When Knox sent over their new Nexos gloves for review, my first thoughts were that this was going to be a slightly less intense Handroid. What I came to find out was that the Nexos weren’t a lesser version of the Handroid, but rather a standalone glove that merges what I think are the best parts of the juggernaut Handroid with the everyday sensibilities that a sport/commuter glove should have.
The largest piece of tech borrowed from the Handroid is the Boa closure and wrist support. By utilizing the Boa closure the rider gets a snug fit all the way around the wrist, which translates to no pinch points for material bunching up. Then you have that big wrist protector, which is surely capable of taking some serious damage.
Continuing the safety theme is Knox’s patented Scaphoid Protection System (SPS), which I honestly had no idea about until I received the gloves. The SPS is basically two palm sliders that allow your hand to slide forward upon impact instead of jamming into the ground. There are other gloves out there that have palm sliders, but the SPS goes across the whole base of the palm to ensure that you’ll be sliding instead of sticking—and that’s a very good thing.
On the convenience side of things, Knox has integrated a touchscreen compatible forefinger to the already supple feeling Nexos. This allows for great feel on the bike, but also the ability to get into your pockets with ease and use your phone without going through the production of removing your gloves.
With that said, I had mixed reliability when using the glove to navigate my touchscreen. In short, you’ll be able to complete your basic necessary tasks, but I wouldn’t plan on texting out any novels.
When it came to day to day use with the Nexos, I fell in love. Super easy to get on, they provided adequate ventilation on hot days (up to 94º F), and my hands didn’t freeze on cooler days (down to 40º F). They took absolutely no time to break in and have stretch panels in all the right places, leaving me feeling confident that I’m not going to stretch them out over time.
If I could offer up one major improvement to the Nexos it would be waterproofing. I’ve ridden with the Nexos for the last two and half months and have seen next to no rain, so I can’t speak to their ability to hold up in the wet. With no mention from Knox on this topic for the Nexos, I’m assuming this isn’t a strong point. If and when I do get caught in a squall, I’ll be sure to update.
With that said, If you’re looking for a do-it-all glove that offers amazing protection, feel and convenience, the Nexos is an option you should be considering.
Photos Via: Essential Moto