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10 Critical Pieces of Motorcycle Body Armor


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Gloves
Big, sturdy gloves provide the best protection for those fragile finger bones.
Big, sturdy gloves provide the best protection for those fragile finger bones.
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Now is the time for an exoskeleton. Even a minor crash can snap your fingers like matchsticks, and it's not hard to find a pair of gloves that offer reinforcement for your fragile bones. That said, you want to ride like a human and not a robot -- a bulky, unwieldy glove could cause a crash that you might otherwise steer out of.

Most of today's high-tech armor gloves combine Kevlar and leather, sometimes with carbon-fiber reinforcements in areas like the knuckles that tend to be slide points. The balance between the burly safety of an exoskeleton and the fast-and-light safety of precision control is one you'll have to figure out for yourself. But imagine tipping even from a full stop -- you're going to want something on your hands.


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