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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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in the winter i can dress enough layers to keep everything warm but my hands. ive always just toughed it out with frozen fingers but this year im thinking about heated gloves or grips. what are the pros and cons of both from people actually using them?

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Gloves. They warm the entire hands and finger not just the inside of the hands. Plus, they cost less, over all, as opposed to having a Vic tech install heated grips.

I recommend Gerbing as their micro wire glove are super thin and heat very well. I am able to ride until the snow flies.

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Gloves. They warm the entire hands and finger not just the inside of the hands. Plus, they cost less, over all, as opposed to having a Vic tech install heated grips.

I recommend Gerbing as their micro wire glove are super thin and heat very well. I am able to ride until the snow flies.

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my xr has no power outlet for gloves, what did you do for that? i know you can buy the clamp ons for bars, but is there a better way of adding an outlet to an xr? mine has a rubber plug on the back of the top triple tree, is that for a power outlet? if it is i can't imagine trying to get the parts, probably back ordered till next summer!

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my xr has no power outlet for gloves, what did you do for that? i know you can buy the clamp ons for bars, but is there a better way of adding an outlet to an xr? mine has a rubber plug on the back of the top triple tree, is that for a power outlet? if it is i can't imagine trying to get the parts, probably back ordered till next summer!
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One way to go is to also wear a heated vest or full liner. Most of these also have connections at the sleeve ends for glove connections, and the gloves may have separate controls on them or separate controllers.

Of course, you'll still need bike power to the vest/liner. You can wire up something to the battery, and have the other end come out a tiny bit from under the seat; a lot folks do something like that. Or, you can have a Powerlet outlet added under the engine somewhere, and plug the vest/liner into that (with the appropriate male Powerlet extenstion).

I agree with the glove solution, and specifically Gerbing. I have a TourMaster heated liner, from a few years ago, and like it a lot. I also got some TourMaster gloves, and they were worthless (except for the insulation); luckily, I got them cheap, from WebBikeWorld (after they tested them). My XCT has heated grips standard, so it's not an issue for me, but on a bike without heated grips I think gloves are both a better and a simpler solution.

Just some things to think about.

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Heated grips are convenient because they are always available and you don't have to wire yourself to the bike. Problems that they help only in milder temperatures. Heated gloves are more effective, but even they are limited. Try holding your grips on a single-digit-temp *F morning with heated gloves - the cold metal of the handlebars gets through the grips and the gloves. I use both heated grips and heated gloves for the lowest temps and long trips in twenties or thirties.

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in the winter i can dress enough layers to keep everything warm but my hands. ive always just toughed it out with frozen fingers but this year im thinking about heated gloves or grips. what are the pros and cons of both from people actually using them?
My bike had heated grips already when i bought it. I've never had heated anything and now heated grips and seat. I can't speak about heated gloves but I will say that my regular cold weather gloves are too much glove at 35 degrees.. Perhaps the fairing helps more than I thought .. My only real problem now is my feet... Well and my face shield fogging up ..


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Never had heated gloves.
But I have a heated jacket and heated grips and now I know what toast feels like. WOW there is no better way to spend your money.
I have ridden all day in 40 degree weather and it is great riding feel that warmth.
With my heated jacket its long sleeve tee shirt heated jacket and sweatshirt with outer jacket.
For heated grips I only wear a deer skin leather glove and have plenty of freedom that way. Yes my jacket has the plug ins for the gloves but never got around to getting them.
I highly recommend heated clothing.

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I used to run a pair of $100 heated gloves I got at some department store (JC Penney I think it was), they were friggin awesome and allowed me to ride all winter without losing my ability to pull the brake lever But now that I have an XCT I have heated grips, but have yet to have a cold enough day to try it out really. I think probably a good pair of heated gloves will be more effective due to being on both sides of your hands, but the convenience of heated grips is probably the winner in anything besides either extremely cold temps or iron butt rides in cold temps.


Edit: Btw those gloves were battery powered with little rechargeable packs in them, only lasted about an hour on high or 2 hrs on med but I just plugged em in each evening and it worked ok, once in awhile they would run out on the way home but I was only using them for my 60 mile commutes so they worked pretty well

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On my previous Kawi, I had Gebring heated gloves. The gloves were toasty warm but I was tethered to the bike by a cable going up each arm to a harness that went down my side to a belt clip that held the temperature control unit that then had a cable that went to the dedicated outlet from the battery that was just under my seat. Too much wiring for my tastes especially when dismounting/mounting and when taking my jacket off and on.

My XC has heated grips which are very nice but as someone already stated, they heat predominately the palms of your hands and not the knuckles. However with a good set of gloves and the fairing cutting down some wind shear/chill they are a decent alternative without being tethered.

Additionally, I was thinking of adding these slip ons in the winter.
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I ride year-round in Oregon which includes a lot of 25-40 degree days. Heated gloves are nice (if they're good ones) because they warm all sides of your hands. However, I will never buy another pair of heated gloves because of the wiring hassles associated with them and their current limitations--most will not allow you to ride very long in sub-freezing temps.

Heated grips are awesome! Once you get some, you will never go without them on another bike. I use them on summer mornings when it's 55 out all the way down to freezing. You need good gloves (translate - expensive) like Held or others to really take advantage of the heated grips when it's at or below freezing. They are designed with thinner, softer leather inside so you can actually feel the heated grips and have that heat radiated to the rest of your hand.

The absolute best winter-time hand protection, as the poster just before me mentioned are the handlebar gauntlets with heated grips. These gauntlets are made from insulation encased in Gortex that acts like a little cabin in the middle of the snow. With heated grips, the combination allows you to wear a very light glove during the winter which helps you with your controls. This is the combination that most winter-time bike cops use--tried and true. I can ride all day in freezing weather using both. I will try to link a pic for you from a company called Hippo Hands. I have used their product for many years--I'm sure others make a great product too! Watch that ice!!!!
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