Waterproof Gloves....Or At Least Water Resistant?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Motorman, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Motorman

    Motorman Been here awhile

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    My Lee Parks covered by the Aerostitch three-fingered mitts are not making it. Plan on looking at the Chicago IMS this weekend, so looking for suggestions. Gloves are one of those things ya just have to try on.
    Anyone have any suggestions on what I might look for?
    Thanks in advance.
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  2. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    I personally have found that Gore-tex just works. YMMV.

    Unfortunately, Gore-tex ain't cheap. You're looking at Held, Rev'It, Dianese, Alpinestars, Klim, and Rukka — higher $$ gloves, but for me, it's been worth it.

    That being said, I had a pair of cheap Firstgear Explorer gloves that keep me 100% dry in a frog-strangling downpour in Michigan's upper peninsula for hour after hour. After six hours, only my pinkie got wet because water ran down through my cuff, but that was my fault, not the glove leaking. I think Firstgear uses a waterproof Hipora membrane, and that worked.

    Just my $0.02.
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  3. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers

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    Held.
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  4. kamikazekyle

    kamikazekyle Been here awhile

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    A can of plasti-dip.

    Seriously. I've used that to waterproof several things. I originally used it to get some extra grip with my 'stich rain overgloves, but found it permiated the fabric and bonded really well. So I gave the rest of them a light coating and boom, totally waterproof for any rain I've been through. I did the same with my rain suit -- which was already mostly waterproof for being a cheap, breathable fabric -- and it did wonders. Recently I took a pair of fleece gloves with thermalite insulation (totally non waterproof and completely air permiable), sprayed on two coats, and used them while washing my vehicles with a bucket of soap and water. I only got leakage at a spot I missed near the cuff (which I didn't spray).

    Beyond that, any glove with a Gore-Tex membrane that's bound to the outer shell. You really want to get the waterproof layer bonded to the shell if possible so water won't pool between layers, and to help keep the cold out for winter gloves. If the gloves have leather shells, make sure to waterproof the leather with nikwax/snoseal/mink oil/silicone. Otherwise it might become too saturated and leak through the waterproofing membrane. I can't say I've had genuine Gore-Tex fail because of this, but the only Gore-Tex item I've had through really bad rain was my boots, which I've waterproofed the leather shell anyway. Or better yet, actual Gore-Tex'd leather, though I dunno if they have gloves out of that yet or not.

    I've had some luck with Spidi's off-brand Gore-Tex (H2Out or something), but the gloves themselves are coming apart after only one year.
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  5. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Once you go Goretex Extrafit you won't settle for any other waterproof membrane. The biggest reason is that all the layers are bonded together. The big benefit to this is that there is nothing to bunch up. When you put your wet hand back into your glove it slides right in and doesn't get stuck. the inner liner doesn't bunch up.

    There are lots of gloves out right now with Extrafit. I love Held gloves for fit.
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  6. Xeraux

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    :nod

    Yep. My BMW Pro Summer gloves with the Gore-Tex™ X-Trafit feel like they were custom made for my hands. My Held Warm n Dry are just that. Warm and dry. Love them.
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  7. bikerfish

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    goretex, and get a pair that will fit INSIDE your jacket sleeves. if left outside, water simply runs down your arms into the gloves, unless you ride 168 mph all the time!
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  8. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    Wait, someone doesn't ride 168 mph all the time! How does the bike stay upright? :lol3

    +1 on Goretex. It really is a very good product.
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  9. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I upgraded from the BMW summer gloves (which I loved btw) to Held Rainstars last year for extra protection. They have all the fit and comfort of the BMW summer gloves, with added protection and Outlast liner. Worth a look. They are every bit as usable as the Summer gloves, but way more protective.
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  10. lakota

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    +1 on the BMW Summer Pro
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  11. ET-VT

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    Looks like they were discontinued and there's a new model for 2013? MotorcycleGear.com has them for $145 (from $199) or $95 if you have small hands. Unfortunately, they don't have my size.
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  12. Xeraux

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    Damn. I think they have my size. :uhoh
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  13. 568V8

    568V8 Ontario Vstrommer

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    I just recently bought a pair of these Klim gloves and I'm hoping them to be warm and waterproof. Apparently they are "waterproof" and the shop assured me that if I'm not satisfied that I can return them. I'm hopeful.

    The only other other gloves that I've found that are completely waterproof are my big blue rubber lobster fisherman's gloves that I bought in Newfoundland at a co-operative store for $7. As over-gloves they do work and the rubber is plenty sticky so no problem with grip on the handle bars or levers; but the big clunky fingers provide no fine dexterity.
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  14. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    If you have leaks at the stitching, turn them inside out and seal the seams with camper's seam sealer. I use a pair, and they work just fine.
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  15. Robidob

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    I wear OR waterproof gloves for work out on the water during missions and training in the winter and they do a great job at keeping my hands warm and dry. I plan on buying another pair for riding, they don't provide any protection but on those really cold wet days my hands working is a bigger safety concern. I have also tried the Sealskiz waterproof gloves under my riding gloves kept my hands dry but this was before installing my bark busters so my hands still froze from lack of insulation. I think I would be fine now with my riding gloves and my sealskinz. I wear swear by my Sealskinz socks on missions and while out riding.
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  16. EBMOTT

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    alpinestar st1 glove . i have been selling them and wearing them for to many years to count. and i have never got a complant from any customer i have sold them to.:clap
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  17. KsFolly

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    I have the BMW ATLANTIS 3 gauntlet gloves.

    Utterly waterproof.

    I've been rained on and in a blizzard.

    They have an inner thinsulate layer and an outer of super soft leather.

    The gauntlet has the two layers separate. I layer the inner inside my jacket and the outer over my jacket.

    Admittedly I haven't been in a monsoon. But I've been really happy in the rains I have experienced this past winter in SoCal where I seem to have managed about 2000 miles in the rain.

    At 30f and 30mph in the blizzard with my handle bar heat on high I was still frozen. But I suffered thru for 30 minutes to get out of the snowy peak.

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  18. KsFolly

    KsFolly Adventurer

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    Atlantis 3 was $150

    Yes goretex bonded to outer layer.
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  19. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Running Free

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    I'm surprised the Aerostich triple digit mitts leak. Thanks for saving me some money.
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  20. atgatt

    atgatt Been here awhile

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    Just purchased a pair of held air n dry gloves. Gortex... spring, summer, fall full protection gloves. Pricey but good gloves.


    :clap
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