Gloves solution for rain

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Razzeaux, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

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    I hear ya. Spent 10 years with students every April in a Canadian quarry in 50 degree water. I NEVER got out all day 'cause I'd never get back in if I did! Ate lunch floating in the BC and pissed in the wet suit in an attempt to stay warm.
    What were we talking about again?
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  2. Cerberus83

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    Just got an e-mail from JC Motors and they did a test on "waterproof" gloves.

    Here's the link to the actual e-mail [LINK] The link also includes links to the gloves they're selling and testing in the video.


    Here's the link to the video if you can't open e-mail above [LINK]
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  3. hamiamham

    hamiamham Been here awhile

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    I - of course - can't find anyone that sells them but gore-tex shell over-gloves would be perfect. You would wear your normal gloves under.
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  4. Mobiker

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    I've got some gauntlet length, heavy duty, rubber/pvc industrial gloves. They're lined with something so they slip right on over my deerskin riding gloves. They are not insulated. I've had them for years and don't remember where I got them. Inexpensive, don't leak, seem to last forever. They don't breathe, so not the best for really warm showers. Really good in cooler rain. they don't take up much room in the tank bag.
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  5. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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    I have a pair of Blue XXL over gloves like this- priceless!

    For winter, water resistant ski mittens treated with Nixwax - 2 pairs - you do not have the wet/cold finger issue and the insulation still warms when they are wet.
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  6. Jim K.

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    I have a big suggestion for glove builders. Don't put the waterproof layer on the inside! I dont wear my rain jacket under my regular clothes! Here's what should happen: My Tourtech Winter Elite gloves are gauntlet type, with a small zippered pocket up high on the gauntlet. Inside that pocket is a thin, folding, "over glove" that's completely waterproof. Brilliant! It's small & thin enough that you never notice it when it's closed, but when the first drops begin, I just unzip & pull the large, thin over gloves out & over the leather glove. They are sewn into the pocket so they are there all the time, not hanging on a peg back in your garage. The water never gets to the leather (which is claimed to be Hypora & waterproof......right). You ride through the rain with the gloves warm & dry, rather than wet, cold, clammy leather pressed up against your technically dry skin. You also don't have to live with clammy damp leather for the next 2 days until they dry out. The only problem is that these Tourtechs are winter gloves, way too hot to wear in the summer heat. So why doesn't someone build a lightweight summer glove with the same built-in "over glove" feature. I'd buy them in a min.
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  7. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Brilliant,:clap

    My winter gloves are already waterproof, this would be great for summer gloves..
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  8. Valentino

    Valentino Been here awhile

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    Another +1 for GoreTex X-Trafit, but there's more ... in sustained rain, the outer leather soaks, even with a GoreTex inner. If you can afford 'em, Held's new Akira-Evo Tex gloves use Pittards WR100 leather, which is permanently water-repellent leather. This is a huge bonus, because the leather never soaks through. This is exactly what Jim K asked for:

    Also, the Akira-Evo Tex glove has a long cuff, which helps avoid water dripping in (provided you wear the cuff inside your sleeve). I can testify that they are utterly superb gloves. We've had torrential rain in the UK this month. Yet my hands have remained comfortable and bone dry.

    www.held.de/603-1-Akira-Evo+Tex.html :thumbup

    Available in the UK from Get Geared, whose website says they will ship to the US, Canada, Europe, NZ, etc. Get Geared has good customer service.
    www.getgeared.co.uk/Motorcycle_Gloves-HELD_Sportsbike_Gloves_Akira-Evo_Tex_GTX :thumb

    Also available from FC Moto in Germany, who may ship to the US if you can wait for their irregular customer service. I'm don't know that Held offers the Akira-Evo Tex glove in the US, which is a shame because it's probably Held's best glove yet.


    More on Pittards WR100 leather:
    www.pittards.com/leather-innovation/30/wr100-and-wr100x :thumbup


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  9. Jim K.

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    That all sounds fine, but in 40+ years of riding I've heard dozens of claims about waterproof leather, all of them claimed to be permanent, none were. I'm afraid I've become a bit cynical about waterproof leather. I suspect it's made from unicorn hide.
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  10. Drif10

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    Oh, waterproof gloves.

    An oxymoron if I ever heard one.

    I've tried so many I've lost count, if I had to guess over $1700 in 'waterproof' gloves alone, searching for a pair that actually were.

    They are the stuff of legends.

    I got a hundred bucks that says you'll find a unicorn before you'll find gloves that are waterproof on a bike.


    I rate mine by how water resistant they are.

    Alpinestar Drystars? Mildly water resistant, and that's being generous. Comfy, good price, but if you get more than 15 minutes of rain...say hello to your pickled hands.

