View Full Version : cold weather gloves

12-09-2005, 11:14 AM
I have a very good pair of winter gloves, but they are thirty years old. I've tried a glove liner, and also my summer gloves inside the older gloves but the fingertips still suffer very quickly.

The liners are pretty thin, so I'll try a more insulated but thin glove inside the old winter gloves before I break down and replace them. This is the problem with winter gear here, gets such little use. At least I shouldn't "outgrow" gloves...

What have you found that works well? Are they motorcycle specific or from another application (ski, hiking etc) from a store like REI?

12-09-2005, 11:30 AM
For the price of a good pair of gloves, you could have heated grips. ;-) I'm thinking seriously about it since I just spent $60 on some very good winter gloves and my fingers are still cold.

12-09-2005, 12:04 PM
I like these, their warm, waterproof and easy on and off.

12-09-2005, 12:11 PM
Just don't ever make the mistake of putting your hand in a Gerbing heated glove ;-) . It's like doing crack cocaine. :shock:

12-09-2005, 12:54 PM
Gerbing heated glove

I bet they are nice. And I won't make that mistake.


12-09-2005, 02:03 PM
Check out Sierra Trading Post website (google them)
They have a lot of cold weather stuff and I would suggest buying some high quality discontinued ski gloves. Buy some silk glove liners to add if it is really cold.
Heated grips are a great alternative too. I just ordered the Aerostitch grips that go over your OEM grips after someone here suggested them.

12-09-2005, 02:41 PM
I'm also trying to find some 9 volt gloves, again maybe to wear under my old winter gloves.
If you have used, or know about any battery powered gloves, I'd like to hear about it.

- decided on standard winter glove -

While I was at the Christmas party at Lone Star, Peter told me he's used the Triumph gloves in 25 degree weather bare knuckled and survived. I bought a pair, more than I wanted to spend ($90) but the man says they work.

Of course, all our cold weather is behind us now...

Chris Mitchell
01-22-2006, 08:42 AM
several years ago I bought a pair of Joe Rocket gloves called Dry Tech. I have treasureed those gloves now for a long time. They keep my hands and fingers perfectly comfortable no matter how cold or wet it might be. Have worn them with the weather down into the single digits and been good to go. They are comfortable and not bulky at all. Once I made the mistake of not putting my rain coat over the gloves on a wet day and water ran down into the gloves, but even if I were wet I was also warm. As I remember they were not cheap but were affordable. I know Joe Rocket is still making that same basic glove because I saw a newer model with the same name at Austin Sport Bike a few weeks ago. Not sure about the price. Call and ask Robbie how much they cost. I just dont feel any need for heated gloves with these.

01-22-2006, 09:05 AM

simply incredible gloves

I'm able to ride to work up here in the mornings when it's 22 degrees outside and show up with hands that are just barely chilly...and they are a great price!

the problem monte and I have run into with the joe rocket gloves and others is that they are so bulky and thick that you can't even feel your levers much less feel comfortable riding around in traffic with them, but maybe that's just us...:)

01-22-2006, 09:15 AM
I had a pair of Ski gloves I had gotten long ago at K-Mart or somewhere similar. They are toasty but not so big I can't feel the controls. I did get a new set at Wal-Mart (just plain $5 ski gloves) and they work, but seem more bulky. My criteria was, if I can use them in the snow, whether building snow men or throwing snow balls and they keep my hands dry and warm, then they should do on the m/c. And being inexpensive, if I hole a finger then out they go and we go get another pair. Of course since we haven't seen an appreciable snowfall in 5-6 years, it's hard to try the gloves out.
All I can say, is that we need all the moisture out west that we can get. Let it rain, let it snow, anything.

