Gear: Icon One Thousand Rimfire Glove

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Sitting down? You should be. I’m about to tell you something that’s going to upset you. The gloves you see here are some of the most technically innovative ever made. They’re probably the nicest-made pair of motorcycle gloves I’ve ever worn and they’re definitely the most stylish pair that actually incorporate real protection. D30 knuckle armor. Buttery leather. Killer details drawn from cult-following, boutique Japanese products and all at a price point that’s only slightly less shocking than the brand that makes them: Icon.

For years, I’ve had a maddening desire to own a pair of Harold’s Gear Gripping Gloves. But, they aren’t available in America. But, at $160, the price of a good pair of full-gauntlet racing gloves, they aren’t really attainable. But, they wouldn’t really protect me in a crash. So I don’t own a pair of Harold’s Gear Gripping Gloves.

Stylish as all hell, but would you want to crash in a pair of Harold’s?

Those rare Japanese gloves are distinguished by one big detail: the tensioned elastic panels on the inside of the fingers. That’s there to eliminate bunching while gripping, hence the name and what makes them semi-good for motorcycle riding. Look on the inside of these new Icon gloves and you’ll find an identical detail.

The Rimfire’s incorporate identical elastic panels inside the fingers, but will actually protect your hands if you go down.

The Rimfire’s have something else I’ve been wanting in a pair of gloves for a while: D30 knuckle guards. Impact protection in the knuckles is a good idea because I like to punch things — friends’ faces, car mirrors, walls, the usual — but also because that’s an important are to protect in a crash. A lot of short, casual, town gloves don’t include much in the way of knuckle protection. Thanks to the D3O polymer, these gloves are thin and stylish, but provide significant impact protection to the knuckles. D30 is pliant and flexible at rest, stiffening to a near solid when impacted, redirecting impact forces away from fragile bones. Punch a wall with the Rimfire’s on and the full force of your swing is directed to the wall, but not your knuckle, which is nicely cushioned. A neat trick given that the protectors add only a tiny amount of bulk to the knuckle. The presence of that high-tech material is signified by a flashy little panel that hides inside the floating knuckle. On it, there’s the D3O logo, plus a little brass-knuckle pattern; fitting.

Additional impact protection is achieved by padded panel on top of the hand, behind the metal icon logo, and foam-filled channels on top of the fingers. Underneath, on the palm, there’s double leather and metal studs to ensure the gloves slide on the road surface, rather than grip.

That detail is drawn from classic British racing gloves of the 1950s and ‘60s. But, I’m not entirely sure that the historical connection won’t be lost on people who didn’t grow up in England. Ashlee, for instance, saw Hot Topic belts, not cafe racers, when she tried them on.

Indicative of the attention to detail being applied to Icon products of late, those metal studs are backed by a panel of Nomex, meaning they won’t transfer heat created by friction during slides to your hands.

Icon says it used “drum dyed French cowhide” to construct the Rimfires. Regardless of its origin or process, it’s an incredibly supple, luxurious leather that look right at home on a high-end pair of designer fashion gloves, but is thick enough to provide protection on a motorcycle. Seams on the fingers are stitched externally. Remarkable at this price point — $90 — but it shouldn’t be. Moving the seems to the outside is a simple as simple can be, but transformative for comfort and feel. Both areas where the Rimfires really excel.

Short cuff gloves, ideal for in-town riding where convenience and style need to be married to safety, won’t be for everyone. But, for riders looking as much for a look as they are for functionality, these gloves are simply perfect. Excellent impact protection, decent abrasion protection, outstanding quality and understated style, all at an extremely affordable price.

The Rimfires are part of Icon’s new One Thousand collection of high-end, stylish, technically advanced riding gear aimed at city riders. We’ll be bringing you more on that soon.

  • bluemilew

    hope they feel better than they look.

    • Edward

      One Thousand Rimfire is a surprisingly restrained name – one would have thought that something along the lines of “Delta Force Combat Patrol Overlord” glove would have been more consistent with their naming conventions.

      • iconmotosports

        @Edward – We were totally going to name them that but Seal Team Six threatened to shoot us in the face for showing branch favoritism.

        • Edward


      • Raubert Van Harris

        You gotta fit “Prime” in there

      • Gene

        Better name than “Harold’s Gear Gripping Gloves” at least… makes me think of a hentai game with lolicon.

      • filly-fuzz

        Gloves look pretty neat but is it just me or does the name sounds like a biblical case of chilli diarrhea?

