Swedes love safety; we only need to look as far as Volvo to see that. But, they also like to do dangerous things that require safety equipment. Protecting people from their own stupidity is where POC comes in with a range of riding kit and forward thinking products. This Index Flow glove nestles in the middle of the glove lineup, aimed at being lightweight and comfortable with basic protection. There are heavier options including the VPD padded Index DH glove, and slimming all the way down to the Index Air for riders wanting the bare minimum on their paws.
Construction POC Index Flow Gloves Details:
• Grip patches to enhance braking
• Soft knuckle padding
• Silicone gel palm padding
• Slim profile cuff with a comfortable fit
• Ventilated palm
• Terry-cloth patch
• Size: XS, S, M, L, XL
• Price: $55 USD / €60
As I'm getting older, I'm starting to like more protective clothing when hurling myself down mountain sides. Not too much, though, bulky and sweaty body armor that could save some serious injuries is still a no-go, I do like lightweight protection all around. Just like Goldilocks and the porridge, these gloves seem to be just right.
The silicone pads on the palm are positioned away from the handlebar grip area, as like many riders I hate pads between my skin and the rubber grip. But in the event of a crash, they are ready to take the edge off of the impact when you plant your hands into terra firma. The knuckle pad goes unnoticed too but I'm sure it will come in handy one day for glancing off of trees.Performance
The perforated palm helps to keep the temperature down and avoid sweaty palms, I prefer the elasticated cuff over velcro fasteners and the terry cloth thumb is good for wiping a sweaty brow. Nearly two months of riding, falling off and a couple of days trail building have kept the Index gloves in one piece. There are a few loose threads, but nothing has opened up or torn yet, even the silicone finger tip grips are intact. I guess that's where the hefty €60 price tag speaks up for itself. Pinkbike’s Take:
|There are some products that you just gel with. They fit properly, get on with the job at hand and are the items you always look for first when getting ready to ride, without them you feel a little lost. That's what the Index glove is to me, and judging by their durability so far, they will be for some time longer. - Paul Aston|