Roland Sands Barfly Gloves
Style, Comfort and Bang for the Buck
Although lacking in the protection category, these gloves are the most comfortable I've owned without losing comfort.
July 21, 2014
Surprisingly comfortable and breatable
The fit was very true and the leather is very soft. My mom, who is not a fan of motorcycles, was a bit jealous of these and their overall quality. The perforated holes really do help with breathability and the micro-velcro is a nice touch. As for how much protection they'll provide on the road, I can't say. I've been lucky enough to not have to find out, but they do seem a bit thin. But this is nothing I didn't expect, based on the video review.
July 15, 2014
Good feel in cool weather
Good for the cooler days... not very comfortable at 80 plus degrees.
July 7, 2014
Hand circumference is 9.5 inches. Ordered XL because the video said these run small, and it is perfect size.
I see some slight stitching issues on one glove, but it looks more like a an extra row of stitching so I am not concerned.
June 5, 2014
Runs small - go up a size
Used the size chart and ordered the medium. I am usually a medium. Gloves arrived quick. Could barely get them on my hands. Returned for a large and they are snug but fit correctly.
May 5, 2014
Good quality, good fit
I bought the black Barflys (size small) about 6 months ago after my previous gloves started falling apart. I'd had difficulty finding gloves that fit well because the fingertips, especially the pinkies, often tend to be too long for me. The Barflys, however, fit great. They're very comfortable and are easy to pull on and off, as well as to adjust with the wrist velcro patch. Air flows through them nicely.
So far, they're also holding up well with no signs of loose seams or other problems. My only complaint is that the tops of the fingers have some padding to them but no armor, which would have been nice.
March 28, 2014
The right thumb cut was irregular compared to the left fit. Overall I like the fit and features. Really like the Velcro adjustable strap, breath well. I've used these for only a week and still breaking them in. I'm sure you'll like these.
March 24, 2014
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