Gloves for subzero weather

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by W4lnutz, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Combining multiple things together is the key I find; heated grips with glove liners, with hippo hands, with heated gloves. In an emergency earlier this year, I ended up layering Thinsulate hiking gloves over* my motorbike winter gloves for some extra warmth. 'Feel' really took a battering and it wasn't that much warmer.

    I would have liked to put them inside the gloves like glove liners, but they were just too big.
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  2. Medina

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    Searching for input on gloves for long road trips and half the tards here are tangled up in arguing about windchill vs. brand names :rofl
    Got some GREAT info, hippo hands did not work for me, luckily I could return them.
    At 70ish and up, the wind resistance was pushing back just enough to make the brake light flicker. Going with some rock mt. covers and will modify to fit- :freaky
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  3. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    I've tried them all.. and for dry cold, a good pair of leather thinsulate work gloves does the trick for me everytime for about $30-$50. They are decent in damp weather but if they soak through the cold creeps in I always keep a spare pair of medium priced waterfroof winter riding gloves (like the kind you get at cycle gear in the bargain binat x-mass time) as a backup but I don't like how the membrane inside them slips about or how once they are on they don't go on and off easily. I ride steadily all year in New England.
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  4. Medina

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    argh, forgot to add in my post- Feet: Those foot warmers- they stick to the bottom of your sock, then slide into boot. AMAZING
    Had them out to the mountains of Pa and back last week, ambient in the shadows was upper 30's, in the sun upper 40's and my feet were amazingly comfortable (used my expensive hunting boots, quality wool socks) I think my feet would be good into the low thirties for extended rides.
    My hands...fingers have been broken and smashed working and fighting...they get cold easily. I may just bite the bullet and add grip warmers as well.
    If its dry, I ride
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  5. mixxedupmedia

    mixxedupmedia Believes in mahogany

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    Here's all you need.

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  6. MitchG

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    Ha! Hate to say it, but I actually like this idea in a twisted sort of way.
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  7. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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    Me too!

    That's damn resourceful.:clap:clap:clap
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  8. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    Me three. Unlike the cheesy hippo hands knockoffs, I bet these wouldn't close up at a stop. The holes in the back of the boots where the turn signals are might keep the soles from getting pushed back against the controls by the wind.
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  9. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    I dont know if these are what You are refferring too but I was impressed with the quality and they stay open due to metal bands in the openings. Im real happy with them. Only thing I noticed is its a little tough to hit the starter or turnsignal buttons because the strap is fitted right at that point when I have them installed.
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  10. PMC

    PMC riding rider

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    If anyone wants a pair of Hippo Hands that were never used I've got a pair I'd bought for a Vstrom I no longer have.
    Hit me with a PM

    I really like Hippo Hand type covers on bicycles during the winter but find I stop riding my MC before I need them as I can get by with heated gloves down to about 25.
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  11. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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  12. 2712

    2712 Been here awhile

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    wrap your body with newspapers, they are awesome against the cold. longdistance iceskaters here in europe do it in wintertime.
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  13. agent of orange

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    I have rode almost every day to work this year. Up till this year i have put away the sports bikes for good around this time of year. But i picked up a f650 in october and plan on riding most the season up here in nova scotia but the last few weeks i have been looking for a better set of gloves then my a* gauntlets that are perforated. They are ok down till 5c with the heated grips and stock hand guards on my dakar. Friday night it was -4 at midnight when i rode home and even on the short 15 minutes the fingers got pretty chilly and pretty chilly for me is boarder line frozen at certain finger tips lol but they warm up fast infront of the fireplace. I have been reading and looking for different options for cooler riding that works with the heated grips. I have watched lots of reviews by Anthony at revzilla. I think I will go with the Rukka R-Star 2 in 1. Is anyone using them and could give some real world input. Anthony usually has pretty thorough reviews but it seems not many people have commented on any of the Rukka gear at revzilla.
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  14. moggi1964

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    Klim Caldera with some form of wind deflection (Barkbusters for example).

    So far has worked for me at 25f ambient and who knows what temp at 70 mph :huh

    Heated grips would be the perfect addition to the is setup and is one I am considering for next winter.
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  15. twasp

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    Pinnacle gloves, or mittens, from Cabella's.com have 150 grams of thinsulate insulation and are very warm in cold temps. They have a leather palm. Not particularly protective, but even cold wet hands will warm up inside them.
    Wind protection is a must in cold weather temps. I think a windshield and large multiple spoilers that block the wind to the hands or something like hippo hands will knock about 15 degrees off the wind chill. I can immediately feel the cold even in moderate temps when I move from behind the shield or spoilers.
    Keeping the core of the body warm is the first issue, either electric vest or liner or windblocking jacket with insulating layers to keep the cold from penetrating and lowering core body temp. This will keep the warm blood flowing to the hands and feet, without a warm core the body shuts down the blood flow and the extremities chill.
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  16. W4lnutz

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    I like what everyone has come up with and I am impressed at the conversations that keep this thread a float LOL

    the booty call is priceless!
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  17. bmac

    bmac Been here awhile

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    I have a lot of experience in the cold having worked in and around freezers (-5 to -20 degrees F) for over 20 years. When you are in a freezer for 5 or 6 hours a day you find out very quickly what works and doesn't. It is vitally important to keep your core warm. You can have the best gloves and boots in the world and, over time, your hands and feet will still get cold first.

    The key to riding in cold weather is to keep your torso and legs warm as well as your head and keep the wind out. The wind is a larger factor than most people think. I wear Goretex stuff now but rain suits can work as well.

    For the temperatures described a heated jacket liner is all but mandatory and heated pant liners would be a good choice as well. I would also suggest heated grips with Hippo Hands or something similar. With these preparations your current gloves should work fine.

    Remember, as your chest and legs get cold you will first notice it in your hands and feet. If you can keep warm blood flowing to your extremities they will stay much warmer.
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  18. KonnMan04

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    Hi everyone and happy holidays,

    I'm requiring everyone's opinion on a set of gloves. I bought Rev'It Fusion (for heated grips) gloves. When I was at RevZilla and tried on Medium, it felt tight. When I say tight, I mean like fingers were pressed against the end on the glove. I ended getting Large. I looked at RevZilla video and they said that these gloves don't stretch.

    Does anyone have experience with these gloves or even Rev'It line? Do the stretch? I can still exchange them for medium but want to see what people say before I do.

    Also, the glove is textile on top and leather on the palms.

    Thank you all for your help.
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  19. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    My cold weather gloves are the RevIt Kelvins, I bought them a couple years ago and I'm not looking to replace them any time soon. They're warm and work fine with my Zumo. I bought a size up from my normal L, which was much too tight on my fingers. I was also told they will not stretch, so instead of spending $$ and hoping they'd end up fitting, I bought the pair that fit better at the start.
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  20. KonnMan04

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    So to sum things up, I should get a size (L) - Large and not (M) - Medium which fits me tights at my finger tips.
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