    Held Storms. Mostly water resistant. Will soak through after about 3 hours. Pain to get back on once you take them off to fuel up with damp hands. Good protection.



    Just realized this could be a long assed list that I just don't feel like typing out.

    My solution was this: Aerostich lobster claws. All the rest of my gear is good to go through a monsoon, just close vents, but with gloves I gotta carry extra protection. These work. And are cheap compared to all the other options that I, quite frankly, think are overpriced bullshit. I should know, they got enough of my fucking money. As many lies as a congress critter.
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  11. the_gr8t_waldo

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    three thumbs up on that! the l.c.'s are reasonable and do fine. i have recently added rain-off over gloves to the "cross country" kit. haven't used 'em in rain to date- but can see that they are a quantive step foward. once the l.c.'s go south, they'll be the go to set. untill then i carry both sets.
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  12. Valentino

    Valentino Been here awhile

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    I too have tried endless "waterproof" gloves from big name brands over the years. None were truly waterproof ...

    ... until now :happay

    I was cynical about the Held Akira-Evo Tex gloves. However, no glove afficionado worth his salt is going to let past failures get in the way of optimism about a new product :D Plus I live in the UK, where is can rain for years. It was the official start of spring this week. We've had both rain and snow today :umph

    Like a lamb to the slaughter, I fell for Held's marketing and bought a pair. Wow, these Akira-Evo Tex have actually lived up to the marketing hype. I've worn them in 2-hour downpours and, when I arrived, discovered the outer leather hadn't absorbed any water. I'm impressed. I guess technology does eventually evolve, even in leather tannery.

    I can't yet report on longevity, because I haven't owned the gloves for long enough. Though my Daytona boots use water-repellent leather that really works and has lasted for years. So it should be possible in gloves too. Time will tell if the Akira-Evo Tex gloves can match this ...
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  13. Bungholio

    Bungholio Been here awhile

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    I have some First Gear winter gloves that are pretty waterproof as are the pants and jacket I bought at the same time. Haven't noticed a problem getting them back on with wet hands. They ARE a bit bulky.

    Also have a pair of Klim that seem to be waterproof but not really warm-say 40 degree weather. MS ColdPro go on pretty well when wet.

    Fox makes a glove of neoprene and a second waterproof outer layer, pretty good for warmth and feel while still being waterproof. Called the Antifreeze glove, I bought mine at MC shops but I think they are intended for Mountain bikers. I have used them with my R1100GS and KTM 530.
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  14. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

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    I make waterproof stuff for bikes as a business. I have lots of rain miles-like a lot of you. Nothing ever worked 100% until I got HELD X-tra Gore or whatever they call it. Never failed including 450 miles of 60mph winds and rain in sheets and sheets the entire trip.

    I treat the outside with NikWax for gloves and/or fabric depending on the glove. This keeps them from getting the outside soaked. This works very well for me. As always, YMMV.

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  15. small_e_900

    small_e_900 Amanda carried it

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  16. MightyMouse

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    I love someone who tells it like it is. Thanks for the laugh!
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  17. Vstrom650e

    Vstrom650e Banned

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    Our Held Warm & Dry work very well in the rain.
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  18. aj226

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    I use fluorescent orange rubber linemans gloves. There is a significant loss in dexterity compared to the Olympia gel gloves i wear the rest of the time but, if I tuck them into my aero stitch sleeves my hands stay quit dry.
    A plus is the gloves are quite visible, at a distance, should I feel the need to give hand signals to a cage driver.
    $17.00 at Peavy Mart in Saskatoon.

    Aj
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  19. ultrachrome

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    I found these gloves overly bulky making the controls significantly more difficult to operate while commuting. The amazing pull out shell only made this worse. The the small hard plastic "squeegee" was a joke and nearly impossible to use with the shells deployed despite the cut-out. The shell tended to smear water while clearing the visor making visibility worse.

    When the leather gets wet, my hands did stay dry but the leather saturated and where still wet when it was time to leave work. I think it's a decent winter glove but I didn't like the bulk and the rain performance didn't live up to my admittedly high standards.

    IMHO, Aerostich triple digits are a far better solution and have the best built-in squeegee I've seen on a pair of gloves and you can pair them with your favorite glove no matter what the season. Win-win.

    I recently tried on some Warm and dry's but the glove sizing was either too loose or a little too snug. The glove did not feel like it would stretch out adequately. I understand this to be an issue with gore-tex lined gloves.

    My preferred rain solution is handle bar muffs but that may be a better solution for Seattle than Dallas. These stay on during the rainy months and either they or the triple digits are stored in my top box during the drier ones.
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  20. BCJC

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    do you recall the exact name of the gloves?
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