The Motorcycling Scene in India is changing , and it’s changing fast, but people are keeping pace with it too. The whole attitude towards biking is changing, it is becoming more of a lifestyle choice and people are taking it more seriously. Now a days you find more and more people riding around on powerful machines and it is also relieving to find that more and more people are embracing safe riding more seriously too, the number of geared riders are also increasing(slowly , but hey it’s something).
So safety means being geared and that’s why we are here, along with the rise of the Biking scene there has also been a few Indian riding gear manufacturing brands that have started to make their presence felt, of course we had the DSG and Cramster as the long time players, but then a few years back SPG (Spartan Pro Gear) came up with a fresh concept & mindset towards safety, quality, tending to the needs of the Indian riders and became a huge hit. And quite a few brands have started to come up ever since, but now there is one particular brand that really caught our attention, and seems to be getting popular by each passing day.
The brand we are discussing is TBG (The Breed Gear), they have introduced a wide range of safety gears into the market like One Piece Racing Suits, 2 piece racing suits , and riding gloves and so on. Now what sets this brand apart is the impeccable attention to detail they have given into the products being designed & produced. Just having a look at the product shows that the features being included has been thought out very well, a few of which we will be covering in this review. So enough of small talk, and let’s get started with the review.
Material Used & Features
The Material used is Cow hide leather, and leather means high abrasion resistant material and so on. The feel of the leather is very soft and plush kind of feel, but it isn’t of the heavy kind, it feels very light and very comfortable to wear too.
Now coming to features they have a few new impressive features that we haven’t seem around in much of the Indian products.
So we know a few obvious facts that the construction material used is cow hide leather, Carbon fiber knuckle protectors, hard plastic material on the finger area for some added protection.
Now coming to the new distinct feature ,
The TBG gloves comes with something known as KNOX Patented SPS , which is Scaphoid Protection System , the palm area has 2 hard plasic type protectors present whose sole purpose is to protect the Scaphoid bone in the event of a crash, you see when there is a slide chances of hard impact on the palms is rather less , but not all crashes are like those, in some cases the rider gets thrown off the bike and in most of such cases the impulsive reaction is to break the fall using your hands and naturally we stick out hands out to break the fall and in turn the palms take the whole impact, thus the chance of Scaphoid bone fracture, now these Knox protector will help take away the impact to an extent to try and prevent from any fractures, pretty neat isn’t it ? This kind of detail is something you find only on high end Knox gloves, and now we have that feature in one of our Indian brands.
Secondly, there is a piece of rubber strip that has been very neatly stitched into the side of the thumb area of the left hand , which can be used to clean the visor and act somewhat like a wiper. Though some might feel it as not much of a feature, you will really appreciate it when you ride in the rain and have the visor all covered with water. The people who will appreciate it most will be tourers, I know it for sure because I am a tourer and having to stop the bike to just clean the visor properly is always a bother and this feature comes in handy. It is really amazing how it is the small small things that can be of so much relief.
Thirdly , one will find that the Finger bridge which is for providing extra protection for the pinky finger. What is being done here is that the pinky finger and the adjacent finger is attached together with a piece of leather in such a way that the pinky finger is controlled.Which in the event of a crash will make sure that your pinky finger does not bend the wrong way and causing a fracture / tear. Now this feature is a pure track oriented thought, you will find this in most track oriented gloves of most Popular brands.
So you see, we now have a few exclusive features which usually was provided by only big imported brands now being introduced in this gloves.
As mentioned in the above section the knuckles have carbon fiber protectors, palm area has Knox Patented SPS protectors, extra hard plastic protectors on the finger area, high abrasion resistant materials have been used to make sure you have no road rash on your hands.
Comfort & Weather Compatibility
When it comes to comfort, what we did was , we got this gloves one fine afternoon from Let’s Gear Up, Bangalore( Oh by the way, the are the folks who founded the TBG brand, more about them will follow, lets first finish the review) and went on a 1000 kms ride right next day early morning. So we had no time what so ever to break in the leather. But guess what , the leather had no need to break in, it fit beautifully and did not feel too hard or tight at all. It was a perfect snug fit and felt like second skin.
Now , having said that, within the first 100kms we observed a slight pain in the wrist area where the Knox plastic is present, that is mainly because it is something we are not used to at all, a few more kms and it slowly disappeared. So it is not a problem at all, but we felt the need to mention it because it is best to know what to expect when trying out something new.
The first leg of the travel saw very cold weather and the insulation from cold is pretty good, but a bit of the cold does creep in slowly, but it isn’t a winter riding glove so it did hold good within its own limit.
We haven’t yet done a full on rain test, but it did hold good in light showers without getting hands wet.
Summer riding is just perfect, the gloves has decent ventilation, you will not find any kind of sweating while wearing it for long rides or by wearing it for long hours at end.
For Waterproof gloves TBG has a particular model named explorer, we did have a initial feel of the product , but we will be getting a review on it soon enough.
Quality, Fit & Finish
The fit & finish feels very nice, like we mentioned earlier the gloves feel very soft and plush to touch and is very light weight. The stitches are neat and no loose threads are hanging out any where, the velcro is very sticky and has had no damage what so ever. So overall the gloves gives a very premium feel.
We shall keep updating this review as months pass by and how the gloves behave with more and more miles it is being used.
Here is something very unique that we have not come across among any Indian brands or even in India. TBG has a unique crash policy, if you have purchased any of the TBG gloves and were to be involved in any road accident and the gear gets damaged they will provide you 50% discount for a replacement glove.
Now that is a really cool program being introduced. You can check their full policy as given in the image below, the image has been taken up from the TBG page.
Availability & Price
Now the most important part the availability & Pricing. The product is being sold through Let’s Gear Up , Bangalore, here is also another fun fact, the folks at Let’s Gear Up are the people who design and make these awesome products , so you can directly message them through their facebook page here for purchase or any other details their gloves or other riding gears.
We had a very good time having long, informative talks about riding gears and about how much of thought process has gone into getting each product into the market. Now this kind of relationship with customers is something which is hard to find, and we really appreciate this gesture from their side.
So as mentioned , guys at Bangalore can drop by and purchase it directly from them, other can drop them a message to get the gloves and people in Kerala can get to have a look at the TBG products at DJ Helmets.
Now about the price, it retails at Rs 2,999/-. At the given price it is a feature rich ,neatly designed glove that one should definitely consider.
So , that’s it guys, finishing up this review here. If you have any doubts or queries, do drop a comment below or email us at email@example.com and we shall get back to you soon.