Dainese Vintage Racer: this is how you do color

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It’s a rare item of motorcycle gear that can be anything but solid black and still be appropriate for adults to wear. These Dainese Vintage Racer gloves do just that. I guess the trick is they don’t use much color; what they do use is vibrant and classic; it’s contrasted by black detailing and the white leather is perforated so it doesn’t look cheap. It helps too that the leather is high quality and the gloves aren’t covered in a bunch of plastic. We wouldn’t want to crash in these anywhere outside of town, but they should provide decent abrasion resistance thanks to the reinforced palm and kevlar stitching.


  • Chris

    You had me at Dainese… but. But.
    White leather gloves don’t even stay white on the golf course; how do you expect them to last on a motorcycle? Those white palms will look like dingy in no time.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2009/05/motoczysz-e1pc-spied-testing-a.html Wes Siler

      What’s wrong with dinghy? I’ve got an old pair of white Dainese gloves that have been greyish brown for at least 5 years and I still love them.

      • Chris

        I don’t have anything against little boats, but I don’t like dirty white leather.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2009/05/motoczysz-e1pc-spied-testing-a.html Wes Siler

          Jeeze, loose the “h” then.

  • http://www.selfedge.com kiya

    I wish Dianese would start doing this to some of it’s jackets, all black with the huge logo on the back has to go.

  • Mike B

    Well, they DO make them in NOIR, NOIR, NOIR according to their website.

  • The Grudz

    Lets hope they can keep the price simple and clean like the gloves…relatively speaking, of course.

  • http://www.examiner.com/x-8396-Orlando-Burger-Examiner Dale

    Me likee.
    My FOX gloves may have to take a backup position to these stylish babies.

  • chili sv

    That is the biggest logo I have ever seen on a glove…and you like it. If I were a superhero who called himself the Angry Weasel, then yeah, this would be my first choice too.

    • shinigami

      Now that, my friends, is Nose Cola material.

      (…wiping my monitor as I type…)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Oh, I personally wouldn’t buy them, or any garment with that high of a percentage of visual real estate dedicated to a company logo, but that’s not the point. I think the point Wes is making is that Dainese is effectively designing with color.

      If that devil’s head was just a shape instead of the corporate identity, these gloves would be instant classics. As they are now, each glove has 2 visible logos and “Dainese” stitched on them for a total of 6 corporate identity marks on two hands. Alas..

      • chili sv

        Really? I say that because they seem to have about the same color balance as a Power Rangers costume.

        I don’t have a problem with your basic black, minimal logo, quality construction aesthetic. I think that’s cool. I just can’t resolve your established taste for reserved styling with these clown gloves.

  • AceCafeClipOns

    Till things are brighter…
    I’m the man in black!

  • Cameron Baum

    Until they get wet and your hands look like you’ve been eating skiddles in the rain…

    I like conspicuousness in my gear -but a bit of retro-reflective piping goes a long way when it is REALLY needed (at night).

    Until then, I’ll just keep my Held Sprints, my Held Storms, and My Held Freezers in basic black. It’s not a fashion runway out there ;)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      “It’s not a fashion runway out there”

      That’s just silliness. There is absolutely no reason I shouldn’t be able to have good protection without looking like a tool, a power ranger, a cyber-bot, or all of the above.

      If I’m going to be a social outcast for choosing motorcycling, (because that’s what bikers are becoming in the ‘safe’ era) I’d much rather do so with the stylishness of my predecessors, like Geoff Duke, T.E. Lawrence and Brando. Just give me unobtrusive modern protection as well. It shouldn’t be so hard.

      • Cameron Baum

        Sure, style isn’t bad in and of itself. But form should always come behind function -not the other way around.

        If you want to pay X% more for fancy stitching and shapes that do NOTHING for the actual usibility of the safety gear then that is your right. If you are buying a product that is cutting corners on function (like armor/abrasion protection & longevity/durability) to keep prices competitive while at the same time spending extra on fancy stitching/cutting of leather parts so they can have their logo promenently featured in the product then you are getting less of what you need in the glove.

