Longboarding Gloves: The Basics
First off, how do you know if you need longboarding gloves? You need a good pair of longboard gloves if you:
- Ride any significant hills or
- Hit speeds above 20 mph
Longboard gloves have pucks on the palms that let you drag one hand on the pavement so you can maintain your balance without ripping the skin off your hand. Drifting corners, Coleman stops, and most freestyle moves are based on the assumption that you will put one hand on the ground–that requires some significant hand protection. Being able to stop quickly keeps you safer, and gives you the ability to ride bigger hills with confidence. Longboarding gloves can also help protect your hands from cuts and scrapes in a fall or a crash, however, they don’t provide wrist protection.
Your longboarding slide gloves are going to take a lot of abuse. Here are some things to look for when shopping for longboarding slide gloves:
- Look for a leather body for maximum durability
- Kevlar thumb patches and/or fingertips add additional durability
- Double-stitching keeps seams from coming apart
- Some riders prefer a rounded palm puck over a square one because they feel it has less chance of catching or biting the road; your mileage may vary
- Do you want pucks on the fingertips as well as the palms? Some riders like free fingers to grip the board, some like the additional puck.
- Have a tendency to scrape your knuckles when sliding or drifting a corner? If so, look for longboarding gloves with reinforced knuckles.