Gloves or No Gloves - What Do You Prefer?

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Do you race with or without gloves?


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Preferences in the world of sim racing are plentiful: Different sims and different hardware are just the tip of the iceberg of choices they have to make, and what to wear is another element that each person has a different view on. We want to know: Do you race with or without gloves?

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It can sometimes feel like a highly intense debate about something as minor as gloves: Some sim racers swear by them, others think they are over-the-top and not needed at all. Of course, this means those racers who own a wheel - although if you use a controller and wear gloves when doing so, we are extremely curious about the reasons behind it, so please share them in the comments!

Immersion Booster & More Grip​

For some, gloves are an immersion booster. After all, real racers wear them as well, so why not follow suit? For others, it is about preserving their wheels better: Alcantara grips, for example, tend to look worn significantly faster when used without gloves due to sweat and oils from the skin on a racer's hands accumulating in the material. Gloves prevent this and keep grips of this type looking fresh for longer.

For anyone aiming to replicate real forces felt in their wheels, which modern high-end direct drive wheel bases are capable of, gloves may make sense to protect their hands from blistering or similar wear and tear. The right choice of gloves also offer additional grip, helping matters when wrestling cars with high FFB torque around a circuit.

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Ah, that brand-new wheel feel - definitely the reason why digital racing drivers usually wear gloves.

Got to Stay Cool​

On the other hand (no pun intended), racers might not deem it necessary to bother with gloves for any of the reasons listed above. After all, dexterity is better without wearing anything on your hands, so pushing a wheel's buttons and rotating its switches is easier.

Racing bare-handed also makes it easier to stay cool - this can make the experience much less uncomfortable, particularly during the summer months. Some sim racers may go without gloves at least temporarily as a result.

What Do You Prefer?​

As you can see, reasons for opting for or against gloves are diverse and highly subjective, certainly not all of them are mentioned in this article. This is why we want to know your preferences: Do you race with or without gloves? What are your reasons? Let us know in the comments below and in the poll!
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Use a wheel for a month and it needs replacing it gets so waxed over and if it is plastic it gets gross too. Gloves are good and they get me in the frame of mind to go for podiums, and wins...or get wrecked out In a public race
 
The driving wearing globes and driving on socks it's something that I have never understood, it would make me feel cringe worthy. It is also contradicting, and why stop right there and not wear a full racing suit with a helmet and balaclava and put a fan pointing towards you. I have simraced for decades and never had the steering wheel sliding on my hands even on august while sweating.
 
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I frequently see the association of alcantara more or less requiring the use of gloves and I honestly don’t understand it.

I have a Momo wheel with alcantara on my wheelbase. Yes, there initially was some black dye that came off onto my hands after each use. It was minimal though, washed off easily with plain soap and water, and went away completely within 2-3 weeks.

Over the years the fibers of the alcantara have indeed smashed down “solid” where I hold the wheel. It hasn’t affected my grip/purchase on the wheel in any way and doesn’t really look “bad” to me at all. It just simply looks like I use the wheel.

I readily admit my experience is the proverbial “sample of one” so maybe I just had a special snowflake wheel or I’m less concerned about some things than others.
 
Use gloves for real racing cars and racing bikes, for simracing please ... is not necessary, absolutely, wtf ... they are only used to be cool on social networks or in livestreaming, at least be honest
They do have practical and comfort uses if you're using a suede wheel for sim racing
At least from my experience
 
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I frequently see the association of alcantara more or less requiring the use of gloves and I honestly don’t understand it.

I have a Momo wheel with alcantara on my wheelbase. Yes, there initially was some black dye that came off onto my hands after each use. It was minimal though, washed off easily with plain soap and water, and went away completely within 2-3 weeks.

Over the years the fibers of the alcantara have indeed smashed down “solid” where I hold the wheel. It hasn’t affected my grip/purchase on the wheel in any way and doesn’t really look “bad” to me at all. It just simply looks like I use the wheel.

