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post #1 of 23 Old 06-29-2016, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Don't buy Cheap gloves!

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This past weekend I took a spill at Thunderbolt @NJMP - my line was a bit tight for my pace (warm up lap) so I ended up hitting the candy stripe and low siding. I picked up my bike, pushed it to the fence, took off my gloves, and realized I was missing a fingernail and I could see bone on my pinky.

My gloves split at the seam during my low side. I'm sure a lot of people here purchase good gear, but I just want to warn you it's always still a possibility!

The actual gloves I had were these: Alpinestars SP-2 Gloves - RevZilla

Will definitely purchase better track oriented gloves in the future. Ride safe all!

Can watch my crash about 2:45 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz2WsmUYW0w

I have photos of my finger, but I'll spare you those

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Sorry about your off and pinky.

While I can niether confirm or deny the quality of that glove, being that every off is different, it's hard to say which glove would protect you in that instance. For example, I had two lowsides in the even cheaper A* SP-8 and the gloves still look new. They are actually my street gloves now. I am not advocating buying cheaper gloves, just adding perspective.
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When I crashed in the Sp2 they split right open, I ended up retiring them and buying the GP Pro. Alpinestars quality has definitely gone down the shitter, even their suits don't hold up very well.
Never go cheap on anything.

Do you get to keep your pinky?? Also pics or it didn't happen.
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I had a good experience with my Alpinestar GP Plus gloves. Went down on it once, scratched up, but it held up pretty well.
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Sorry about your off and pinky.

While I can niether confirm or deny the quality of that glove, being that every off is different, it's hard to say which glove would protect you in that instance. For example, I had two lowsides in the even cheaper A* SP-8 and the gloves still look new. They are actually my street gloves now. I am not advocating buying cheaper gloves, just adding perspective.
No, completely understand. Just a heads up to people that are pursuing track time

Still have my pinky!

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Just went through surgery today. Supposedly there is a pin to hold it together. I think there are multiple stitches too. Not exactly sure, I'm still really numb right now

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I've crashed with Dainese gloves and they held up well, but I still broke my pinky. Now I'm using custom gloves made by Helimot which I highly recommend. Their quality is impeccable. https://hel1.myshopify.com/products/...ort-race-glove
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Great advice from the OP: I would extend that to "never buy cheap gear". Cheap meaning quality, not that you have to buy the most expensive stuff out there.

Like most other areas of my body, I have previously fucked up my hands. Now there are some things that I look for in a glove:

Quality of leather
Quality of stitching
armor (scaphoid protection), etc.

I have been running Knox Handroids for the past 5 years or so and love them, and I have certainly put them to the test time and again without so much as a sprain.

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Great advice from the OP: I would extend that to "never buy cheap gear". Cheap meaning quality, not that you have to buy the most expensive stuff out there.

Like most other areas of my body, I have previously fucked up my hands. Now there are some things that I look for in a glove:

Quality of leather
Quality of stitching
armor (scaphoid protection), etc.

I have been running Knox Handroids for the past 5 years or so and love them, and I have certainly put them to the test time and again without so much as a sprain.
THanks for the recommendation! Those look nice, will check them out in the future.
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Gloves with a bridge between the pinky and ring finger can really help prevent some of these types of injuries. Wish more gloves were made that way.
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The pinky is a common injury in racers. Alot of them don't have it anymore. Gets trapped under the bad in a low side ad gets ground down. Kinda what happend to you.
I know 3 racers with that injury. No glove will protect you fully.
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My favorite set of gloves are the Held Titans, pricey, but I don't know of a more protective glove out there.
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No accident is the same as the next. So many variables, its impossible to say without some level of analysis if a different design/product would have had different results. No amount of gear will protect you 100 percent in every scenario. That said, I avoid cheap crap, but don't feel I need to break the bank to get reasonable protection. Though, I may consider an airbag equipped jacket later this year, but that represents order of magnitudes of increased protection. Of course its orders of magnitudes of additional cost...
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Hi all!

The actual gloves I had were these: Alpinestars SP-2 Gloves - RevZilla
From the photos and the revzilla youtube vid, i think that the pinky doesn't even have protection like the other fingers.

I've seen this thing on other manufacturers' gloves also, i don't know why they are doing this.
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