- Rated 4 stars
- Aspida (Spartan) Ares
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- QualityEditor: 90%
- ProtectionEditor: 80%
- Comfort, fit and finishEditor: 80%
- Weather CompatibilityEditor: 70%
Summary: A great value for money product, go for it if you can afford it. A good buy if you predominantly ride in the dry.
Here is the detailed review of the Ares riding gloves:
Overall construction quality:
- The leather quality is indeed top-notch. It has a premium feel to it that is unmatched in any other riding glove in this price range. Just a glance at the gloves, and you will love the looks of them. Whether it is full grain Brazilian or not, we cannot say for sure.
- The stitching on this glove is on the outside of the glove, which makes it very comfortable to wear.
- After using them for about 10000 km, there is absolutely no sign of any stitches coming loose or any sign of wear and tear.
- The Gloves are indeed slightly pre-curved which makes for a perfect natural feel on the handlebar.
- The three way Velcro straps snap on precisely and do not get loose at any point of time.
- A small hook to attach both gloves together, to the riding jacket, is a neat feature.
- The stitching at one place on one of the gloves is a bit haphazard, but has not caused any trouble so far.
- After riding extensively under the sun, the black colour of the leather has faded to a dark-greyish colour. However, this only is a cosmetic irregularity which can be duly ignored.
- Leather having the best abrasion resistance amongst all materials, makes for reassuring safety for the portion of your hand covered by the glove. Coupled with it being a full-gauntlet, and good quality leather used on this glove, it sure is a safe bet to use on your rides, short or long.
- The hard plastic protectors present over the knuckle and finger sections feel strong enough to withstand a fall at medium to high speeds.
- The palm, being the first part of your hand to hit the ground in case of a crash, and the joints sections, have a double layer of leather, which surely enhances the protection.
- The outer joint of the wrist connecting the hand, as well as the sides of your hand just above your wrist, are protected by additional leather armor.
- The little finger section does not have any plastic armor, which seems illogical considering that the little finger would be the first to hit the ground after a fall. There may be a reason for not having it, but still does not justify its absence.
- Protection enhancement to the palm in the form of Knox protectors or rubber protectors would have been great.
Comfort, Fit and Finish:
- Pretty comfortable even over a whole day of riding. The interior of the glove is very soft and the material inside is very pleasing to the skin.
- Fits neatly over the sleeves of a riding jacket, with the three-way Velcro strap assuring a snug fit.
- Does not take too long to put on or remove the gloves from the hand, provided your hands are not sweaty.
- Air vents are present, which does a decent job of cooling.
- The gloves grip the handle bar pretty well.
- Being thick leather, it took around 400 km of riding to break-in. After the break-in though, the glove moulds perfectly to the shape of your hand.
- Not very practical if you are riding in the city or if you need to regularly put on and remove your gloves multiple times. Consider buying an additional textile based or semi-gauntlet pair of gloves for city commuting.
- Try on the gloves before buying. You need to ensure the gloves are comfortable and fit correctly on your hands.
- If your hand size is in between two available sizes, go for the lower sized one, as the break-in effect will ensure it fits you correct eventually.
- If you are upgrading from textile or semi-gauntlet gloves, on riding for about the first 200 km, you will find the full gauntlets uncomfortable, you will have less feedback while riding, and you may even find using the switchgear cumbersome. However, once you get used to them, all these issues will vanish completely.
Note: The Company does not specify this product to be rainproof.
- In the hot summer, sweating remains minimal till about two to three hours of continuous riding. The air vents do their job here.
- While riding in light or medium showers, the gloves remain dry on the inside.
- The gloves dry out after getting wet, and there are absolutely no signs of cracks on the leather.
- In winter, with temperatures of around 15 deg, you will not feel too much chill in your fingers, but go lower than that, and your fingers will get a bit too chilled for comfort.
- After riding for more than four hours on a trot, your hand starts to sweat. The sweat, although not too uncomfortable while riding, becomes a pain while removing and putting on the gloves. The effort needed is much more as your hand tends to hold on to the glove on the inside.
- Under heavy rain, the gloves get fully drenched on the inside, but again, this is not a rainproof glove.
- If you predominantly like to ride in the dry, then this glove is a good bet.
- If you extensively ride in the rain, then go for waterproof ones. Be warned though, waterproof gloves will be extremely uneasy to wear in any season apart from the monsoon.
- Very good quality leather
- Stitching on the outside
- Little finger section does not have any plastic armor
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