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REV’IT! Stratos GTX touring gloves

Posted By Admins, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The REV’IT! Stratos GTX glove is a three-season, gauntlet-style touring glove designed to shed water and battle cold weather.

The gloves feature goat skin palms with goat skin and 330D Cordura construction incorporating SEESOFT knuckle protectors and EVA foam offering protection on the heel of the palm, fingers and thumb. A Thinsulate G fleece liner adds warmth while a Gore-Tex liner provides waterproofing and breathability. The gloves do not offer touch screen sensitivity but do feature a visor/nose wipe on the sides of both the right and left index fingers.

The most unique feature of the Stratos GTX glove is its closure mechanism enabling the rider to cinch the glove tight with one hand. To close the glove, a rider pulls the cuff flap to the outside to pull a thin nylon strap to snug the glove and then pulls the cuff flap the opposite direction to secure the cuff down with Velcro.

MSRP for the REV’IT! Stratos GTX gloves is $159.99, and they are available in sizes from small to 4XL.

Attendees at recent MOA Getaways in Tomah, Wisconsin, and Kerrville, Texas, were given an opportunity to test a pair of the Stratos GTX gloves. Members Almir Besic and Gavin Harrison share their thoughts below.

Almir says...

Overall, I liked the gloves. They were little too warm for the 50-60 degree day we had, so I had to remove them early morning. I would have preferred a size smaller than the size XL I tested.

The gloves felt very soft and comfortable and were nicely ergonomically shaped. The precurved fingers made it easier to grip the handlebar, and they were easy to get on and off. The gloves feature a rather unique closing system, but I liked it after using it couple of times.

The Stratos gloves seem to be very well made, with nice seams and nothing to bother me by creating rubbing points on the inside. The protection seemed to be adequate and comparable to other gloves I’ve seen or tried on before.

Gavin says...

I’ve had only a day to review these gloves so far, but there are several things that stand out to me in the initial wash.

A hybrid leather and textile design renders a glove that is still sleek while being protective in likely impact points. The stitching is smooth and doesn’t create pressure points at the fingers though Euro sizing indicates that you might want to start up one size if you possess thick fingers. The leather allows for good feel and sensation, and though you won’t be picking a dime off the counter with them, adjusting my Sena COMM system and manipulating jacket zippers was easy. The gloves also afford fair weather protection while still allowing good penetration of warmth to your frosty digits from grip heaters (it was pretty chilly the first morning of testing). As a test, I held the glove to allow wind into the cuff until my fingers were cold. Then, I activated the heated grips which yielded toasty fingers in about a minute using Oxford grip heaters.

The most interesting piece for me is what I’ve come to expect from REV’IT: innovation. When you put on the glove, you pull the cuff away to open it and fit it over your jacket, this then activates two cinch points that automatically tighten the glove around your wrist. Then you fold back over the cuff and your jacket and you’re ready to ride. There is a release strap built into the system, both are easily intuitive. The closest analogy for this is a couple of pairs of my Teva sandals where activating the main buckle cinches everything.

I wasn’t able to test them for water resistance today (thankfully) but given the proven capabilities of GORE-TEX, I imagine this won’t be an issue.

I would consider these to be two and a half season gloves here in Texas, as I wouldn’t want to wear them much past 60 degrees F. With my testing so far, I can see a pair of these to go with my REV’IT jacket if I can ever get it back from my son!

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Rukka Apollo Gore-Tex X-Trafit Gloves

Posted By John Rector #132206, Sunday, June 3, 2018

While attending the MOA Getaway in Tomah, Wisconsin, last fall I had the opportunity to try out a pair Rukka Apollo Gore-Tex X-Trafit gloves. The three-season gloves were good-looking, had a semi-short cuff and were unvented. The term X-Trafit refers to Rukka’s method of keeping the liner inside the glove when you remove your hand.

The weather during the Getaway weekend was beautiful and sunny, with temperatures starting out in the upper 30’s and warming up to the mid 50s during the afternoon. I thought these gloves would be perfect for the weather we had that weekend.

The first thing I noticed about these gloves was the quality. All seams were finely and seemingly carefully stitched, and the leather was of excellent quality and weight with no observable blemishes whatsoever on any of the sections. The leather had a very substantial feel to it and told you these were clearly quality gloves.

The fit with a large was very good, although I normally wear a size XL, so this particular glove was a little short in the fingers and a bit tight across the back of the hand for me. Nevertheless, I wore them most of the day on Saturday, switching them back and forth with my trusty BMW summer vented leather gloves to compare the dexterity, quality, fit, warmth and comfort. On that particular Saturday, since my BMW gloves were vented, these Rukka gloves were considerably warmer and more comfortable than mine.

The Rukka Apollo Gore-Tex X-Trafit gloves have some very nice features that I wish I had on my gloves. For instance, in addition to the customary hard knuckle protection for your largest knuckles, they also have hard protection for the next set of knuckles for your third, fourth and fifth fingers. There is a flexible and expandable piece of material just above the wrist that provides some additional comfort and movement, and the thumb finger has a very handy raised visor wipe. I especially liked the hard protection for the meaty part of your palm on the underside of the glove. My BMW gloves have only a slightly thicker piece of leather at this location. In the event of a fall, I believe the Rukka gloves would provide much more protection for my hands.

The hook and loop strap at the wrist was large enough to securely tighten the gloves across my wrist. Since the cuff was a little longer than a summer short-cuff glove, I was able to cinch up the jacket and glove to keep cold air from blowing up my sleeve. So what are my impressions of the Rukka Apollo Gore-Tex X-Trafit gloves? Well, after putting them to the test for a full day in cool weather, even though they were a size smaller than I would prefer, I was sufficiently impressed that I decided to buy a pair for myself, only this time in a size XL.

The Rukka Apollo Gore-Tex X-Trafit gloves carry an MSRP of $199.

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