MO Tested: Racer Hi-Per Gloves Review

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Another hit from Racer that fits like a, well, you know.

If you didn’t know, we’re big fans of Racer gloves around here, having tested no less than five different models throughout the years. First, there was the Warm Up gloves, then the High Speed, the Stratos Goretex II, Sprint, the High Racer, and finally the Multitop 2. As you can see, we’ve gone through a few Racer gloves over the years, and for the most part, we’ve come away really happy with them. Though the name might say Racer, the Austrian company makes gloves for all different kinds of riding – and you certainly don’t need to be a racer to wear them.

Racer Hi-Per Gloves

The Hi-Per gloves from Racer are mid-tier, price-wise, but are top-shelf on the track.

Editor Score: 82%

+ Highs

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Excellent feel
  • Reasonable price point

– Sighs

  • More color options would be nice
  • Some have reported busted seams
  • That’s about it

With Racer’s latest glove – the Hi-Per – it certainly helps to be a racer. The third glove in Racer’s race glove lineup, the Hi-Per slots in between the flagship High Speed glove and the High Racer. At $259.99, the middle-tier price point puts it only ten bucks higher than the High Racer and 20 bucks below the High Speed.


Kangaroo leather on the palms is one way to get extremely good feel for the controls.

All that is to say there really isn’t much separating any of the three race gloves from Racer. However, in the Hi-Per’s case, we start with the obligatory full-gauntlet design with kangaroo leather on the palms for maximum feel of the controls. Cow leather makes up the rest of the glove. In the critical palm area that’s prone to be one of the first things to hit the ground in a fall, you’ll find Knox SPS palm sliders. As you can guess from the name, the palm sliders enable the hand to glide across the pavement better than pure leather, reducing the risk of the hand catching and rolling in a way it shouldn’t.

The Knox SPS palm sliders don’t interfere with your feel for the controls and still allow your hands to slide in a fall.

Carbon fiber armor is used on the knuckles, fingers, and the wrist to protect those spots in the case of impact and road rash, while a perforated gauntlet and fingers allow air to pass through for better ventilation. The Hi-Per stays on your hand thanks to two velcro enclosures, and like nearly every race glove out there, the ring and little fingers are joined together to help reduce the chances of the little finger rolling under in a fall.

Wearing It

So far, if you’re up to speed on your track gloves, nothing I’ve written above is particularly groundbreaking. In fact, if anything, those features are ones we’ve come to expect from virtually every track glove. The secret sauce that Racer has somehow figured out is how to make a brand-new race glove feel like an old favorite the minute you put it on. Usually gloves need a little break-in period before they start to feel comfortable. With the Hi-Per, I’ve taken them straight from the packaging and hopped on a bike and never thought twice about the fact I was wearing brand new gloves. Sure the kangaroo palm feels very supple and little details like the tiny accordion panels on the fingers and back of the hand provide flexibility, but anybody who has put on a Racer glove, including the Hi-Per, will comment on just how comfortable they are right from the start.

When learning a new bike, comfortable gloves with good feel is important. The Hi-Per gloves provide that.

On the bike the feeling is no different. You can feel every dimple from the grips, the knurls of the levers, everything. We don’t know how Racer does it, but it’s the reason why we keep coming back whenever we have glove needs. By nature of being ventilated race gloves, don’t expect them to keep your hands very warm when the temps are low. But I’ve worn them on track in 50º ambient temps, and it wasn’t too bad. This comes from a Southern California native.

The only thing I haven’t done with a set of Racer gloves is crash in them, and I don’t intend to start now. However, I have no reason to believe the Hi-Per will let me down should karma finally catch up to me. As for gripes, well, I really don’t have any. What more could you ask for from a race glove than to be comfortable, provide great feel, and come at a very reasonable price point? That said, I do know of people who have had seams come apart from normal riding. It’s not something I’ve personally experienced, and Racer has been excellent in rectifying the situation with these individuals. If anything, it would be nice if it came in more colors. Black, white, or white/red are rather limiting color choices. But at least they go with practically everything.

If you look closer you’ll see the accordion panels for the fingers, and the connection bridge between the ring and little fingers.

Just Get Them Already

If you’re the type with weird fingers and are never able to size yourself correctly the first time, Racer’s website has a detailed measurement chart to reference. And if you still aren’t sure, contacting them directly with your measurements will get you a live human being’s response and recommendations.

Shop for the Racer Hi-Per glove here

Racer Hi-Per FAQ

Are Racer gloves good?

We tend to think so. The review above will explain why. Other owners of Racer gloves tend to tell us the same.

Where are Racer gloves made?

Racer gloves are designed in Austria and are manufactured in China.

What are good racing gloves?

Good racing gloves are full gauntlet gloves, constructed from cowhide and sometimes contain kangaroo leather in strategic areas. At the very least you’ll find protectors over the knuckles and wrist. Unlike, say, gardening gloves, the fingers on racing gloves are slightly pre-curved for extra comfort and less binding while holding the bars. More expensive gloves may contain more armor, better ventilation, or use more exotic materials but the basics are the same.

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Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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  • Mackja Mackja on Apr 04, 2022

    Huge fan of Racer gloves, been using them on track and street for over five years, they hold up and are comfortable from the minute you put them on. Best I have ever owned!

  • Dtrides Dtrides on Apr 09, 2022

    I was a big fan...right up to the moment I needed them.
    I am in the busted seam group. Went down at the track and the gloves looked mint except for where the index finger seam opened up and I ground down the side of my finger.
    The instructor who two upped me back to the pits looked at my glove, and said "I used to wear those", took off his and showed me a scar in the same place I now have.:(