These gloves are solid. Leather palms with high quality manufacturing. The added protection and badassery of the carbon fiber knuckles is pretty killer. On a random note, I had to free a large (5 foot'ish) rat snake from a netting entaglement and it tagged me in the hand while trying to grab it's head (the discovery channel makes it look easy). Luckily it's fangs didn't peirce the glove, which I attribute to the quality leather upper they used in the construction. One thing to note is that if you sweat while riding or get these wet the black dye from the leather palms will rub off on your skin a bit. Other than that, these gloves are about darn near perfect. A definite upgrade from my last 661 cedric gracia hardknuckles.