Hello, everyone! Yet another blog about an Oxford product, I know, I’m sorry, but there’s so much from them that I haven’t covered. Since I’ve been thinking a lot about getting some Oxford products for myself, I’ve decided to share my findings with you about the products that have caught my eye.
I’ve already looked at a jacket and trousers so now I’m looking for a new pair of gloves. Something tough enough to protect my hands should they need to and something my fingers are free to flex and be responsive in. But like with the rest of my gear I need something versatile, they’ve got to be warm, breathable and waterproof. So I’ve taken a look at the Oxford RP-3 Aqua Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves.
Since I commute to work on my bike no matter the weather my gear has to be versatile and tenacious. Gloves that can handle whatever the weather can throw at them are especially important. The Oxford RP-3 Aquas caught my attention for a few reasons. The first is that they are leather and a good-looking pair of leather gloves that are also waterproof -and- affordable is something that almost never happens. They’re made of drum-dyed Cow hide, Goat skin and Aramid fibres.
It’s a leather glove that’s stitched together with Aramid fibres- does that sound durable or what? And they only cost £59.95. For a glove with these material and features with this level of quality, I’d expect they’d be selling for at least £100. So I suppose I also have my eye on them because they’re such a good deal as well. So lets see what else these gloves have to offer by going through my personal list of what I look for in the products I want.
Being made of Cow leather, Goat skin and stitched with Aramid fibres- these gloves are not for a short, casual ride. They mean business and as such, they aren’t the lightest gloves out there but I consider this a good thing in this case. The durable construction and materials of the RP-3 Aquas inspire confidence that these gloves will take care of your hands. They feel invincible in them and they make me want to go for a ride more than I usually do because I know that no matter where I go, these gloves will see me through whatever weather might come my way.
It’s surprising that these gloves are as versatile as they are, for a good looking pair of leather gloves you would assume they’re only really meant for dry riding. But the RP-3 Aquas have a Hipora lining specially designed so that it can’t be accidentally removed. It’s also breathable to keep your hands from getting too hot- so these gloves can handle a lot of different riding conditions and would be perfect. The only thing I would suggest is getting a pair of inner gloves such as the Oxford Essential Thermolite Inner Gloves for the winter. I usually wear a pair of Wool gloves under my bike gloves in the winter for extra warmth anyway, so this isn’t even a negative point for yours truly.
There’s very little to add to on top of the materials used when it comes to the protective capability of these gloves. Between the Cow hide, goat skin and Aramids used in their construction- this glove is already really protective. But for extra impact and slide protection the gloves have moulded hard protection on the knuckles and fingers as well as a slider on the palm. Your hands feel as safe as can be in them, a feeling you can only get exclusively from a good pair of leather gloves. Nothing else compares.
Part of what surprised me about these gloves is that they’re so short, for a waterproof glove you would expect a little bit more of a gauntlet to them. But I don’t see this as a bad thing, a shorter cuff on the gloves means they should fit comfortably under the cuff of a good jacket.
These gloves use a couple of little tricks to help them be comfortable to wear. The materials themselves are pre-curved so that you don’t have to tire your hands flexing and molding the gloves to a shape better for gripping handlebars. And the gloves use external seams, allowing for a little more room inside the glove for a more comfortable fit.
Over all, I’m impressed with these gloves. They seem like some of the safest gloves I’ve ever come across and offer the best of as many worlds as they can while still performing fantastically and being so affordable. It surprises me every time when I’m reminded that these gloves only cost £59.95 so it may be a sign that I need to get these gloves and put them through their paces. If these gloves aren’t for you, we have plenty of to choose from in our range of Motorcycle Gloves so you’re sure to find something to suit you for a great price.
Thanks for reading, everyone! Until next time!
-MattW at Ghostbikes.com