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PRODUCT REVIEW: Speed and Strength "Little Miss Dangerous" Gloves

A snug fit for small hands

by Rachael Westfall
5/15/2012

One of the most frustrating things I’ve found about the market for women’s motorcycle gear is the difficulty of finding a pair of shorty gloves that work. In my 11 years of riding sportbikes, I can’t tell you how many shorty-style gloves I’ve tried, and most of them either do not fit me properly or don’t last. I recently tested a pair of Speed and Strength’s Little Miss Dangerous Gloves to see how they stack up against other gloves I’ve tried.  

Speed and Strength's Little Miss Dangerous Gloves feature thin, supple leather and a snug fit, making them ideal for women riders with smaller hands.
Speed and Strength's Little Miss Dangerous Gloves feature thin, supple leather and a snug fit, making them ideal for women riders with smaller hands.

The Little Miss Dangerous Glove uses a sleek leather frame in its overall construction with a reinforced leather palm. The leather is thinner than what I'm used to in a riding glove. As a sportbike rider, I'm accustomed to wearing thicker gloves with Kevlar or carbon-fiber reinforced knuckles. You can't compare the Little Miss Dangerous Gloves to these highly protective ones, as they use two completely different types of construction. The thinner frame of the Little Miss Dangerous Glove seems to be more suited for a cruising riding style rather than a sporty one.

The main reason a rider wears gloves is for protection—protection from the elements and flying debris and protection in the event of an accident. So in a crash, I wonder how the Little Miss Dangerous Gloves would hold up compared to thicker-framed gloves or gauntlet-style shorty gloves. A gauntlet glove is more likely to stay on in a crash, and thicker leather provides more abrasion resistance.
  
Reinforced leather palms allow for a firm grip on the bars.
Reinforced leather palms allow for a firm grip on the bars.

The top portion of the hand and fingers is padded with thermo plastic rubber, providing comfort and additional protection. The Velcro hook and loop wrist closure makes the gloves quick and easy to put on, though the closure was a bit weak and easily came open when rubbing against my jacket’s sleeve.  

Simple yet edgy, the design is a nice complement to any jacket or helmet.
Simple yet edgy, the design is a nice complement to any jacket or helmet.

The gloves are designed with a natural curve in the fingers, giving them what Speed and Strength describes as a “pre-curved race-cut fit.” That said, I found the fit to be extremely snug—the gloves feel more like a second skin. While the gloves were a bit restrictive for my taste, the padded finger protectors and reinforced leather palms allowed for a firm and reassuring grip on the handlebars.

Rachael found the fit of the gloves to be too tight and would have liked a little more adjustability to avoid the restrictive latex feel. Riders with smaller hands may find the snug fit more comfortable.
Rachael found the fit of the gloves to be too tight and would have liked a little more adjustability to avoid the restrictive latex feel. Riders with smaller hands may find the snug fit more comfortable.

The benefit to the gloves being so tight against the hand is that they are not bulky and do not bunch up in the palms when grabbing the handgrips like heavier leather gloves do. Although they weren't a perfect fit for me, the snug fit and thin leather might be just what a woman with smaller hands needs. Just be patient and allow for a longer break-in period.

The simple, feminine design on these gloves is sure to appeal to a wide range of women riders.
The simple, feminine design on these gloves is sure to appeal to a wide range of women riders.

I found the Speed and Strength Little Miss Dangerous Glove to be a simple, street-wise garment with limited crash protection. Overall, the gloves are a cost-savvy purchase for the everyday street bike rider. The Little Miss Dangerous Gloves are available in black in women’s sizes S-XL for $49.95. The gloves do tend to run a size smaller than your normal size, so be sure to get a size larger than you normally wear. For more information and to find a dealer, visit SSGear.com.     

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