Qwi Nerve Protection Gloves showed up at rallies this past summer. The skeptic cocked a brow at their claim to prevent and treat hand pain and numbness. The price tag lured me. 13,000 miles later, I'm a believer.
The young woman at the booth handed me a pair of size L to try on. I smirked. I wear an XXL glove. "These gloves were patterned on American hands," she told me. "I'll bet you wore large before NAFTA sent all the glove-making overseas."
She was right. I've been through many pairs of ill-fitting racer boy gloves. For many years now, I've had to buy XXL. I don't know whose hands these imports were designed on, but the curve was often wrong, the fingers too tight, and the area that covers the web between index finger and thumb was always too small. They usually rip shortly after I break them in.
I was skeptical about black leather. We all know the blue hand syndrome. The saleswoman told me they were treated and would not bleed. If they ever did, she suggested I soak them in vinegar. The gloves did bleed slightly as I sweated in the 100+ degree weather we all enjoyed this summer. That washed off easily, and it stopped after two days. They did not bleed at all when I crossed that rain belt that plagued the Arkansas, Mississippi and Susquehanna basins.
Until I found the Qwis, my most comfortable riding gloves have always been the deerskin and goatskin work gloves found in hardware stores across the country. Work gloves lack the protection of a gauntlet, or extended cuff. They don't have a wrist strap for a secure fit.
Arkansas neurosurgeon Joe Yao designed pads on the Qwi glove to protect the ulnar nerve and nerves connecting to the median nerve-the culprit in carpal tunnel syndrome. I cannot speak to the neurological mechanics. But, I can tell you that my throttle hand does not feel the constant tug of war with throttle body springs when I wear the Qwi gloves. My cool-looking racer boy gloves have gathered dust for three months now. One by one, my pairs of work gloves have been relegated to splintery lumber and stonework.
It's obvious the Qwi team has talked with motorcycle riders. They have tested and refined the design. It works well. In addition, they are affordable. My full gauntlet leather gloves, style FM-001, cost $39. As winter approaches, I'm looking at my old friends, a rag-tag pair of insulated gloves that set me back a C-note before NAFTA, and considering the FMIN-001 for $45.
Go to http://www.qwinerveprotector.com/MotorcycleGlove.html to read more about Qwi gloves and to find links to pricing, medical information and sizing.