As the title of these gloves suggests, you’d expect the Richa Cold Protect Gore-Tex motorcycle gloves to protect you from the cold at the very least. So are these Winter motorcycle gloves any good?
Made from a highly durable combination of leather and textile, the Richa Cold Protect Gore-Tex motorcycle gloves have a heavy duty construction for abrasion resistance, but this is also useful for weather protection. The sturdy leather and textile mix shell means that they are windproof and with the Gore-Tex waterproof membrane, means they are also rain proof!
As the Gore-Tex membrane is also breathable this means that the gloves don’t make you sweat – your hands stay nice and toasty warm with a thermal soft lining and no sweating!
Typically, winter touring gloves tend to offer a lot of warmth and not a lot of protection, but the Cold Protect gloves offers BOTH. These are CE certified and feature hard PU protection at the knuckles and fingers for excellent abrasion resistance as well as added protection on the palm and little finger. You can be as confident in their protective properties as you are in them keeping you warm!
Accordion detailing at the fingers and top of hand means that the Richa Cold Protect Gore-Tex gloves give fluidity of movement for a more comfortable ride – no stiff changing of gear – and the Velcro cuff closure along with the wrist strap gives a personalised fit so can be worn over or under your jacket cuffs. (we would recommend underneath your cuffs for double protection from the elements) The edges of the cuffs are made from a soft Neoprene to add to your comfort. The longer gauntlet styling provides more protection against the elements and the reflective detailing gives added visibility – which is always handy when the longer nights start drawing in! These also come with a handy visor wipe to keep your vision clear!
So, is there anything wrong with these gloves? Well. The answer is not really. Winter gloves do tend to be thicker so therefore you lose a bit of responsiveness, but Richa have worked on this with the accordion stretch panelling in key areas, plus the leather construction, despite adding to the weight (and protection!) of these gloves, means they are less bulky than their solely textile counterparts. The added protection can make them a little awkward to use at times as this does add a little bulk, but I know I would rather have protection than none so this really wasn’t a problem. Obviously some bikers prefer a shorter cuff as they can find gauntlet style gloves cumbersome, but this is a matter of individual preference and I know I would rather a longer styled glove in winter to avoid unwelcome drafts up my sleeves!
All in all a fantastic glove from Richa.
Until next time, stay safe,