Rev’it Trocadero H20 Glove
Rev’it is back at it with a brand new pair of winter/cold weather motorcycle gloves. So here comes the cold winter weather in the United States, and with the bitter cold, comes some pretty sore mitts! After a few early morning commutes with my current perforated leather gloves (Rev’it Fly, which you can read the review about here), and I found myself in urgent need of a pair of cold weather gloves. Many searches later, and I found what I though would be the perfect set: the new Rev’it Trocadero glove! Although the gloves look great (albeit expensive), there are a few surprising drawbacks that I wasn’t quite expecting…
I seriously searched around a lot before taking the plunge on a pair of the new Rev’it Trocadero winter season gloves. I had a defined set of requirements that the gloves must fulfill: warmth, good fit, looks good, and comfortable. I looked through all manufacturers, from Alpine Stars to Joe Rocket to Dainese. None of which really had anything that jumped out at me. Now I admit, I’m probably a little biased towards Rev’it products, but I just love their general design ethos. They consistently produce high-quality low profile, non-flashy gear that perform well and are favorably reviewed everywhere. These gloves are a bit on the pricier side (@ $130 USD), but I though that for all the features and comforts of the glove, it might be worth it. Although the Trocadero ‘fits’ all of my superficial needs, once I got them, put them on, and have been riding with them, I’m really surprised by what I actually felt.
First, let me start off with what the Rev’it Trocadero does well. The gloves look awesome! Just subtle enough to not scream ‘street Rossi,’ but are definitely motorcycle gloves. They have solid knuckle and palm protection, along with a cuff just long enough to not be a gauntlet but provide good wrist coverage. The internals are soft and cushy as hell – super comfy with that pseudo-fur lining that’s nice and warm. And this lining is surprisingly well anchored, and doesn’t slide all around. They’re also marketed as being H20, waterproof. As far as my experience with them go, as long as the water doesn’t enter through the cuff, they hold up pretty well! No wet hands yet.
As for mobility and on-road use: the fingers on the Trocadero move well enough and found no particular ‘hot spots’ on my hands that would cause any immediate discomfort. The touchscreen fingers (index fingers only) work surprisingly well and are able to navigate multiple types of touchscreen devices. The palms feel good and gripping the handlebars works just fine. I can also still ‘feel’ the bike a bit through the gloves. This might sound a bit weird to some, but with how thick the lining is, I expected to not be able to feel my way around the handlebar controls at all. It’s do-able, but not really recommended. And for a pair of gloves that are just around the $130 USD mark, these are small oversights I just can’t ignore. But now this is where things go downhill for me, and the price is just the icing on the proverbial cake…
I really wanted to like the Rev’it Trocadero… correction, I still really want to like these gloves. I love the overall design and they’re actually warm. But at this price point, they should be amazing. Unfortunately… the Trocadero just is not for me. I’m a big fan of feeling ‘in control’ of my motorcycle ride – I know I’m not the only one. These gloves are just so damn thick that it feels like I’m wearing oven mitts while riding! I understand the manufacturer’s mentality: they wanted waterproof, warm, and functional gloves that don’t look like awful over the top race gauntlets. Now they’ve succeeded in checking off all of the boxes, but the actual end product leaves a lot to be desired. Like I mentioned earlier, I can feel (fumble?) my way around the handlebar controls, but that’s just it… it feels like fumbling. The furry inner lining feels nice and cozy, but feels more at home in a pair of snowboarding gloves.
Because of all the different leather, waterproof, warming, and protective layers in the Rev’it Trocadero the end result just ends up being this big troll-like mess. Now, this may be just perfect for you if you’re riding around the Arctic Circle or some Nordic country – but for a winter in the US (even the Northeast, mind you), these are just too bulky. Almost overkill. I know this is kind of what I ordered, but the pictures just don’t do the size of these gloves any justice. By the images, they look just like all their other gloves… but the girth on these suckers is just huge.
Now, if it was just the thickness, I’d be more inclined to forgive the gloves and just recommend them to serious cold, winter weather riders, and touring friends. Unfortunately, there’s one more flaw that breaks this deal for me… the cutting off of circulation to my fingers. Now, this may be attributed to the layout of my human-like hands, but after a couple minutes in these gloves, I begin to lose circulation to my pinky fingers (on both hands)! Now to bring this into perspective, I wear a size medium in almost all glove makers, and this is the first time I’ve come across this particular issue, out of all the gloves I’ve tried.
I thought this was just because the Trocaderos weren’t broken in at first… but even after some consistent riding with them, my pinky fingers still lose circulation. So much so that I end up having to pull over and give them little fingers some slack on each hand, to encourage some life juice back into them. It’s not like I’m wearing them in some weird way, or that my hands are shaped funny like. I’ve got standard paws, and my carpal bone structure is pretty normal. Being the try-hard that I am, I even tried to loosen them a bit (not recommended to other riders) and force the fingers to stretch out. But I think the material just shifts in a certain way that cuts into the webbing between the ring finger and pinky finger, and slowly starts preventing circulation. Maybe if they pumped the brakes on so many internal layers, this wouldn’t be such a problem.
At the end of the day, the Rev’it Trocadero does some really good things. It looks great (at a distance) and keeps your hands really warm. So all in all, I’d still recommend these gloves to friends that are facing rides in really cold weather, or taking some long tours across the Tundra. But I’d only recommend these gloves to them if your hands don’t suffer from the same circulation challenges that I do! If your fingers lose circulation like mine do, then please do not get these gloves… they’ll only cause frustration and pain while you’re outside, in the freaking cold, while hugging your gas tank to get some of that sweet sweet engine warmth. If your fingers don’t have the same issues, and you’re good with the oven mitt-like thickness, then you should definitely grab a pair of the Rev’it Trocadero gloves!
For me though, I’m going back to the online stores to maybe find myself a pair of non-perforated leather gloves that will keep my hands warm, without threatening to take a finger or two as payment for my cold weather ride.