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Mystery of the Reusch Racing Glove

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hello all, first time posting here!

Basically, I'm here because I'm in dire need of help. About 10 years ago, my father purchased 2 pairs of Reusch racing gloves (see attached picture). I'm currently 18, and we've been using these gloves ever since he got them a decade ago. They've been the best gloves ever, but both our pairs are ripping apart at the seams.

Since I was 3 years old, skiing has always been the thing that bonded my dad and I. Now that I'm about to head off to college, I wanted to get a meaningful Christmas present for him. We've loved these Reusch gloves and have always refused to wear anything but these beat up racing gloves, to the point of sentimentality. It's finally time for a new pair though, so I want to find replacements of the same ones for us.

Can anyone identify this model of gloves? They're Reusch racing gloves, they have a tag saying "Thinsulate" on the side, but I can't find the exact model name and have searched everywhere. Obviously, they're discontinued, but I'm hoping to find a pair off ebay or something! Any info anyone has would be great!

Thanks,
Robert


Edited by Robert7Springs - 12/20/13 at 10:13pm
post #2 of 16
Re Model - Have you tried contacting Reusch? Or a dealer, like Race-Werks?
post #3 of 16

Reusch made a lot of different style in their racing glove line.  Not sure if you'll be able to find the exact same ones but there are some other great versions of this glove out there. 

post #4 of 16

Hi, your gloves were the WC gloves issued to the US Team in the 2001-2002 season. If you Google images of Bode in 2002 at the Salt Lake Olympics, you'll see your glove. Now, finding one pair will be near impossible. Two pairs…..wow. However, as somebody with a 26 year old son, I think it's an exceptionally cool idea.  

 

Reusch is the pool supplier for many of the national team federations, including the USST alpine group. Every or or two they roll out a new edition. They are really nice race gloves, and at retail, the prices have just gone up every season, as you probably know. I would check with the usual online race vendors: Artech, Race Place, Race Works, Reliable Racing. They retail for about $200. Ouch. You might be able to convince one to give you a price reduction. 

 

Reusch makes a glove called the "Nor Am", which is a nice durable race inspired glove. Not the real deal WC issue, but less expensive and nice. Black glove, USST logo. 

 

I understand the very cool sentimentality of the Ruesch, but you might also look at a Hestra race glove. In our experience they wear like iron. My daughter wore them for many years. The Vertical cut race glove, also widely used on the WC, might be a great solution for your next 10 seasons. 

 

If you will go used, or can take some time, go with Ebay for sure. Post a WTB in classifieds here, and explain your story. What size gloves are you looking for?  Make that clear.  If I'm reading this correctly, you ideally want two identical pairs? 

 

Reusch tends to unload all of their old stock. So I doubt if they will be a great solution, but I think it's a neat story and I'd contact them, via US contact info on their website.  

 

Good luck. 

post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Robert7Springs View Post


Since I was 3 years old, skiing has always been the thing that bonded my dad and I. Now that I'm about to head off to college, I wanted to get a meaningful Christmas present for him. We've loved these Reusch gloves and have always refused to wear anything but these beat up racing gloves, to the point of sentimentality. 

Whatever your dad taught you about the preciousness of family and skiing, and how the two go hand in glove, you learned very well. Good for the both of you. If you should find the gloves you seek, buy a couple extra pair and put them away for your kids to come. Make it a dynasty.

D1

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Originally Posted by Muleski View Post

Hi, your gloves were the WC gloves issued to the US Team in the 2001-2002 season. If you Google images of Bode in 2002 at the Salt Lake Olympics, you'll see your glove. Now, finding one pair will be near impossible. Two pairs…..wow. However, as somebody with a 26 year old son, I think it's an exceptionally cool idea........

