MXA TEAM TESTED: LEATT MOTO 2.5 X-FLOW V22 GLOVES
WHAT IS IT? Leatt prides itself on creating high-quality products. It’s obvious that Dr. Chris Leatt and his team of designers pay attention to even the smallest details, and their Moto 2.5 X-Flow V22 gloves are just one of their many products that receives high praise. We don’t often write product tests on gloves, but the Leatt gloves are worthy of some extra adulation.
WHAT’S IT COST? $31.99.
CONTACT? www.leatt.com or (661) 287-9258.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with Leatt Moto 2.5 X-Flow V22 gloves.
(1) Concept. Some gear manufacturers skimp on the quality of their gloves to save money or because gloves come as an afterthought in their gear line. Leatt’s gloves don’t fit in either category. The 2.5 X-Flow gloves are light and minimalistic with excellent airflow and a comfortable feel on the grips.
(2) Construction. The 2.5 glove features Leatt’s NanoGrip palm material, which is made up of ultra-thin woven fibers. Leatt claims that these fibers are 7500 times thinner than a human hair. Plus, with FormFit finger stitching, you’re able to have exceptional comfort and grip in both dry and wet conditions. The 2.5 glove doesn’t come with any impact protection; however, the 3.5 and 4.5 Leatt gloves do have rubber knuckle guards on top of the hands to defend against roost. On a high note, the Leatt 2.5 X-Flow V22 gloves allow you to use your touchscreen phone to send a text message or make a call while wearing them.
(3) Performance. Gloves are a small piece of the motocross puzzle, but they play an important role. We have all ridden with gloves that bunched up in the palms or weren’t flexible enough. Additionally, some gloves have fingers that are disproportionately sized, making them too long, too short or too tight. The Leatt 2.5 X-Flow gloves worked perfectly for the MXA test riders. With ultra-thin and flexible material, our test riders were able to get a superb feel on the grips without any bunching in the palms. Plus, the Velcro wrist strap fits snugly as well. The stretch-stitch thread boosts durability at the seams, where gloves usually fail first.
(4) Comfort. Leatt’s gloves are pre-curved to the natural position of your hands, and they are extremely soft. They remind us of high-end golf gloves rather than traditional motocross mitts, and we love it! The “thin glove” ideology matches perfectly with modern-day “athletic fit” motocross gear trends. Off-road riders don’t usually want thin gloves because they need palm padding for extra cushion on long rides and knuckle padding for protection against trees and bushes. The Moto 2.5 X-Flow V22 gloves will not be their cup of tea.
(5) Options. All of Leatt’s motocross gloves are available in sizes ranging from small to double extra large. The Leatt 2.5 X-Flow V22 glove comes in two colors: Graphene (grey/red) and Aqua. Leatt also sells a 2.5 glove with wind-block material for riding in cold and wet conditions, and another with SubZero material that is thicker for even colder temperatures.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We have no complaints.
MXA RATING: Nothing is more personal than a motocross glove. It is your point of contact with the machine. MXA test riders are picky about their gloves, but the Leatt Moto 2.5 X-Flow V22 gloves offered exceptional grip on the bars at a price that won’t break the bank. You’ll be comfortable wearing them on the track, on your bicycle, at the gym or on the golf course.