Seems like I’m forever seeking out a casual short-cuff glove that offers at least a sliver of protection without looking like something Marc Márquez would wear at Sachsenring. I’m just cruising the mean streets of Portland, Oregon, right, not contesting a MotoGP round, but 1mm fashion leather or faux deerskin simply doesn’t cut it, and forget about mesh. I still want reinforcements and some armor as well as breathability in something that comes up past the wrist but isn't a full gauntlet. Something semi-stylish, probably classic, and not sci-fi-inspired or full-on racy. Yeah, it’s a tough needle to thread, but Alpinestars’ Rayburns looked like they ticked most of the right boxes and because they’ve been in the line since 2015, I figured they were a known quantity.