Velomacchi are a small company based in Oregon, USA and headed up by Kevin Murray who has had stints as Design Director of Equipment at North Face and Columbia Sportswear. Expectations have to be high given that pedigree.
The Speedway glove is part of the 'Privateer' collection and is inspired by flat track and racing gloves of the 60s and 70s. Think Kenny Roberts and company. Visually, it's a beautiful glove, the combination of black and tan is timeless. The palm is deerskin, soft and supple and the reinforcements are goat skin. Brass rivets are a stylish way of providing extra protection on the inside of the palm. Rubber dorsal guards are double stitched on which not only enhance the retro aesthetic but act as a visor wipe.
So how good are they? Company Director Will has been trying a pair for the last three months, here is his verdict.
'First impressions the glove looks more expensive than its price tag. It's beautifully detailed and instantly extremely comfortable. Like so many leather goods it is manufactured in Pakistan, hence the very reasonable price point.
The mid-length cuff is great for weather protection. Most of my use has been summer ranging from 20-30 centigrade which it is perfect for. I expect to extend its use with an inner glove and think it will be fine down to 10 degrees.
I rode with the glove for 25 miles a day to work and the leather quickly took to the shape of my hand. 10/10 for comfort. I had concerns that the stitching on the rubber dorsal protectors on the hand might come away slowly but no such problem. The tan leather quickly dirtied up, see the pictures below.
I see so many gloves, I rarely get excited but the Speedway is special. I will be using them as long as the weather stays warm enough!'