This is the Komine GK 157 supposedly “Smart Tip” gloves. You might be wondering why “supposedly”? Read on to find out why.
This is not a long term review of these glove because I stopped using it after my Travel by Heart PH Tour. This is more like a long-ride review as I have done more than 10,000 km’s on this gloves.
This model is extremely comfortable, the materials used in the upper and lower part of the glove seem to be all breathable. It’s a treat wearing them on hot weather as air just flows through and through. There’s also some form of cushioning on the palm part of the gloves to help reduce vibration and can provide minor protection in an event of a crash.
One of the best things about this model is not really its features… but rather its fitting. Familiar with the term “Fits like a glove.”? This actually feels like a glove because it fit’s my hand perfectly. One of my issues with other glove brands is their fitting, I’m usually a medium but on brands like Dianese medium still feels a bit too big, go for a small then you can’t even fit you hand in it.
Fitting is very important for me because it greatly decreases or increases your dexterity. Fine hand movements are usually hampered by an ill-fitting glove, making you want to take it off when trying to look for something in your jacket pockets. This glove just gives me all that dexterity that some gloves seem to lack.
I think part of the reason why this glove fits me well is, it’s made for asians as far as I know Komine is a Japanese brand and they, well cater to the Asian market. Which is a noticeable a bit smaller in terms of everything to our western counterparts.
This is more like an everyday glove so it’s not packed with extreme safety features one might find in race gloves but personally, I think it’s adequate for its intended purpose. The bottom part is made up of textile and some kind of felt material, which I think in an extreme crash would probably easily burn away due to abrasion against concrete or asphalt. There’s also additional paddings on high stress areas such as the bottom of the palms which could provide cushioning effects on low impact crashes.
Textile mesh makes up the upper part of the glove, doesn’t give the best protection but does give a lot of comfort. The knuckle guards are made out of rubber, again it provides comfort, dexterity and flexibility but I doubt that it will do anything even in a low impact crash.
Komine as a brand is known for quality products and innovations, and the same goes for this glove. However, there are just some things that they seem to have overlooked when choosing the materials for this model. Even after using it for 10,000 km’s, day in and day out for 2 months the stitching held on even the wear and tear parts that are usually in contact with the handle bars.
But the “Smart Tip”? well that’s was gone by like the 4,000 kms. Yes, it did work as intended. Using touch screen devices was a breeze with this glove, but as you can see it did become more touch friendly when it was all gone. So what caused it to deteriorate that much? Velcro. One of the most used form of temporary adhesion material in motorcycle gear is the main reason this glove lost its (ehem) touch. I noticed that velcro slowly tore away the felt material every time it came contact with it, now some might argue that this is avoidable. But given that pretty much most of my gear has velcro, it seems inevitable.
This glove is not cheap, from what I can remember I purchased this at close to 2,000 php.
I wouldn’t buy this glove again and avoid other gloves that use this kind of material for their touch friendly tip. I expected much from the brand, although I don’t hate the gloves, I think for this price they should have thought of using something else. My “Smart Tip” is to look for newer models as from what I have seen they seem to have sorted out this problem.
Where to buy?
184B E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave.