- Axo Vortex gloves
While not as heavily-armoured as some gloves out there, Axo’s Vortex gloves are definitely at the end of the riding spectrum that demands a sturdier glove. Most noticeable is the carbon fibre knuckle protector, almost an essential accoutrement for any heavy-duty glove these days. There’s a healthy bit of shock-absorbing foam padding behind it, and it’s more flexible than it appears.
Finger protection is limited to rubbery panels on the backs. The palm is super-supple Pittards leather with a Kevlar panel on the oft-abraded heel of the hand. Extra grippy patches are provided across the base of the fingers and on the tips of the first two fingers. A Velcro closure keeps things secure and there’s a pull-tab to help you get your hands in there.
In use, they’re comfortable and feel light for the style of glove. We’ve crashed a few times and failed to either damage them or our hands. There’s a short length of stitching between in the crook of one thumb that’s come apart, though, which is a little disappointing for a high-end glove.
Positives: Good protection without going overboard, top-notch materials, comfy
Negatives: Expensive, less finger protection than some rivals, slightly suspect stitching
We like the Vortex gloves for comfort and relatively lightweight protection. But they seem expensive for what you get, and we’re a little disappointed that a bit of the stitching has started to come apart. We’ll keep using them and keep you posted…