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I ride year round...well as much as I can possibly stand. But I'm really struggling with my hands. I have heated grips and barkbusters but the other day I rode out at 24* and my fingers were burning and in pain by the time I got to work 30 minutes later. I had freeze out liners on under some mid weight gloves but it just was not enough. I hate thick gloves because, even that I know where my controls are, I like being able to feel them and thick gloves just seem to make me lose all tactile ability not to mention being confining. I have contemplated and am leaning towards the Hippo Hands but I just wondered what gloves you all use for cold weather riding. This is literally the only problem I have riding in cold weather. All my other gear keeps me snug and warm.
 

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I have heated grips and barkbusters but the other day I rode out at 24* and my fingers were burning and in pain by the time I got to work 30 minutes later.
wow, and your heated grips were turned on? I use Held ‘Quattrotempi’ gloves. Bought them because they were a mid-weight, but mostly because they were Goretex. I have the OEM hand guards and also have heated grips. I've added a sort of wind guard extension (DIY) to the hand guards by adding a flat extension of plastic on the bottom side of the hand guard that now comes horizontally between my grips and the road (hard to describe, but hope you can picture it). This helps to eliminate wind coming up on my hands when riding in the cold. With these mid-weight gloves and the grip heaters, I've been out a couple hours doing highway speed at 18 degrees F and stayed comfy. With heated grips working, I don't think you'd need thick gloves. You're sure your heated grips were turned on?
 

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Nothing beats electric when its real cold. If I am on a trip I use Gerbing g-3 that I have had for several years. Short trips I use Fly Battery heated gloves they last about 3 hrs easy on and off no wires I charge them every day or so...:thumbup:
 

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Nothing beats electric when its real cold. If I am on a trip I use Gerbing g-3 that I have had for several years. Short trips I use Fly Battery heated gloves they last about 3 hrs easy on and off no wires I charge them every day or so...:thumbup:
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Well, at least without links 0:)
 

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Warm & Safe electric gloves.

12V for Motorcycling, Power Sports - Heated Gloves - Warm & Safe Heated Gear, LLC

I bought the "Classic" and the far exceeded my expectations. At 15 - 20 degree I turn them on and feel almost immediate warmth all over my hands and it stays that way for hours and hours. Never fades no matter how cold outside. I haven't needed more than 50% to stay totally warm. I have the double controller for the gloves and their heated jacket liner. They are much softer and more flexible than any of the non heated winter gloves I have or have tried in stores.
 

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wow, and your heated grips were turned on?
Yep! I'm sure! Lol

I've added a sort of wind guard extension (DIY) to the hand guards by adding a flat extension of plastic on the bottom side of the hand guard that now comes horizontally between my grips and the road (hard to describe, but hope you can picture it).
I've seen something similar to this. The main problem was the tips of my fingers - the ring and pinky of my throttle hand was the worst and I think it was because of the wind coming up from the underside. I wondered if making an extension or at the least just putting something over the grip would have been helpful.


So if you can, send me some pics of your extension. I'd like to see if I can replicate it. :wink2:

I may just have to check out the battery operated hand liners.
 

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I'm in a similar boat. I have BarkBusters, Oxford heated grips, and Lee Parks Deer Sports PCi gloves. Above 30°F it's fine, but when I get into the 20s, my thumbs start to get chilled even with the Oxfords at 100%. I think my issue is with the airflow around the guards, but I can't lower them any more without having the tops of my hands exposed to the wind.

I've tried Serius Heatwave Liners underneath (they look similar to the freezout liners), but they didn't make much difference at all. I've heard that putting a liner under a tight-fitting glove can restrict blood flow and wind up not keeping your hands warmer. That may be what we're experiencing.

I'm fairly confident it's not Raynauds because I don't have a problem when I'm not riding, and I don't get the color change that's typical with that syndrome. If you haven't ruled that out, HootStrom, it might be worth a quick google of Raynauds Syndrome.

