03 May 2010

bikefix Initial Review: Dainese Carbon Core gloves

Since we are still having occasional drops in temperature and those of you who live further north are probably still riding in cold conditions, I thought I’d review these obscenely expensive full fingered gloves. Dainese is one of those companies that not only makes mountain bike equipment but also make motorcycle gear and in fact, I think they started with moto gear. Everything they make is dearly priced- but it’s all really well made too.

Living in an area where the desert meets mountains, at a southern latitude, yet a high altitude, we can have any kind of weather or temperature- especially in spring and fall. For the most part the winters are sunny and mild though, and I don’t always want to use a dedicated winter glove. The Carbon Core fit the bill perfectly. It wasn’t designed as a winter glove and has no special protection from the elements, but it has thicker “foamy” material on the top and Clarino leather palms. It was obviously too hot for the middle of a southwest summer though so I thought it would be perfect for mellow winter days and some of the shoulder season too. Downhillers might be able to use these gloves year-round though. Form me, the best part is the carbon fiber knuckle protectors for the two outside knuckles. I have yet to see a winter glove or warmer type glove with knuckle protection. Maybe glove makers haven’t figured out yet that many xc and trail riders like a little knuckle protection- it’s not like the trails magically widen for us when it gets cold.

The Carbon Core’s fit me very well. There isn’t a single unpleasant spot that I feel when I put these gloves on. More often than not this isn’t true with a new set of gloves. I do think that they run small though. I usually fit into large size gloves with a tiny bit of room to spare, and mediums, although wearable, are usually too tight. These gloves fit me almost perfectly in a size XL, with only a smidge of extra room. They have plenty of rubberized strips on the fingers and the palm for extra grip. Unlike other gloves, these strips look like they will last for a while. There is a slight pad running the width of the palm right where the palm becomes the wrist. I generally eschew padding on gloves because it bothers me more than helps me, but these pads are thin, soft, and barely noticeable. I found that they didn’t bother me at all. All in all, these are high quality gloves. Admittedly these gloves are a niche product, but if you are looking for a glove for cool-to-cold dry days (like fall in the Rockies) then the Carbon Core should top your list. Priced to fly off the shelf at $90.00 a pair.

charlie

www.dainese.com

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