Quick & Dirty

Published on September 26th, 2016 | by Boris

IXON PRO APEX 2 GLOVES – TRIED AND TESTED

I have been using these fine-looking hand-shoes for about six weeks now. I’ve done maybe 2000kms with them. Most of those kilometres have been brisk, for it has been the tail-end of winter and the blossoming of spring. The mornings and evenings have been cold, and the days just south of warm.

So the age-old battle against frozen hands was fought yet again.

Not every bike I ride has heated hand-grips.

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Not at all like a dead cat.

So I seek a cold-weather glove that doesn’t leave me feeling like I have inserted my hand into a dead cat.

It’s important to have a glove that lets you operate the controls and buttons of your bike, but still offers you enough warmth so that your hands actually work.

And in these modern times, it’s obviously important for gloves to be compatible with touch-screens on Smartphones and Garmins. Presumably so that when your phone or GPS is mounted on your bike, you can poke at it.

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They wait for me on the pillion-seat of the R3. Like good girls.

That’s not important to me, but it may well be important to you, so I’m letting you know these new mittens from Ixon are touch-screen friendly.

I liked these gloves, primarily because they looked very cool and worked well in cold weather, while still giving me enough feel so I could press buttons that needed to be pressed on the switchblocks.

I struggled to get the cuff of the glove over thicker-sleeved jackets, so that’s something you might want to consider. The upside is that it was easy to get the glove cuff inside the jacket sleeve. Ever wonder why water will flow down your jacket sleeve and into your glove? Science, bitches.

Now then, I know it says they are waterproof on the box. But nothing is waterproof. These will keep your hands dry for about almost an hour in teeming rain and then you’re on your own. Showers and moist conditions are fine. Happily, the HIPORA inner-lining does not follow your wet hand out of the glove when you take it off.

I like the Ixon feature of putting a slider on the palm of the glove. It doesn’t get in the way of the throttle and experience has shown me that palm-sliders are a good thing when it goes pear-shaped.

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Double-stitching and that neat palm slider. Thus far unused.

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The fastening system. And you can see how close-fitting the cuff of the glove is.

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Coming through a car-window near you. Just kidding. Honest.

The palm is re-enforced with ‘Chamude’. When I Googled this, I discovered it’s pseudo-leather. Like the old Naugahyde, but newer. The rest of the glove is a combo of well-stitched leather and textile, which is all CE-certified.

The  knuckle protectors did not chew into my knuckles, which was handy, and there’s apparently aluminium lining the back of the glove for very good insulation.

I reckon they would be ideal cold weather glove if you did have heated grips. Your palms would be warmed by the grip and the backs of your hands would be insulated by the aluminium.

They fasten with a Velcro strap on the inside bottom of the wrist, and the strap is wide at the end so it won’t pull through the plastic loop.

A well-made glove, that looks cool. A man can ask no more than that.

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No, that’s not a bit of errant leather on my forefinger. It’s a label.

 

FAQs

How warm are they really? They’re pretty good. They are not ice-age beast-gloves, but then a lot depends on your personal health issues. How good is the circulation at your extremities? Do you drink enough water to help your blood flow more efficiently? If your circulatory system is shit, then your hands will always be cold, no matter what. Exercise more. Eat well.

 Can you unzip your jacket with them on? Depends on the size of your zip-toggle. You would struggle getting dressed with them on. So put them on last.

 Which one should I put on first? The first one you pick up. Unless you believe in Satan. Then it’s the left one. Always.

  HOW MUCH? $149.95

WHERE CAN I GET THEM? Contact Ficeda HERE, and they will tell you who stocks them.

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For a good five-across-the-eyes each time every time.

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is a writer who has contributed to many magazines and websites over the years, edited a couple of those things as well, and written a few books. But his most important contribution is pissing people off. He feels this is his calling in life and something he takes seriously. He also enjoys whiskey, whisky and the way girls dance on tables. And riding motorcycles. He's pretty keen on that, too.



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