  • Gavin

    I really like how these and the Elsinore boots look, now to see if my tax return is still around by the time they’re released…

    • R13

      Seriously, The elsinore boots look amazing. I really like the way they are going with this new line.

    • Sauciér

      Totally agree. I have been drooling over a pair of boots by Vitesse Moto but then I got an email from Revzilla with the Elsinores and damn if they don’t look good and have a decent price.

      • stempere

        Sideline, i met the boss of vitesse at the paris show (who photographed my worn out everyday Hunt) a few months back and they were introducing the new 2012 collection and it includes a lot of new stuff (short boots, waterproof, new colors).

        I should have snapped a picture as i haven’t found any info online since.

        • Sauciér

          OK. Now I’m back to hemming and hawing. I was almost ready to pull the trigger on a pair of Gloves. Then the Elsinore’s come out and NOW you got me on the 2012 Vitesse’s!

          Since you got a pair, how is the fit? The main thing holding me back was having to gamble on the size without first trying them on.

          • stempere

            I messed the guideline printout so ordered one size too small.
            Sent them an email and they sent me a larger pair immediatly letting me have both at the same time to choose the right one and send back the other one.
            Ordering online is aways tricky but their customer service was top notch.

            Sizes about the same as a pair of Nike Dunks, though a tad snugger at the front.

            • Sauciér

              Thanks man! That’s good info to know. I may be leaning back towards the Vitesse’s again – after I see what their 2012 collection looks like.

  • jp182
    • Gene

      Me too, but that’s because this and Rev’it are the only brands to fit my thumbs. I’ll have to hunt down a pair of these Icons and see if they fit too.

  • Glenngineer

    Need. And they come in 14s, praise fucking jesus.

  • Ceolwulf

    I like ‘em.

    Have to say I never find my full gauntlets an inconvenience though. No more than normal gloves anyway. (Those are also Icon, incidentally. Very comfortable.)

    • Campisi

      Agreed on the gauntlets. Mine go on about as easily as any other pair of gloves, and at the very least the wrist cuff bit keeps wind from getting up my sleeves.

    • Mike

      I’d like them too if they were full gauntlet.
      I don’t see how gauntlets are inconvenient or unfashionable. Is this a skinny-jeans thing?
      Whatever, I’m not here for the fashion show.

    • TuffGong

      No reason not to wear a gauntlet.Vanson Talon gloves are some wonderful creations if you care enough to wear the very best…

      • BMW11GS

        I am really into the Heliomot gloves, they check off all the right boxes and you can get them to look like, well, gloves.

      • Philip

        I agree! No gautlet = incomplete protection. In my second to last godown, I was wearing short gloves. Interesting how the asphalt found the skin between the glove and the jacket.

    • Felix

      I can tuck short gloves into the back pocket of my jeans or the pockets of my jacket… one less thing to carry around.

      • Wereweazle

        Why don’t you just shove them inside your helmet? Then you don’t have to carry them individually at all.

  • 2ndderivative

    I wish you guys would go all Jezza on a gear/bike review at some point. Just rip it to shreds. For the lulz. The F800R write-up came close…maybe try an HD branded product?

    • Sean Smith

      This is about as close as I’ve ever got. Scroll down to the part where I bring up the Harley 883 Iron.

      • contender

        I forgot about that. I loved that bit.

  • Frosty_spl

    Their new one thousand jackets are freaking awesome too, I plan on buying one in the spring. A few years back you wouldn’t catch me dead in an Icon jacket or driving an American car. Here I am with both.

    • Kevin

      That is one nice looking jacket. In brown? Seriously nice, very classy.

  • contender

    Well. I think I’ve just bought my final bit of Astars gear. How about something with a puck, Icon?

  • Eben

    These look promising. Bunching at the base of the fingers is a constant problem when touring. Why doesn’t everyone do this? Of course, external seams aren’t universal either, so I guess motorcycle glove designers probably don’t actually ride motorcycles.

    • Chris Davis

      Yeah, I don’t think that’s it. The phrase “perceived value” is a punch in the gut to a designer and the root cause of many inferior products.

      • Sean Smith

        +1. Saving the good stuff for the $300+ gloves is bullshit.

  • rndholesqpeg

    I take my hands pretty seriously since I make my living typing on a keyboard, and the thought of saving $50 bucks for cheaper gloves hardly seems worth it. This in both terms of looks and safety. The only innovation these gloves seem to have is the new foam in the knuckle area, because its not like articulating fingers are new.

    I will take personally take some preformed Kangaroo palms, Rayskin, and the build quality of some Helds over these things any day. If you really want a short glove try these:

    • Grant Ray

      D3O isn’t foam. Nowhere near, in fact.

