Spidi STR-1 Gloves
Solid entry-level glove for the money
The leather on STR-1 does its job well in comfort padding; it's noticeably thicker in areas exposed to bar & lever operation compared to other gloves, so you won't have sore hands after a typical commute ride. Although I've never been in a crash, I have a lot of confidence that they'll protect my hands just fine against abrasion.
I was reluctant to buy these gloves at first because I felt its style appeared too "modern-sport" for a retro-bike like my Bonneville, but I've noticed that vintage-styled gloves don't seem to offer the same balance of protection, durability & comfort like a leather sport glove.
While they are comfortable to a certain point, I feel that Spidi should improve on the ergonomics of their gloves; there's a noticeable amount of slack at the end of the thumbs. Other reviewers have noted this, and you can even see it in most video reviews of Spidi gloves on Revzilla. However, it's not a deal-breaker for me. The long thumbs don't bother me as much anymore; they don't hinder operation of buttons/switches that need to be thumb-operated.
The air flow isn't anything to praise about, but the STR-1s provide a solid middle ground; the glove's perforation allows ventilation for moderately warm weather, while at the same time, still keep your hands warm for cooler, night riding.
If you're inclined to gauntlets and you want something afforable that doesn't sacrifice quality in critical areas, I'd say consider these on your list and try 'em out.
September 2, 2013
great step up
I commute 60 miles a day free way, - I had one of those bargain bin $20 motorcycle glove that did pretty well, but decided to step up to a legit motorcycle glove
these are snug and fit... like.. a glove. easy to put on, strap easy to use. Suuuper easy to move in them.
I feel super confident in these gloves. great feel to them. good tactile sense.
I got them in white which I think looks great, however can be hard to keep white.
January 10, 2013
Great Pair of Gloves
This is my favorite pair of riding gloves so far, not to mention the most I've paid for a pair of gloves. For the money though, they're great. Very comfortable. I measured my hand per the Spidi sizing chart, it said I'm a 3XL and that's what I ordered. They fit perfect, so the chart seems to be pretty accurate.
The gauntlet part of the glove is a little slim and it's a tight fit around my jacket sleeves, but it works. Style-wise, they look great. I got the red, white, and black gloves. I've worn them in temps from about 58 to 100 degrees and they've been fine. They don't have a lot of airflow, and I'm guessing they'll be a little too cold to wear when the temps get down into the 30's.
Revzilla service was great and I got these gloves faster than I expected. I got them in time to break them in on a ride I took to Vegas. Overall, great gloves and comfortable. They seem like they have great protection and are well made, although I hope to never find out how much protection they provide!
October 21, 2011
I have not had these gloves long, and have not tested their ability to protect in a fall. However, they appear to be well made, especially for the price. I wear a "Small" glove in an old Olympia textile, and my BMW winter gloves are 7 - 7 1/2, as I recall, so I ordered the Medium Spidi gloves, which was the size that I got from the sizing chart according to my measurements. When they arrived, they felt extremely tight, and I was ready to return them for the next size larger. When I talked to the friendly person at Revzilla, he suggested soaking them in warm water and going for a ride until the gloves dried, which was the procedure described in an article on WebBikeWorld about breaking in gloves. I wore two sets of latex gloves under the Spidi gloves, both to protect my hands from the black dye and to add a little extra bulk to help stretch the gloves. While I was not able to ride until they were dry, due to an oncoming rain storm, the technique did work. The gloves feel good now (although the fingers are still a little long for my short, stubby fingers), and continue to get more comfortable each time I ride with them. I would recommend these gloves to anyone looking for a good quality glove, at a medium price point.
September 6, 2011