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Cold Weather Glove Guide

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—Puns!—illustrated here by a 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 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 a range of quality options.

// Conventional Cold-Weather Gloves



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. They all follow the same "form factor" -- with an armored shell, waterproof membrane, and knit cuff to fit snugly under your jacket sleeve.

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 worth a look. 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.

Also worth considering: Alpinestars Corozal DS (below). 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. 


// Nuclear Options

If you’ve found breaking point with conventional winter warfare, it’s time to consider the big guns: heated gear

We have looked at all the various 7-Volt options available, which let the user use an in-the-cuff battery, instead of plugging into their bike's 12-volt charging system. 

We've boiled it down to two quality options.

One from Klim in the Gore-Tex Hardanger gauntlet; and another in the Highway 21-brand  Radiant Heated Gloves

The Radiants have been longtime best-sellers, and promise 3M insulation, waterproofness (albeit lacking Gore-Tex guarantee), and a classic leather look available in black or brown.

Between the two; the radiants are significantly "more affordable," while the KLIM option is a little higher performance. 

The Klim Hardanger gloves use leather (goatskin) for reinforcement at the knuckles, the body of the chassis is made from a lighter weight textile material that's going to offer a bit more dexterity than the full-leather Radiant option.

If you like the leather look, the Radiant is the way to go. If you are going to prioritize dexterity; and want the security of a 2-year guarantee on the batteries (vs 1-year for the Radiants) -- then the KLIM's are worth the coin.

*We looked at (very briefly) and passed on Alpinestars nice looking but overly priced (almost $500) option. We also looked Gerbing's new 7V option, but found it to be extremely uncomfortable, with a ridiculously large battery.

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 found the battery design to be diminutive enough to not cause discomfort, and extra batteries are readily available to extend your range.

As with any electronics, sometimes they fail. Thankfully, Highway 21 has supported us quickly with any and all warranty requests. And we've experienced no such issues yet with KLIM. 

We’ve also got 12-volt options that plug into your bike direcetly and se the excess electrical capacity being generated by your 12-volt charging system. Choose from the shorter 12-volt Gerbing Hero or the burlier Gerbing 12-volt Vanguard gauntlet.

Or new this year, the company now offers 12-Volt Glove LIners, too. 

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.


// Glove Liners

We stock the full range of Klim glove liners, which are logically named for their corresponding level of thickness and girth, from 1.0 to 3.0. Besides the obvious benefit of adding a few degrees of warmth and insulation, glove liners can also actually make it easier to slip on your existing glove, which can get tricky when you’re dealing with any degree of moisture and a built-in waterproof membrane.

Besides the Klim Glove Liner 1.0, shown above, which is silky thin and presents the best chance of fitting inside your existing regular glove, we also stock its two older siblings.

The Glove Liner 2.0 features Polartec Power Stretch material that insulates the wearer from the cold while also dispersing moisture across its 4-way stretch fabric. The 3.0 Liner is quite thick, and won't fit inside all gloves, but if you can make it work you'll appreciate the benefits of the Gore Windstopper, supercharging almost any glove into a full fledged winter option.


Of course one sure-fire way to evade the ugly numbers on the wind-chill chart is to evade the wind altogether. You can do this by leaving the bike in the garage and taking the car or train, or by investing in a surely dorky, but sure-to-work motorcycle hand cover.

We carry the full lineup of Hippo Hands products, which install quickly without tools, and shield your paws from the elements.

The new-and-improved "G3" version of the largest Alcan model now comes with a full sleeve gasket, even further blocking out the possibility of a backdraft.

Even the Hippo Hands Backcountry model, nominally designed for enduro or dirt bikes, will do a great job of blocking the wind, and comes in about 2/3 of the size of the winter-cheating Alcan model.

Depending on how far your'e riding, and whether your bike has heated grips, riding with Hippo Hands means you might even be able to get away with summer-weight gloves, even in the dead of winter.

Questions? Comments? Call or come by the store, use the chat widget on the right-hand side of this page, or shoot us a note at support@uniongaragenyc.com.