The first frosts of winter have been felt this week but it doesn’t mean you have to put your bike into hibernation. If you dress properly winter riding can still be enjoyable. Here’s a selection of winter gloves to help keep your hands nice and warm.
New from Weise, Montana Element gloves not only feature top-of-the-range Thinsulate Supreme thermal lining, but also have heated filaments running around the fingers. Powered by a rechargeable internal battery, there are no fiddly cables or connections to worry about and the wearer can choose between two heat settings [60°C or 45°C] at the press of a button on the cuff.
Made from a mix of textiles and full grain leather, the Montana Element has a waterproof/breathable Hipora liner, which is held firmly in place using McFit technology. McFit laminates the glove liner into the fingertips, so there is no stitching and it is highly unlikely to twist or pull free. The 120-gram Thinsulate Supreme thermal lining offers the highest level of insulation available for motorcycle gloves, yet is both thin and light. There’s also a chamude overlay panel on the palm for improved grip, 3M Scotchlite piping on the back of the hand for additional night-time visibility and an adjustable storm cuff to prevent rain water running in from the sleeve.
Retailing for £199.99 including VAT and available in sizes S – 3XL the Weise Montana Element should get a warm reception from British riders this winter. Visit www.thekeycollection.co.uk
KEIS, the UK’s leading heated clothing specialists, have added a new outer glove to their collection for winter 2013/14, giving those planning to ride through the chilly season much needed relief from frozen fingers. The X800 Heated Outer Gloves feature Micro Alloy Element Technology, which provides reliable and even heat, whilst still allowing ease of movement and feel – crucial for winter riding, where conditions require careful operation of the throttle, clutch and front brake.
Like all KEIS garments, the gloves come with a fused supply lead for direct connection to a 12-volt vehicle battery. A ‘cigarette lighter’ adaptor is also available for vehicles fitted with a 12-volt power socket. Users who have fitted an OptiMate type charger lead to the battery can connect their Keis gloves to it. Heat is controlled by a button on the cuff of each glove, so the rider can tailor the temperature whilst on the move. There are four settings – low, medium, maximum and off. In other respects the Keis X800 have similar features to traditional winter gloves, with a leather palm, Dintex waterproof/breathable membrane, 100g Thinsulate insulation and hard reinforcement over the knuckles.
The X800 can also be connected to the KEIS X10 and X20 Heated Waistcoats, as well as the X25 jacket, plugging directly into sockets in the garment using dedicated connection leads. Current Draw is approximately two amps, so it will not put undue strain on the motorcycle’s charging system. Keis X800 Heated Outer Gloves are available in black only, unisex sizes S-XL, priced £149.99 including VAT, and come complete with all required wiring and full easy to follow instructions. Call 01256 704909 or visit www.keisapparel.co.uk
Wet and icy conditions increase the risk of accident, so the Knox Scaphoid Protection System (SPS) is a reassuring feature. Vulnerable in even low speed spills, the scaphoid bone is easily fractured, and can result in the wrist being placed in plaster for up to 12 weeks and the sufferer being unable to work, let alone ride. By placing the Knox SPS on the palm the twin plastic ‘sliders’ eliminate the grab-effect that commonly causes scaphoid injuries.
The Palm is made in tough and durable goat skin, complemented by water-resistant high tenacity nylon on the back of the hand. There is EVA foam padding on the knuckles and an elasticated thumb flex eases comfort on long rides. A Porelle waterproof and breathable lining keeps the hands dry, while Thinsulate provides light and flexible insulation. A soft neoprene cuff also features, alongside a micro-adjustable wrist retaining strap, allowing the glove to be worn under the jacket sleeve for added protection against the elements. Knox Techstyle gloves are available in black, sizes S-XXL, at an RRP of £69.99 including VAT. Visit www.knox-amour.co.uk
Made from 100% pure silk, the new inner gloves from Weise® are a useful addition to any rider’s kit cupboard. Naturally breathable and an effective insulator, silk liners help to keep the hands dry and comfortable on warmer days and add an extra insulating layer during cold snaps.
They’re thin enough to fit under close-fitting riding gloves, providing a soft barrier between stitching, rough seams and the hands. An added benefit is that they allow gloves to be put on and taken off quickly and easily, without built-in linings being pulled out in the process. Silk liners also act as a barrier to dirt, grime and perspiration – and are washable – helping to keep riding gloves in good condition.
Weise Silk Liners liners come in black in unisex sizes M-XL and are available at a retail price of just £8.99 including VAT. Visit www.thekeycollection.co.uk
Have a look at our winter kit reviews from last year for some of our favourite winter goodies http://www.2commute.co.uk/2012/11/07/product-reviews/kit-reviews/