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    Default Stealth leather gloves dye rubbing off on hands?

    Howzit ladies and gents,
    I would like some advice- if any of you have some to share, please do.
    I recently purchased a pair of STEALTH leather gloves from a reputable motorcycle dealer here in the Western Cape. My issue is on the first ride with these new gloves, the black dye from the leather rubbed off on my hands. Second ride same thing. I have owned many gloves but this is the first pair of gloves which has dye transferring to my skin. It takes a good scrubbing to get this dye off my skin!
    I took the gloves back to the store, but they were quite hesitant to help at first. I left the gloves at the store and asked for them to take it up with the importer. I recieved a call from the Local sales rep saying this happens and I must rinse them in cold water. (just as a side note I am very hesitant to do this as the last pair of leather gloves I rode in the pouring rain with, dried up super stiff and were barely usable. I left them hanging and didn't use a dryer FYI).
    The gloves are currently at the store as I returned them - The store has not contacted me with a verdict as yet and I have not been refunded any monies yet either.

    Whats the story here? Is this a common issue, which I have never experienced before? Am I being too pedantic? For me its rather annoying to walk around with dyed hands. I commute most days by bike and don't want this to be an ongoing issue, even though its purely just a looks thing; Im not sure if the dye will transfer to paperwork or clothing. Will the transfer of dye to my skin eventually cease? Should I demand different gloves/refund?
    I don't want to end up being the bad guy here, so before I speak out of place, I would like some advice from those more experienced than me with regards to my new gloves issue.
    Thanks in advance

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    What quickly comes to mind is "quality". Some manufacturers use more dye (to make the new item look as bright coloured as possible), and after the 1st wash or 3, they "fade" into their real colour - read most fabric instructions (something blokes are allergic to), and the same will/does apply unfortunately to "genuine leather" that's sold at a bargain price.

    The store saying "it's normal" is correct. What they aren't telling you is "it's normal for THIS BRAND".

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    So does this mean the quality is not as good as BRAND NAMES? Should I have rather spent R2000+ as apposed to R1000?
    Expensive gloves seem to be looking like race gloves. The gloves I bought looked a bit over-the-top for me, but seemed legit for the amount of money.
    I am concerned about safety and longevity. I need my hands! so should I rather then ask to exchange and pay in for RST or other BRAND NAME gloves?

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    I bought a pair of Stealth high top type boots last year, my first
    pair of boots yet.

    I didn't see anything I really liked looking at the cost of these
    things and I wasn't totally sure what I would be looking for either
    and this seemed to be a good start much of it considered. They
    weren't cheap, though also not very expensive, so I wouldn't really
    be that invested either way at least after a little while once they
    soak up some of their cost.

    They worked well enough, they weren't pretty, they fit and they
    weren't uncomfortable even new. I was at least glad to be wearing
    some sort of gear with that and it was a learning experience all the
    same. I knew I would upgrade getting into it and once I had figured
    more of it out for myself, so I was happy with the compromise in the
    meantime.

    Man, they just about fell apart the 3rd time I wore them (no
    kidding!) and not even while wearing them really, they came apart as
    I was putting them on then and there. I knew they weren't along the
    lines of high-end protective equipment just by looking them over,
    yet I thought it was better than nothing, especially functionally
    with guards for the laces and maybe having the right soles and that
    kind of thing with it at least having some purpose in mind, these
    being for riders after all. They can't be that bad right?

    Then:
    I couldn't find any proper reviews, I couldn't find a decent website
    about them. I didn't want to wait too long either with them being
    used now (if you even want to call it that) and so soon still having
    it, I boxed them back up again and returned it.

    That also wasn't a smooth process, I also left them there, I didn't
    even get store credit, thinking, well, now I have no boots (drama: as
    in safety equipment?). They were only going to do a straight swap
    for another pair and after they broke right in my hands, I really
    didn't want those anymore either which wasn't a great prospect.
    Anyway, I thought maybe I just got a lemon so with no option, I'd
    maybe be giving it another try. It does happen.

