Cortech Impulse RR Gloves
- Top-grain perforated and non-perforated cowhide leather construction
- Double stitched seams and double layered leather in the impact areas
- Silicone printed anti-slip throttle guard in the palm
- TPU molded polyurethane knuckle and finger protectors
- TPU molded slider on the outside of palm adds additional impact protection and abrasion resistance
- Dual gauntlet closure and wrist strap create a secure fit
- Impact absorbing foam on the top hand, fingers, palm and gauntlet help protect the hand and wrist bones
- Pre-curved palm and fingers combine with finger expansion panels to reduce hand fatigue and improve dexterity
- Soft, moisture wicking polyester lining keeps the hand dry
These gloves are consistent with the major American based brands we carry such as FirstGear, Tour Master, Joe Rocket, etc, so hopefully you’ve had some experience with buying gloves and can choose based upon the fit of a previous pair. If you have no previous experience with glove sizing, go here for help.
Just as an FYI, you may have previous experience with European designed brands such as Alpinestars and REV’IT! which run about one half size smaller, size-for-size, than the American brands. It is not a universally true fact, but generally holds for most styles. So if a particular size in either of those brands is roomy on you, then you may be able to go down one full size in this style.
Our Two Cents
For a mid-priced full gauntlet glove, I’m pretty darn impressed with this new Impulse RR glove by Cortech. There is quite a long list of items you get here that you’d want for sport/street or even amateur track use… hard knuckle and finger protectors, hard palm slider, multi-adjustable gauntlet with additional wrist padding and a positive-close Velcro wrist strap. Most race gloves with all these features cost more and you’d expect a glove in this price range to be a bit “cheap” feeling but they really aren’t at all.
I find the overall fit to be very good… they are tailored well with a pre-curve to the hand, and the fingers are sewn with the edges out (called a box cut) which makes them very comfortable. The palms have the hard plastic slider I mentioned which is almost universal these days on race gloves. It is there to promote sliding rather than rolling when you hit the pavement to cut the risk of hand/wrist injuries. Of course a slider like this will add a lot to the wear-through resistance of that area as well.
A couple nice touches I liked are the micro perforated leather used between the fingers to flow some air and that perf leather is used also on top of the padded ares on the wrist and back of hand to add some style. The side of the pinky area is beefed up too, which helps protect that most vulnerable digit. And finally, the insides of the glove are well finished. The inside of the gauntlet and top of the hand are lined with a very thin fleecy feeling material. The palms are unlined to keep that area thin to provide the “touch” most street riders want to have.
Overall, I really think this glove is a great choice for sport/street riders on a budget. There is a lot of glove here for the money and I think the fit will be easy for most. :: Paul, 12-12-14