The racing gloves specialized for Luge are designed to give a firm fitting to the athletes’ hands. The materials used for manufacturing these gloves are of thin quality, ideally leather with minor stretching properties. To provide maximum grip, spikes are taped to the three long fingers on each glove.
The spikes used in these gloves are usually hardened steel and are added to provide maximum grip to the players while paddling on the start. After the athlete pulls the handles off during the beginning of the race, he/ she can paddle with the help of gloves on the ice to help accelerate the sled.
The spikes used in the luge gloves are 5 mm or 0.196” (maximum) and can be attached to the three longest fingers and the knuckles.
According to the International Luge Regulations, here are the gloves specifications:
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