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    Lee Parks DeerSports PCi Gloves Review

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    As the weather turns cooler, it's time to put the mesh away and don something warmer. I've been testing these Lee Parks DeerSports PCi gloves for 2 fall seasons now. Tune in to see the verdict!





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    I talked to Lee at one of the motorcycle shows a few years ago...and told him about one problem with his gloves.

    They never wear out.

    Which means that I donít have a good excuse to buy new gloves every couple of years.
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    For a street rider nothing beats deer or elk skin. I have not yet bought any of Lee Parks gloves because every time I have been near any my current gloves were fine and did not need to be replaced. Maybe I ought to think ahead.

    I have been riding with deer or elk skin gloves from Cabellos for at least 15 years - maybe four pairs. They last and last forever. They dry still pliable, and if you wet them in a rain and keep riding until they are dry they fit better than they did before.

    Sure: they lack the plastic knucle guards and whiz bang techno stuff - but the abrasion characteristics of deer or elk skin is as good or better than plastic.

    YMMV
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    I started using Deerskin gloves (and jackets) back when Thurlow of San Diego was still in business. If anything, Leeís gloves are as comfortable, and perhaps better constructed, then the deerskins from Thurlow.

    I got knocked off a Ducati back in Ď97 by a Subaru while doing about 50 in an HOV lane. The Thurlow jacket and gloves got abraded, but held up very well. One of the best purchases in my years of riding was the Deerskin gear.

    Though Iíve hung up my riding spurs, Iíd highly recommend Lee Parkís gear, itís first rate!

    PS. Anyone want a slightly used custom Thurlow jacket (44L)? Itís got a lot of sMiles on it, but seams still tight, the leather has some ďpatinaĒ...lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeabeckS View Post
    I started using Deerskin gloves (and jackets) back when Thurlow of San Diego was still in business. If anything, Leeís gloves are as comfortable, and perhaps better constructed, then the deerskins from Thurlow.

    I got knocked off a Ducati back in Ď97 by a Subaru while doing about 50 in an HOV lane. The Thurlow jacket and gloves got abraded, but held up very well. One of the best purchases in my years of riding was the Deerskin gear.

    Though Iíve hung up my riding spurs, Iíd highly recommend Lee Parkís gear, itís first rate!

    PS. Anyone want a slightly used custom Thurlow jacket (44L)? Itís got a lot of sMiles on it, but seams still tight, the leather has some ďpatinaĒ...lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    For a street rider nothing beats deer or elk skin. I have not yet bought any of Lee Parks gloves because every time I have been near any my current gloves were fine and did not need to be replaced. Maybe I ought to think ahead.

    I have been riding with deer or elk skin gloves from Cabellos for at least 15 years - maybe four pairs. They last and last forever. They dry still pliable, and if you wet them in a rain and keep riding until they are dry they fit better than they did before.

    Sure: they lack the plastic knucle guards and whiz bang techno stuff - but the abrasion characteristics of deer or elk skin is as good or better than plastic.

    YMMV
    At nearly $100 less in price than the Lee Parks, the Cabela's gloves look like a very good choice. No doubt the Lee parks gloves are a better looking design and offer gauntlets, but that is a very big savings.
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    Aerostich makes a very nice elkskin gauntlet glove also cheaper, I use them when it's cold out to keep wind out of sleeves most of the time I use a pair of leather gloves I got at Alco before they went out of business heavy leather double layer over palms do a few coats of mink oil as comfortable as the elkskin gloves from aerostich I purchased a xl and a xxl pair wish I had purchased all they had left at $7.50/ pair
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Sure: they lack the plastic knucle guards and whiz bang techno stuff - but the abrasion characteristics of deer or elk skin is as good or better than plastic.

    YMMV
    Lee has a nice testimonial on his site from a rider who was injured by shards when the knuckle guard fragged in an accident. I have both the standard and the PCI models and like them greatly. I waited quite a while for my Held Steve's to wear out before making the Deersports my daily gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    At nearly $100 less in price than the Lee Parks, the Cabela's gloves look like a very good choice. No doubt the Lee parks gloves are a better looking design and offer gauntlets, but that is a very big savings.
    For 90% of my riding I do not want gauntlet gloves covering my sleeves because I want some airflow into the sleeves. I do have cool weather gloves (BMW brand water resistant) with gauntlets that I switch to in colder weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeabeckS View Post
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    I, and later my wife, both had Thurlow tailor our jackets back when. I wore mine for the life of my 1978 R100/7, about 15 years before I 'grew' out of it.
    Gave it to my skinny son who wears it as a fashion statement out in NYC...
    But I found another one that fits me, identical to my original. It's a beaut!

    Anyhow, I've looked at Lee Parks every time I go to the Long Beach Motorcycle show, just never seem to bite the bullet.
    This year, I'm getting a pair for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rapiddog View Post
    I, and later my wife, both had Thurlow tailor our jackets back when. I wore mine for the life of my 1978 R100/7, about 15 years before I 'grew' out of it.
    Gave it to my skinny son who wears it as a fashion statement out in NYC...
    But I found another one that fits me, identical to my original. It's a beaut!

    Anyhow, I've looked at Lee Parks every time I go to the Long Beach Motorcycle show, just never seem to bite the bullet.
    This year, I'm getting a pair for sure.
    In my top ten of motorcycle related products....

    Thurlow jackets
    Lee Parkís gloves
    RD barbacks



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    I tried a pair. They were very nice gloves. Proof is that I would always take them inside at stops, where my helmet would stay outside on the bike (w/ a concealed hook/latch).

    I think they should have lasted 1/3 longer than they did. Had they been priced 1/3 less than I paid for them I definitely would be using them.

    Thurlow gloves (and jackets priced at swap meet prices) were my standard of gear. What a disappointment that they disappeared. Good things never last.

    Now I make my own deerskin gloves or add gauntlets to good deerskin or elkskin gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72r60/7 View Post
    I think they should have lasted 1/3 longer than they did.
    My favorite summer gloves, BMW Rallye gloves with no gauntlet and with "GS" on them, gave it up on the trip to the Salt Lake City rally. I probably got four years out of them, which is pretty good, I thought. I just replaced them - and the instructions that came with the gloves recommended washing gloves with "leather detergent." Hmmm, I've never done that, a likely reason my gloves don't last as long as I'd like. I had never heard of "leather detergent." So I got some leather detergent here: https://www.preservation-solutions.c...her-detergent/ I'll try this stuff out on my Held gauntlet gloves and some work gloves.

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    There is a large thread over on ADVRider about Lee Parks gloves and I have tried them myself. Tried being the operative word. The gloves are very nice, BUT, only if you buy them at a show/event and get fitted by Lee Parks himself. Otherwise trying these gloves through mail order is an exercise in fitment futility. Even printing out and using their own sizing tool does not help. I've ordered multiple pair of the same size glove and the sizing is all over the map. There is simply no consistency into how they make a glove. Not denying the quality of the glove materials but for the price, the fitment quality needs to improve greatly.
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