The FIVE brand, available in 47 countries across five continents, bases its development on a simple principle: you can’t design a pair of gloves like you design an item of clothing. When you’re on a motorbike, the glove isn’t just an accessory, it tells the bike how you’re feeling. Whether you’re overtaking, braking as you reach a bend or making sure you get every last bit of juice from the engine, it’s responsible for so many decisions that can influence performance and safety. That’s why FIVE’s sole aim is to develop and produce the most advanced gloves, using cutting-edge technology and drawing on our wealth of racing experience.
PROTECTION / FITTING / DESIGN
Your hands will feel the difference!
PROTECTION YOUR HANDS ARE PRECIOUS
The hand is the most complex part of the human body – and also the hardest to protect. The hand contains the highest number of bones, joints, ligaments, and nerve endings in such a limited space. If you try not using your hand, even just for an hour, you soon realize how important it is in daily life. A hand injury can prove to be a serious disadvantage in motorbiking, including professionally. Would you be able to continue your activity with an injured, immobilized hand?
In biking, the hand is the most exposed member in the event of a fall. Our reflexes make us instinctively place our hands between us and any obstacle that comes along. We often put out a hand to save ourselves and soften the impact when we hit the ground. And even at low speeds, tarmac is rarely a welcoming surface.
When we are developing gloves, we take account of the specific characteristics of the hand — a member that is at one and the same time complex, fragile, and exposed. The degree of protection they offer proves systematically superior to the average for other commercially-available products. When you look at a FIVE glove, you will appreciate that each protective element, each material is positioned in strategic places so as to offer optimum protection.
FITTING YOUR HANDS ARE THE CONNECTION TO YOUR BIKE
Vital elements for controlling your bike are located on the handlebars. You steer, accelerate, brake (70% of the braking power is obtained via the front brake), control — in short, drive your bike with the help of your hands. Your safety and performance as a rider are largely in your own hands — literally! So it is of paramount importance to be able to feel the controls properly, to have optimum mobility of each joint. Rather like a pianist, the rider has to compose his trajectory by subtly combining the actions of acceleration, gear-changing, and braking, using just pressure on the levers and twist-grip — and plays this score with the tips of his fingers without the slightest wrong note.
The ease of each finger and each knuckle can make all the difference in terms of precision, performance, safety, and more generally, comfort. Hence the patterns for our gloves are designed with the greatest care, the materials chosen according to their contribution in terms of mobility, and each component selected and assembled all with the aim of achieving the perfect fit.
DESIGN YOUR HANDS ARE YOUR PERSONALITY
We could content ourselves with producing comfortable, protective gloves. But our passion for bikes extends to aesthetic criteria too. Gloves reflect the personality of the person wearing them. Historically and symbolically, gloves have always been an important element in dress, for women and men alike, and would often be seen as conveying distinction. We’re thinking especially here of white uniform gloves and driving gloves worn by gentlemen. Even though it’s no longer usual to wear gloves from morning till night in everyday life, it is still true however that gloves — indispensable now for their protective function alone — can still embellish the person wearing them.
Thus we have chosen to create gloves that will reflect your personality and how demanding you are. And even though our innovative design is often copied by certain non-specialist manufacturers, wearing genuine FIVE gloves testifies to your desire for quality and authenticity. Our design combines perfectly functionality, performance, and aesthetics.
ORIGINS OF THE BRAND
French-Italian founder of the FIVE brand Franck Fazio worked for long years with the most prestigious Italian motorcycle equipment makers, coming into contact with the world’s top riders. Talking with one of these — one of the most demanding in terms of his equipment and concerned about the slightest detail — revealed his dissatisfaction with the degree of precision and protection of the gloves provided by his sponsor (even though it was a renowned brand in the field of motorbike clothing), and the idea came to him to concentrate on this product specifically. Observing that there was a leader in each category of product (helmets, boots, masks, clothing) and yet no brand was putting in the effort required to develop gloves in terms of protection, fit, and design, Franck was convinced he could offer a real plus in terms of glove performance, and this was the confirmation he needed to launch himself in this market. He quite naturally decided to give the name FIVE to his brand, intended to protect the hand’s 5 fingers. His move surprised a great many people, certain he would fail if he dared build a brand around a single glove product. Now, some ten years later, FIVE’s success seems to show those sceptics were wrong. But the finest recognition comes from riders who have been wearing FIVE gloves all these years. Thanks to them, the brand has travelled millions and millions of kilometres at the handlebars of thousands of different bikes.
RIDER AND RACE EXPERIENCE
Each component that goes into the composition of a FIVE glove, each model is subjected to laboratory tests (all our gloves are CE approved) and above all trials by a panel of users and riders, some of them particularly experienced in terms of non-simulated falls… Protection, fit, design — on all these levels, they are all contributing to the evolution of FIVE gloves. Among them are our official riders. All of these have chosen to wear FIVE gloves as they don’t neglect a single detail, aim for performance, and want only the best. Logically, all of them place their trust in the glove specialist! They know that a glove with a perfect fit can help them gain precious seconds on a lap. They know that a perfectly-fitting glove can avoid the appearance of painful blisters that can be a handicap over a race. They know a protective glove can help them avoid injury and long weeks of convalescence, which can spell the loss of a title. Whatever their discipline (Speed, Supermoto, Enduro, Motocross, etc.), they know that a FIVE glove constitutes a psychological advantage over their adversaries… Our riders sometimes have to tussle with their equipment-manufacturer sponsors (who often produce their own gloves) to get their choice allowed — already the sign of the character of a champion.
One thing is certain, our riders never choose FIVE for the money: we don’t offer them any! But we do sometimes reward them for a title or some glorious feat… most often with a pair of customized gloves and a meal out in a top restaurant! Oh yes, at FIVE, professionalism always goes hand in hand with having a good time.