If you read my post about Numbness in my fingers while riding you’ll know I requested a pair of QWI Nerve Protection Motorcycle Gloves from the USA to see if they’d help.
I must acknowledge up front that although I was intending to buy a pair of these gloves, when I corresponded with the company about them Dr Joseph Yao, who owns the company, offered to send me a pair without cost for review. While this was very generous, it did mean I ended up with a pair of gloves that aren’t well suited to riding at this time of year, so I expect to supplement my review a little later on.
The key thing to know about the QWI gloves is that they are designed by an orthopaedic surgeon so that the key nerve bundle in the centre of your palm is left free of pressure and vibration – the two key contributors to numbness in the fingers while riding.
The first thing I noticed about the gloves is that the photos online don’t do them justice. The photos look like cheap leather – the kind you see in Chinese motorcycle gloves – but the actual gloves look more like a pair of up-market ladies gauntlets from the 50s. Not to say they look “girlie”, but they are soft, stylish, quality leather gloves that would not be out of place on the dashboard of a Rolls Royce.
Some reviewers have criticised the internal stitching of the gloves, saying it annoyed their fingers. I found no such issue.
What I can say is that they do seem to work.
Over the past few months, I have had to make a special effort every day to stop my fingers going completely numb during the 30 minute commute into the CBD each day. This usually involves extending two fingers over the clutch and brake most of the way, and doing stretches when ever I got the chance – e.g. at traffic lights and on downhill stretches.
This morning, on my first commute with the QWI gloves, I was pleasantly surprised to find that although I felt an occasional tingle there was no real numbness at all and I did not need to take any special steps to stop the numbness from happening. And that’s a pleasant suprise. I mean products should work as claimed, but they don’t always hit the mark.
I should also say that the sensation of these gloves was a bit disconcerting at first. The placement of the pads on the palm of the glove means that you have a lot more padding between your hand and the throttle than I am used to. Also, I noticed that my thumb began to hurt a bit after 5 or 10 minutes on the road, but that soon went away and was not apparent for the rest of the ride to or from the office.
Once you get used to these two things, the gloves are comfortable and fit well and I can see them getting lots of use. At this time of year, even in sunny Brisbane, there’s a bit too much chill in the air to be comfortable wearing gloves without lining, so I’ll have to wait for Spring to arrive before I can say too much more about them.
But if you do experience similar numbness issues, it would be worth taking a look at Dr Joe’s website (http://www.qwinerveprotector.com) and maybe ordering a pair for yourself. As I said, they do seem to work as described.