Say hello to the brand new Sumo glove from Lee Parks Design.
Built on the same platform of our best-selling Deertours model—a perennial favorite around the shop—the Sumo adds some smart armor that doesn’t compromise the class-leading flexibility and dexterity of the original.
This feat is possible only through a whole lot of over-the-top design work by Lee Parks, a former gear editor for Motorcycle Consumer News (read: black-belt gear nerd) who branched out on his own years ago to start an eponymous glove company and training school.
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Lee approached this armored glove project with the same thoroughness he applies to his 2nd edition textbook and his training curriculum, which is now offered in a nationwide series of rider courses, plus his company is now responsible for providing training for the California State Highway Patrol. After experimenting with a variety of materials in multiple durometers, Lee settled on this particular compound of specialized Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) for the new gloves, and had molds made for the individual, size-graded components.
Making a few prototypes is one thing—putting the gloves into production is another matter entirely, and Lee went way down the rabbit hold on this one, finding a company in Canada with a CNC stitching machine capable of meeting his laser-tight tolerances—the flange of TPR around each armor component is about 1mm wide – pretty much impossible to hit on a standard sewing machine.
The end result is a painstakingly produced, purpose-built motorcycle glove that has all the benefits of a traditional deerskin glove (dexterity, breathability, second-skin comfort)—plus the added consideration for digit saving armor at each digit.