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Vault Slide Gloves
So recently I’ve been shredding a little Vault gear. In the interests of being ethical I will tell you It was given to me for free to review. I will also say I would never miss-lead people by making false statements about a product, what I write here is my honest opinion. When I first started Longboarding I was warned off Vault stuff. Being a broke ass student there products had always appealed to me because they were so much cheaper than the alternative and over the months Vault gear has increasingly been surprising me.
Their slide gloves are one such item. $10 cheaper than the cheapest alternative the vault slide glove win on price.
To start with the gloves have both finger and thumb pucks in addition to the standard palm puck so the first thing I did was pull these off. I hate finger and thumb pucks but if your just learning, leave them on and save your gloves until you get you technique down! So after removing the grom guards I took to the streets. If you like you fingers and thumbs behind pucks you will love these gloves. They have so much velcro on the fingers and thumbs you can position the pucks perfectly to fit you.
They are comfortable to wear and are relatively breathable. There is a removable pad on the inside behind the palm puck it makes falling on your glove a wee but more comfortable. If your like me and like you pucks closer to you wrist the little pad actually makes quite a difference.
The pucks that come standard are decent. If your just starting out these pucks will be perfect. If you’re heading towards race speed you will notice the nylon compound has a tad more grip to it.
So negatives or negative in this case;
Velcro on the fingers reduces grip, if you’re looking for a monster early grab you’re gonna need good technique.
They are cheaper, if you like finger pucks the negative isn’t a negative. They last and don’t tear easily. In the interest of testing i dropped a glove down for a toe side without the puck. While I would not advise doing this as it is both stupid and dangerous, the glove held together well and only had a bit of wear to the velcro.
Overall these are good gloves. They are cheap and they work. They may not suit you for racing or urban early grab mayhem but if your taking to the streets for a healthy session of thane shredding why not save $10 buy these and still have money left for lunch.
One thing I will add is that I have the large size Vault glove, my lush gloves are a small size…just keep that in mind when/if you order.