Protective gloves are essential for riding. Not only do they help protect your valuable hands in the event of a mishap, they also guard against stones, insects and wind hitting them. The problem in selecting a pair of gloves comes when you start selecting them. Cheap gloves are just that - cheap. Cheap scooting gloves (say in the 10-30 dollar range) are usually on sale, so they may be older stock or some that have proven fragile, weird sizes or are otherwise unsuited for their purpose. In the 30-50 dollar range you tend to get better gloves, but they quickly skew towards very old “race” gloves or “security” gloves that look like scooter/motorcycle gloves but are either uncomfortable or unsuitable for casual use. Beyond 50 dollars, you get into specialized race gloves and they quickly go from a $65 glove that is neither waterproof or available in your size to $195 race gloves that while protective and flashy (white gloves?), are not suitable for casual scooting use. It’s clear that there is an opening in real world use gloves for most scooterists. Corazzo had the same idea last year (yes it takes that long.) They were thinking of an attainable leather glove (under $60), that would prove durable, comfortable, waterproof and fashionable for both men and women. That glove is the Corazzo Caldo Glove, and the time invested has yet-again paid off for the Australian and Portland-based manufacturer.
The Caldo Gloves are made largely of water resistant goat skin leather, which offers a soft, luxurious feel while providing some serious abrasion resistance. The Caldo also offers a polyester liner for ease of use, as well as a molded PVC knuckle protecter for when your day gets really bad. The balance is synthetic leather along the index finger and it all sounds good but the truth is in the fit. Slip these gloves on (I tried an XL) and they are snug and comfortable. The gloves wear extremely well and are comfortable enough to wear in the car, as I did the first time I tried them. The goat skin is very flexible, smells great and seems flexible enough to hold a grip or steering wheel with confidence.
My hands are between a large and an XL in gloves and the XL Caldo fits perfectly. If you wear an XL, I might try both an XL and an XXL as they are just a bit snug. Of course, leather, even the tough goat skin leather used in the Caldo, does tend to loosen up over time, so consider that as well.
The Caldo features thumb and forefinger touch sensitive materials and I’m happy to report that they work very well indeed. The material is infused with conductive thread, although it appears to just be black cloth. There is a PVC knuckle protector that is totally undetectable by one's hands while wearing them. There is also a grip-strip closure on the mini-gauntlet at the back of the glove. When I was wearing the Caldos with the Corazzo Tempeste, I had to take the jacket’s adjustable wrist closures to the tightest in order for the gloves to fit on top of them. On other jackets, I didn’t have to do that, but you may want to try the them on with the jacket that you are going to wear them with just to make sure.
I was very pleased with the weather protection of the Caldo. They were comfortable in mid-50s degrees, and remained completely dry and comfortable in some light rain that I encountered on the same ride. I’d hesitate to say that they are completely waterproof, but they are most certainly water-resistant and feel great doing so.
The Caldo gloves are well built, with some built in flex areas and double stitching throughout. The long, L-shaped synthetic leather palm patch is perfectly placed for holding the grip and brake or clutch on a scooter. The index finger placed synthetic piece also serves as a decent visor wiper when needed.
The Caldo leather riding glove hits the sweet spot in scooting gloves. It’s stylish (Mods would approve), yet discrete. It can be used on and off the scooter, but feels best when gripping a throttle, brake or clutch. The Caldo seems very well constructed (Corazzo listens to feedback!), and at a price of $59, is a excellent buy for this level of quality. Go try some on and you will soon be enjoying the luxury of a well-built, comfortable and good-feeling leather scooting glove.
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