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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—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 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 any glove into a full fledged winter option.

Stage 2: Conventional Cold-Weather Gloves

Our proper winter glove catalog ranges from $99, with the easy to wear, short-cuff Revit Cassini H20, and is bookended by the king-of-the-jungle Taurus GTX, a battle-ready winter warrior that's ready for anything. 

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.

One of Revit's latest urban winter options is not coincidentally also one of the easiest insulated gloves to wear. The Cassini H20 offers a waterproof and lightly insulated option, and is available in three colors—green, dark gray, and of course black.

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 two standout wireless 7-Volt options. The latest and greatest and most popular since it came out is the Klim Hardanger heated glove. This option builds on Klim's well-earned reputation for making excellent gloves to bring forward a full Gore-Tex leather trimmed option with a hidden superpower with the 7-volt battery that stores in the cuff and sends up to 8 hours of heat coursing down your fingertips.



We also continue to stock the longtime favorite Radiant Glove (below). 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.

 

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.