Why do Motorcycle gloves have hard knuckles? Here’s the truth!
The hard knuckles on Motorcycle gloves protect the hands and fingers, in case of an accident. Even without an accident, the gloves protect the fingers and hands from normal cuts or scratches that happen when one rides bikes at high throttle speeds. With speed comes danger, hard knuckle gloves provide the needed protection.
Whether it is high-speed sport riding, racing, or touring riding, safety is paramount when the body meets the road. Especially while riding on public roads, the risk of accidents on motorcycles is many times higher than in cars or any other kind of closed vehicle.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, Motorcyclists and their passengers are more prone to the dangers of bad roads, harsh weather conditions, or speed levels than passengers in a closed vehicle. With the advent of technology, safety gear like Helmets, Jackets, and Motorcycle pants have helped address most of the safety issues when it comes to motorcyclists.
But contrary to what many may believe, basic protection is not fully followed by most bikers. In many countries’ helmets are mandated for all rides, but many motorcyclists do not use protection for the rest of the body.
There has been less focus on other protection for the rider’s body, although the protective value of materials such as leather has been known for at least 30 years (Feldkampet al.1977, Zettaset al.1979, Aldmanet al.1981, Hurtt al.1981a, Schulleret al.1982, Schulleret al.1986, Otte and Middelhauve 1987, Hell and Lob 1993).
According to one study by the George Institute for Global Health, Motorcycle protective clothing was associated with reduced risk and severity of crash-related injury and hospitalization, particularly when fitted with body armor. The use of heavy boots, jackets, gloves, etc., is effective in preventing or reducing abrasions and lacerations, which are frequent but rarely severe injuries.
Benefits of Motorcycle Gloves with Hard Knuckles
Motorcycle gloves are not just a riding accessory! It is essentially a piece of personal protective equipment ( PPE ). A good pair of high-quality Motorcycle gloves can prove a big difference between severe injuries and the possibility of escaping unscathed. Motorcycle protective clothing reduces the chance of open-wound injuries, as stated by the George Institute for Global Health.
In case of a motorcycle crash, especially at high speed, the rides can be thrown far from the motorcycle. The body in motion automatically reacts to right itself during the fall. They usually stretch out their hands to break the impact of the fall.
The hand and wrist may not support the weight of the body and impact force, which normally leads to injuries or a fracture. Motorcycle gloves with hard knuckle armor protect the fingers and hands from scrapes injuries and help soften the fall, in case of accidents.
Motorcycle safety gear is commonly made of leather but new technical breakthroughs have brought in synthetic fabrics like Cordura, Ballistic Nylon, or Kevlar in the mix. These fabrics are easier to maintain, cheaper, more comfortable to wear, and are waterproof, thus favored more by modern motorcyclists.
Did you know that Motorcycle gloves are can also be designed to withstand the vibrations of the bikes? This helps absorb the usual numbness that results from bike vibration at high speeds.
Motorcycle gloves have hard knuckles since it provides effective padding to the fingers and improves grip. Gauntlet Gloves can also protect the wrist. Modern motorcycle gloves are specially designed for the riders to maintain their grip on the handlebars and clutch brake levers while even in the rain.
The risk of broken knuckles is too high to even think of, you may never use your hand again. Broken knuckles take a longer time to heal plus it can be as painful as hell. The hard armor covering in today’s motorcycle gloves protects not only your joints but also the individual fingers, making it relevant as a piece of necessary basic equipment when it comes to safety.
The right fit is also especially important when it comes to Motorcycle gloves. The material should be snug enough to fit your hands and not come off, in the event of a crash or accident. Pay attention to the sizing guide to try out the right fit, when buying a motorcycle glove.
Design and Materials used for Hard Knuckle Protection in Motorcycle Gloves
Motorcycle gloves are designed with synthetic breathable materials and provide impetus to proper padding which improves grip and reduces wear and tear. The design and materials used vary with different types of Motorcycle gloves.
Race Gloves have serious armored protection for added safety in high-intensity crashes, while cruise gloves or touring gloves have different design and comfort parameters.
Most modern Motorcycle gloves have knuckle guards in them made of materials like brass, titanium, steel, and Kevlar. For added protection, hard thermal plastic rubber or polymers are also used.
Knuckle guards are usually soft on the outside, for it provides added cushioning in case of falls or accidents. These materials are strong and sustainable enough to hold well in the event of an external or internal impact.
Synthetic materials like polyurethane, neoprene, or synthetic leather provide extra comfort while riding. Most gloves on the lower sides are lined with silicone and lycra for enhanced grip as well as to improve breathability.
Some manufacturers have double-layered leather pads in their motorcycle gloves to improve vibration support and comfortability. High Quality thermal plastic rubber in Motorcycle gloves also provides the same high impact protection as their metallic counterparts. Many Motorcycle gloves have reinforced palms that protect the rider from abrasion injuries and wounds.
Some of the best Motorcycle gloves with hard knuckle protection follow the EU standards for quality. Look for the CE marking on the Manufacturer’s products when choosing the right fit. European Standard EN 13594:2015 is available for this purpose, with gloves certified to Level 1 or Level 2.
Hard knuckles on Motorcycle gloves not only prevent scrapes and severe injuries but also protect knuckles from heavy injuries. They are designed to protect the hands from abrasion and high impact accidents are especially seen in sporting events.
Though Motorcycle gloves with knuckle armor protection may have escaped the attention of Motorcyclists, this necessary equipment should be an important part of every motorcyclist’s safety protocol.
About the author: Michael Parrotte was the Vice President of AGV Helmets America, and a consultant for KBC Helmets, Vemar Helmets, Suomy Helmets, Marushin Helmets, KYT Helmets, Sparx Helmets. In addition, he is the founder and owner of AGV Sports Group.