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Test winter motorcycle gloves Racer Avalon

Today, I'm going to talk to you about winter gloves from the Racer brand: the Racer Avalon. Racer is a French brand specialized in the manufacture of ski and motorcycle gloves. It was founded in the 1930s and originally only manufactured ski gloves. In recent years, they have also started to make motorcycle gloves for summer driving but also and especially for winter driving. Given the weather at the moment, this winter glove test will not be a luxury...

I tested them over about two weeks, with temperatures oscillating between 5°C and -4°C, without hand guards, without heated handles but also with them, just to see to what temperature it remains bearable. I let you discover it !

Racer Avalon winter gloves on the technical side

The Racer Avalon gloves are winter gloves made of Softshell nylon, a goat leather palm, a reinforced shell on the top of the hand, and a small reinforcement at the palm to protect you better in case of a fall. These numerous protections also allow it to have the famous CE 1KP labels with the biker logo for you avoid any problems in the event of a police check.

Its long cuff has a triple tightening allowing for a close fit and thus preventing any possibility of the cold penetrating. This will allow you to tighten them as closely as possible above or below your jacket sleeve, as is my case.

Waterproofing is ensured by a “Polymax” membrane developed by RACER engineers. It's about of a microporous system which permanently prevents water from penetrating. I did not have an intense episode of rain during my tests but, on my very scientific test of the glove immersed in the bowl of water for 5 minutes, it did not break through.

Putting on is very easy and I particularly appreciated the fact that the internal lining is sewn onto the ends of the glove. This prevents you from ending up with the liner completely out as soon as you remove your slightly damp hand. Hello the hassle of replacing the lining when this happens to you... Here, there is no risk of this happening and it's the kind of small detail that makes the difference in use.

Cold resistance: Limited in extreme conditions

Let's move on to the most important part about a winter glove, its ability to cold resistance. The Avalon glove liner is made up of two parts:

  1. The insulation of the glove is made of Fiberfill which is an insulation made from polyester.
  2. The upper internal part is made of a THERMOFITCONTROL lining which, according to the brand, “reflects and retains the heat produced by your hands thanks to a multitude of reflective isothermal points”. It is a Racer specific liner since it was developed by their research and development laboratory.

In use, this does not translate into very respectable comfort up to 4 to 5°C on the highway at 130 km/h even after 30 minutes of driving, and you would almost feel hot when driving between temperatures oscillating between 5 and 10°C. I appreciated the comfort, the thinness of the glove for a winter glove, the feel of the motorcycle controls, and the fact of not having my fingertips frozen until reasonable temperatures.

On the other hand, as soon as you go below 3/4°C and you find yourself riding in temperatures of 0°C or even – 4°C as I was able to do, without hand guards, without heated grips, there the Racer Avalon clearly shows their limits. My fingertips were completely frozen. The rest of the hand was warm but the fingertips weren't keeping up at all.

And that’s quite normal… As the Monitor out of the nails explains very well, you have to say that at 0°C, while driving at 110/130 km/h, your fingers take the equivalent of -21°C and inevitably, after 20/30 min, it starts to sting violently ! I have not yet found non-heated gloves capable of keeping the fingertips at the right temperature in such conditions, but no unpleasant surprises in terms of thermal insulation for these gloves.

The details that make the difference

To finish in the series of little details that make the difference, I loved:

  • the squeegee integrated into the right thumb which allows you to wipe your visor
  • the additions on the tightening allow you to easily grasp the scratches and adjust the settings without hassle
  • and finally, the waterproof pocket on the gloves which allows you to integrate your electronic toll badge or your garage beeper. It's simple but it's super practical and avoids handling your jacket pockets.

I appreciated the Racer Avalon winter gloves and all their little details which are very practical on a daily basis. Special mention for the thumb squeegee which I am delighted to find on winter gloves and for the pouch to store the garage beeper. These gloves will be perfect for motorcyclists of all types wishing to enjoy their motorcycle until the end of the mild winter days. However, they will quickly show their limits for those driving in negative temperatures.

If you want to ride below 0°C with the Avalon, you will need to add a pair of heated grips or even additional hand guards. And if this type of accessory doesn't tempt you, consider switching to battery-powered heated gloves like the Connectic model from the Racer range which will be much more comfortable riding in 0°C or less. It's up to you to decide according to your use and your desires!

There you go, you now know everything about the Racer Avalon gloves, I hope you liked it. Please leave a comment below the video if you have any questions about this product.

Thanks for watching and we'll see you again very soon for the next full test. Good road !


My opinion: Perfect for a winter above 0°C

Priced at €97.35 and available in 5 sizes ranging from M to 3XL, the Racer Avalon gloves will be perfect for motorcyclists of all types wishing to enjoy their motorcycle until the end of the mild winter days. However, they will quickly show their limits for those driving in negative temperatures.

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Matt Adventure

Biker still rides, every day, a Triumph Tiger Explorer XCX on the asphalt and a Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré on the roads. Amateur of roads that dirty motorcycles but also Triumph fanboy on the edges. I love testing motorcycle gear; all staged in good quality videos :-)

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  1. Rein january 6, 2017 at 7:10 p.m. Answer

    It would have been nice to try them with a heated handle and per hand...just to have an alternative to heated gloves.
    Thanks anyway for the test 😉

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