My new gloves just arrived from Sport Bike Track Gear, and while very pricy, they're a top notch piece of kit. You can read all about them at the site link above, but my first test was to start punching the door frame, just to see how well they absorb impacts, and I had to stop when the whole wall started shaking and I still wasn't really feeling the impact, other than my hand stopping quickly. ie. they turned what was a finger-breaking bare-hand punch at a solid object into something that could be felt only mildly. The palm and finger inner areas are made out of a very supple kangaroo leather that allows for excellent tactile feel of the bike controls, but all critical impact areas are gel-padded, with the high-abrasion areas being covered with manta-ray leather, that to my limited testing manages to be both smooth and strong at the same time in a way that far surpasses standard cow-hide. My old gloves were the Dainese Hellfire's, and these Held Phantoms make those look and feel like bargain basement items in terms of feel, impact protection, and overall quality. Yes, they're top-dollar items, and I gotta say I really felt like I was taking a risk stumping up that sort of cash for a set of gloves, but the moment I put them on and looked at the detail and how they protect your hands I was one very happy buyer. The old saying is true in that you get what you pay for, and I love finding out that it's still possible to buy true quality items in this "make it good enough, so long as it's cheap" modern world of manufacture. Two thumbs up from me for these items.