I readily admit my experience is the proverbial “sample of one” so maybe I just had a special snowflake wheel or I’m less concerned about some things than others.
Gloves don't really protect it. I have my alpinestars karting gloves that I use on the rig and the alacantara is washed out on my TM open wheel just like you without gloves. And I don't really care either lol; I use the gloves to get a slightly better grip (I think).
 
I was getting alcantara residue all over my hands after every session, so I decided to get some bike gloves to preserve my wheel. Plastic and leather also degrade faster without them.
I don't livestream, take videos of myself or anything like that so I couldn't care less about looking "cool". It's all about keeping sweat out of my wheel.
Conversely, I tried using them once on a spirited drive in my real car but it felt weird for some reason, so I just blow air directly into my hands to keep them dry in the real world.
 
I have ordered weightlifting gloves but rarely use it. Paint on my TM T248 is fading but it's a cheaper wheel anyway. On the other hand, I have a small patch of thickened skin on both of my tumbs.
 
I've been using OMP or Sparco gloves for many years and can't imagine driving without them. Even with the gloves, I have had to change the OMP wheel of my SimExperience AF2 (after more than 3000 hours of driving in RaceRoom) as it was completely worn out (and also 3 pairs of gloves)

Same for the shoes, I can't imagine pushing my Heusinkveld brake pedal without my OMP karting shoes, it's way too hard for my foot (left or right depending on the car). I also had to change the shoes for the same reason... :D
 
I was always racing with gloves, it just gives "that" feeling. Dont anymore have wheel, or at least not this moment. But if get one again, racing with gloves is must. I guess it depends, you like it or not, or you keep it stupid or not, and so on. I guess im stupid and i like :roflmao: Shoes or at least sandals was must also. Feels to odd to press pedals with bare foot..
 
No gloves.
Just as when doing golfing, starting last year, and though coaches really insisted.
I've tried endurance racing on a few occasions with my special ergonomic MTB gloves onm of which are just as good as real racing gloves used for real world track days.
But having raced several very long endurance runs bare handed I prefer it this way. Longest runs with my G27 +10 years ago and very long runs with my T300RS-GT.
No blisters whatsoever. And just like golfing feeling better contact with the irons, it's been exactly ditto experience simracing.

But I'm not an everyday DD driver.
I think for real world and sim DD racing I maybe would try gloves.

Maybe it's due to I'm a former rower and blisters here start season in about freezing temperatures, wets, and me being an office armchair guy, blisters were by far more prominant to me rowing in March after a winther season as couch potato with softer and softer office hands in direct comparison to doing simracing bare handed.

Ofcourse then there are the questions on hygiene and wear.
But my own experience is that just a slightly wet cloth with water and a dry cloth afterwards on the steering wheels after sim activity means that they still look like new. However, I forgot this essential part with my first steering wheel (Guillemotte Ferrari FFB Racing wheel), which after 12 years of service gradually looked rather tattered.
 
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A pair of cheap mechanic's gloves for me.

In my earlier simracing years when using a DFGT (rubberized rim) I didn't use gloves, but after I upgraded and started using a T300 with an Alcantara rim it soon became apparent that I will have to use gloves to prevent the Alcantara from losing its fuzziness and becoming ugly as grease and dead skin cells stick to the fibres. It's primarily the sticky feel of dirty Alcantara that I find disgusting. Of course it can be restored quite well by applying an Alcantara cleaner and carefully brushing it in before wiping it off with a wet cloth, but the less often I have to do that, the better. Even when using gloves the rim tends to collect dirt over time so I still clean it from time to time to keep it looking nice,

Later when I picked up the Thrustmaster Ferrari F1 rim (the old one, not the SF1000) I didn't plan on using gloves with it because that rim has rubberized grips. But as I started using it I got blisters in my palms and on my thums because the rubber was so grippy. Tried to solve it with some sports grip tape, but the tape quickly started to release black, sticky residue into my palms so I ended up removing it and resorted to using gloves also with that rim.
 
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