Muleski,

Thank you so much for this. Surely enough, I googled the 2002 images at SL City and the US athletes are wearing them. Interestingly, when my dad bought them (in about 2004) from the Willi's ski shop at 7 Springs, they sold both pairs to him for a total of $100. Why? Because they told him they were some weird gloves they found in the back room and they didn't know where they came from or what to price them at since they couldn't find the model type of glove.

Unbelievable though! My dad always suspected they may have been WC/Olympic gloves, but never knew for sure. This is both intriguing and disheartening news though, as it makes it a whole lot less likely to find another pair of these.
I'll exhaust all routes though, and needless to say this will probably be a very late Christmas present...but oh well! Hopefully I'll find some. If not, I'll look into the other options you suggested.
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Originally Posted by deliberate1 View Post

Whatever your dad taught you about the preciousness of family and skiing, and how the two go hand in glove, you learned very well. Good for the both of you. If you should find the gloves you seek, buy a couple extra pair and put them away for your kids to come. Make it a dynasty.
D1

I've had thoughts of that before! Even half-jokingly, half-seriously considered framing them too.

But yes, skiing...along with slalom skiing in the summer behind our 1991 Mastercraft Tristar ski boat (we even compete on a local slalom club together), has always been that big connection between my dad and I. To be honest, we don't share a whole lot else in common interests, but skiing is that huge bridge which has really made our relationship rock solid.
Same kinda goes for my mom and three younger sisters, but primarily my dad.
post #7 of 16

If you find those gloves brand new and in the correct size, you'll have hit the jackpot. Good luck in your search!

post #8 of 16
Seriously, frame the old pairs, give your pair to pop, and you keep his. Now go buy two new pairs and start over! smile.gif He'll be in tears in the best possible way.
post #9 of 16
Skinner's in Newbury, NH may have a couple of pairs. I recall seeing a bunch (boxes) of older Reusch race gloves down in the basement a couple of seasons ago. Haven't wandered around the basement in over a year (when I go down there it is for the stone grinder), so I'm not sure if they have any left. It would be worth giving them a call though.
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Seriously, frame the old pairs, give your pair to pop, and you keep his. Now go buy two new pairs and start over! smile.gif He'll be in tears in the best possible way.
Not a bad idea at all! Hahaha
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post

Skinner's in Newbury, NH may have a couple of pairs. I recall seeing a bunch (boxes) of older Reusch race gloves down in the basement a couple of seasons ago. Haven't wandered around the basement in over a year (when I go down there it is for the stone grinder), so I'm not sure if they have any left. It would be worth giving them a call though.

Thank you very much, I might just give them a call on Monday.

Anyone else got any specific suggestions like that?
post #11 of 16

R7S, 

 

For some reason, I've been thinking more about this. 

 

I'm the parent of kids who raced through the skis academy years, and through college. I have dozens and dozens of friends who have had the same experience, and who were fairly "expert" at smoking out deals to buy Ruesch or Hestra race gloves and mittens at reduced prices. Frankly at buying ANY race stuff at a deal. The amount of the break, and the final price depend on the time of the year. Reusch changes that high end WC glove style at least every two years, so looking for a new pair like yours is literally going to be like searching for a "new" 2002 car. Finding ONE pair will be an incredible score. My experience is that every retailer that I know who sells the gloves sells them ALL out every spring as soon as they drop the prices to 25% or more off retail. In addition, a few people buy essentially ALL of the left over stock that Reusch has in house, and that inventory gets sold at places like Mt. Hood over the summer. Often in the smallest sizes, to kids. 

 

One guy to possibly contact is Mark Archer, aka Speedy, who does a lot of camp, and summer sales at Mt. Hood. Don't just check his site; email him. www.skatewerks.com is his site  Don't be fooled by the name. And don't be put off by the limited stuff on his site. I have bought Reusch gloves, two and three years old, from him in the past. My impression is that after 2008, and the economic meltdown, Reusch may have cut back production on the top end race model, in terms of numbers, as well. So hard to find. When we talk about unloading all of their stock, I think that's a smaller number….of race gloves…each year.  Hestra and Reusch both over far more glove models that they did in 2002. So, fewer race gloves made. 

