RockGardn FATE Gloves

DESCRIPTION

The FATE Carbon Gloves™ feature a 1 X 4 split-knuckle design. RatherThan one large knuckle piece,There are four independent pieces sewnTo a leather surroundThat is, inTurn, sewnTo a floating, ventilated neoprene panel.This panel glides overThe underlying Airmesh layer, allowingThe knuckle piecesTo articulate withThe position of your hand, eliminating pressure points whether youre gripping or braking. Carbon fiber forefinger protection. Buttery-soft, reinforced genuine cowhide palmThat

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 09, 2014]
pcmxa

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great Protection. Good fit. Good ventilation. Have held up well so far.

Weakness:

Small issues with stitching. Dyes tains hands

I have been using these for a couple months now and am very happy with them. Great protection. I have hit cholla at full speed with no needles scratching my hands (got some in my shin though). Also hit some trees with no consequence. Falls onto rocks have also not caused any damage. The gloves have held up through all of this and still look great.

I did get a stitch loose but trimming it has led to no further issues. The black dye stains my hands black after rides, even after hand washing them on three occasions, but I'll take it for the protection they give.

[Feb 01, 2014]
illinoisdpwnhiller

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

not bad and would protect.

Weakness:

the whole sizing is dead wrong.

as a 5 foot 8 man with wide hands I sent back the extra large gloves which were way tight on my 9 1/2 inch hand circ. .. so I sent them back and got XXL and they fit except fulcrum is outrageousely tight because these crappy Pakistan made gloves are not what a real humans hand is shaped like period,. so oneal is a much better glove. bottom line? I aint putting that crap on my hands.......

[Jun 22, 2011]
Shogun_STI
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Looks good, carbon covered areas looks like it will protect well at high impact areas

Weakness:

horrible quality. Thought I would take a chance since it was only $25 on Jensonusa. But after one light normal riding (no bails) stitching started to rip at palm area as indicated by other riders below. Sent back to Rockgardn to get it exchanged, had to go through a big hassle at customer support but finally got a new pair.

2nd pair. Same story. After 1 -2 rides, finger area starting ripping, it's just falling apart overall!!!

DONT BUY THEM!!! Rockgardn needs to reevaluate their quality control!

If you are looking for a full finger glove with carbon protection areas, look into the Oakley Factory Pilot gloves. Bit more expensive though $80~
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[Jun 10, 2009]
GKJ MTB Rider
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great Construction, Very Good Quality

Weakness:

Gloves Are Made For People With ery Small Hands, If You Ware A Largea XXL is what you want And it will still be tight and i hope they wll stretch if they do they will be Perfect

havent had them for a long time, but i know they are gonna protectmy hands(and my bike if someone trys to get it from me,ie,carbonfiber) Because concrete rocks and dirt is not nice to nuckels and palms. So bottom line these should work out perfect, Remember TRY TEM ON! before you you buy them, Also im 5'9". If you have big hands make sure you Try them on, thier XXL is about a FOX large. but for me they work Great, And look Cool as They can Be

Similar Products Used:

Fox Gloves No where nere as muth protection

[Aug 27, 2008]
kiloracer
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

comfy

Weakness:

short wear - solely from track racing

I was inspired to buy these based on a similar design for Japanese Keiren racing gloves. These just do not have the quality. In a little over one year of track racing (alone) the palms are in tatters. I can't imagine what mtb riding would do to them. Comfortable while they held together, but cannot recommend them. I noticed most of the positive reviews were from folks owning them short term. A month ago I would have been one.

Similar Products Used:

Avenir, Fox, Louie Garnou, Spenco

[Oct 02, 2005]
Kat
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The ultimate in durability and protection. Wicked coverage on knuckles. Terrycloth thumb good for wiping your eyes, nose, whatever.

Weakness:

Palms are thin. Carbon takes some getting used to as it doesn't flex easily. Nothing on index/middle finger to prevent slipping off levers.

I purchased these Rockgardn gloves because I keep catching my knuckles on tree trunks. They offer protection like no other glove I have had. The back is incredibly strong but stiff because the carbon areas don't flex. That also cuts down on the ventilation so your hands get a little warm. The palms are a bit thin and I did slip my right hand off my grip once as I moved way back off the saddle for a steep section.
I recommend these gloves for DH use. They are a bit overkill for a XC ride or just messing around on local trails.

Similar Products Used:

Fox, Specialized, 661

[Sep 03, 2007]
Doug
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great Design, protective.

Weakness:

None at the time

I love the gloves

[Aug 24, 2007]
James

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Really, really good fit. Super comfortable. The airprene breaths unbelievably well... you can literally feel the wind blowing over your hand! Tough leather on palm stands up to a lot of abuse, terrycloth over thumb is great for mopping sweat off your face (super absorbant), and the wrist strap can fit tight enough (yet comfortably enough) to offer some wrist reinforcement.

Weakness:

Rub pads on back of fingers starting detattaching immediately. Some of the stitching easily starts to come undone. However, after immediately trimming these leads, I've had no further problems. The velcro wrist guard is hard to attach after putting on one glove b/c the fingers of the glove easy attach to the velcro, pulling apart the material slightly.

The bottom line is that these are EXCELLENT gloves. They breath really well, fit really well, stand up to crashes really well (I've eaten gravel several times and they show nothing but dirt), etc. The only drawback is the somewhat easy to unravel stitching (especially on the rubber pads). However, this isn't a huge deal, is fairly easy to remedy, and doesn't remove from the functionality of the glove. I highly recommend it!

[Feb 11, 2007]
Ben
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very comfortable, super tough, look really nice, carbon fiber saves my knuckles.

Weakness:

None so far.

Best gloves I've used. They are really comfy and they haven't fallen apart yet (can't say the same for some other gloves).

Similar Products Used:

Fox, Oakley, 661

[Apr 29, 2007]
Steve
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Comfortable, decent protection.

Weakness:

Horrible stitching!!!! Got a hole on my ring finger on the first day using them too.

I'd never suggest to anyone to buy these gloves, I literally used them just today and the stitching is already working itself loose and I have a nice hole in one of the fingers on the right glove. I'm sending them back this week for a refund. The other reviews seemed pretty positive, which is why I ordered them, but wow what a disappointment.

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