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Glove suggestions for cold weather

So here's the deal. I have heated grips and Barkbuster handguards, down to about 45 degrees this is good with my old Olympia un-lined leather gloves. I bought a pair of cold weather gloves (also Olympia, can't find the exact gloves to show), but they are SO thick on the palm side they are uncomfortable to ride with. It feels like I am riding around with a couple pillows wrapped around my grips. Plus the insulation on the palm side is totally unnecessary with the heated grips.

What I am wondering is there any gloves that have good insulation on the back side with good feel on the grip side? In leather, without being too expensive?
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Check out revzilla winter glove guide video on YouTube.

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If it would work out, I like the handle bar mitts weljo has. They are awesome!





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Ski gloves work well for me, although the abrasion resistance isn't as good as leather.
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After researching a ton last year (year round rider without heated grips up until I bought my V) I had to have warm fingers.

I ended up with Tourmaster Winter Elite gloves. They are fantastic! Pull out rain barrier / wind blocker. Try to find them on ebay or amazing in the older style for cheaper!

https://www.tourmaster.com/xcart/pro...ctid=109&cat=9

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If it would work out, I like the handle bar mitts weljo has. They are awesome!

I have the Quad Boss Mitts in black .They work really well There are a few more options...http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...e/Hand%20Mitts .... http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...luxe-snow-paws


I installed heated grips this spring so between the 2 i should stay nice and toasty...With the mitts i just used summer gloves last winter..

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As far as gloves i've been looking at these...http://www.amazon.com/Cortech-Scarab-Leather-Motorcycle-X-Large/dp/B00EZ8MNX0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1X7LLRKD0X919&coliid=IYDBQI8LEUFVN .. Ive seen a couple of guys with them and their not bulky.

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Heated grips & winter gloves/mitts in California!?!?!?!


I bet you wear *jim-jams to bed as well!!!!


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I bet you wear *jim-jams to bed as well!!!!


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I'm just about an hour from the mountains...Planning on going to Big Bear before it snows..

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Several years ago, I broke down and bought a pair of Synergy Electric Heated Gloves from a local Cycle Gear store. Wow, what a positive difference! These gloves allow for "low, medium & high" settings. I should never have waited (and suffered) so long to buy them. I just checked and Cycle Gear is showing them as a "close-out" item so they may not be available much longer. They aren't so thick as to make your grip uncomfortable. I DID NOT check the above suggested links to view the suggestions from others so I don't know the prices associated with their reccomendations but if warmth in cold weather is your goal, you may want to consider electric gloves.
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These are the ones I use in XXL but should have got 5XL.

http://www.amazon.com/Scorpion-Recon-Motorcycle-Gloves-X-Small/dp/B003IMCM62/ref=sr_1_57?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1382985252&sr=1-57&keywords=scorpion+gloves
I rate them 6.5 out of 10 the best. They are too thick with liner. Great without. Way too small order three sizes bigger





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With the thick gloves, my hands stay absolutely warm and toasty down to the mid 30's. Even with the summer gloves and heated grips, at 45 degrees, it really only my 2 index fingers that get cold (I habitually ride with those on the brake and clutch levers). I have looked at a couple heated options, but the only ones they stock at the local stores were thin textile, they didn't seem like they'd have good protection while I'm riding around on cold wet surfaces. I forgot about mitts, that may be a very viable option, I'll look into those a bit more and check out some of the glove options posted here. Thanks for all the input, I'll have some good options to explore.
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A week or 2 ago somebody posted a link to a pair of ice climbing gloves. I bought a pair as they were very heavily discounted.
Ibhave ridden in them down to 38 afcording to a bank sign for a 45 min ride.
Usually i struggle with gloves. I have tons of sii gloves that will keep me very warm(i run a ski shop) but they are all pretty bulky and I cant really feel the grips or controls. My thin gloves that I could use my hands in made my hands freeze even with heated grips. My palms would be hot, and backs and fingers freezing.
The ice coimbing gloves I bought may not protect me as good as Id like, but I can happily ride. The palms are pretty thin compared to ski gloves, but they have a thick back of the hand. I kept my grips on 25%and felt great.

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You might like to consider these as well. http://www.whitehorsegear.com/joe-ro...cycling-gloves

Here's what Whitehorse Gear has to say about them: The Sub-Zero gloves from Joe Rocket are made with a durable wind and waterproof shell. A waterproof Dry Tech® mid-liner and 100g of Thinsulate® insulation guarantee you’ll be warm and dry in the most extreme riding conditions, without sacrificing feel or mobility. Slip-resistant palm, padded knuckles, and finger gussets round out the features, all at an incredible price! Available in Men’s sizes SM–3X and Women's sizes XS–XL. And just $39.99 a pair.

And for what it's worth I've been extremely pleased with Whitehorse Gear - very helpful, quick shipping and first rate customer service.

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I use these in the cold. Great for rain too, with the wiper on the thumb, and they've never leaked for me.
http://www.warmnsafe.com/ultimate-to...heated-gloves/
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Heated grips & winter gloves/mitts in California!?!?!?!
Did your knowledge of my state come from Baywatch and Escape from LA?

FWIW on the rides the photos are from I just used heated grips, but I use heated gloves too, especially to commute.
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I've been wearing snowmobile gloves when the temps drop down below 40ish. I ride unless the temps drop into the 20s or it's cold and rainy. The snowmobile gloves do an excellent job of keeping my hands warm and dry but they are very thick and bulky. I just installed a set of Oxford grip heaters so I'm hoping I won't need the thick gloves anymore.
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For cooler weather I have a pair or Rev'It water proof gloves. They are nice and thin but the water proofing provides quite a bit of extra warmth by blocking the wind and sealing in the warm air. They are good down to about 10C/50F for prolonged exposure at higher speeds or colder temps for city riding.

Below 50F/10C though nothing beats my Gerbing T5 heated gloves. They are a little short on protection with no hard armor and require you plug in when getting on the bike but for cold weather comfort they are hard to beat. They heat the backs of the hand and fingers, the parts that get cold and will keep your hands warm in the coldest riding weather.
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I've been wearing snowmobile gloves when the temps drop down below 40ish. I ride unless the temps drop into the 20s or it's cold and rainy. The snowmobile gloves do an excellent job of keeping my hands warm and dry but they are very thick and bulky. I just installed a set of Oxford grip heaters so I'm hoping I won't need the thick gloves anymore.
I wish someone would make a glove that was "summer" on grip side, "winter" on the back side. It would be perfect with heated grips.
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I wish someone would make a glove that was "summer" on grip side, "winter" on the back side. It would be perfect with heated grips.
I know, palm hot, fingers cold.
Before I got heated grips my biggest problem was my hands and fingers would get so cold they wouldn't work well. Now the backs of my hands and fingers may still be cold but at least there's enough heat in them to work well. The discomfort I'm ok with, the stiff fingers, I didn't like.
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