        I see this glove has minimal padding in it and zero armor. If I were just tooling around on city surface streets at 25-30MPH I wouldn’t mind it too much. But at road speeds? I value my ability to type at 100WPM as well as zip up my own fly when I’m done going pee-pee.

        No thank you to silly no-armor gloves. You might as just well wear cowhide work gloves while you are riding for that matter or nothing -which wouldn’t be that much worse if they fly off, IMHO. These gloves don’t even seem to have velcro closers to keep them on your hands and rely solely on internal elastic. No thank you.

        If a glove is also stylish as well as functional then good for that. But style has always been expensive in our culture and quality gear is of importance to me. I always buy the best quality gear I can afford. I don’t want to waste one penny on style that I could have put into function/protection.


        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

          There’s no need for this aggression here. You just made a lot of rapid uninformed assumptions, as well demanding more than the product’s intended usage, for a product you maybe should’ve bothered to research before slamming.

          1. The company makes perfectly clear the gloves are designed for use only in light urban/sub-urban situations, not touring/racing.

          2. Kevlar stitching is not fancy for the sake of fancy, regardless of the color.

          3. The gloves feature adjustable cuff straps to keep from flying off in case of a crash.

          If you don’t like them, that’s fine. It’s also fine that you’re cool with looking like you’ve got Megatron’s hands while doing your daily commuting. Some of us aren’t really into that scene, but each to their own. Just try to keep your criticisms informed and within the bounds of the product’s expected role.

          • Cameron Baum

            No agrression here. Just expressing an opinion that is different than your own. If you are so used to anyone with a different opinion than your own just rolling over and “shutting up” I’d feel sorry for your friends/relatives.

            Words, man. Just words.

            As for caring what anyone thinks or what one looks like, Dude…

            Clown hands, Megatron hands, I just prefer hands that still workie after a crash.

            These might make OK gloves for a 50cc scooter or maybe a bicycle.

            But if you want to take that risk, go ahead. They are your hands. I’m not in favor of helmet laws either although I won’t be caught “dead” in a cheap Bell or Pep-Boys helmet either. I hear some people don’t even wear one or wear a 3/4. Such is the slavery to fashion.

            To me, the measure of safety gear is how well it works. Both as protective gear, and for long-range comfort. There is a word for caring what you look like as you pose on the bike…

  • Mark

    I think I’ll always wear white or brightly colored gloves. They’re my turn signals.

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    Are these gloves for people that don’t like any protection in their gloves? I guess the kevlar stitching is better than plain work gloves, but the difference has got to be negligible. As in, by the time you’re testing the advantage of the kevlar stitching in a crash you’re wishing you had some more protective gloves on.

    This looks like the glove equivalent of riding in denim: okay if you’re riding at scooter speeds or in traffic, but next-to-useless above 55 MPH (yeah that’s an arbitrary number but you get the idea).

    As for the styling, I don’t much care for it. But that’s me.

  • telekom

    Those gloves are fugly and they got no alibi. I take seriously what others have said about the lack of protection, but I completely think they look like power ranger gloves and are therefore not for me, even before considerations of protection.

    Just imagine what the paramedic will be thinking if the remains of your hands are wearing those…

    Just had another look to make sure… and oh god no.

  • http://www.damiengaudet.com damien

    They remind me of some burton snowboard gloves i bought about 5 years ago. I bought the burtons because they looked like 80′s motogp gloves.

  • Mark

    I think some people are missing the point.

    These gloves obviously aren’t aimed at being the last word in high performance protection, no solid armour etc. but the logo aside, all of the reinforcements are in the right place. The palm is reinforced (even wraps around the side of the glove to protect the glove’s seam construction underneath) , all the fingers are reinforced…

    With regards to the logo, imagine if you will that the huge logo was a just triangle of material applied as a reinforcement, would anyone be complaining about it then..the fact that it’s the shape of their logo doesn’t negate the fact that it’s an extra layer between you & the asphalt. I don’t see the problem, it’s just a simple protective glove.