So, if you’re out on the road, taking a long journey the next thing you need it a good quality pair of gloves. Any biker that’s gone for more than half an hour on roads with speeds that exceed the usual 20 to 30 mph know what I’m talking about here. Cool air rushing past the fingers, sapping the warmth away from your hands- even though it’s not winter any more you can still end up with frost bite. As well as being painful- it can affect your reaction time in the moment as well as just being bloody unpleasant if your fingers are in agony and you’ve still got several hours to go before you get to where you’re going. However, gloves aren’t like jackets or trousers that have features that can be adjusted or removed to fit your environmental situation. If you’re wearing gloves that are too cold- you’re going to be too cold. And the same goes for the opposite unless you pack a pair of each. The gloves I use aren’t sold yet but the closest gloves I have found to them are the Agrius Slate leather Motorcycle Gloves.
And I’m glad they’re not a close, tight fit, so I’ve got just a tiny bit of extra room in mine- here’s why. My trick involves a cheap pair of wool gloves and a pair of Vinyl or rubber gloves. In the hot weather ride with your bike gloves as normal. In the cold, you can put on the wool gloves first, then the vinyl gloves and wear your bike gloves over the top. The wool gloves provide warmth, the vinyl gloves trap that warmth in as well as provide extra waterproofing and more of a windbreak and your regular bike gloves on the outside provide the protection. I never go anywhere without a pair of vinyl and wool gloves just in case for this reason.
But if possible- I’d rather have a pair of gloves I hadn’t have to use little hacks on- if only because I’ll be filling up on fuel a few times on the journey each way and I don’t want to have to remove three pairs of gloves every time I go to pay. So I’ve been pondering very deeply about the Buffalo Spartan Gloves. They’re a good fit, they have a pleasantly warm feeling interior, knuckle protection, they’re waterproof and have a leather outer material for breaking through the wind. They may get a tad hot if I were riding in the blazing sun down village roads at 20 to 30 mph but on the motorways I think they’d be just right.
Now on to boots. It’s largely down to personal preference and what you find comfortable. For some that is a shorter style of boot but for me personally it is a slightly taller style of boot. Something nice and high to keep the socks held up and keeping your feet warm. Something covering as much of your lower legs as possible that provides a sturdy break against the wind, a good amount of protection and waterproof. For me, these preferences are all met by the Richa Adventure Boots. They may seem a little bit out of place- wearing adventure boots with touring gear and all but hey- it is an adventure!
And that’s all for gloves and boots! In the next and final part I’ll be talking about helmets- which one I’d rather have, possible alternatives and the importance of a good helmet while travelling long distances. Thanks for reading everybody!
Until next time!
-MattW at Ghostbikes.com
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