The full-finger Raji Glove from 661 is a lightweight trail offering, with a single-layer palm that's great for bar feel and breathabilty. It's a stylish glove available in various bold patterns, but noticeable pressure points and threads starting to pull leave a question mark over durability.
The Raji is similar to the others in the 661 range, but has a Velcro closure and a slightly thicker top mesh in a twill material. Whilst it is at the lighter end of trail gloves, and is definitely best for summer, it’s not fly weight – it has some substance to it.
The palm is a perforated leather style, with an additional area on the thumb. I found this created a pressure point, and whilst not severe enough to blister, the position of it felt slightly out. It sits rather low when gripping the bar.
Also, the holes near the seams make for obvious weak points that could suffer in crashes.
The velcro tab makes getting the gloves on very easy, but the little panel of lycra bunches up and seems superflous. Silicone graphics on the fingertips add some tacky grip for brakes, and though they work okay, I’d like to see a larger area.
The Raji hasn’t shown any advanced signs of wear during the test, but the perforated palm is starting to pull away, leaving threads exposed at the cuff. And while we're there, the cuff could be a little longer as it leaves the lower palm/wrist slightly exposed.
The Raji has a little more protection that other 661 gloves, but it's still firmly on the lighter, cooler end of the spectrum. They look good, work fairly well and should last long enough to go out of fashion, but in truth they do little to stand out from the crowd.
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