Heated grips or warmer gloves?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by lightfox, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. Krazyjohnny

    Krazyjohnny Been here awhile

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    After riding a buddies bike with the Heated Grips and Lee Parks PCI gloves, I made them a top of my list for Christmas. Can't wait. The gloves have a conductive liner in them to help distribute the heat from the grip throughout your hand. My wonderful wife got me the HotGrips heated grips and I will be installing them using a Heat troller from Warm and Safe to control them. Should be really comfy.:D
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  2. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

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    I have Symtec heaters on my VFR and KLR. They are inexpensive and easy to install under just about any standard grip. I have factory blasters on my Wing.

    My Order of Preference for heat is:

    1. Warmer gloves for short trips. I also use them with grip heaters.
    2. Grip Heaters
    3. Grip Heaters and Electric liners for frigid conditions

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    I also keep wool liners in reserve.
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  3. max384

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    Those Cortech Scarab gloves are terrible. I have a pair, and they were probably the worst purchase I've made in motorcycle gear to date. They are barely warmer than my summer gloves, but way bulkier. I would only wear those down into the 50s or so... But at that point I'd rather just wear my way less bulky summer gloves. I was so extremely disappointed with the Scarab gloves that I gave them away to a friend who didn't have any other gloves... But only with the warning that I can't be held responsible for his severe disappointment in them.

    I ended up buying Gerbings T5 heated gloves and LOVE them! They're warmer than the Scarabs without them even plugged in, way less bulky, and they keep my hands warm no matter the temperature. With you living in Phoenix, these would probably be overkill for you if you don't travel farther north often. If you only stay around your area and only need them for your short commutes, my vote would be heated grips.
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  4. Steveize

    Steveize Been here awhile

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    block the wind and rain.. it rains when cold sometimes right? Heated grips, there are many tutorials and maybe someone here would help you locally.. I have lee parks gloves with outlast, and man they are warm and do seem to pull the heat from the grips and distribute the heat.. will be out on the Husky Demo with no heated grips or handguards, acid test of the Lee Parks, high of 45, rolling out in 29 degree.. stay tuned..
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  5. JadeRider

    JadeRider Been here awhile

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    Here is another reason for HGs. When it rains your hands can get wet with regular gloves that would normally be OK. The heated grips will help warm up the hands and dry the gloves, making evaporative cooling less of an issue.


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  6. SteelB12

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    I used to have Gerbings gloves. For such a short commute, you would spend too much time just hooking up the damn gloves (at least in my experience), so I would be another vote for heated grips.
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  7. bob393

    bob393 Been here awhile

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    I use both and like it has been said, short trips above freezing grips are fine. Long rides beelow freezing definatly heated gloves or even both as the best gloves dont have heat on the palms.
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  8. fast4d

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    as mentioned, gloves are too much trouble for a 15 min ride. you have a jacket with wiring inplace?

    get some goretex gloves for <$100.

    grips are nice if you ride through a big drop in temps. for instance it is 60F here but ride up the mountains and it drops 20 deg. I see them as a good way to keep from freezing on short stints
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  9. BeeCeeGS

    BeeCeeGS WeaponOfMassDestruction

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    I've had both.

    Heated grips rock! Sometimes just enough to take the chill away (not just your hands) when you duck into the shadows or hit a stretch at higher altitude.
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  10. Steveize

    Steveize Been here awhile

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    started out at 28 degrees.. Lee Parks with Outlast, naked Husky terra 650.. no heated grips, no handguards.. seriously missed my heated grips and handguards.. gloves were not cutting it at 70 mph.. stopped and put in my metallic liners from REI much better...

    Coming home in a balmy 46, gloves were fine. I have had them on my heated gripped hand guards bike , actually warm at 28 degrees ... so... Lee said these were good to about 40 and he is correct.. HTH
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  11. Aleeoop70

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    Snow mobiles/machines and motorcycles have been around long enough with heated grips that it seems someone should have thought to create gloves that have the usual boxing glove like insulation on the back but have thin material on the palms so more heat from the grips would actually be transferred to one's hands. I have looked for gloves like this for years with no real success. Has anyone seen gloves designed to work with heated grips?
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  12. Jim K.

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    +1 on Winter Elites. Unfolding & using the waterproof "over glove" makes them even more effective. That said, heated grips are always on the bike, even those cold nights when the Tourmasters are hanging up back in the garage. I've gone out on many a summer's day, 80°+ and humid. Returning late at night through dense New Hampshire forest at 55° in mesh gloves is where the HotGrips come into their own.
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  13. OkieTom

    OkieTom Been here awhile

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    The key here is heated grips WITH a set of wind deflectors and light weight gloves, if you keep the wind off of your hands you will be surprised how little heat it takes to be warm. I have ridden for over 800 miles in temps that never got over 35 degrees with no problems. Just be sure that if you on going on a long ride be sure to carry a good pair of winter gloves just in case you loose your heated grips....
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  14. daysgoneby

    daysgoneby Been here awhile

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    Like these http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/rukka-r-star-2-in-1-gloves
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  15. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    Heated grips are the way to go. For one, if you want more/less heat, you just turn them up/down/off. No pulling over to swap gloves, and you don't have to wait for your body heat to warm the gloves up. I personally have pretty poor blood flow (or something) and am quite skinny, so winter gloves just don't do it for me. I keep 2 pairs of gloves on the bike, and heated grips. That way I've got plenty of options.
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  16. writerrider

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    Have heated grips, BMW winter gloves, and hand guards on my GS ADV. In Denver I've gone down to 25 degrees and my hands were warm but the tips of my thumbs were way cold. My guess is that the wind is rolling underneath the guards and chilling the thumb tips, which tend to stick out and down. Still looking for that perfect pair of winter gloves that keep the thumb tips warm. Anyway, like others have said, grips are great because you can turn them on and off with ease. I've never used heated gloves.
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  17. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    I've always powered through the cold thinking heated grips weren't worth it. That is until I got a bike with them. Will never ever ever have a bike without them again.

    Even in those cool summer nights (55-60 degrees here) I use them.

    Have had heated gloves for work and skiing....kinda a pain in the ass. Grips are much much better.
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  18. showkey

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    + 2 :norton
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  19. Need For Speed

    Need For Speed Ridin' fool(ishly)

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    I have run the cheap heating elements with hi and lo - high is always too high, and lo is always too low :lol3 I do find myself liking the 4 settings that the Oxfords offer.

    I run Oxford Heaterz on all my bikes now, that and some moderately insulated gloves takes care of my hands during our winters. I ride down into the low 30's/ upper 20's with this set up.

    These are the ones I run: http://lockitt.com/AccessoriesGrips3.htm#oxhg Easy install - probably 3/10 in difficulty. Hardest part is rigging up to switched power and maybe doing some light sanding on throttle tube/handlebar, to get the new grips to slide on.

    YMMV
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  20. gofast1320

    gofast1320 Been here awhile

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    I have the heated grips on my F800 and they have worked fine with gloves and handguards but with that said, there were times the backs of my hands were really cold even with grips on high.. I got a pair of the Gerbings microwire T5 gloves and love them.
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