It’s mid-season and riders may want to pick up some new gear before the summer months return. Before that, though, those who still want to ride might want to consider a few water-resistant parts just in case the need to ride arises.
You have probably (certainly) heard of Dainese. The Italian outfit is one of the most famous in the world and one of the best suppliers of motorcycle-specific clothing worldwide. The brand has established itself in the industry by sponsoring some of the most legendary names in racing, such as Valentino Rossi.
Although this pair is not intended for MotoGP or your average track day, it is ideal as a glove for a rainy day. This pair is called the Stafford D-Dry, and it’s a rather simple glove that’s unexpected from a rather flamboyant brand like Dainese.
The Stafford is made from an abrasion resistant synthetic fabric on the outer side of the glove, while the inner palm section is wrapped in Amica suede leather to give you a good grip on the bars. The outer shell of the glove isn’t very ventilated and should keep you dry in the rainy season, but the real magic happens on the inside thanks to Dainese’s D-Dry waterproof membrane which resists the intrusion of water. water and provides a good level of wind resistance to prevent your mittens from being blasted when wet.
The cuff is a mid-length cut, and it features elastics on the wrist section with a velcro adjustment to keep water out too easily while ensuring a secure fit. The gloves are also pre-curved for minimal break-in period. Dainese also enables compatibility with smartphone touchscreens, offering Dainese Smart Touch technology on the index finger so you don’t have to remove your gloves to interact with your phone.
For added safety, the gloves feature a reinforced palm as well as soft knuckle armor that provides a good balance of protection and comfort. On the outer shell you also get reflective material in the knuckle area. For general use, these gloves fit perfectly as they have been CE approved EN 13594/2015 cat. II level 1.
You can get these gloves for US$79.95. Expensive? Absolutely, but Dainese knows what it’s doing. Sizes range from XS to 3XL, and you can have it in any color you want, as long as it’s black, but it really only comes in black.