Summer WATERPROOF Gloves

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by moggi1964, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. moggi1964

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    Being as we never had a summer in the North of England I always wore the same gloves all year round :D

    Now I live in humid and hot New Jersey and I have a glove I want to try as a summer glove but it isn't waterproof.

    What do people wear in the summer that is waterproof, has good protection and isn't a winter glove? Is there such a thing?

    These seem to be about as close to what I need as I can find but if someone has something they use and can recommend I would love to hear it.

    I suppose I need the "Held Holy Grail Goretex Glove" :D
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  2. hobbit123

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    I'm considering the Held Air N Dry gloves, which will be available next month.
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  3. moggi1964

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    I looked at those but I do wonder how well they will do at summer temps.

    They may end up being my 'intermediate wet weather' glove.

    I do like the idea.
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  6. Stinja

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    I have Alpinestar GTX 365 gloves, they seem good except the gortex lining is coming slightly loose. Not too hot or cold (down to about 10 degrees C is fine), waterproof, apparently protective.

    If you can get them on sale I'd say go for it, but once they die id rather get some gortex-bonded ones, or maybe those Knoxx handroid waterproofs?
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    I never bothered with waterproof summer gloves because if it is hot out, I don't care if my hands get wet.
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  9. moggi1964

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    Don't the bobbles flap around in the wind, that would annoy me :huh
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  10. Valentino

    Valentino Been here awhile

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    Hi, I agree with the suggestions to go with GoreTex Xtrafit gloves. The new glove of choice would now seem to be Racer Stratos:
    www.racer.at/en-3-2-motorcycle-gloves-for-men-waterproof/251-stratos-goretex-xtrafit :thumb

    The Stratos glove looks like a big improvement on Alpinestars 365. The bike press often reviewed 365s as the glove of choice for waterproof, warm weather riding. Racer Stratos look even better.

    I've used A-Stars 365s in British summers and warm weather touring in continental Europe. The Xtrafit technology was certainly waterproof, yet comfortable in hot weather. However, the new Racer Stratos is the first waterproof glove to meet the European Level 2 standard for Personal Protective Equipment; this is a big deal. Racer glove quality is faultless, in my experience, backed up with a 3-year guarantee.

    I've also had Dainese gloves. They were very comfortable and waterproof. However, Dainese has often lacked abrasion restistance in magazine tests. I've seen Dainese glove leather perform poorly in a very low speed spill :eek1
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  11. Gruesome

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    Looong time ago I used to have Hein Gericke gloves with thin waterproof pull-over mittens stored in a pouch on the back/gauntlet. Maybe something like that still exists? Should give better breathability than gloves that are themselves water/windproof; you don't necessarily want windproof for summer.
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  12. outsidein

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    Water proof gloves don't work in hot weather. Held has a unique solution but they cost $200

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rLCc-s4xgeM
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    Yeah, I'm in two minds whether to invest in the waterproof Stratos type glove; the as yet untried Held or the pull it over your existing glove when it rains approach.

    I appreciate everyone's input, it helps to have others share their thoughts and experiences. :clap
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  14. SgtDuster

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    Same here.

    If it's so hot that I need "summer" gloves in the first time, it's not some wet hands that will stop me from riding.

    Cold weather gloves is another story though.
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  15. ph0rk

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    I like an uninsulated glove, like the held rain star (my current fave), older FG navigators, and similar. Hard to track down (or was harder a couple years ago), but there are some out there.

    Around here, at least, it is rare for there to be a lot of rain and for temps to still be over 85 at the same time. If that were the case I think I'd be pretty uncomfortable whatever gloves I was wearing. Even an unlined glove with a gore-tex membrane would suck in that sort of weather.


    I like to keep a rain pair and a vented pair and swap when conditions merit while touring.

    Also: Cheaper summer gloves that -aren't- "rain" gloves are liable to bleed dye all over your hands when they get in a consistent downpour, so that is something to consider.
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  16. Xeraux

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    I've kind of adopted this approach, too.
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  17. moggi1964

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    Cheapest option for sure :)

    I guess I'll give it a go and see what I think. I just remember I used to hate squidgy gloves :puke1
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  18. Xeraux

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    Yeah. Me too.

    But... I've only run across one pair of "motorcycle" gloves that have been truly waterproof.

    I've had everything. A'stars, Held, BMW Summer, BMW ProRain, Olympia, Gerbings (which actually aren't waterproof at all. They don't tape the seams of the "waterproof" liner)... All have leaked, have leaked at inconvenient times, and all have gone back to the manufacturers. :umph
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  19. Stinja

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    They exist. When I buy waterproof gloves I do the bucket test: my Rukka ones I wore submerged to the cuff to a full five minutes and not a drop got thru...
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  20. scubasimon

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    I used the BMW Summer gloves for an entire week of riding in the humid, hot and wet climate here in Malaysia and my hands were completely dry all the time. No leaks. No lining issues. No smells. I really like them. It was a tad warm in the hottest afternoons (35+C temperatures and direct sun) but still OK for me.
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