Icon 1000 Retrograde Gloves
- Battlehide™ Goatskin Chassis
- Proprietary Seamless Kangaroo Palm
- Injected Thermoplastic Knuckle with Titanium Plates
- D30® Underlays
- Titanium Cuff Logo
- Accordion Expansion Gussets
- Articulated Fingers
- Debossed Hook & Loop Closure
- Perforated Cuff
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. With the stretch panels built into the glove on the side of the hand and thumb, the gloves feel very comfortable and it is likely the leather will stretch some. If you are sometimes between sizes, I’d advise to try the smaller.
Our Two Cents
This Icon 1000 Retrograde glove reminds me of a style that Icon made YEARS back called the Timax glove. It was a black leather glove with titanium armor. Of course it was much more “Mad Max” then but they have a similar vibe.
The combination of kangaroo hide on the palm and goat skin on the back of the hand makes these gloves pretty darn comfortable and I’m sure easy to break in. The palm is cut from a single hide, so that makes it especially comfy.
I’d characterize this glove as a very nice quality glove with above average protection (for a short cuff street glove), with unique style. And don’t forget the kangaroo… for above average quality and durability.
The back of the hand has a couple large armor pieces over the knuckle. At first glance you’d think those might be uncomfortable, but the black material around the silver metal is rubberized, and then behind those armor pieces is some D3O energy absorbing armor. So the net affect is that you really can’t even feel that armor when you make a fist.
As far as a comfort range, I’d say anywhere from cool to warm… maybe even hot. The gloves have some mesh material between the fingers to let some air in and also there are a couple vents incorporated into each of the larger knuckle armor pieces. :: Paul, 03-30-16