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Old 10-30-2009, 07:03 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Kobe Race Gloves - Review

I have concluded that Kobe sux the hind . I made a thread about a suit of theirs I owned that the zipper failed in a moderately low speed "endo" resulting in some pretty decent road rash and $70 in needed repairs. They made it "right" by sending me a pair of gloves for my troubles.

About 6 months of use. 15ish track days and 25 sprints. Never been down. Kobe's "top of the line" race gloves.

Retail $100.00

Right Glove. Holes on index, middle, ring fingers and thumb
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Right and Left Glove. Metal "rivets" popping off
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Left Glove. Hole in index finger
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Well Brandt, if your wondering if you should get another pair, I'd say probably not
But seriously, that's pretty danm bad. Hate to see what would happen if you went down with those!!!
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Holy $%#, Six months!!! thats ridiculous, and at 100 bux
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Old 10-30-2009, 08:46 PM   #6
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Try some Held's next time.

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After riding, let your gloves breathe and dry out. Do not store them in a closed container, jacket pocket, helmet or tankbag.

Also, Held recommends that you wash your gloves.

When you ride, all of the sweat, along with the oils, acids and salts contained in your sweat, will soak into the leather. After a while this built-up sweat contamination may cause the leather to fail prematurely. You should wash your gloves with soap and water to remove this sweat build-up.

Rinse the gloves with clean water, do not use high pressure. You may also let the gloves soak for awhile in clear water to loosen up and draw the sweat out of the gloves. Now wash the inside of the gloves with soap and water. Dilute soap in the water; do not apply soap concentrate directly into gloves. Regular antibacterial liquid hand soap works well. Allow the gloves to soak in the soapy water. Using your hands, work the inside surfaces of the gloves. Rinse and repeat as needed until you are satisfied that the gloves are clean. Rinse the gloves thoroughly. Do not twist or wring the gloves when wet; this may distort the shape and fit of the gloves. Use your fingers and hands, starting at the finger tips and working down, press or squeeze the water out of the gloves. You may place a small folded towel in the gloves and press the water out of the padding and Kevlar lining in the back of the gloves. Now allow the gloves to dry slowly. Do not place in direct sunlight or expose to high heat. Lying in front of a fan in the garage is a good place. Just before the gloves are completely dry, put the gloves on and shape them to your hand while damp. Remove the gloves, trying to keep this hand shape in the gloves. Allow to continue drying. After the gloves are completely dry, apply a good quality leather conditioner. This is very important. Properly treated and conditioned (oiled) leather will breathe and the internal micro fibers will move freely in the leather. Use a good quality leather conditioner that will allow the leather to breathe. Apply conditioner generously and rub into the leather. Allow the conditioner to soak into the gloves and reapply (you can do this in the sun). Wipe off any excess conditioner and make sure the gloves are not slick on the motorcycle controls.

You should do this at least once a year. More often if you sweat heavily, ride in a hot climate, notice salt rings (white stains) or discoloration from repeatedly being soaked with sweat, if the leather gets hard or stiff, or if you begin to notice a smell from the gloves.
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:10 PM   #7
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Dang... I just wanna use em and throw em in the bag. That sounds like a lot of work you posted!!
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cdill. you hard on shoes too? lol
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Quit showing off dragging your hands in corners and they would last longer..

And wearing them while doing yard work does NOT add to yuor cool factor...



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I have'nt seen any REALY well made gloves for <$100.
Not to say they are'nt out there, but with my experience with A*, Technic, & Dianese - gloves in the $100 range typically don't last a long time. Especially if you go down in them.

Like BC said,
Spend some coin on a quality set like the Helds and they will last you a lot longer.

That's a pretty sad looking set of gloves.
Looks like you got dragged down the front straight at TWS (Texas World Speedway). Feet first.

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