Gerbing heated gloves


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Gerbing heated gloves

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:21 pm



I'm taking a trip up north on my bike this weekend, and they're calling for temperatures in the 40's (that's ~5C for metric folk). I can bundle up to keep warm, but the only thing that does get cold is my hands.

So I stopped by Cyclemax Ohio on my way home from work (very dangerous that the place is so close to my house) and Gary let me try a bunch of the different heated gloves. The gloves draw only 2.2 amps for both, and I have saved more than that just by switching from light bulbs to LEDs, so I know I have lots of power in reserve to run them.

I wired them hot right to the battery (through a fuse, of course) and put a switch on my fairing that turns them on and off - just in case they get TOO hot while riding.

I'll let everyone know what I think of them after this weekend!



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Re: Gerbing heated gloves

Postby detdrbuzzard » Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:49 am

i have senergy electric pants and jacket liners ( but no electric gloves )that i use for cold rides. at 40* i'm still wearing a pair of deerskin lined gloves cause its just too warm for heaveir weight gloves. take an extra pair of gloves with you
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Re: Gerbing heated gloves

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:39 am

I normally carry my heavier leather gloves as well as my lighter mesh gloves, and switch between the two depending on the temperature. I'll just add the electric gloves to my collection. :)

I have a neck warmer - it's a fleece thing that you pull over your head, and covers your neck up to your helmet - and if it's really cold, you can pull it up under the helmet strap and over your chin, so no skin is exposed at all. I find it makes a tremendous difference in cold weather.

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Re: Gerbing heated gloves

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:59 pm

Just because it gets cold doesn't stop me from riding in the winter only snow and ice do, How much did these gloves cost? I need a pair..

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Re: Gerbing heated gloves

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:09 pm

I got a them on clearance at Cyclemax for $100. He has a few more pair, as well as the newer versions starting at around $130.

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Re: Gerbing heated gloves

Postby detdrbuzzard » Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:39 am

where are you heading? the gloves i am wearing now are good between 40 and 65, more of a mid weight glove. its 48 on my ride to work and my hands were warm
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Re: Gerbing heated gloves

Postby kevinthetwin » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:55 am

:cry: I would be interested in taking those for a run.
My ferring does a pretty good job of covering all of me, (at speed), but the fingers do get frosty on a fall evening!
My full gauntlet's are good most of the time, but I wish I still had my sheep lined gauntlets from my youth!
They were broken in so well I never felt the extra bulk!
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Re: Gerbing heated gloves

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:55 pm

Well I got to try out the gloves this weekend.

I went up on Friday, a 5 1/2 hour ride, arriving at about 8 pm. It was about 60F the entire way - and that was just too warm to use heated gloves. I wore my regular ballistic nylon jacket and pants, with the windproof liner zipped into the jacket, and just a T-shirt underneath. I used my regular leather gloves, and when it started to cool off a bit, I put on my neck gaiter, which makes a HUGE difference when keeping warm! I was fine all the way up, no complaints.

When I left to come home on Sunday afternoon, it was just barely 50F. I had the same gear on, but also zipped the windproof liner into my pants, and had the Gerbing gloves on. I noticed that at 50F, the gloves got a bit TOO warm, and I had to cycle them on and off occasionally. As the temperature dropped to 45F, I stopped to put a thermal top on top of my T-shirt - the gloves stayed switched on at that temperature, and my fingers were perfect.

An hour or so into the ride, I hit rain, and rode through solid downpour for the next four hours. Temperatures varied, but stayed mostly in the low to mid 40's. My fingers stayed perfectly warm - in fact, I was completely warm, except for my feet. The tongues on my boots have unfortunately lost their waterproofness...so the highway speed wind was blowing the cold rain directly into my boots. I stopped to change to dry socks three times, but I still suffered from cold feet for the entire trip.

So overall, I'd say the gloves were a huge success. My hands would have been inoperable blocks of ice had I been wearing my regular leather gloves. I may switch boots, and/or buy a pair of the Gerbings heated insoles as well.

One note about the Gerbing gloves: They are very slippery. I found I was having to grasp my throttle quite firmly in order to keep it from rotating under my hand, because the gloves were so slippery. I solved this by spraying some leather treatment compound on the palms and fingers. This made the gloves much more "sticky" and solved the problem of sore hands from gripping to overcome the slipperiness.

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Re: Gerbing heated gloves

Postby lhelber » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:11 pm

I have often found water proof boots to be too hot under normal circumstances. On those variable weather trips I often don't have the room to carry two pairs of boots. At a rally not to long ago I found a vendor that was selling nylon booties or over shoes that were sized and had a stiff sole on them. I found they did a great job of keeping my less than water proof boots dry and are compact enough to keep in a saddle bag with my rain gear. The nylon doesn't hold up to well to heat so the V Twin riders may not like them but on the Honda the exhaust is routed away from you. I have worn them often and been very happy with them. I did have the left one snag on my floor board and tear a hole in it but the bootie sheds enough water to keep my feet dry anyway.




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