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What is magical about these gloves? Other than the price, that is.
IW: How do they work?JDR: Three ways. First: there's a top hand impact protector. This is where any similarities to traditional gloves end. Ours articulates along with the rider's hand to account for topographical differences from person to person. Design wise, it means we don't have to add bulky stretch panels to prevent the fabric pulling forward when you close your fist.Second: we implemented a curved "palm bridge" that's both an impact protector and slider for the palm. This not only provides true impact protection for the scaphoid [An easily broken, but hard-to-heal bone at the base of the palm — Ed.] but also causes the hand to slide out during a fall. The idea is to not land flat on your hands in the first place. If you can decentralize the load as quickly as possible, you stand a substantially better chance of avoiding injury or speeding recovery. There's other gloves on the market with hand sliders, but they're limited to helping the hands slide out and not designed to take impacts.Third: there's the abrasion and friction layers underneath. If there's one feature that really sets us apart, this is it. Most gloves fail CE certification due to the harsh and unforgiving nature of the abrasion testing. There's a work glove abrasion test — which most glove manufacturers use to achieve the "CE" label — and a motorcycle glove abrasion test, which is much, much harder to pass.
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