What better time than a UK summer heat wave to launch the new Oxford Products RP-2 and RP-3 Sports Gloves? The two new models are pretty similar except for the cuff length. And offer a range of features for a pretty cost-effective price. Although you do have to put up with their full names being appended with 2.0, like an internet startup from 15 years ago. It differentiates them from the original RP-2 and RP-3 gloves, which are still available, but does sound a little strange for a company founded in 1973.
So as a name that probably every motorcyclist has come across since the early-70s for one reason or another, let’s get to the new Oxford Products RP-2 and RP-3 sports gloves. Either pair will cost you £59.99, but what do you get for that price?
The Oxford Products RP-2 2.0 Sports Gloves
The RP-2 2.0 are the full-length versions of the design. Or ‘gauntlet style’ if you prefer your medieval armour, and ride a CX500 with handlebar muffs. The longer gloves mean you get a bit more coverage, and less chance of a gap between jacket and wrist. And you get a wrap around hook and loop system to keep them secure, along with Velcro.
The materials used include a full leather palm and floating carbon knuckle protection. And you also get extra protection on the heel of the palm.
To keep the gloves comfortable there are accordion stretch panels over the back of the fingers, and another stretch panel at the thumb, the stitching is external where possible, and you get air vents on the top of the joints for your main fingers.
The Oxford RP-2 2.0 Sports Gloves are available in sizes S-3XL in a choice of plain Black, the White, black and Fluorescent Yellow, or the White, Black and Red pictured above. And they’re all £59.99.
The Oxford Products RP-3 2.0 Short Sports Gloves
The new RP-3 2.0 aren’t the only short length sports gloves in the Oxford range as they join the existing, slightly cheaper RP-4 models.
Feature-wise, they’re pretty much identical to the longer length RP-2 2.0s. And the colour options are identical, except for a more matt finish on the floating carbon knuckle. Which looks nicer, in my humble opinion.
Obviously you don’t get such a big and secure area beyond the wrist and lower arm. But I’ve always been a fan of decent short gloves to fit with a random selection of bike jackets. It’s also a bit easier if you’re commuting and taking gloves on and off all the time, as well as letting a bit more air flow naturally up your sleeves.
I’m led to believe every lady should have a little black dress in their wardrobe. And I think the same thing applies to motorcyclists and little black gloves. Again, the Oxford RP-3 2.0 sizes are S-3XL in Black, the White,Black,Red, or the White, Black and Fluorescent options. And at £59.99 they won’t break the bank, so there’s no excuse for any motorcycle or scooter rider to be travelling without any gloves on this summer.