My beloved natural color cowhide gloves, which have given me so many years of good service on outdoor trips and were excellent summer riding gloves, have finally bitten the dust (I briefly had a pair of natural color Geier kangaroo gloves, but I gave them to my sometime riding partner J as a gift to commemorate the Sturgis ride.) The old cowhide gloves are literally falling apart. They were my favorites, my 'go-to' gloves for everything- camping trips, scrounging firewood, using hand tools, and motorcycle riding. I wore them all the time on trips out to the Utah desert, because they would keep the skin on my hands from drying out and cracking in the extremely low humidity.
So now I have four pairs for riding:
- Olympia insulated waterproof
- Geier unlined elkskin
- leather gauntlet with Thinsulate from J&P Cycles
- and now the BOSS unlined goatskin
As you can tell, I have a thing about gloves. It's so hard finding just the right fit and feel. Same with helmets. Last Tuesday I almost had my head taken off when we got hit by powerful wind gusts on the Foothills Road. The wind got inside the helmet and was pulling at it, and me, at 70mph. This is the second time that has happened to me- both times I was wearing a half or 'shorty' style helmet. It's downright disconcerting, I tell you for true.
Sooner or later I will have the perfect jacket, boots, helmet, and gloves. May we live so long!
Let The Good Times Roll.