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Old 08-25-2012, 12:55 PM   #1
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I Ride: a biiig. BLUUUUE. motorcycle (as described by my 4-year-old neighbor)
Heroic SP-R & SP-R PRO Racing Gloves
The most important aspect of motorcycle gear for me is the safety it provides. When I wanted to upgrade to a better pair of gloves and started research, however, I found only one model that was CE certified to the EN standards for gloves (EN 13594), and they weren't racing gloves, so that left me in a quandary about which investment would really be providing me with the most safety for my money.

In an ideal scenario, there would be reliable crash and injury information readily available with details about what types of injuries riders sustained during what types of crashes at what speeds and wearing what models of gloves. In lieu of statistically significant quantifiable results, anecdotal evidence can be a strong influence, and that was how Heroic gloves first came to my attention. There were pictures posted in another forum of a pair of Heroic gloves showing what they looked like when they were new and then again after they'd protected a rider's hands during a 90mph crash sliding under the weight of the rider. Of course the armor on the gloves had taken a beating, but not only did the rider say his hands were uninjured, the gloves were still basically intact. If Heroic had more examples like this readily available it might influence a lot of people with their decision making. The company already profiles some of the racers it sponsors on a section of its website. Taking the positive away from the negative, details about how Heroic gear has literally saved their skin in crashes could be a great tool - tracking actual statistics would be even more helpful. Even cases where the gloves perhaps only mitigated injuries instead of completely preventing them could support the safety of the gloves when viewed from the perspective of the severity of the crash details being considered.

Although there was a small scratch on the palm of the first pair of gloves I ordered, the manner in which Todd handled the situation strengthened my belief that I'd chosen the right brand. The scratch had caused me concern since there's no way I know of to accurately determine when a flaw in the leather is only cosmetic and when it may negatively affect the glove structurally in the long term. Not only did he put my safety first by allowing me to exchange the gloves for a non-scratched pair, but when he heard there was an upcoming track day for which I'd be missing racing gloves entirely if I returned them right away, Todd suggested I use them for the track day first and then return them.

My favorite feature of the newer SP-R PRO gloves over the SP-R is the overlapping gauntlet closure. The wrist strap alone already gives a nice secure fit, but the dual flaps with double-sided Velcro on the gauntlet make them feel extra snug. Not only can I not shake the gloves off, but it takes a lot of effort to even try to wriggle out of them if the straps are not opened.

For those with hands on the smaller end of the spectrum, you may still be able to take advantage of the remaining stock of Heroic SP-R gloves that is currently available at greatly reduced prices in sizes 8 (small) and 7 (extra small).

My attempt at attaching pictures from the website failed, so here's the link to where the gloves can be found:
http://www.heroicracing.com/SPR_PRO_s/4.htm


SIZING

The circumference of my hand around the knuckles is 17.5 cm and according to the size chart on the Heroic website that would put me at a size 8 (small). The size 8 in the SP-R gloves fit me about the same as a size 7 (extra small) in the SP-R PRO gloves. I can't say if that's an overall trend in the sizing of the two models of gloves or just an anomaly for my shape of hand. In any case, the main body of the glove fit well for both pair of gloves in the respective models and sizes indicated. Neither model pinched anywhere through the main body or thumb, and neither felt like it could be shaken off. Being accustomed to most gloves having fingers too long for my female hands, I was pleasantly surprised that the length of the fingers of the SP-R gloves fit flush to the ends of mine. The fingers of the SP-R PRO model seem to run a bit longer, which I prefer. I don't have exceptionally long or fat fingers, and my largest ring size is a 7. The gloves fit well right out of the box for comfortable use at the track. Since I want the same protection for my hands whenever I ride, I also use them for street riding, including longer day trips where I'm on the road for 8-10 hours. If I were to redesign the gloves to make them the *perfect* fit for me for this kind of extended duration use, I might give them a very slightly wider finger circumference in the areas around finger joints. Then again, having only worn them a few hours so far, they aren't completely broken in yet, so my opinion might change once that happens.




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Old 08-25-2012, 01:01 PM   #2
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Yeah, they're nice gloves.

A bit bulkier than comparable top competitor models, but that may be nicer to have in the event of a crash. I like the stingray, that's for sure.

Haven't crash tested them, hope not to!

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Old 04-06-2015, 11:43 AM   #3
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Hey metricHalfPint, I am thinking about either picking up Heroic or Held gloves this year for primarily street use but I want to start doing track days next summer. How have your Heroic gloves held up over time? Have you had any spills with them on and if so how much damage did they and your hands take? Do they stretch out much with use? I have smaller girl hands with shorter thin fingers so I'm trying to find a glove that won't fit too big and clumsy like my old Icons did. Anything you can tell me about the company and gloves is much appreciated!

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Old 04-06-2015, 12:08 PM   #4
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I've been down in mine with no problems. I know someone else who went down in them mulitple times. Towards the end, one of the fingers needed to be re-sewn, but they are solid as ever. Local person stitched them back up for ten bucks.

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Old 04-06-2015, 12:38 PM   #5
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Todd is a great dude. Plain and simple. I'd like to get a pair of his gloves soon.

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Old 04-06-2015, 08:18 PM   #6
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Anything you can tell me about the company and gloves is much appreciated!
The only thing I can add to everything that was already written before doesn't really have to do exclusively with Heroic gloves, but rather with bulky gauntlet gloves in general. It also has less to do with whether the gloves are used at the track or on the street than whether they are used with gear typically worn on the track or on the street.

In summary: pay attention to how the arms of your jacket will/won't work with gauntlet gloves.

It seems obvious in hindsight, but you might never think to think about it until you try on a bad match.

Track gloves with bulky gauntlets are designed to fit OVER track suit arms, which are generally form-fitted and short enough that they probably don't even come down to the wrists when arms are extended. In the case of my leather street jacket, the arms happen to fit very similarly to those of a track suit. My mesh jacket that has a removable rain/wind layer and an additional removable thermal layer, however, is a different story. With that jacket I can only wear gloves that fit UNDER the jacket arms. Even with the two layers removed the arms are bulky, so they would never fit inside the gauntlet. And if they were thin, they would still be too long, because since they are stiff material extending beyond the wrists they'd prevent the gloves from being fastened securely. I could imagine different scenarios with really thin gauntlets designed with a different purpose in mind, but in general the same rule applies to consider the specifics of the particular jacket and glove combo in question.

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Old 04-06-2015, 09:46 PM   #7
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Hmmm, well right now I own the older Icon Hella jacket (had the big skull and number 13). The reason I preferred my icon gauntlet gloves was to make up for the jacket sleeves running about an inch or two short which exposes my wrists while riding. I use my hands for work since I am a professional artist so that is part of why I really want to upgrade to a high end glove for better protection. My Icon gauntlets fit over the Hella sleeves (barely) and the sleeves do have a zipper option to flare out the ends so it possibly could fit over gloves.... not sure either way would accommodate the Heroics. Any way you can give me a measurement of your cuffs on the gloves or your jacket so I know what would fit? Unfortunately I can't afford a new jacket until next year :/

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