We’ve seen d3o pads many times in the past, and we hear the Army are now trialling them in helmets, but gloves are a new application.
The d3o pads on the knuckle remain very pliable until the molecules lock together on impact to produce a solid protective barrier.
Downhill gloves normally sacrifice comfort in order to offer knuckle protection, with a stitched-in plastic or carbon guard, but the use of d3o allows much more flexibility, and with more protection than cross-country gloves.
The Clarino palm is soft and grippy, and doesn’t bunch between the bar and grip. It’s not the toughest Clarino we’ve seen though, as the palm was showing signs of wear after a couple of rides.
The usual car park test of punching the floor with the knuckle showed the glove’s ability to fend off impact very well.
The glove looks like it can be used on cross-country rides, but we wouldn’t advise it. It has no terry nose wipe, and some of our testers felt hand movement was restricted by the sewn-in d3o pads.
|Name||Evo D30 Glove (09)|
|Description||• Neoprene wrist cuff with TPR closure. • Tough, synthetic leather and mesh construction is machine washable. • The best of both worlds. Soft flexibility while riding and instant protection with internal d30 technology. • Reinforced thumb and finger tips. • Vented Clarino palm area stays soft and pliable, even after washing. • Silicone finger grippers. • Internal revolutionary d30 technology inserts are specially engineered material with intelligent molecules that flow with you as you move but on shock lock together to absorb impact energy. • The d30 components utilize the unique flow texture specifically designed to provide optimal freedom of movement and exceptional protection due to the macro-densifying mechanism which maximizes contact and therefore minimizes pressure transmitted during impact.|
|Clothing Sizes Available||L M S XL XS XXL|