Now that we know how to get yourself the perfect glove size, here’s 7 common mistakes that riders make when choosing mistakes. Avoid these at all costs.
Mistake 1: Ignoring the Size Chart
The most common mistake is buying a size from a different brand, when you have been using gloves of another brand. This might feel like the easier way, but it turns out to be the more expensive option.
Mistake 2: Relying Solely on Your Hand’s Width Measurement
While measuring your hand's width is crucial, it's not the only factor. Glove length and overall fit play equally important roles. Don't skip measuring your finger length – gloves that are too short can feel uncomfortably snug, while those that are too long can bunch up and affect dexterity.
Mistake 3: Disregarding Material Stretch
Leather gloves tend to stretch over time, moulding to your hand. Many riders make the mistake of choosing gloves that feel overly snug initially - while leather gloves do take some time to break in, ensure that the fit on first try is not so tight as to cause discomfort and/or restrict movement. Synthetic materials, on the other hand, might not stretch as much. Gloves need to be broken in before it gets comfortable, so never go on a long tour or a race with a brand-new pair of gloves.
Mistake 4: Return Policy
When buying online or from a store, check the store's return policy to avoid getting stuck with ill-fitting gloves. Do not buy an incorrect size just because it is on sale, it is surprising the number of people who think they will ‘adjust’ to a size up or down, just because there is a discount!
Mistake 5: Ignoring Comfort for Style
Sure, stylish gloves can elevate your riding gear game, but comfort should be a priority. Don't compromise on comfort just for the sake of a trendy design. Remember, you'll be wearing these gloves for hours on the road.
Mistake 6: Not Considering Glove Closure
The closure mechanism of gloves – whether it's Velcro straps, buckles, or zippers – plays a role in fit. Velcro closures, for instance, should fasten easily without creating pressure points. Many riders miss out this last point and then have an uncomfortable experience later.
Mistake 7: Settling for "Almost Right"
Lastly, don't settle for gloves that are "almost right."
Storekeepers sometimes try selling what is in stock, rather than what is required by the customer. If you're unsure about the fit or if something doesn't feel quite comfortable, don't rationalize it. Ill-fitting gloves can lead to discomfort and even distraction while riding.
Fits Like a Glove, Eh!
Avoid these pitfalls and take time to get your measurements right and you will buy a pair of gloves which feels like your own. Hurry through the process and you might always feel like you are using a pair of borrowed gloves. If you are still left with a question; then firstname.lastname@example.org, we will be happy to help you out!