutes. Once my hands were out, I had tight, deep red impressions in my skin that didn't go away for an hour.
I think that the main points of weakness on these gloves are: a) Size is way off, b) internal seams under the fingertips are annoying, c) thumbs are too short, d) padded gauntlet label pokes into the back of the wrist when you go on-throttle, e) like all track gloves, the design seems to be more focused on providing bling for squids than providing real world performance.
Right now I'm thinking that the Joe Rocket GPX 2.0 might offer a better combination of price / performance than the Speedmaster 8.0.
Long story short: If you want the Speedmaster 8.0, then order one size larger than you think you need. If you think you are Size L, then order Size XL.
Cruiser: FXRS / Evolution Twin
Sport/Touring: R1100RSL / Oilhead Twin
Pure Sport: Buell 1125 / Rotax Twin
September 23, 2011
Minimalist Protection Extreme Comfort
I purchased these gloves for their fit and comfort. I have what I would describe as feminine hands with long slender fingers and a wide flat palm most gloves as a result fit tight in the webbing or loose in the fingers, these instead are a perfect fit and feel.
The trade off being protection. I would describe these as minimal but acceptable protection for the track a good pair for track day and street riding but worth upgrading down the road.
All in all a good and comfortable glove.
July 12, 2011
Nothing is perfect
From the other Joe rocket glove reviews it sounded like the brand is true to size. That may be the case and I'm just in between sizes. The gloves are a little snug across the knuckles and all but the little finger are a bit short. Maybe they will stretch a bit. The cuff could have been larger to more easily go around the jacket sleeve. With a lighter weight jacket the fit might be fine.
The molded knuckle reinforcement is one piece and does not flex at all. I thought that the molding was two piece as shown in the photos. This detail would have made the glove less restrictive across the knuckles.
There is also vents on the knuckles. They seem to flow some air, but not much. My guess is that the gloves will be a bit warm in the summer.
Lots of features for the money. Stitching and dexterity of the fingers is good. The gloves look like they would protect well in a crash. Overall a good glove and value.
If you have thick, meaty hands, go up a size and hope that the fingers aren't too long.
January 10, 2011