01-22-2006, 12:09 PM
There was another thread a while back where some options were discussed: BJ's cold hands thread (http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6741&highlight=gloves)

Actually, I went out looking for some new gloves yesterday - the River Road Taos gloves interested me, and their web site listed a couple of local dealers. Of course, the Harley dealer in Hurst didn't have this model and I didn't have time to go to Moto Liberty. Looks like I may have to order them - probably thru Moto Liberty...

web reference: River Road Taos gloves (http://www.riverroadgear.com/rrweb.nsf/Products/AEF2F8FC09995E3E862570610059A605?opendocument)

01-22-2006, 01:42 PM
With my metabolism it seems that when its really cold, nothing but electrics do the job for any amount of time. I have tried several brands and the warmest were Tourmaster winter elites. With silk liners and the tourmasters I can ride down into the low 40's all day and while my hands get cold, they dont get so cold its a problem.

After it goes below about 43 degrees or so, its just a matter of how long before the cold sets in. I've got maybe an hour and a half at 38 degrees before my hands get too cold. With the Gerbings, I can run all day at 20 degrees without so much as even cold fingers.

I have never found a long term way short of electrics or hippo hands to defeat cold and not have bulk. Maybe with thinner gloves and heated grips, but I've never had a bike with heated grips, so I'll just soldier along with my Gerbings.

01-22-2006, 03:25 PM
I bet they are nice. And I won't make that mistake.


What about their glove liners for about $75


01-22-2006, 03:36 PM
What about their glove liners for about $75


I have heard that the glove liners can be a bit of a chore to get on and sometimes give you the sensation of being roasted. That said, if your cold enough they probably work well.

Its pretty hard to ride comfortable in extreme weather, and I've never found a way to do it on the cheap. Short hops are easy, but 12 - 14 hours in the saddle in below 40 temps usually takes throwing money at the problem. I went through probably 4 pair of winter riding gloves (probably over $200 in gloves) before buying Gerbings, it would have been alot cheaper to have just bought the electrics to start with. I know I will never look back.

Widder or Gerbing, both seem to work well, your only problem may be that you draw more current than your bike puts out. I know a few have even gone so far as to put a switch on their headlights so they can run electric gear on their Killers when running in the cold.

Widder may be the better glove than Gerbing, my gerbings are a pain in the rear to get on if your fingers are damp from a rain. The glove lining gets jammed up and then will almost turn inside out when you remove the glove.

01-22-2006, 04:21 PM
I bought some First Gear Voyager (http://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=50-9843) gloves at Lonestar. I haven't tried them out yet but I bet I will get to soon.

01-22-2006, 04:27 PM
What I've found that works is a wind proof glove, that fits well, meaning not to tight in ANY spot,, and heated grips. Works well down to 30 Deg or so.

Heated gloves are another option.. but much more $$then grip heaters, or heated grips. ,, They are warmer though :rofl:

01-22-2006, 04:47 PM
What about their glove liners for about $75


I tried the liners a few times.. I found I would sweat a bit in them,,, and,, then, getting them on a second time (say after a stop) was, umm, well forum rules prevent me from typing the words I wish to use in description... so , lets just say,, they were difficult, and frustrating to use.. and were sold on ebay at a loss,,, and I was happy to have them gone. Others use, views and mileage may very.

01-22-2006, 09:35 PM
One thing I have found about gloves is that the fit is critical. A glove that feels OK at the store with your hand stretched may be excruciating after a little while in the clenched position you keep it around the grip. Many glove makers put a seeam right at the base of the fingers that gets pushed into the palm when you grip anything tightly. Whatever you get, get them a little bit oversized and you have room for a light liner, if needed.

The wind blowing against your hands will greatly affect the temperature. I noticed on Tourmeister's GS that he had put extensions on his handguards to get better shielding. Great idea in cool/damp weather.

01-22-2006, 10:20 PM
I hate bulky gloves. I need something a little lighter and therefore I am seriously considering the Gerbing G3 Gloves


or the 1stHeat gloves



Plane Dr
01-22-2006, 10:43 PM
I vote for a wind proof / water proof shell and heated grips. Only way to go.