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Old 12-10-2009, 12:13 AM
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I've been looking at various brands but before I drop $150+ I'd like to hear some first-hand (get it?) experiences.

I'm tired of getting off the bike with numb fingers. I don't have the option of only riding on warm, sunny days; I commute M-F, about 40 miles each way (mostly on the highway), and my poor fingers have had it.

I read that heated grips will keep your palms warm, but not the backs of your fingers, so I'm going with heated gloves. The FirstGear gloves look pretty good, but I'd like to know what you have, and how it works for you. Assume I'll rarely ride below 20F (I'm in central Texas).

This will be the only accessory drawing power from the electrical system. The rest of my body is warm enough, but my hands are so frozen that it's a safety issue as well as a comfort issue.

So....best heated gloves out there?
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I like the Gerbings G3 heated gloves. They are my first but I like them.
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If you are going to spend the $$ on gloves, first consider spending those $$ on a Gerbings jacket. With a 40 mile commute, I think you will be making the right choice. Plus, you will not look like the Sta-Puff marshmallow man or have to pack all the extra clothes to keep warm.

That said, I have a heated jacket and I'm considering heated gloves for longer rides, but for 40 miles the jacket is more than fine for me.

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I thought about a heated jacket or heated vest, but my torso and legs are warm. I'm wearing the same Olympia jacket I wear during the summer, only with the liner (and usually a fleece under the liner). No Sta-Puff effect for me. My arms and legs are ok (not toasty, but not cold). I've always had issues with fingers and ears hurting in cold weather.

I see people on the highway riding without a helmet and I don't know how they do it in the winter. I'd prefer to crash at 75mph just so the friction of my ears on the pavement would warm them up.
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I have the FirstGear Carbon gloves (made by Warm&Safe). They've worked fine for me down to the low 30's. Haven't been out below that temp.

The gloves themselves are nicely constructed and use top grade materials. Fit and finish is very nice.

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I've been looking at various brands but before I drop $150+ I'd like to hear some first-hand (get it?) experiences.



So....best heated gloves out there?

there is no best, its like hemets, biggest complaints about heated gloves is not the heat, its the fit

some have longer fingers, others don't

some have more padding in the palm that some riders don't like, others don't

unfortunately, not many places stock several brands to try on
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I tried on two different kinds - one felt great, the other felt horrible and I could feel the wires in my palm. I would suggest trying on a few. I don't remember what mine are but they do keep my hands warm. Moral - don't buy sight unseen.
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I reently bought the second generation vest and glove liner from Gerbing. It's the system that uses cloth panels for warmth instead of the wires, kinda like seat heaters in your car. I really like the fit and feel of the vest, but wish I had bought the full gloves instead of the liners. I have a set of oversized gauntlets that I thought would fit perfect over the liners, but my hands feel constricted with both sets of gloves on. FWIW, go with full gloves, whichever system you buy. Fit & feel is as much about comfort as the warming factor, so try to find a place that carries the product and try them on.
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What makes it difficult to respond to many of these threads it that many of us have had only one pair of heated gloves so we cannot offer any comparison. We are either happy or unhappy with our gloves. Usually we are happy because we do not have a comparison with something that might be more comfortable or thinner.

I have the original Gerbings gloves and my hands stay comfortably warm. They are thicker than I like but they fit better and are naturally curved to my hand. I like them better than the newer version.

I added a liner jacket and variable control. Both added greatly to my over all comfort. The OEM handgrip shields do a great job of keeping my hands warm, but at 17 degrees, the jacket liner and gloves make it comfy. I wear insulated hiking boots and keep my toes in close to the engine and wear a balacava. 35 miles is okay. I have thought about heated socks but at 35 miles each way it has not become an issue. I may try those battery heated electric hunting socks sometime, especially if the heated part is in the toes.

I worry more about the black ice and the super slick salt solution they spray onto the roads. Last night going home the areas sprayed were super slick, especially at stop lights and hills. I road 4 today as it is supposed to snow this afternoon. I did that trick once and barely made it home.
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I bought Gerbing G5s recently, have about 2k mi on them. They are the Microwire technology, they just feel like a thick pair of gloves. I'm very happy with them. They are very warm, so I usually don't need to use the heat below 40. I've had them down to about 22, and only needed about 1/2 power to have toasty hands.

I'd recommend giving them a try, you can return them if they don't work for you.
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