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AbbyShot and Motobiker gloves comparo

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:24 pm
by MFP 2020
I recently purchased a pair of AbbyShot Max gloves with my jacket. A while back, I bought a pair of the "vintage AHRMA/Mad Max" gloves from Motobiker on eBay (http://tinyurl.com/yjzsatr). And this might surprise you, but I prefer the Motobiker gloves.

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The AbbyShot gloves are quality, made from a soft, supple leather, which Max's appear to be. They're lined with a fleece-type fabric. I ordered them in size XL per the chart on their website, but there's a little too much room inside for me. The end result is a glove that feels like a nice winter glove, not a driving glove. Considering they're based in Canada, it's no wonder they make their products (the Max jacket included) to withstand the cold; for a SoCal guy like me, it's not so desirable.

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There is elastic at the wrist on the palm side only. The "finger protection" (padding) stitched onto the back of the gloves is more screen-accurate in that there's not one on the thumb (as there is on the Motobikers); otherwise they don't look much like the padding on Max's gloves. Also, they appear to be neoprene (fabric side up) and half the height of the foam rubber on the Motobikers (and Max's). The fabric on the neoprene is already starting to curl. The more I look at these gloves, the less I like them.

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Approx. $52 US plus shipping.


The Motobiker gloves (there's no name brand, so I'll use the name of the eBay seller) are made of a rougher, stiffer leather, and are completely unlined. I ordered them in size L and they're slightly too snug, but they feel more like driving gloves. They have stitched elastic at the wrist (both sides) that more obviously tapers the gloves. The palms have a cool stitched "double padded palm" that is not screen-accurate (Max's gloves have a smooth palm), but I like it.

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The exterior padding is thicker (just strips of foam rubber, no fabric) and more screen-accurate. As mentioned, there is padding on the thumbs. Unstitching and removing the thumb pads left a line of holes (see 4-up picture below), but I'm hoping they become less noticeable with use.

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Approx. $30 US including shipping.

Neither glove is completely screen-accurate, but for overall look and fit (not to mention price), I'm sold on the Motobikers. AbbyShot's policy won't allow me to return my gloves for a refund, so I guess I'll be selling them.

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Re: AbbyShot and Motobiker gloves comparo

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:03 pm
by Max Replica
Great review. Thanks for doing it.

I took the padding off the thumb of my motobiker gloves and I don't think the line of holes is very noticeable. Definitely worth doing.

And I agree with your review. The raised finger padding on the cheaper motobiker gloves looks a bit more accurate to me. Too bad about the stitching pattern on the palm, but not a dealbreaker for me.

Re: AbbyShot and Motobiker gloves comparo

PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:24 pm
by MFP 2020
By the way, I put my AbbyShot gloves up for auction:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0384847427

Free shipping for forum members!

Re: AbbyShot and Motobiker gloves comparo

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:27 am
by Max Replica
I wanted to update this old thread because it's still relevant. These gloves are still available by the same eBay seller.

I also forgot to post last year and say that I actually cut off the extra material from the palms of my motobiker gloves to make them more SA. Yes, it left a lot of tiny holes, but they aren't very noticeable and it looks better and more SA than it did before.

Re: AbbyShot and Motobiker gloves comparo

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:46 am
by Max Replica
Here is a comparison photo of the motobiker gloves with the extra leather on the palms (right) and with it removed (left).
One photo with a flash, where you can clearly see the holes and one under more realistic lighting conditions, where they're barely visible.
I definitely recommend removing the palm leather pads from these gloves.
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Re: AbbyShot and Motobiker gloves comparo

PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 6:51 pm
by HUMVEE Driver
Once again, I'm impressed by your attention to detail. Or should I say obsession? :lol:

Thanks for doing all this work and research!

-HUMVEE Driver

Re: AbbyShot and Motobiker gloves comparo

PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:19 am
by MFP 2020
It's a shared obsession, HUMVEE. :)

Thanks for the update, Max. Those look pretty dang good. I wonder if a coat of neatsfoot oil would plump up the leather and hide the holes better...