      • Raubert Van Harris

        It’s a proprietary (branded) polymer so information about it is pretty sketchy. Seeing as it comes in these Ed Hardy …err ICON gloves, I was skeptical, but it actually sounds like a clever idea. You would need at least a Masters Degree in Materials Science to honestly understand this stuff though.

        • Chris Davis

          It’s a non-Newtonian material. Here are some basic examples:

          • Raubert Van Harris

            Yea almost all thermoplastic polymers are because the molecules are just so damn long with varying degrees of branching and entanglement. This fact alone doesn’t separate “D3O” from any existing non-proprietary elastomers. Even Velveta cheese has been known to display viscoelastic behavior =)

  • Sean Smith

    Also, if you prefer to stay brand-free, four quick snips to that red thread is all it takes with these.

    • stempere

      I was looking at those (and the chapter jacket) just a few days ago and was wondering if it served some function or not. Didn’t realize it was only branding.
      Massive props to icon, for the first time a product you actually sell is really appealing to me AND the pricing is just right.
      Too bad it’s a pain in the ass to find icon products in paris…

      • iconmotosports

        The 1000 line is shipping to Europe and will be available in April – same as the US. Find your dealer here

        • stempere

          Yeah i tried their store locator but honestly results aren’t that usable.
          For instance i work near one of the listed one in paris (Doc’ Biker) and know them well. It’s a chain shop that does things like oil changes and swapping batteries (they’ll also pump your tires, grease and tense your chain for free, if you’re ever in paris…) but they hardly sell any gear.

          Last time i tried to have a look at one of your helmets i’ve been to or called 5 stores that appeared on PE website’s and they didn’t stock any icon products…

          Besides Knox you’re one of the thoughest brand to find around here, or at least you were last year and before, i’ll check again around april i guess.

    • iconmotosports

      Sean – Are you sure about that? We can’t imagine anyone ever removing our pristine branding from a product – and we certainly don’t recommend it here.

      • pinkyracer

        Some people are deathly allergic to brands. Don’t you read William Gibson?

        • Wes Siler


      • Sean Smith

        Who knows. I was on heavy pain killers when I wrote that ;)

    • Tim N.

      DO NOT TRY THIS!! I bought a pair today and remembered reading this. It looks like the red string is all that is holding it on, but it’s not. There are extensions of the metal at each corner that go into the leather. They came out easily leaving only a rather large hole in the leather… apart from the last corner I tried. It seems to have a washer attached to the metal making it impossible to slide it out of the hole as I did with the other corners. Now I’m left with a logo hanging by one corner on the back of my left hand. I’m really pissed!

      • Sean Smith

        Please see above.

        If you’d read the rest of the thread, you’d have seen that Icon specifically says don’t do that, and then I admit I was on heavy pain killers (following surgery to repair six broken bones) when I made that speculation, you probably shouldn’t do it. And you definitely shouldn’t apply force when it doesn’t work.

        I also learned the hard way that the red threads only appear to hold the logo on. In reality, it’s a much larger piece. After cutting only one it was obvious that there was something else holding them on. I got practical and decided to burn off the red stitching, leaving only black leather and black logo. After a few hundred miles, I feel that they’re sufficiently ‘stealthy’ and also that the metal would probably work well as armor.

        But that doesn’t help you with the glove you screwed up.

        Here’s what you do: Take your gloves to a shoe repair place. Any shoe repair place. Explain what you’d like done and they’ll probably quote you a price between $15 and $40.

        • Ben W

          The reasonable conclusion from what Icon said is, “We don’t want you to remove our branding.”

          Better word choice that could have saved their customers some hassle would be, “Don’t remove it because doing so will screw your glove up.” Or, “There’s more than just stitching holding it in.”

          That said, the Incredible Hulk approach often ends up in damaged clothing.

          • Tim N.

            Thanks, Ben. That is exactly what I took from it. Here’s how I described it in my email to Grant: “The snarky response from them[Icon] simply implies that they would like to keep the emblem on their products and does nothing to refute the implication that those threads are all that secure the logo. The purpose of Sean’s playful return seems only to keep relations between your company and theirs on good terms.”

            Sean, I understand that you were dealing with the effects of medication. My intention is not to accuse or be confrontational, but I only assumed by your original comment that you had successfully removed the logo and were pandering to Icon with a little humor about the drugs.

