Roland Sands Barfly Gloves
Great style, so-so quality
I'm an unabashed Roland Sands fan. I wish he'd design home furnishings so I could really decorate my man cave! My Roland Sands Hesher jacket is my favorite, go-to jacket. My parts wish list is several pages long just from all the Roland Sands stuff on it.
That's why it pains me so much to write a review of a Roland Sands product in which I do not recommend it.
As always the styling is spot on. If it were simply about looks I'd give an enthusiastic thumbs up to the Barfly gloves and call it a day. My tobacco brown gloves look awesome...I so wish I had a Ronin jacket (in tobacco, of course) to go with them. Unfortunately it starts to fall apart once you look past aesthetics.
The leather itself seems to be of a good quality and feels soft and supple. The stitching and seams, however, are barely adequate (at best). I've had gloves costing less than half of what the Barfly gloves cost that impressed me more in this area. The quality of the stitching isn't even uniform throughout the same glove, especially around the knuckles. In the attached picture you can see how the knuckle material on one finger is stitched down securely while the material on the finger next to it almost appears to be coming loose. This doesn't bode well for the long term durability of these gloves and is, frankly, unacceptable at this price point.
Worse is the fact that the gloves are not a uniform size. I had to check the tags to make sure I had two size large gloves. The right glove fits like, well, a glove. The tip of my index finger just barely reaches the top of the glove and is just where I like it. The left index finger is much longer, with at least a quarter inch of extra space. I'd almost think I had two different sized hands were it not for every other pair of gloves I own fitting fine. Some people might never pay much attention to a little extra slack in one of the gloves but I find it maddeningly irritating every time I put it on.
This all leaves me in a bit of a pickle. I purchased these gloves based on how they look and shoddy quality and uneven sizing won't change the fact that they are gorgeous. However, will I be able to put up with subpar gloves just because they look good? I don't think I will bother with exchanging them (unless Revzilla wants to try sending me a left medium and right large) as I doubt that my issues are isolated. No, I'm resigned to keeping them with the understanding that they are the glove equivalent of a trailer queen: Seen more than actually used.
Such a pity...who would have thought Made in Pakistan wasn't synonymous with high quality?
January 21, 2014
Style + Effectiveness = Barfly
I just needed solid to put over my hands every time I commuted to school/work. I also wanted something that didn't look ugly or like it belonged on a racetrack, as I don't really need gauntlets for cruising down 30-40mph streets.
I got the tobacco colors and they are true to the pictures on the screen. The red really is a nice touch and makes it stand out. Gloves come on and off really easily with no struggle thanks to the tab near the wrist.
Only gripe really is on the right glove, the index finger is really tight compared to the left one, which fits very smoothly and snug. It's like I accidentally ordered the finger to be half an inch thinner.
January 14, 2014
Great gloves to go with the RSD Ronin
Bought these in conjunction with the RSD Ronin jacket. Got mine in matching tobacco in size medium. Leather is just as nice as the jacket, although the color is a little lighter. That changes as they both wear in together.
These make great city gloves. The protection isn't what you'll want for a weekend of hard riding though. For short term commutes, and completing the cafe look while still being stylish, you cant beat these gloves.
January 3, 2014
Stylish but not high quality
These gloves look better than the vast majority of other gloves and they fit well and are very comfortable. The unfortunate part is that they are not extremely high quality, and provide little protection for knuckles or palms. Some of the stitching began coming up on the gloves within the first two weeks of use and the palms only have one layer of relatively thin leather. Form wins out over function here.
November 12, 2013
This is a great pair of gloves for the quick bar hop around town. They're not for racing or 'spirited' riding, but they will provide a bit of protection in a slow-speed low-side. The styling is superb, and the leather is nicer than I anticipated (for the price). Venting is perfect for spring & summer. You're pushing numb after 30min @ 40 degrees F. This will be my 'go-to glove' for all weather above 50 and no rain! You have satisfied me again RSD. Well done
October 15, 2013
Great glove for the price
I purchased these gloves for the fact that they are stylish and full leather. They are quite comfortable out of the box, and expect them to break in the same.. I am typically a size large in most gloves, after my trying on the large I ordered, I thought maybe I should've gone xl, but I'm glad I didn't. The fingers, in my opinion are on the shorter side, but luckily are forming to my hand nicely. Also if I had gone a size up, I feel the glove would've been too big in the palm and wrist area. These gloves are easy on and off, and offer plenty of room to accommodate wide hands.
I have a couple of gripes.
1) the palm isn't all reinforced leather. There is a "u" shaped area on the palm(photo included) that is just a single sheet of leather, with four perf holes.. I'm not quite sure if that will hold up to wear and tear.. Time will tell.
2) roland sands doesn't seem to be American made anymore. This is a bummer. I get that companies have to go to other countries to help their overhead. And I understand that American made can be more expensive. But guess what? Most of us will pay more to buy American. Roland Sands is an expensive brand to purchase anyway, people will clearly pay to play.
September 23, 2013
Nice, comfortable gloves
These gloves are a bit pricy, but worth it for the quality of leather and attention to detail. There were a bit snug when I received them, but just a few wears later and they fit perfectly. I wear size small nitrile gloves at work, and size small in these.
They don't offer much in knuckle protection, but I suppose they are intended more for casual riding.
These look good enough that I plan on wearing them on cool days off the bike and don't think they will look out of place.
September 19, 2013
In my regular size, the gloves seemed tight at first. After a few hours of wear, the were perfect and have remained that way! I love them!
September 3, 2013