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Old 10-09-2012, 02:24 PM
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Thumbs up 2013 Klim Inversion Gloves Review

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.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:53 AM
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Update after a below 35 ride.

Well, we finally had the first below 35 morning and I can safely say that the Klim's have met their match. Even with my Oxford's at 100%, the backs of my hands were pretty cold and I had a bit of numbing in my hands.

One note: I do not have hand guards, and this is something that might allow these gloves to last a few more degrees.

But here is the final review. If you're looking for gloves that block the wind, are good to wear from the upper 30s to the lower 80s, and are not cumbersome...I highly recommend these gloves. You'll need heated grips below 50, but you won't be sorry you spent this $50.


An Update on Fit: Unfortunately, the gloves aren't as perfect as I thought on fit. There is a little bit of protective fabric in between the thumb and your palm that is stitched a little lower than it probably should have been. This little bit of thicker, harder fabric can be uncomfortable between your hand and the hand grip during a long ride. I've come to get use to it over time, but a couple times when I first got them, it actually caused a small amount of pain in the soft meaty area of my palm...this could be an individual fit issue, but I thought it was important to point it out. Your experience may vary.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:44 AM
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I have the Klim X Cross, a similiar glove. A very cabable and comfortable glove down to about 40 degrees. Very good wind blocking capabilities. It seems you can't go wrong with Klim gear, pricey but quality stuff
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For the occasional winter rider, the chemical heat pack hand warmers placed on the backs of your hands inside the gloves works very well. The back of the hand location warms the blood going to your finger tips. Of course, there has to be room in the gloves for the heat pack. Grabber brand is one. The chemical heat pack toe warmers also work well if there is room inside your boots for the pack on top of your toes.

Lee Parks Design DeerSports PCi insulated gauntlet gloves are excellent medium weight gloves. They're insulated with a thin layer of Outlast insulation, and are warmer than one would think given their thickness. The deerskin leather allows good feel of the controls. "...when used with heated grips, (the Outlast) pulls the heat from the grips and distributes it around your hand. These are the only true insulated gloves that work with heated grips as most insulated gloves insulate you from the heat on the grips."
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:15 PM
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For the occasional winter rider, the chemical heat pack hand warmers placed on the backs of your hands inside the gloves works very well. The back of the hand location warms the blood going to your finger tips. Of course, there has to be room in the gloves for the heat pack. Grabber brand is one. The chemical heat pack toe warmers also work well if there is room inside your boots for the pack on top of your toes.

Lee Parks Design DeerSports PCi insulated gauntlet gloves are excellent medium weight gloves. They're insulated with a thin layer of Outlast insulation, and are warmer than one would think given their thickness. The deerskin leather allows good feel of the controls. "...when used with heated grips, (the Outlast) pulls the heat from the grips and distributes it around your hand. These are the only true insulated gloves that work with heated grips as most insulated gloves insulate you from the heat on the grips."
I was thinking..oh..those Lee Parks sound nice....then i saw the price lol
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:27 AM
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While these gloves are still absolutely a treat to wear, I ran into a problem.

After a couple months of ownership the stiching on the velcro closure just ripped right out with normal use. After contacting Atomic-Moto, I was informed that Klim's warranty and customer service is useless, and that Klim doesn't allow the dealers to handle claims.

I'm left hoping I can stich these back together. Might have just been a mfg defect though...
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:42 AM
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Thanks for the review. I'm sorry to hear about the issue. I've read lot's of good reviews about Klim's gear. I've also read that Klim stands behind their gear, so give them a call and a chance to fix your issue.

Let us know how Klim responds as this may change my opinion of them.
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I have contacted them but have yet to receive a response. i'm sure that Christmas vacations are to blame.
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Yeah, that makes sense. Give them until next year, lol...
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:20 PM
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Try using some Moose or MSR handguards. With the heater AND the covers, the Inversion glove works for me. Moose Racing Handguards by Atomic Moto

Also Klim has been purchased by Polaris, Polaris Acquires KLIM Technical Riding Gear - Yahoo! Finance
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