Sexy Little Things: Icon’s New Women’s Justice Mesh Glove
If there were a category of women’s motorcycle gear called ‘sexy little things’, I would have stuck Icon’s new Women’s Justice Mesh gloves in that drawer. At least, at first glance. Strictly for street, they have a sporty, fit-at-the-wrist shape, a splash of cherry-pink, and the softest, most luscious leather palms you’ve ever felt. I pegged them to just be too frikken cute to satisfy a serious rider like…well…like people I know. So what did I do? I took them out for a serious ride.
Icon’s got the women’s fit thing down; they’re totally proportioned for women’s hands. I normally wear a small, but these seem t0 run on the tiny side. Like any leather glove, they’ll stretch a little, but I would order a size up. There’s vented armor on the knuckles and back of the hand, and it’s segmented to provide more flexibility. Another big plus in comfort comes from stretch panels and the wrist and thumb that prevent stretching of the whole glove when you work your controls. There is what looks like token re-enforcement at the heel, and I was worried enough about this that I packed a spare pair of gloves, just in case these soft silkies couldn’t hold up to a couple of hours on the handlebars. Turned out I didn’t need ‘em. Turned out I rode for a hell of a lot longer than a couple hours…
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How I gave the Icon Women’s Justice Gloves a serious trial.
Starting there between Cave Creek and Fountain Hills, I was immediately surprised by how good the gloves felt on the bike. Icon calls it “Battlehide”. It’s made from goat skin, which is thinner and lighter, and (ohmigosh) softer than cowhide. Super grip, and like I said, super soft. Goatskin. I’m sold. But I was sure my hands would be tired by the time I hit Payson. Nope. The sun was out, and the aspens were just starting to turn, and I was having too much fun with a Ferrari and a Lamborghini with drivers grayer than me. No reason to turn back now!
Jerome, AZ is a fantastic destination for a ride. It’s this cool little ghost-town on the edge of a cliff with ancient buildings, quaint little shops, and cool little bistros with names like “Ghost Burger” and “Belgian Jennie’s Bordello”. Read between the lines, though…tourists. Yeah, the slow, lumbering, squinting-in-the-sun, which-way-do-I-go, traffic-jamming kind. And like I said, Jerome is perched on a cliff (at a mile’s elevation, btw), so think hills. Now think hills, slow-moving, traffic-jamming tourists. Now think air-cooled Ducati (i.e. 200-degrees), tip-toes, stop-and-go on a hill, wandering nincompoops, out-of-state plates…Jerome can be a massive skill challenge, so I just pulled over to wait it out. I was ready for a break, but my hands felt fine!
With late afternoon came the beautiful town of Prescott, AZ; small town, USA with it’s old-fashioned town square (complete with a park, a festival with live music, and a handful of Occupy Prescott protesters), and a city block chocked full of biker-bars appropriately named “Whiskey Row”. No ride through Arizona is complete without this stop. Here, where the safety motto is pretty much “got skin?”, the Harley crowd will get a kick out of all your high-falutin’ safety gear. And dig those hot-pink gloves!
Looping back down into North Phoenix and through Cave Creek, I got home well after dark. A hot bath took care of my sore butt, but honestly, Icon’s newest gloves for the street did me Justice. (I know…I couldn’t resist).
PS–Though Icon makes a Justice Touchscreen glove for men (really? JUST men?), these gloves are NOT designed to be touchscreen compatible, but I was able to play with GoogleMaps on my iPhone just fine using my thumb in these gloves. Don’t know why that’s the only digit that worked, but it did. Another thumbs-up for goatskin I guess. (Somebody stop me).
You can get Icon’s Women’s Justice Mesh Gloves for $60 bucks at RevZilla.
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