I first encountered Knox and their Handroids in a similar way as a lot of others, via somebody else. A good friend of mine races mini bikes and he was wearing a pair when I saw him a couple of years back. He’s an experienced rider/racer with top notch kit, and the thing with racers is they only use kit that they have faith in. That started my mind thinking about them and it was only while browsing the Knox stand at motorcycle live 2016 when I decided to part with my cash and buy a pair.
I didn’t particularly like them initially, (Don’t stop reading there,) they were very tight on the fingers and it was weird dealing with so much protection, to every digit. After a couple of hours wearing them in, the fingers loosened off to a perfect fit to my hands. I do have quite small hands, so I’m using Small size, the fingers are of good fit and size and don’t get uncomfortable with a closed fist on the fingertips like others I have worn.
The protection in the gloves is top notch, everything has been thought of, including wrist armour, the exoskeletal mouldings that run over the back of the fingers and the boa quick fastening system. I also like the Scaphoid Protection System (SPS) Knox have pioneered. Fittings on the palm of the glove that help the hand to slide along the floor as opposed to digging in when contact is made, (haven’t and hope not to test this feature). The kangaroo leather on the palms gives a good feel to the handlebars and don’t show any sign of excessive wear. They are slightly dirty (think that’s more down to old handlebar grips), and I have worn them for about 25k miles in both hot and cold weather. Speaking of weather, these are primarily a track/summer glove, so there is plenty of ventilation which keeps the hands nicely temperate during warmer rides. The vent holes helping to get rid of moisture too. They do however lack some thermal quantities in winter, however, if you have heated grips it shouldn’t be a problem, as that’s what I used to do and have had no issues. The gloves are comfy for long use, have worn them for hours an hours on long trips riding and not had any discomfort they just feel right.
The boa fastening system is another clever idea, it tightens equally around the glove and is released by pulling the toggle releasing the tension and allowing a quick open and removal.
They open wide enough to allow me to tuck my sleeves into the cuff in both my leathers and just leather jacket personally, I like to tuck sleeves into gloves in an attempt to try and stop the sleeve snagging or getting blown up my arms. They have a leather wrist strap to secure the glove onto the palm, I normally tend to keep this fastener a little loose, however, this is personal preference.
Normally if I’m riding I will be wearing them, but a few weeks ago I was caught without. I had worn them on Saturday and got soaked through thanks to a torrential rainstorm. I like to dry out leather items quite slowly (I stuff them with newspaper to draw out the moisture and leave them at a warm room temperature) as drying them too quickly can cause leather to crack. I had to go out on Sunday so just wore some normal summer gloves, and it just didn’t feel normal, and the lack of protection was easily noticeable.
They are priced well, RRP is circa the £200 mark, luckily I managed to get a pair of smalls at Motorcycle live for £130, Bargain! Available in white/black, black on black and red, white and black any colour combo can be matched too. The only downside is no matter where you go, somebody will ask you about them, your friends will also magically appear with a pair a few weeks later too, but this is a small price to pay for the protection in the glove.