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Originally published on HellForLeathermagazine.com
When we first saw images of the Knox Handroid, we realized they represented a tangible advance in motorcycle glove technology. The problem was, we had no details and only two images. Now that we have multiple images, full details and even videos of the entire Knox Hand Armor range we understand Knox is making major improvements over other glove makers in three main areas: fit, impact amelioration and scaphoid protection.
All four pairs of gloves share the Boa Lacing System. It consists of two aircraft-grade steel cables that connect to large sliders on both sides of the glove. Twisting the dial tightens the cable and glove evenly, ensuring a perfect fit. On the underside of the glove an elastic band connects the sliders, ensuring that when you tighten them, it’s an even fit all around. Of course, fit is important not just for comfort, but for safety too. Reports from people that have tried these gloves on at Britain’s NEC bike show indicate that this system should make it near-impossible for the gloves to come off in a crash, easily outdoing the velcro cuffs of any previous gloves.
Despite our initial guess that the flexible spines on the Handroid’s fingers were there to prevent hyperextension, it looks like they’re actually there just for impact and abrasion protection, with the articulation built in to allow for freedom of movement. All the Hand Armor gloves feature honeycomb gel impact protection on the back of the hand and the knuckles.
Developed in conjunction with James Ellison, the other defining feature of the Hand Armor range is the scaphoid protection. The scaphoid is a small bone that connects the thumb to the wrist. It’s a bitch to injure; because it doesn’t receive much blood flow, it takes forever to heal, if it ever heals at all. Bikers are particularly susceptible to scaphoid fractures if the palms of their gloves grab the road as the body continues to flip over. The slider on these gloves, some of the first designed to protect against this injury, are meant to prevent that grab.
All four of the Hand Armor Range — the flagship Handroid, sport-focussed Biomech, budget Recon and winter Zero — are available in the US from Sport Bike Track Gear, which also put together the following videos.
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