So first off I want to give a small review of the company I got my gloves from. I saw the advertisement last week for Atomic-Moto which was offering a "promocode" for 10% off for Stromtroopers. I ordered the gloves on Wednesday morning and received them Friday afternoon. Great, fast service. I love it.
Here was my aim in fidning a new set of gloves. I hate the huge bulky winter gloves, so I was hoping to find something that did a good enough job blocking the wind and providing a little bit of insulation, that were still thin enough to handle the bike's controls. I conceded this would only work with heated hand grips (Oxford Heaterz). The question is, how cold can I get with medium-weight gloves and heated grips before it is just too cold.
Klim Inversion seemed to be the answer. Klim Inversion gloves use Gor-Tek to block the wind. Gor-Tek is basically impenetrable and first impressions are that absolutely NO air gets through. The Inversions also have a small amount of insulation on the inside and have very good grips/protection on the palms.
The first part of the review focuses on the glove's abilities in various weather conditions.
So how was my first ride?
Conditions: Saturday morning. Wearing a vented textile jacket with a fleece under. The temperature was about 61F. Most of the trip was interstate 75+ MPH.
Review: The gloves were perfect for these conditions. At first, I road without the heated grips and was perfectly comfortable. So at 60F I can honestly say you can ride with these gloves and no heat. But, I decided to turn the heat on. At 50% (Oxfords) the glvoes felt great. It took about 45 seconds to feel the heat coming through but the gloves heated up very well and my hands were comfortable.
Note: The gloves are not Gauntlet style, so you must have an inner layer that blocks wind from getting under your jacket sleeve.
Second ride was on the ride home. The temp was about 86F and quite sunny. I was concerned that my hands might be extremely uncomfortable in these gloves. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the gloves were comfortable even at this temperature. My hands started to sweat a bit after about 20 minutes or so, but it wasn't bad. These seem to be AWESOME fall/spring gloves that you can wear morning and evening (before I was taking 2 sets of gloves to work with me)
Third ride (first real cold weather test): The temperature was barely above 50F and the wind was blowing pretty hard. The morning was also quite humid.
This ride definately required my heated grips. At first, I put them at about 50% thinking that would be enough, but I quickly pumped it up to 75%. My hands were comfortable although at times my finger tips got a bit nippy. It wasn't from the airflow, but the ambient temperature was enough to defeat the small amount of insulation. I could definately tell that the gloves were 100% insulated from air flow. At 75% on my Oxfords, the ride was resonably comfortable.
I'm a little worried about the temps dropping much lower. Technically, I can go up to 100% on the Oxfords, but even at 75% the grips are almost too warm to hold with these gloves, because they are so thin. I expect I"ll have some 45F mornings really soon and then I'll be able to provide more information.
Finally, I'll talk about fit. The gloves fit very well. They were a bit snug around my wrists the first few times on and off but have since slackened up a small bit. I normally wear a Large glove, and these are Large. I'd say they are very True to Fit.
I had read that previous models of these gloves had problems with bunching around the thumb and fingers but that it had been corrected. When I first got the gloves, I felt a bit of bunching in those areas, however after about 3-4 rides, the gloves really feel like they comform to my hands. They are very comfortable. Also, the gloves LOOK great as well.
Overall, I highly recommend the gloves from riding in temperatures between 60-85 (without heat) or 45-85 (with heat). I will modify my suggestion once I've ridden lower than 45 degrees.