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post #1 of 18 Old 08-11-2014, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Foul weather gloves

I received some great feedback and recommendations for touring boots and I'm hoping for the same with cold/wet touring gloves. I'm not talking sub freezing temps so let's assume 40's (without windchill) will be the coolest temps ridden in for now. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!!!
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My #1 attribute for a cold weather glove is the ease of putting on/taking off the gloves with cold, wet hands.

Lots of gloves have nice, soft liners that feel great in the store, but stick to wet hands. With one pair, the whole liner pulled out of the shell with my wet hands making the gloves useless.

My new, expensive pair of Gerbing heated gloves fails this test.
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Try some powder in those damp gloves...body powder, baby powder, deodorant foot powder.

I like wool or poly glove liners in industrial rubber gloves for the wet. I use electric gloves for cold & mainly dry.

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Last winter, all the rage on ADV was a pair of Gladiator gloves made by the Refrigiwear company. They sold for around $18, were waterproof, good down to minus 30, and were made for those working in the commercial freezer businesses. I shoveled snow in minus 30 for an hour, rode with these in the teens when the roads were clear, and have ridden in terrible rain...and hands stayed dry. Gloves really stiff when new, but they do soften up a little bit with basic usage.

I like heated gloves too...Warm-N-Safe works for me. Keep the hands toasty and dry.

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Mastery - could not find the gladiator Refridgewear gloves on their site, otherwise would have picked up a set.

I'm also looking for best cost option for cold weather commuting. Getting Barkbusters and heated grips and gloves is expensive for just riding 30 minutes in 30-40 degree weather.

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Mastery - could not find the gladiator Refridgewear gloves on their site, otherwise would have picked up a set.

I'm also looking for best cost option for cold weather commuting. Getting Barkbusters and heated grips and gloves is expensive for just riding 30 minutes in 30-40 degree weather.
I googled "gladiator refridgewear gloves" and this was the first hit

Performance Gloves | refrigiwear.com

I use Gerbing heated gloves and hand guards. My hands rarely get wet. Heated grips is nice too if it isn't cold enough to freeze the backs of your fingers. I find the Gerbings are warm enough even without the heat down to near freezing with heated grips.
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Mastery - could not find the gladiator Refridgewear gloves on their site, otherwise would have picked up a set.
Vamatt: They are out of stock a lot at times. Their inventory changes frequently so try them again every few days.

They were hot items last year...14 pages in this thread alone.

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Obviously, we all have different tolerances to temperature changes. My hands get very cold rather quickly, it doesn't have to be below freezing for that. If you are going to ride or commute in cold weather, eventually you'll bike the bullet and buy good heated gear. The only question is how hard will you hit your forehead when you realize how comfortable you could have been all this time before you bought the heated gear...

So, having said that, plan on paying Warm-N-Safe a visit (Warm & Safe, the Home of the Warmest Clothing in the Universe). It's not cheap, but it's good gear that lasts for many seasons and likely many different bikes. I have a heated jacket liner and gloves which make riding a full day in winter not only possible, but actually something you enjoy.



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+1 on the heated gear. It has to be experienced to really appreciate the value.

Last year I spent big for the warm & safe jacket & gloves. Unfortunately one of the gloves developed an open circuit after 1 week and replacement was out of stock. So, the merchant exchanged the gloves for Gerbings. Frankly I liked the fit and warmth of the Warm & Safe a little better but I am in love with my heated gear.

Really, if you commute in 30-40s temps (as I do) do yourself a favor and spend for the gloves, you won't regret it. I only take the cage when rain is a certainty or there is snow on the roadway.

I would not hesitate for either the W&S or the gerbings. both will stand behind the product and replace them if/when the do develop an open circuit.

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Up until this summer I lived in Connecticut and I rode all year and used the same gloves for everything except the hottest summer days. They were a set of Olympia 3 season gloves with gel inserts in the palms off the rack in the local Honda dealer.
They are not waterproof and don't have a great deal of insulation but when I slipped a pair of rubber kitchen gloves over them they became completely water and wind proof. My hands were comfortable commuting 45 miles each way on the freeway down to 30F with that combo and some cheap hand guards I picked up off of eBay without heated grips.
Blocking the wind is the key to riding when it's cold. Too much insulation and you can't grip the bars. Keep the wind off and you're good to go with thinner gloves in all kinds of weather.
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