Real Review: Slippery Circuit Glove


One of the most neglected articles of riding gear (besides proper footwear) are gloves. It’s not often that we jump on a ski without a lifevest or even some protective eyewear, but gloves almost always go forgotten. It’s all the more confusing when considering that those who ride motorcycles are never without them. So what gives?

Jaunts on watercraft are almost always brief. Even those who are going out for a long ride neglect gloves are often thinking, “I’m not going to be pushing it. I’m just going for a cruise.” The problem: many thing wearing gloves is a “racing thing.” We’re here to say that such is not the case, even while reviewing Slippery’s race-bred Circuit Gloves.

Not only do gloves provide added tactility that wet, vulnerable skin can’t match, but they also protect from the elements, like chilling wind or fast-moving water spray. It might not sound like a heck of a lot, but it’s the little things that make a big difference.

Born from years of performance testing, the Circuit Glove was designed with the maximum comfort and mobility available. Learning lessons from its from the brand’s long racing heritage, the Circuit provides excellent grip while retaining a strong tactile feel via anti-slip gel print on the palm and fingertips.

Speaking of the palm, Slippery uses a unique perforated Clarino material for the palm that allows for maximum drainage without weakening the integrity of the glove. Likewise, the glove features a breathable, stretchy Innospan backhand for increased flexibility with a durable TPR closure. Slippery’s Circuit Gloves are all held together with flat-stitch seams for a more comfort fit.

Slippery manages to find some of the best-fitting and flexible materials available and the gloves don’t fail in that regard. Drying time is short thanks to the perforated palm and fingers, as well. Again, Slippery manages to make something so simple so right, and at $30.95, pretty affordable.

We found the Slippery Circuit Gloves both comfortable and durable, capably providing the extra traction and protection expected from the watercraft riding gear manufacturer. The large rubberized logo on the palm and knuckles are mainly there for aesthetic purposes but weren’t too distracting.

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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