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I went looking for new summer gloves in Japan and despite 100’s on display in the motorcycle superstore Naps I came away with something from a familiar brand Alpinestars which I later regretted.

In Japan there are loads of motorcycle accessory brands I am not familiar with. Some are reputable domestic brands of motorcycle gear and some are Chinese imports but nothing carries a indication that it meets any safety standards or is made from materials suitable for motorcycle riding – except the European brands.

I’m sure if I was buying something from Kushitani then I can rely on their name but not so sure about the others so I have mostly stuck with names I know so far.

The Atom are a simple light weight summer ventilated glove with hard knuckle protector and mix of leather and textile construction. I have more complex RS Tachi multi layer leather summer glove already but I thought I’d get something else light to throw in my bag for a when I am riding scooters or small trips in SE Asia.

I have to be frank and say these gloves have disappointed me. The issue is the stitching of the fingers. Specifically if you look at the glove on the left and at the fingers, there is a middle leather part that is stitched at either side. This inner stitching seems to be poor and irritates my fingers.

The size is spot on, not too small a fit and I only have narrow fingers so it’s not like I have big hands say like a Rugby player or something. (those blokes must have trouble getting gear to fit them) I have worn the gloves for 10 days on tour and thought the gloves just need to break in, however that doesn’t seem to be happening.

Well as always I shall return to this post in a couple months after having given them another go on my next ride and report then if there has been any improvement.

Update. Unfortunately these gloves have not improved and I doubt ever will. The manufacture is poor, probably will sit in my cupboard for few years then get thrown away. Along with the issues I have with Alpinestars drystar liner not preforming this will be the last item I buy from this brand.


  1. Once you wear gloves in the rain i find they break in quite well. So washing them should do the same i should think.

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