Safe gloves for small money
When TrackSkinz set out to make an affordable pair of gloves, they took their inspiration from the track. After interviewing racers to see what they wanted in a glove, the company set out to incorporate the most desired features into a glove with an affordable price; they came up with the TG-17. At a mere $79.00, their newest offering seems to be almost too good to be true; however since we’d already tried and favorably reviewed the TrackSkinz TS-22 one-piece racing suit, our testers were confident that the low price would not come at the cost of protection. We were not disappointed. TrackSkinz is a unique company. Though produced overseas, its products are made to very demanding specifications.
The goal of owner Wayne Willis is to offer no-frills protection at a reasonable price. The TrackSkinz line is aimed at riders who understand that safety gear will be destroyed while fulfilling its purpose of keeping them safe and want first-rate protection without having to pay the high cost charged by brands with internationally recognized logos and professional rider endorsements. His primary customer base is WERA motorcycle racers. Though we here at TrackdayMag.com have yet to personally crash test their products, TrackSkinz leathers and gloves have been subjected to some seriously ugly crashes by the WERA crowd and have protected their wearers admirably. The TG-17 comes in sizes SM. MED. LG. XL and XS for kids and smaller women. In keeping with TrackSkinz’ theme of cost reduction, you can have them in any color as long as it’s black. Our test rider reported that he had no break in period with these gloves, which felt good right out of the box. The leather used in the TrackSkinz TG-17 is soft and provides good feel on the grips. Both the palm and outside of the pinkie are reinforced with Kangaroo leather and the fingertips have extra reinforcement as well. Keprotech is used between the fingers to give these gloves a snug fit without being overly tight. This material also allows some ventilation; important since the TG-17 does not feature air ducts. Gauntlets can be an issue for some glove makers but the TG-17 is very good in this regard, fitting easily over your suit and extending far enough up your arms to prevent any road rash to your wrists in the event of a slide. As you’d expect, Velcro is used to secure both the gauntlet and wrist straps. Those wrist straps are wider than most, offering good retention and ease of use. If you’ve ever fought with skinny wrist straps as the announcer gave the final call for your race or track session, you will appreciate this feature. Considering that you can pay as much as three hundred dollars for a pair of racing gloves, it’s very impressive that TrackSkinz has managed to produce such a good product for the retail price of only $79.00. Would you like to buy them even cheaper than that? In an effort to demonstrate the quality of their products to TrackdayMag.com readers, TrackSkinz has offered to sell the TG-17 gloves for the discounted price of only $54.00 plus $6.00 shipping if you mention this article. At that price you might want to put a pair on your Christmas list.