            I was much less hesitant in my attempt to remove the emblem than you. I think my impractical abandon communicates the level of trust I had in what was stated. I simply cut the four threads, grabbed the logo between index finger and thumb, and pulled it away from the glove. It came away fairly easily and did not require any amount of real force. I certainly didn’t go all Bruce Banner. :) There was no damage to the leather. The holes I described as rather large were only what was left by the emblem coming out. I’m not sure that I would have preferred the holes over the emblem.

            It turns out that the washer holding that corner on was not the only one. I found washers floating in the tips of the fingers from the other three corners. These had slid off quite easily without me even noticing they were there. I was able to maneuver them into position and slide them back on each corner. It would seem that this will hold well enough.

  • oldblue

    Don’t want to crash in them, don’t want to be seen in them…but then that goes for any non- gauntlet glove.

  • smoke4ndmears

    Tarted up fashion gloves. Icon needs to go racing to gain some real protection cred. Additionally, every pair of gloves with these extended cuffs (aka 3/4 length) that I’ve ever bought I’ve given away. They just are not compatible with any of the sleeves on the motorcycle jackets I own. Full gauntlets or none!

  • doublet

    Don’t punch things in motorcycle gloves! I’m sure that’s mostly just cute literary styling, but I’ve got a sunken left pinky knuckle as empirical evidence. Granted, I was drunk and totally didn’t connect with that fridge correctly, but still.

    Why do people insist on making comments that are nothing but self-serving? ” I don’t like this gloves because I like other gloves”

    Icon makes fashionable items that are actually more saftey gear than the popular fashion ques they draw from. I hand’t realized these were such a direct homage to these obscure japanese gloves, but like all things japanese , even those are an homage to motorcross gloves of yor.. gloves that were mostly gloves for roping cattle.

    These aren’t marketed to guys who only wear gauntlet gloves. They’re marketed to fashonistas who wear gardening gloves. Actually, they’re marketed to people who know what they look like, visually speaking, and can see the improvement over anything in a similar category, from an actual concern for safety.

    Just because you want a motorcycle, doesn’t mean you have to go get the fastest newest 1000RR. The same is true of gear. Yea, I know it’s a loosing argument to say safety gear is overkill above a certain level. It’s like saying having too much money is a bad thing.. but sometimes too much money is a bad thing.

    • smoke4ndmears

      Why do people insist on making comments that are nothing but self-serving?

      Because the internet, I suppose. Having a comments section is an open ended “what do you think?” for members, no?
      This article could be also considered self serving -it is Wes and fashion after all.

      It’s all good. Icon has made their business by providing moto gear that appeals to non-mainstream motorcycle fashion sense. I’d personally like to see them make some purely functional race oriented gear as I like the quality/price point of the rest of their stuff.

      • doublet

        You make a good point upon which to base the complaint that they don’t!

        And yea… I know it’s the internet. I dunno why I felt like being rhetorical.

        I’m still waiting for that race suit that was reviewed here. Maybe I need to go re-read.. All I know is, I keep checking their site, and I haven’t seen any mention of it!

  • Johndo

    Looks like a mix between gardening gloves and golf gloves with a slight inspiration from Michael Jackson’s glove. The chrome rivets on the inside…so cheesy.I’m sure they’ll be great gloves, but look like women gloves. I would ride bare hand before wearing these. Lately I think Icon has made huge progress in the design department (boots and jackets in the cop vs Speed Triples looked nice) but I guess this project slipped.

  • the_doctor

    It is time to upgrade, and I will check into these. They are not pretty, though, but I do prefer function over form.

    • Case

      What are you wearing if these are an upgrade? These provide no protection for the little bone on the outside of your lower arm/wrist, no extra protection for the fragile pinky. I’m not convinced the rivet sliders are any better than what you find in other gloves.

      If you prefer function over form, get a glove with more function: Dainese 4 stroke, the Scalpel (comes out in a couple months, but expensive), Knox whatever it’s called, the Held Short Race, etc.

  • stempere

    Does the icon-1000 moniker means every product in the line will be limited to a 1000 pieces?

    It doesn’t seem to say so on the website but photos show they’re at least numbered. The numbering doesn’t obviously point towards a limited edition though (like 0024/1000).

    If it’s really limited to 1000, i’d definitly have to get it online in the states (anyone ordered from RevZilla to Europe?).

    • iconmotosports

      No, it does not mean they’re all limited to 1000 pieces.

      One thousand is the empirical number that forms the boundary between boy and man.

      • holdingfast

        wait what? boy man one thousand? huh?

      • stempere

        Good to know, thanks.

    • kat

      hey stempere – we ship to europe daily! (i work at revzilla.) there are some restrictions, though. check out this page for all of the rules: .

