I'm looking for some advice from riders who really value their hands and can contribute some advice on gloves.
I work in a profession that requires a lot of fine motor control; even being a paraplegic would still permit me to work. But I gotta. protect. those. hands.
Thus, while shopping for armored gloves, I keep getting distressed by massively conflicting info: I was all set to get a nicely armored set of long cuff gloves, only to read (from a 20+ year rider with a lot of nice gear) that "palm sliders are the only thing that might manage to keep both wrists from receiving severe Colles fractures the moment you strike the road surface hands first; simple road rash is a vastly easier mechanism of injury to prevent, and can be prevented with any $30 pair of well-stitched 1mm+ leather gloves." A severe double wrist fracture would put me in the poorhouse quite rapidly, so I decided palm sliders were a must.
So, I redirected myself towards gloves with palm sliders... only to find that the results are highly mixed, even in the $100-300 range. I was ALL set to buy a $120 pair of Cortech Impulse RRs, only to discover a comment on the Amazon page where the guy gave them 5-stars since, in his words, he "went down on the highway and only managed to fractured both wrists in 5 places, ZERO ROAD RASH!"
Any idea what I should be looking for here? I am not afraid to spend money on this and I do not give a flying fart how they look, but it's vastly more important that I have actual protection rather than marketing hype. I frankly do not have much faith in appearances or manufacturer's reputations, since even reputable manufacturers like Alpinestars occasionally put out substandard equipment, you just probably wouldn't know it until you hit the pavement! I'm hoping for hard experience from somebody in the know.
Thanks guys and gals! You're the best.