Not all reviews are going to be positive and this is a negative one so if that sort of thing annoys you then don’t read on.
I was not intending to buy gloves from this brand but the night before my recent Kaputa tour I discovered my summer Rough and Road gloves I thought were in one of the shipping boxes from Japan were in the two boxes stolen by Australia Post.
I could wear my mid season Gore-tex gloves in the cooler air next morning and then simply detoured into Mackay AMX Superstore mid morning.
Surprisingly for a shop located in the tropics they had just three pairs summer gloves to choose from once I told the shop assistant I wouldn’t touch Dainese or Alpinestars gloves again after throwing away their products so poor was the stitching. So of the three other pairs these appeared the best.
Visually they do look quite good, the design appeared to be similar to my RS Tachi summer gloves (also lost in shipping) which was the main reason I chose these over the other two candidates. The secondary reason was the sales girl said they were lined and I could see some sort of liner in the palm but had to take her word on the rest being lined. I still had to ride to Rockhampton that day so I did not spend all morning comparing like I normally would have.
First of all I soon realised they were not lined other than the palm. The stitching of the fingers and the leather there began to irritate me after just a couple of hours. If a maker is going to stitch the glove fingers inside then they better do it right or that stitching will irritate and that is the case with these (and my experience with gloves from the two Italian brands I mentioned)
I had no choice but to try break them in over the next three days as it was quite hot riding to Brisbane and in the Gold Coast hinterland. They flow air quite good but never became comfortable.
I then put them in my bag and switched back to my mid season gloves when riding the New England Tablelands which were like silk to wear in comparison and I did not return to these gloves until the final day when reentering the northern tropics.
Here is what they look when I got home. Just 4 days of use.
The knuckle has disintegrated revealing a bit of plastic mesh that you think is steel mesh through the vent holes. Can you imagine what poor quality other Dryrider gear must be if this is their premium shorty glove costing $99.
I took them back to my local AMX superstore and they were very good about it and replaced them with another identical pair. I put that pair for sale on Facebook marketplace unused and got half my money back.
Serves me right of course. I should have checked all my gear well in advance and had time to order decent gloves online before I left but as I have said before that song ‘I’ve done all the dumb things‘ was written about me.
I am not able to import the Rough and Road coolmax lined gloves Aus Post stole as they are no longer made but I have ordered what I think will be a very good summer glove and will review once I have used them – hopefully very soon on a northern ride.