Cold Weather Glove Guide
It’s common wisdom among motorcyclists that when the temperatures drop, the hands—always, the hands—are the first thing to go. But with the right gear, the ride doesn’t have to end.
We’ve got a whole gamut of winter glove options to keep you riding year-round, but finding the right solution first requires understanding the problem at hand—illustrated here by an extrapolated wind-chill chart for motorcyclists.
At the store the process of picking out gloves starts with the same litany of qualifying questions: Where are you riding, and for how long at a stretch? How far into the “off season” are you looking to go? What existing gear do you have, and what's your experience riding in cold weather? And, ultimately, what’s your personal pain threshold?
That last part of the puzzle can be subjective and tricky to ascertain. But suffice it to say, we've got options to cover any combination of answers.
Depending on what gear you're starting with and how far you're looking to go, we can start adding precious degrees of warmth with simple glove liners. From there we can bump up incrementally through more than a dozen available options.
Stage 1 Defense: Glove Liners
We stock what we believe are the two best conventional glove liners money can buy—and they’re all of all of $16 or $35, respectively. Besides the obvious benefit of adding a few degrees of warmth and insulation, glove liners also make it easier to slip on your existing glove, which can get tricky when you’re dealing with any degree of moisture and an built-in waterproof membrane.
Besides the Klim Glove Liner 1.0, shown above, we also stock the Knox Cold Killer glove liner, which is thicker and has a wind-stopping element built in.
Stage 2: Conventional Cold-Weather Gloves
Our proper winter glove catalog ranges from $89 with the short-cuff, wind-stopping Klim Inversion Pro, and is bookended at $250 by the (frankly, pretty incredible) full Gore-Tex insulated/armored battle gauntlet known as the Klim Badlands GTX - pictured at the top of this page.
As these gloves beef up insulation and girth (going from short-cuff to full gauntlet designs), they become more cumbersome. This is the inevitable tradeoff for keeping (otherwise) comfortable on the bike.
Shop all Insulated Gloves here, or see below for more crib notes.
This trio of urban oriented cold-weather options from REVIT (above) offers a great range of choices for urban or lighter-duty around-town riding.
The top-dog Kryptonite GTX sports Gore-Tex waterproof credentials and 3M Thinsulate insulation. If you're looking for a more classic leather aesthetic, the Boxxer H20 is for you. And the best bang-for-your-buck option is the Hydra H2O line (also available in a women's version) which sports good insulation and a waterproof membrane in a comfortable textile chassis that won't break the bank.
If you’re a fan of Revit gloves and are looking for something a little more serious, then check out the Fusion 2 GTX cold-weather battle gauntlet (below), which is as warm and feature-packed a winter gauntlet as we’ve ever seen from REVIT.
If you prefer a short-cuff option, the Klim Vanguard GTX (below) is worth a look. At $129 it's the most affordable Gore-Tex insulated glove we carry. But with a easy-entry zipper on the back of the hand and classic KLIM over-engineering, it's no slouch in the features department.
Also worth considering: Alpinestars Corozal DS (below) and longer Equinox gloves. The short-cuff Corozal is a waterproof (by way of a Drystar membrane) and insulated sport option that's easy to get on and off and works with absolutely any jacket. The Alpinestars Equinox has a place in our hearts for its OutDry waterproofing—making this insulated mid-length gauntlet shed precipitation like water off a duck's back.
Stage 3: Nuclear Options
If you’ve found breaking point with conventional winter warfare, it’s time to consider heated gear.
We have a standout wireless 7-Volt option in the Radiant Glove (below) that’s good for a couple hours of hand-saving heat between charges of the lithium ion batteries that store discretely into the cuffs. Even without the power turned, on, these puppies are plenty warm on their own thanks to 3M Thinsulate insulation and a Hypora waterproof membrane layered under the full leather construction.
We’ve also got 12-volt options that let you use the excess electrical capacity being generated by your bike. Choose from the shorter 12-volt Gerbing Hero or the burlier Gerbing 12-volt Vanguard gauntlet.
These 12-volt gloves won’t run out of power until you run out of gas, and they can be paired with heated jacket liners and controlled with a dual-zone thermostat to dial in just the right amount of heat to keep you comfortable and in control, no matter how low the mercury drops.
Or use whatever (preferably waterproof) glove you already have, and insert 12-volt glove liners from Warm & Safe, which are cross compatible with our other 12-volt systems and provide a great option for pumping nuclear heat into a pair of quality gloves you already own.
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