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I ended up getting this tip from Justin Starling recently and he got it from Zach Osborne. Zach was wanting more grip from his gloves and a way to improve his arm pump (that he sometimes suffers from) so he looked to some sports tape adhesive spray. The idea behind this pro tip is to prevent your motorcycle gloves from sliding around on your palms while you ride. At times, no matter how good the fit of your gloves are, they will slide a little on the palms of your hands when sweaty, which means your gloves will shift a little while on the grips. When you’re riding a dirt bike, you want to be as locked in as you can without feeling tight.
You can go to your local sporting goods store and grab some “Mueller Stickum Grip Enhance Spray” or “Pre-Tape” and get some extra feeling/grip next time you ride. Before you start riding, you will want to spray a decent amount of the spray on your palms as well as the back of your hand then slide on your gloves. Yes, it will be a little harder to put your glove on, but that’s the point. What this spray does is create a layer of grip between the material of your gloves and your skin, which in turn makes your glove feel like a second layer of skin. I was skeptical when I first heard about this, but I quickly found out that the adhesive spray allows for better feel on the grips when late in motos. My hands sweat when I ride and that makes my gloves slide around while riding. I then have to grip harder in order to compensate for the slip I get on the palms of my gloves. With the Stickum spray on my skin, my gloves are planted against my skin and allow me to feel more contact to my grips, which allows me to loosen my grip late in motos. It has saved some arm fatigue and has helped my grip “strength” late in motos. You will have to get some dishsoap or something with some grit to get all of the sticky residue off once you’re done riding, but to me the extra clean up time is worth it.
If you’re having trouble with some arm pump, with glove slippage or maybe just want some extra contact/feeling from your gloves to your grips, try this secret that some professional racers have been doing for quite sometime. If you have any questions about this pro tip email me at firstname.lastname@example.org