Articulated Hand Armor Makes These The Safest Gloves EverWes Siler6/06/14 1:20pmFiled to: DesignGlovesMotorcyclesDel RosarioJohn Del Rosariomotorcycle glovestactical glovessafetyIndefinitely Wild418EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkTraditional gloves sacrifice outright protection for hands from crushing, abrasion and falls in order to retain freedom of movement and tactile feel. These new gloves from a Manhattan start up aim to fix that. AdvertisementMotorcyclists may be familiar with the name Del Rosario thanks to the company's wild-looking concept helmet from a few years back. The intention has always been to realize that idea in production form, but, in the wacky world of venture capital, it's iPhone apps without business models that have been sucking up all the cash while something actually capable of saving lives is left to bang its concussion-free head on the wall.So, designer John Del Rosario asked himself what an easier, lower-cost item of clothing would be where he could still utterly redefine the category's idea of injury prevention. The answer was gloves. It's not only motorcyclists who are in need of a better solution, but other users who have to deal with regular falls will be able to benefit too — soldiers and extreme sports athletes. AdvertisementJust before they enter production, we asked John all about them. Oh, and your'e going to read some safety jargon in here. The quick guide is that "CE" refers to a set of safety standards the EU has been set for any item of safety gear. Safety glasses must carry "CE" approval specific to them, as does everything else from condoms to, well, gloves. Lacking a unified system of American safety standards, CE has become the internationally recognized definition of what "safe" means. In some cases, there's different levels of protection specified by a "1," "2" or "3" after "CE," the higher the number, the safer the standard, with each number typically doubling the protection of its predecessor. IW: What's wrong with traditional gloves?SponsoredJDR: Everything. Traditional gloves — as cool and high-tech as they look — have nowhere near the functional protection their appearance would imply. Everyone just plays a shell game where they change a few aesthetics, but with no actual progression in safety. There's a minimum CE safety standard for motorcycle gloves in the books, but as far as I know, Halvarssons in the only company currently selling a true CE2 model — a winter glove. Racer is also worth mentioning. A pretty great, no BS company and, for a while, it looked like they also had a couple of certified pairs. Those are no longer offered. An insider explained that they advertised their models as CE2 in anticipation of passing the tests, but it turns out they didn't, so they got scrubbed. Having said that, for most city riders, they should be fine.ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.