Cortech has long positioned itself among the value players of motorcycle accessories. They try to offer more affordably priced items with a quality that is higher than normal for the price. Cortech has had some success with this strategy and has in recent years tried moving a bit up market by offering higher priced items while maintaining their higher than normal-for-the-price quality standard. The Latigo RR gloves fall in between, acting as a bridge between their upper and lower priced models.
Being one of Cortech’s mid-tier offerings means it gets a full leather construction with TPU hard parts over the fingers but doesn’t get the metal knuckle or robust wrist protection. This combination means the Latigo RR gloves are targeted directly at the sporty street rider. At around $90 they do offer a lot of features for the price.
With supple palm leather and precurved fingers the Latigo RRs proved to be quite comfortable over my 1100 mile trip. After a few hours they felt broken in and allowed for easy finger movement. The base leather of the entire backhand is perforated providing tremendous amounts of airflow. This no doubt limits their application in the colder months of the year but I was still quite comfortable in March riding down the PCH.
Now for the bad: The main problem and potential problems I see with the Cortech Latigo RR gloves is consistency and attention to detail in the manufacturing process. The pair of gloves I wore on my trip were actually the second pair I received. The first pair had a stitching problem on the inside of the first knuckle of the right index finger causing a hole to develop after 30 minutes of wear around the house. This second pair seems to be adequately stitched however it is easy to see discrepancies between the right and left glove. Using white and colored leather will show these imperfections more than all black gloves and Cortech also designed these gloves using many pieces of leather, perhaps to save on material costs, which dramatically increases the chances that seams won’t exactly line up.
The value and comfort of these gloves does outway the risk of potential manufacturing shortcomings. I also recommend giving them a thorough once over after you get them in the mail to check for such mis-stitchings. I enjoyed these gloves and feel they offer a high level of comfort and protection for the street at an affordable price. I look forward to using them when the warm sticky New England weather comes around later in the year.
— One Year Update —
As the section break suggests, I’ve now been riding with these gloves for over a year and I have been quite pleased. They continue to be light weight, soft, flexible, and highly ventilated. Almost as good as it gets for summer street riding. For the track you might want to choose a glove with thicker, and perhaps less perforated, leather. They have aged well, though being non-black they do show their age more than an all-black version would. To pick nits, the fingers are a bit long which translates to me using my thumb when pushing the buttons at the local gas station.
These receive a Jeremy Blanchard Highly Recommended rating due to the sheer value and comfort they offer.