    Somewhat fortunately (as it turns out) when the store eventually got
    back to me a few weeks later, (which also, I was riding with nothing
    that whole time and it really wasn't cool - out of buck, with no
    stuff) their supplier didn't have any replacements either.

    Maybe they changed their mind or slipped up or something because now
    I did get store credit except I didn't really want to buy there so
    much anymore.

    Someone sorta kinda mentioned a refund and when I sorta kinda asked
    about that, they told me it would only be as soon as their supplier
    refunds them which could also take a few more weeks. I know that
    well that all of this was some rough business practice and I guess I
    was staring it right in the face without really saying anything.

    It was refunded in full which wasn't too bad, even though I won't be
    going there again if I can help it.

    I've now got a new pair of boots from somewhere else and I really
    didn't know what I wasn't getting with those "Stealth" until I got
    these. They were about R800 more and they've been way more decent
    than that R800 took out of it also all told. And they've been great.

    (Let's just call it all a learning.)

    On your point:
    I wish I could help you with the store, maybe try speak to the
    management, owners or head office if they have. It's one thing
    being at home where you can manage it, how are you supposed to turn
    up somewhere with your hands like that? Do those gloves even say
    there is a "break-in"/"wash-in" process?

    What I've done is rather get something even on a more entry level
    that's maybe a bit more reputable than a pair of novelty unspoken
    unknowns.

    They don't have to be and won't be double or triple the price in the
    right range.

    There are more relaxed type gloves with all the protection that
    won't set you back any R2000+

    I'm guessing you'd feel way better if you take another look around
    and somewhere else if needs be.
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    What is clear is that in a box, one can find lemons and cream. Depends how the 7 year old Chinese lass felt whilst assembling the merchandise!

    I've owned a pair of leather gloves I use daily for the past 4 years. They retail at about R600 today. I've never put them to the crash test, so don't know how they will perform, but they have not let me down in the rain, open road, or heatwave.
    I'm the least brand conscious person. Most of these items are made by children in Asia (thus the "bargain buys" for us), and to be frank, I buy what MY money can afford. Reviews are rather deceptive as I do not know WHAT influenced the reviewer. A mate's opinion is more valuable as I know what influences their thought process.

    I'm on the market for a replacement leather pair. I suppose I will look at various shelves around town. Check my wallet. Buy with what Randelas I have. Hopefully I will still be able to shake people with confidence when I jump off the bike.
    Maybe I should look at a white pair this time

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    I had a pair of these http://www.missinglnk.com/product/re...-hiviz-orange/ for ages, super comfy and took a good beating over many years
    but
    my hands turned orange every time it rained on me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ntjamme View Post
    ...
    I'm the least brand conscious person.
    ...
    You do have a point with brands, there's also manufacturing and
    quality. Quality more than luxury or image, like fit for use and
    purpose.

    There's a line with some of this stuff and a sweet spot, sometimes
    they overlap and other times not so much.

    Some brands are better than others and sometimes not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Az- View Post
    I had a pair of these http://www.missinglnk.com/product/re...-hiviz-orange/ for ages, super comfy and took a good beating over many years
    but
    my hands turned orange every time it rained on me
    Who stocks these. They look awesome.

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    The store contacted me and they have agreed to credit the Stealth gloves. I can purchase something else with the credit. For me this is perfect as I can still support the store and choose, hopefully, better quality gloves.

    I had a look at the offerings and its a choice between RST R18 and RST Tractech R. Unfortunately they had to order the R18 as they didnt have correct size in stock. So will try those on when they arrive and make a decision between the two.

    Reason for me looking at the RST brand as apposed to others, is that I own RST leathers and Other RST textile clothing and never had an issue with quality or dyes rubbing off. Ive been caught in the rain a few times whilst wearing RST leathers and the dye has never run or rubbed off on my skin or clothing. So I take this self experience as my test of quality and hopefully this will remain true for their gloves.
    As soon as I purchase the new gloves and test them out, I will post feedback.


    Thank you for the replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ntjamme View Post
    Who stocks these. They look awesome.
    Someone here on the forum brought a few in and I was quick enough to get 2 pairs.

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