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post #1 of 61 Old 09-15-2019, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Time to start thinking about heated gloves

Id like to ride up to December. After two bad experiences Im beginning to think heated gloves are a farce.

Has anyone had heated gloves that last more then one season.

Im partial to battery powered ones as I dont like wires running all over the place. If I have to go that route for reliability then I will.
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About 10 years ago a friend and I each outfitted our gear with new Gerbing wired electric gloves, and both of us concluded that the thumbs received almost no heat, hence providing little value. And the rest of the glove provided marginal heat at best.

And I never liked routing the wiring through my jacket to the gloves, it was always clumsy at best. After just a season, maybe 2, we abandoned them. Now I just use better insulated general purpose winter gloves, the last few years being a nylon/leather/Thinsulate Wells Lamont gauntlet glove, something that looks like a downhill skier would use. These, and shorter length cold weather trips.

I've not thought about heated gloves since. But I wonder if some smart inventor is working on a solar powered heated glove. PV, or maybe materials that do better at capturing the radiation of sunlight and converting it to heat without the production of electricity. Hmmm... solar energy used to heat water... solar energy used to heat a gel substance within the glove that heats the hands, no electricity needed. Hmmm.

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ps- a bunch of years ago I dropped big bucks on really good, really warm ski mittens. Man, they were great! 27 degree air temp and a couple hours in the saddle, my hands thought it was a 70 degree day. Then I stopped and removed them for a couple minutes. Cold air went in, the humidity inside the gloves condensed within seconds, and I rode the couple hours home with very cold, very damp hands. What a mistake that was, numb hands by the time I got home.
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I've had a set of heated gloved I bought from Cycle Gear for about 5 years now or perhaps even longer.

https://www.cyclegear.com/gear/hotwi...-heated-gloves

I know they are wired but I have no issue with running the included "Y" cable between the jacket and liner plus they have a controller built into each glove. I see from the picture the power switch has changed but hopefully they still work as well as mine do. I rarely ever need more than the low power setting unless my hands are already cold and I start at Medium until I warm up. They sell liners also but now can't recall why I passed on them since they are cheaper and I rarely pass up anything less expensive.

I rarely ride my DL650 since purchasing my Triumph Trophy almost two years ago and it has better wind protection so rarely need heated anything but they still work as well as they day I first tried them. If I had any complaints is the tri color LED showing heat level is a bit difficult to see in full sun but then again you can feel them fine.
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To be blunt, the only reason to run battery powered gloves is that you have NO access to 12v power. I tried battery socks once. Miserable failure.

If you need heated gloves, you need a heated jacket. You might not realize that, or believe that. But I will stand by that statement. A heated jacket makes plugging in heated gloves as simple as turning on your battery powered gloves.

I have had my Gerbings heated gloves for over 10 years. They still work fine. I will also add that heated gloves are good, but may not fully keep your hands toasty without heated grips. Short trips yes, but after several hours heated grips ( and heated seat ) really add to comfort.
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I have the dual control for my Gerbing stuff. I can make it comfortable for the gloves or the jacket.
There is some inconvenience to getting wired up but nothing that compares to the guys that take space walks. Some people want everything to be effortless.
My gloves are actually old Widder stuff that I changed the ends for Gerbing connectors.
I've experienced wiring failures over the years from wire flex. Kinda bothersome to buy and modify the ends to keep warm But it beats freezing when riding in the cold stuff.
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They are back and reborn. Combined with Oxford grip heaters ...
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I have a mix n match heated gear setup that I have owned for about five years that works great for me. They all connect to each other so there's no need to run specific wires. I can ride a whole day in dreary drizzling conditions at 5C (40F) in pretty good comfort. That's a big feat for me as I'm not a cold weather person at all.

- Warm & Safe wireless two circuit troller. I love this thing, one wire from the jacket to the bike and I'm good to go. One circuit for jacket and gloves, second circuit for pants and socks.
- Gerbing T5 gloves. They're ok, could get hotter, but my hands don't get cold in them either. Biggest knocks are that they're not waterproof and feel like oven mitts.
- Warm & Safe jacket. Works a treat. Long sleeve t-shirt, heated jacket, and riding jacket and I'm set.
- FirstGear leggings. Work great, but stopped working a few times in the spring. Guessing there's a break in the heater wiring somewhere, time for a new pair.
- Firstgear socks. Work great, a bit too well. Need a pair of thick socks underneath to keep them from literally burning my feet.
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I ride all year round (when there is no ice or snow on the roads.) I often ride below freezing and the coldest I have ridden is 0f / -18c

You can't go wrong with "Warm N Safe" (That is the brand name) heated gloves, jacket and their remote controller to cut down on wires.

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I commute 20 miles one way and my hands are the only thing that get really unbearably cold. Sometimes my knees. I guess Ill try the wired version.
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I commute 20 miles one way and my hands are the only thing that get really unbearably cold. Sometimes my knees. I guess I’ll try the wired version.
My commute is about 40 miles each way, and the only time I don't ride is if there is risk of ice or snow on the roads. (and I wear a suit and tie at work.)

You should update your details to show what your location is (and what bike you are riding.) It would make it easier to give meaningful advice.

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My Opinion:
Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

This can help preventing from cars pulling out in front of you (SMIDSY)
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