OK, I admit it, I might be committing an act of sacrilege here, but I don’t understand driving gloves.
As a much younger person growing up in the Midwest, I certainly wore gloves to keep my hands warm when I drove during the winter months. I also wore special fire-protective gloves (and coveralls and socks and shoes) when I attended race car driving school (and yes, I graduated with an SCCA license).
But I don’t understand why some people who own sports cars wear special gloves when they drive their cars. Is it for show, or does it really make them better drivers?
What sparks this commentary is a news release I received recently from The Outlierman, an Italian company that produces car-themed ties and pocket squares, as well as travel bags and driving gloves.
The recent news release was about new colors being offered for the company’s Authentic Race MK2 driving gloves, no available in British Green/Cognac for the full-fingered version and in a Black/Red combination for the fingerless version.
Mind you, I am not doubting the quality of The Outlierman’s products. Indeed, the gloves are made in Italy, from nappa lambskin leather, come in a variety of sizes, and they also come in a leather case to protect them when not being worn.
The Outlierman also offers a Heritage line of gloves in the historic stringback style.
Prices of the various versions range from €128 to €430 ($142 to $477).
Again, I am not doubting the quality, just the need for such gloves. I annually drive around 30,000 miles, somedays I’m behind the wheel from sunrise to sunset, and my hands don’t get tired or blistered or, since I’ve moved to the southwestern section of the country, they tend not to even get cold.
So, please help a fella out here, use the Comments section below to tell me why I might need a pair of driving gloves, simply to look cool, or do you find they actually enhance your vehicle control?