There’s no beating a lightweight, breathable riding glove in the summer months and Scorpion’s Cool Hand II ticks all the boxes when it comes to warm weather riding kit for your hands.
My experience with the Cool Hand II’s came during a time when temperatures were between 80 degrees up through triple digits. Not good if you don’t have really breathable gear. Thankfully, the ventilated mesh material on the back of each hand and all the fingers does a superb job flowing air into the gloves.
On the palm side of each glove there’s soft leather used for better grip and some abrasion resistance if you are hands down on the pavement. For added reinforcement Scorpion included Nash overlay panels (a synthetic material that feels a lot like suede) also on the heel of the palms and up between the bend of the thumb and forefinger.
This set-up works great on the bike. The leather is supple and comfy, and the overlays are positioned ideally to keep your hands from slipping on the grips. I was fortunate enough to not have a slide on the asphalt in these gloves, but it’s comforting to know there’s more than just mesh between your skin and the road in the event of a crash.
The Cool Hand II’s provide a very connected feel to the bike. There’s no seams or pads or excess material to muddy your ability to have a truly tactile feel at the controls. Almost like you’re wearing nothing on your hands at all.
Fit is another aspect contributing to that sensation. I wear a medium and the Cool Hand II’s are form fit for me in that size. Comfortably so, however. There are Creora stretch panels between each of the fingers, a spandex-like material that’s soft and flexible. Rib-stretch panels allow the fingers to bend naturally, and the flexible, neoprene covered padding on the knuckles forms well to the shape of the hand, whatever the position.
A TPR molded Velcro wrist closure curves around the wrist and holds tight throughout the ride.
There’s really not a lot I don’t like about the Cool Hand II gloves. Of course, an option like this sacrifices a lot in terms of protection if you were to crash, but that’s a consideration to make with any short cuff, mesh glove, not just the Scorpion offering presently considered. There have been a few areas where the mesh on the back of the gloves has caught in the Velcro, and it’s starting to have a frayed look in those spots. The seams are still solid though, and the cuffs still stay reliably closed.
Considering the $34.95 price tag, these gloves have actually held up remarkably well. They’ll definitely make it to the next warm season.