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Old 12-30-2018, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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There's been a bit of muddle here between general cold-weather gloves and driving gloves.

Wearing outdoor/winter gloves while driving does indeed reduce steering wheel feel and most dressier models probably reduce grip. Other than for a few minutes of ice-cold conditions, most of us can get by with cabin heat (and youse guys with the heated wheels, just shaddap. Shaddap, I tell ya.)

Driving gloves are typically extremely thin, close-fitting kid or calf. They're for wind protection, sweat absorption and grip on smooth wheels, not for cold weather protection. And yes, they are a bit pretentious unless you happen to be driving a classic open car with a thin, smooth steering wheel at speeds above "sedate."
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Old 01-01-2019, 11:11 AM
 
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Driving gloves are typically extremely thin, close-fitting kid or calf. They're for wind protection, sweat absorption and grip on smooth wheels, not for cold weather protection. And yes, they are a bit pretentious unless you happen to be driving a classic open car with a thin, smooth steering wheel at speeds above "sedate."

And they're just retro-fun for a lot of enthusiasts of old sports cars, in the same league to me as fuzzy dice in a '57 Chevy.


I also recently learned that the very same stringback gloves that some British car specialty merchants offer at big prices are available dirt-cheep from equestrian supply merchants.
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Old 01-03-2019, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Louisville KY
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Early on, steering wheels were hard and often slippery (especially the wooden ones) plus they shook a lot. Nowadays with soft, grippy, vibration free, and even heated steering wheels the gloves are no longer needed.
They're also good with alcantera racing wheels as both clothes gril each other well, and your skin oils will ruin the wheel.
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Old 01-03-2019, 12:35 PM
 
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Don't forget about driving shoes too. I've known some more hard core enthusiasts who keep some in the car that worked perfectly for heel-toe shifts.
https://www.gq.com/story/the-rules-o...ummer-footwear
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Old Today, 11:01 AM
 
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I never understood why it was a thing (same with crap mag wheels), but then I drove my ex gfs (about 15 years ago) Ford Tempo in Februrary and it had a metal steering wheel.
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