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Product Review

Joe Rocket: Hard Drive gloves product review

Description: waterproof textile and leather motorcycle sport-riding gloves

Colors: available in a variety of colors

Criteria used in selection:

  • Ability to keep hands dry
  • Impact and abrasion protection
  • Good tactile feel
  • Warmth


  • Dry Tech® 100% waterproof/breathable mid liner
  • outer shell constructed with Rock Tex™ 330 abrasion-resistant textile
  • leather on palms and sides of hands
  • abrasion resistant sections added on palms and thumb
  • molded hard shell protection on knuckles and thumb
  • leather-covered high density padding on fingers
  • 2 velcro wrist strap
  • quick-adjust bungee cord cuff adjuster

In the past, looking for a waterproof pair of motorcycle gloves that could keep my hands dry as well as offer decent protection has always been a bit of a challenge. I often found gloves that were either too bulky or lacked protection. Since tactile feel and protection are high on my list, I was always a little uncomfortable about this.

Recently, I've come across the Hard Drive waterproof motorcycle gloves from Joe Rocket that met both criteria.

These motorcycle gloves offer a blend of abrasion resistant textile and leather plus a waterproof/breathable mid-liner. They have leather covering the palm as well as both sides of the hand. Top of the fingers too. In addition, there is hard armor on the knuckles and thumb plus an extra layer of abrasion resistant material on thumb and palm.

The Joe Rocket Hard Drive waterproof gloves also have a very neat quick-adjust bungee cord at the wrist. You just pull it with one hand and it cinches.

Bonus: I've discovered that the Hard Drive gloves are quite a bit warmer than I expected.

I've ridden in temperature ranging from 0c to 4c (32f-39f) for an hour at a time and was very comfortable. Given the leather palms, they would be ideally suited for wearing while using heated grips.

To verify how waterproof they were, I've subjected the Hard Drive gloves to submersion in a bucket of cold water for 90 minutes. At the end of 90 minutes, I wore the gloves. They felt heavier due to the water absorbed. but my hands came out dry.

So far, they've stood up very well in the fall season rain we've had, keeping my hands dry and warm.

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