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I’d like to ride up to December. After two bad experiences I’m beginning to think heated gloves are a farce.

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

I’m partial to battery powered ones as I don’t 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.

Steve.

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/hotwired-12v-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. :wink2:

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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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 0°f / -18°c

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.

..Tom
 

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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.
 

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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.

..Tom
 

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I've seen a few construction workers in Minnesota using this heated gear from Milwaukee. A vest might be a good option for under your riding gear. They have gloves, too. Unknown who builds it for them, but it is powered by Milwaukee power tool batteries.

https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Products/Work-Gear/Heated-Gear

Maybe a way to lengthen battery time would be to run it in cycles- run until comfy, turn it off for a bit, repeat. Or carry an extra battery and charge the other one off the bike battery with an automobile charger, they must have one. Just another option to keep yourself unwired from the bike.

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I have 2 pair of Warm-n-Safe size medium to get rid of. Waterproof and perfect condition... work fantastic. I also have 2 Warm-n-Safe medium jacket liners, but they run small. I have the wireless controller too. PM me if interested. They will be listed soon in my upcoming closet sale.
 

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Before getting my DL650 I rode a Kawasaki Concours. With so much wind protection, all I ever needed was a pair of solid winter ski gloves, even in temps down into the low 20s (F).

Even with the Wee's handguards, I found in my first autumn of ownership I needed some electrical assistance. My wife, bless her heart, tried to help by purchasing me a pair of no-name gloves with rechargeable batteries. They weren't really what I was looking for but, since they were from her, I gave them a go. In reality, they worked fine. The heating was a bit uneven, but they worked fine for my 35-minute daily commute. Especially when I added a set of Hippo Hands.

After 2 seasons, I decided to up my game and added a set of Koso Apollo heated grips. They're the bees knees, and the heated gloves got relegated to snowblowing duty. I don't even pull out he Hippo Hands anymore.

If my cheapo battery gloves can perform well enough at those temps for 2 seasons, I don't see a need to invest in or deal with the hassles of wired gloves.
 

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I have a pair of Firstgear AKA Warm&Safe Carbon Heated Gloves. They are pretty warm on their own, even without the heat. They are a little more bulky though.

For my ~20 minute commute, I tend to find it a hassle to connect all the wiring. I prefer using heated grips along with ATV Mitts (cheap versions of the hippo hands). With this combo I can usually get away with my regular gloves.

For longer day rides, heated gear is great.
 

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I ride year round in Chicago with my all-season Motoport gloves. Oxford heated grips + modified Kolpin Geartector mitts work fine for my shorter, winter rides, typically an hour-ish or less. They don't make my whole hand feel uniformly warm & toasty, but the palms are always warm, the backs of the hands comfortable, and only when it gets very cold (<20ºF) do the tips of my pinkies and thumbs occasionally get a bit cold after a while (but not uncomfortable) due to the way I grab the grips.

For me, the key is blocking the wind, even when I had heated gloves ages ago and especially now with the heated grips. If I wasn't cheap, I'd get Hippo Hands. As it is, I picked up the Kolpin's -- my 2nd set, with a different mod this time around -- off-season for $8.
 

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"(and I wear a suit and tie at work.)"

Well, ain't you just the one? Ditto for me, with the tie, when I supervised. Always fun to enter the building wearing the Aerostich and do the Bond thing of peeling off the road worn suit to display the elegant butterfly, you, inside all dressed up. :wink2:
 

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I will opt for the Warm & Safe heated gear when the time comes, as of now....ignorance is bliss.
 

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"(and I wear a suit and tie at work.)"

Well, ain't you just the one? Ditto for me, with the tie, when I supervised. Always fun to enter the building wearing the Aerostich and do the Bond thing of peeling off the road worn suit to display the elegant butterfly, you, inside all dressed up. :wink2:
Sorry to take an off-topic tangent, but this reminded me of my early days of riding. My job required me to wear casual dress pants, like Dockers. After commuting one morning, I was sitting in a meeting and noticed the front of my tan pants were completely peppered with dead bugs and oil spots. That's when I started wearing overpants religiously.
 

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"when the time comes, as of now....ignorance is bliss."

Comes a time you may supervise and find out it really sucks! Great employees but sorry assed acting upper management making stupid demands.
 

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If my cheapo battery gloves can perform well enough at those temps for 2 seasons, I don't see a need to invest in or deal with the hassles of wired gloves.
Problem with battery powered heated gear is they can run out of power when you need them the most.

As far as hassle of wires goes if youbgive a heated jacked and "Warm N Safe's" remote control you normally just have three wires to plug in. The jacket and each glove. Isn't really a hassle and no worry of batteries going dead.

..Tom
 
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