      • stempere

        Thanks, i already sent an inquiry yesterday for a chapter jacket and the gloves.
        Congratulations on the size charting and cm convertion by the way, really handy.

  • The Other Will

    I can’t actually find these things for sale anywhere. Have they not shipped to suppliers yet?

    • The Other Will

      Nevermind. I’m an idiot.

      • JVictor75

        LOL, you aren’t an idiot. I went looking too! (Or we’re both idiots, lol)

        I did find this however:

        If you want to be the first person in your riding group to have the new stuff you could probably order it now and be one of the first to receive it when the line becomes available.

        Either that, or Lagniappe. This would be a very very cool line to do Lagniappe. What do you say Mr. iconmotorsports?

        A lucky HFL reader gets outfitted in the new stuff and provides a review on pain of death?

        • Mark D

          This sounds like a plan. Get kitted up, ride 1,000 hard miles, crash, report.

          • JVictor75

            Seriously though!

            1000 people enter (their names into the drawing for Lagniappe), 1 person leaves (with new moto gear from Icon).

            It even fits the theme!

          • contender

            This is HFL. You either crash OR pull tattoo models. Or both, I suppose.

  • Holden and Annette

    Thanks for the link to the Icon One Thousand collection. My mind is utterly blown. That One Thousand Chapter jacket is very nice-looking, without logo overkill, and has D30 armor. If the shoulder patches can be removed easily, it’s a winner.

    Then there’s the One Thousand Federal women’s jacket, which my wife will flip for (if it fits her busty body). Again, with D30 armor.

    I never ever considered Icon. But their entry into this segment of the market, and the embrace of D30, put them on the must-try list.

    • doublet

      Your reaction sums up why I like Icon. I like them because I think they are SMART at selling safety equipment.

  • Jon B.

    Now if Icon could only do a “Made in America” series.

    • Sean Smith

      Icon x Vanson. I like where this is going.

    • Erica

      you’re on to something JB

  • T Diver

    Wow. You make a few jackets with tribal crap and can never live it down. Icon seems to be the most contravertial brand on earth. Whitney Houston should have worn Icon gear. I’ve owned 2 pairs of the Kushatanis. They are nice but they smell now. I will try these. Thanks Icon. You should step up the controversy by making a new line called Hipsters Suck. Or better yet “Hipsters Suck 1000″ with a skull logo for the zeros.

    • Holden and Annette

      “Hipsters Suck 1000,″ with a skull logo for the zeros, would definitely shift some units. T Diver, you should demand a commission when that apparel line comes out.

  • Coreyvwc

    Gone are the good old days when it was oh so easy to hate each and every product ICON produced… Huge brand image and stylistic departure going on here, and a job well done! Keep the cool stuff coming!
    Although I’m not sure I can forget this creation…

  • Tim N.

    Okay… I’ve been wearing these gloves for a few hundred miles now and I think they are a bit too roomy. I recall other models from Icon that have felt more true to size, particularly the Twenty-Niner, and that was what I had expected here. The finger and cuff length are fine, but I wish they were more snug. The roominess coupled with the elastic in the cuff make them rather insecure. The placing of the Velcro makes it nearly useless. With it adjusted as tightly as the design allows, it is basically overridden by the elastic in the cuff and they still pull off with some ease. This is a bit disconcerting, due to the potential for the asphalt to remove them with the same amount of ease.

    The first pair of gloves I bought were cheap leather from Olympia. They are some of the best fitting gloves I own and the cuff closed securely. They are less likely to come off in a slide. On the bike, I think they are actually more comfortable. The fit adds to more tactile ability and the external stitching from on the Rimfire is somewhat restricting to finger movement.

    All that being said, I still reach for my Rimfires. Given that the gloves stay on, the Rimfire offers more abrasion resistance. As a guitar teacher, I’m (perhaps naively) more concerned with impact protection over abrasion, anyhow. And these are probably the most beautiful gloves I’ve ever held!

    I really hope they make an updated version in the future with a sizing that is more true and cuff design that would keep the glove on in any slide.

    • Tim N.

      Icon was kind enough to replace my original pair. I would have to say that the fit is pretty inconsistent. The left glove from the new pair fits exactly as expected while the right has a cuff that is even larger and less secure than the original. There is excess material in the tip of the left index finger. Despite these minor inconsistencies, I still like these gloves better than anything else I’ve tried on. I hope they can somehow address these production standards as the company grows. I agree with Wes about how exciting these new Icon products are, particularly because of the more understated styling and incorporation of D3O.