Why Choose Driving Gloves?
Friday, 10 February 2017 | Admin
Why Choose Driving Gloves?
Driving gloves are a great combination of form and function: Not only do they look good in and out of the car, but they do provide functional improvement at the wheel.
The key advantage of using gloves for driving is comfort: They keep your hands warm in Winter and keep your hands dry in the Summer.
That is the logical reason, but there are also the intangible advantages: They give a greater feeling of control at the wheel, if you will, a more heroic feeling of man and machine in harmony against the elements. They hark back to the earliest days of the motor car, when the driver was at the mercy of the weather (ask any Morgan or Caterham driver for a contemporary account). A pair of driving gloves makes driving an event once more.
The very act of slipping them on can be part of your mental preparation to for the road. We asked a journalist at on-line motoring magazine MotoVerso to let us have his comments on two different pairs of gloves. One pair made him feel as though he was driving a classic Ferrari through the Alps, and another pair evoked US muscle-cars...it's amazing what a pair of gloves can do!
As with anything slightly unfamiliar, more experience will help you find your favourite. Deerskin or Cabretta leather, perforated palms or not, full gloves or delta cut-aways, full finger or fingerless. There are quite a few permutations to bear in mind.
If you want them to match the upholstery in the car, that's fine too, and normally the best reason! Our most popular driving gloves are a classic 1960s design with a delta cut out on the back of the hand, together with knuckle holes and perforations to aid breathability. In our opinion driving gloves should be unlined on all but the very coldest days.
If you prefer a full glove, the Dents Officer's gloves is very popular with professional drivers as it doesn't look "Sporty" (which might convey the wrong impression in a funeral cortege). A stylish alternative are the Dents Skyfall driving gloves: Hand made in the UK, they were created for Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall, when driving the famous silver Aston Martin DB5.
Gloves should be snug to start with as they will naturally stretch across as they accommodate the shape of your hand. Well made gloves will not stretch in length, so as long as the fingers fit well, do not be concerned if at first the gloves feel tight. Take a look at our gloves sizing guide for more information.
For whatever reason you try a pair of driving gloves, we're sure they'll become a firm favourite.
After all, they are why the glovebox in your car exists.