Racer USA Women’s Pitlane Gloves Review Summary
The Racer USA’s Ladies Pitlane Gloves are a smart choice for the safety-conscious rider; from the excellent price point to the fantastic comfort they offer, the ¾ Pitlanes prove they have use beyond their namesake.
Good bang-for-buck value
Ulna wrist bone protection
Hard shell for primary knuckles
No additional padding for hypothenar wrist base
Too much space between the knuckle shell and secondary knuckle braces
Glove’s base leather is too thin to be considered a primary track contender
Not an all-weather glove
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Summary of Key Points:
- The Racer USA Pitlane Women’s Gloves are comfortable to wear, extremely breathable, and very lightweight.
- With CE Level 1 protection, these make an excellent product for warm weather dual sport or adventure riding—although it would be nice if they were a bit more weather-resistant.
- Getting the fit right can be a bit of a challenge—the knuckle protectors may sit slightly off of where they’re intended on some riders.
- Despite those minor flaws, the value for money these gloves offer is extremely good. Recommended for those seeking a solid summer glove.
Racer USA Women’s Pitlane Gloves: Appendage Aegii Extra-Ordinaire
Before we start, I should probably touch on something important to this review.
I am super anal about hand safety on a bike, and there’s a big reason why.
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Back in 2014, I was handling 7-foot Corvette parts in a cold press factory. The parts—coupled with the cool environs—created a tendon injury in both my wrists called TFCC (short for triangular fibrocartilage complex).
To those who want the nitty-gritties, the stabilizing band keeping everything tight in my wrist was torn, making it 10 times easier for me to get tennis elbow, tendonitis, tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel, you name it. I even had an exotic ‘de Quervain’s’ added to the list a few weeks ago, thanks to some heavy lifting and bad decisions.
In short, I, a musician and rider, have been living with chronic, on-and-off wrist pain since I was 22 years old.
My hands are the most valuable part of my career-working body (short of the ol’ think tank), so I always go the extra mile for safety equipment to ensure I make it to the good end of the stick without losing motor ability and confusing dinnertime with target practice.
With that being said, our good man and editor Marco Tam got his hands on a pair of the Racer USA Women’s Pitlane gloves just for me, and I’ve been itching to talk about them—so let’s give ‘em a whirl and see how they held up under scrutiny.
About Racer Gloves USA
Racer Gloves USA is a big name in the motorcycle industry. If you haven’t heard of them, they make a killer set of gloves called the High Racers—fantastic units that wouldn’t be amiss in a professional match on the circuit, to be