The mitt style provides a very stable base for the rubber push surfaces which cover the thumbs and the fingers to slightly over the back of the hand on the first two knuckles. Standard padding is ½" thick on the fingers and ¼" on the thumbs.
All four fingers are enclosed in a leather mitt with a seam dividing the fingers into pairs. If you contact the push ring with your ring or little fingers, this is the style you will want.
The rubber push surface extends higher onto the back of the hand to accommodate a quad backhand stroke and a patch of rubber is added to the palm for contacting the ring when pushing steep hills.
The back opening of this mitt is wider and a second wrist strap provides additional wrist support. Finger padding is ¼" thick on the fingers and thumbs.
In general, most quads should choose the size recommended in the size chart for length and not girth because proper length is more important than proper girth and you can use liners to build up the girth fit if necessary. As with the wider back opening, any additional "size" will make the mitt easier to put on and take off.
Standard quad mitts have rubber push surfaces on full padding on a leather mitt.
The slightly lower cut rubber push surface on the fingers and a lightweight non-woven synthetic thumb make this a good choice if you don't push with your thumbs and need less contact area on the fingers.
Padding on the thumbs is ¼" thick and extends over the heel of the hand to cushion your fingertips. Padding on the fingers is ½" thick.
Minimum rubber mitts (shown) have rubber push surfaces, tabs, full padding on a leather mitt, and gray non-woven thumbs.
If you do not contact the push ring with your ring and little fingers or you want more dexterity than the 2-Pocket Mitt, consider this style.
The rubber push surfaces on the thumb and first two fingers are identical to that of the mitt styles but the ring and little finger are separated from the first two fingers and covered only in leather.
The Sports 'N Spokes Magazine May/June 1994 Training Tips "The Para-backhand Pushing Technique" article written by Marty Morse, Tim Millikan, and Brad Hedrick still has the best instructions around on how to use our mitts and gloves properly.
Standard mitts and gloves are made on leather base gloves with rubber push surfaces and tab closures and there is full ½" padding over the index and middle fingers, ¼" on quads, and ¼" over the thumb. If you don't specify any options, this is what you're going to get.
¼" padding over the index and middle fingers. Less padding here can increase the tactile feel of the glove against the ring but can also increase bruising on the fingers from impact. This option is not available on quad styles.
The purpose of the tab closure is to unify the hand and fingers, stabilize the push surface, and maintain the hand in an optimal push position. Both can help reduce blistering and improve the effectiveness of your contact with the ring.
It is an extension or continuation of the finger push surface and is faced with loop material which engages to hook material on the back of the hand at the base of the thumb. Once both gloves are on, tabs can be engaged or disengaged by grasping the ends with your teeth.
If you're not sure if you want to use tabs, we recommend that you order your gloves with tabs, try them and if you don't like using them you can cut them off.
Use the size chart below as a general guide to help you determine your size.
Although we recommend that you use the general guidelines of "women/medium", "men/large", etc., you can also measure the girth and length of your hands as shown here.
Quads with atrophy should put more emphasis on racing glove length. All day glove users should put more emphasis on thumb girth.
If you're still not sure of the size you need, mail us tracings of both of your hands with the girth and length notated on each hand and we will recommend a size.
Special note about day glove sizing for men: Don't even think about buying anything except a large or extra large. It doesn't matter whether you're a quad or not or if you've bought mediums or smalls in another glove style before. You won't be able to get your thumb knuckle through the loop on a medium.
Custom Racing Gloves Sizing, +US$35/pair
If your hands are disproportionately long or short or if one hand is significantly different from the other, you may need to order a custom size.
Make tracings of both of your hands. Measure the girths as shown above and the length from the tip of your middle fingers to the bend in your wrists. Write these dimensions on your tracings and mail them to us and when you place your order, request custom sizing. Please do not email scanned tracings as they are usually distorted or scaled.
Custom sized gloves are not returnable and size XXL is not available.
Custom Racing Gloves Configuration, +US$35/pair
We have tried to put together a wide selection of glove types and options to suite most push techniques. In those situations where your technique requires combinations not listed, we offer custom configuration. A custom configuration is any compatible combination of standard parts. Give us a call to discuss the possibilities.
Custom configured gloves are not returnable.
Glove Liners, +US$3/pair are made of a soft finely knit nylon. They are like socks for your hands.
The material stretches to fit almost any hand size and helps wick moisture away from your hands for added comfort. They are also ideal for sizing new racing gloves which are large and older gloves that have stretched.