 

I would follow up on RTTP's lead, but based on my experience, any retailer with even a single box of these gloves in the basement is "unique."  I would contact George Merrill who owns Artech, Scott Holmer who own Race Place, and I would contact Race Werks and speak to any of their people. See if they have, or know of any leftover Reusch gloves. 

 

Online shops like the Ski Depot, and untracked.com buy a lot {like the most in the business} of year end inventory, but again, their business is to MOVE it, and I don't think you'll find what you're looking for there. There was a time when you could get lucky and find ski stuff at some discount warehouse stores, but I don't see it these days. 

 

You will find them on EBay, most often in really small and really big sizes. M and L are kind of rare. It will take a lot of time, but I think that may end up as your best option. 

 

The best way to get a pair or two is to get them directly from a USST athlete….also the hardest way, as frankly they are not supposed to sell them, though many do, particularly in the summer…prior year's stuff. But honestly, you need a connection. These guys help out their friends and family, and don't have yard sales. It And  you are not going to find any old unused. Last year's stuff. 

 

If you want a quick fix, I would look at current Reusch Nor-Am gloves, or at Hestra RSL Comp gloves. Both will last a long time. You're looking at $175 retail for the Hestra's. That's a lot of money, but I think they'll last as long as yours have….the Hestra's in my opinion maybe longer than the current Reusch. So $17.50 a year, and less per ski day….not bad. 

 

Both companies have, in the past, offered gloves to any USSA racer at a discounted price. Typically ordered at a ski club "rep day" in the fall.  I'm out of that, though, these days. You could search, and contact each company directly and ask. Worth a try. 

 

BTW, at the time that your dad bought the gloves, the retail was probably close to $100. So at that time, selling them off season at half price makes sense to me. I love the thought of framing one of each. I have a glove that was autographed for me by Franz Klammer that's on display, and surely doesn't mean as much to me as those gloves mean to you and your dad, but it brings back some cool memories. 

 

Good luck. PM me if you think I can add more to help. 

post #12 of 16

We had 2 or 3 pair of those exact gloves back in the day!

 

REusch were always really good. May still have some other Reusch's around here somewhere. I'll have a chance to snoop around tomorrow

 

But I think the ones you want are long gone!

 

I switched to Leki gloves and  Trigger S poles and Hestra's as backup!

post #13 of 16
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R7S, 

For some reason, I've been thinking more about this..........

Good luck. PM me if you think I can add more to help. 
Muleski, thank you so much for your help and advice. I'll definitely be sending out a few emails to the people you named, and hopefully that'll turn something up! They do not necessarily have to be "new" though. Seeing how difficult they are to find, I would be entirely content with 2 pairs of gloves that were in better condition than what we currently have (which is terrible/holes/tears). I suppose keeping an eye on ebay might be the best route for used ones.
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We had 2 or 3 pair of those exact gloves back in the day!

REusch were always really good. May still have some other Reusch's around here somewhere. I'll have a chance to snoop around tomorrow

But I think the ones you want are long gone!

I switched to Leki gloves and  Trigger S poles and Hestra's as backup!

I suppose you didn't find any, huh? Haha that's alright! Though if any do turn up, pm me!
post #14 of 16

If you can't find those gloves, Reusch still makes top of the line gloves.  I have a pair of Classic Noram's and love them.

post #15 of 16

I have a pair of the Reusch Nor-am Racing gloves and a pair of the Nor-am Racing mitts, both size large with Thinsulite and solid black. Only used a couple times a few years back and are in excellent condition, I would be willing to sell cheap if it would help you out. I switched to the Leki trigger gloves/mitts otherwise I would still be using them.

post #16 of 16
Hi, if you're still looking I have a pair of these gloves listed on eBay right now.
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