I'm at a loss for the best next step. The DeerSports PCis are very warm for how not bulky they are, and I hesitate to spend more on more gloves since they weren't cheap and it seems like all the warmer options are bulkier. I thought about springing for a heated jacket liner next and see if keeping my core warmer helps the hands at all. I'm not sure that will help though, because like you it's just my thumbs that get cold and I think it's tied to the wind. Yarz1 might be on the right track with the DIY wind diverters. HippoHands (also not cheap), might be the simplest option.

I'm excited to see what others come up with.
 

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My wife is susceptible to cold, especially her hands. She can't be tethered with a wire since she needs to be able to walk around. So I got her some of these:

Heated Gloves - The Hottest Heated and Best Fitting Heated Glove Liners

These things WORK!!! Rarely needs to turn them higher than medium and the batteries have a long life. They are very thin so could easily be worn inside of a regular riding glove (provided they are enough).

There are several types of battery operated gloves. Sure saves the hassle of wiring up your bike and you can use them for other outdoor activities as well.
 

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I think my issue is with the airflow around the guards, but I can't lower them any more without having the tops of my hands exposed to the wind.

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... it might be worth a quick google of Raynauds Syndrome.

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I thought about springing for a heated jacket liner next and see if keeping my core warmer helps the hands at all. I'm not sure that will help though, because like you it's just my thumbs that get cold and I think it's tied to the wind.
I have pretty much the same set up as you. My oxfords are rarely up above 50% because they get so hot. I am not sure what Raynauds is but I'll look it up. I am more inclined to belowve its the airflow because it only happens when its boo chilly outside and im riding. And keepong the vote warm is important but it wonr make a lot of difference in the hands. My whole body except for 5 fingers was snuggly warm on my 24* ride the other day.

I'm going to check out all these glove suggestions tho! I

I have to figure it out though because I was miserable the other day and for the first time probably ever, I wanted off that bike.

Jes
 

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HootStrom & MrF

I have pretty much the same set up as you. My oxfords are rarely up above 50% because they get so hot. I am not sure what Raynauds is but I'll look it up. I am more inclined to belowve its the airflow because it only happens when its boo chilly outside and im riding. And keepong the vote warm is important but it wonr make a lot of difference in the hands. My whole body except for 5 fingers was snuggly warm on my 24* ride the other day.

I'm going to check out all these glove suggestions tho! I

I have to figure it out though because I was miserable the other day and for the first time probably ever, I wanted off that bike.

Jes
Just to give you a good basis of comparison , I too have the same basic setup as you. Oxford Hetrz, Suzuki Handguards, Moose Racing Foam Guards. Lee Park DeerTour Pci gloves and it works fine down to mid 30s.

When it gets down into the lower 30s and lower the Warm & Safe Electric Gloves are far more effective and my hands stay totally warm no matter how cold it gets.




 

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Due to my particularly persnickety preferences...


  • I like the protection offered by my light- and mid-weight gloves and, so far, haven't found the same protection in any of the heated glove offerings.
  • I prefer no-gauntlet gloves and most heated or insulated gloves have large gauntlets.
  • I don't like thick, insulated gloves since I lose (IMO too much) dexterity.
  • I like my gloves snug enough that adding liners (heated or otherwise) aren't an option for me. Never found a glove / liner combo that was comfortable for me to wear both with and without liners. Snug enough to fit well well without liners, and the liners won't fit. Loose enough to fit with liners, and the gloves are too loose without them.

...I went with heated grips + handlebar mitts. (IME handguard deflectors don't block enough wind.) My specific solution, based on what others have posted elsewhere on the forum:


  • Oxford heated grips (I ordered the Tour version on Amazon, but received the Sport. Installed them anyway and they're fine.)
  • Kolpin Geartector ATV Mitts. They completely block the wind for me, offer a wee bit of insulation, provide easy access to the standard handlebar control pods, and I like the always-open cuffs for ease of hand entry / exit. The mitts slide over my Moose Racing Contour handguard frames, but not over the deflectors. I used them for a while without the guards, and didn't have any issues with blowback onto the levers, though others have reported the issue -- I feel better with the handguards, just in case.
  • 1" Shower Curtain Rings for the mirror stalk holes I cut into the mitts. (Quick & easy hack, and I'm all thumbs).

I ride through winter in Chicago with this setup, as long as the roads are clear. I didn't have the heated grips last winter, and made it through with some pretty cold hands on occasion, but it was a mild winter. Much better this winter with the heated grips! I fire them up to 100% to get them started, and then back off to 30%-50º since they get too hot for me. I've been comfortable down to ~10ºF so far with this setup (and think it would be comfortable for me down to at least 0ºF), though I'm typically only riding local commuting times of < 90min.

If I were full-on touring in the same temps, I'd probably go with heated gloves.
 

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Warm n Safe "Ultimate Touring Gloves" keep my hands warm and comfy down to 0f -18C behind the factory handguards with my hand seeing perfectly comfy.

Heated grips simply don't come close.

..Tom
 

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I wear Aerostich merino wool lined elkskin gauntlets.. Work pretty well for me down to about 40 (and well into the 30's for shorter runs)..
 

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I have pretty much the same set up as you. My oxfords are rarely up above 50% because they get so hot....

...My whole body except for 5 fingers was snuggly warm on my 24* ride the other day...
What gloves do you have right now? If your grips are too hot above 50%, they may be pretty thin, insulation-wise at least. I run 100% when the temps get in the 30°F range and mine aren't even uncomfortably warm with my gloves on even though the grips will almost burn my bare hand at that setting.

We're essentially seeing the same thing though. My torso, arms, and legs are toasty, but my thumbs are ice cold.

After reading madstom's and thirdofthree's input (thanks, fellas!), I'm leaning towards either hippohands or electric gloves. I'm not sure how easy it is to find electric gloves that don't have some bulk to them though. At this point, it'll likely be an upgrade for next year since I probably only have a couple more weeks of my morning commute being in the 20s.
 

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Warm n Safe "Ultimate Touring Gloves" keep my hands warm and comfy down to 0f -18C behind the factory handguards with my hand seeing perfectly comfy.

Heated grips simply don't come close.

..Tom
Agreed. I have had heated grips in the past, but now I have three different pairs of heated gloves depending on cold long distance touring,cool commuting or if I want to wear the thin infra-red liners under my fully armoured moto gloves. Hands are always warm, no matter how cold outside. Not a fan of those big bulky spaceship looking wind deflectors or hippo hands, but that's just me. Stock type handguards or Barkbusters are as about as bulky as I would venture. Heated gloves for the win.
 

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Agreed. I have had heated grips in the past, but now I have three different pairs of heated gloves depending on cold long distance touring,cool commuting or if I want to wear the thin infra-red liners under my fully armoured moto gloves. Hands are always warm, no matter how cold outside. Not a fan of those big bulky spaceship looking wind deflectors or hippo hands, but that's just me. Stock type handguards or Barkbusters are as about as bulky as I would venture. Heated gloves for the win.
I have found the Warm n Safe gloves not nearly as bulky as the Gerbing gloves I had or the Tourmaster (btw I returned all my Tourmaster stuff as did my wife as it was crap that stopped working.) The Tourmaster company was good in that they did give full credit to the store.)

I have both the Rider Classic and Ultimate Touring gloves. (The Classic's were on a crazy sale price so I got them but the Ultimate Touring are my main heated gloves as they are waterproof.) Both have the knuckle armour attached in a way that gives great flexibility.

They are comfy from 10°c/50°f down to 18°c/0°f so really I don't need a lot of different heated gloves. I also love the Warm N safe heated jacket and the remote controller.

..Tom
 
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