Gloves for winter riding
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Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:09 am quote
I have seen topics on riding jackets and pants, but if anyone has any info on winter gloves, that would be great.

I wear Aerostitch Elkskin Ropers most of the year, but they are not going to keep those fingers warm in the winter.

I don't have an outlet for heated gloves on the ET4 and really don't plan on adding one....soooo

What's good?
Molto Verboso
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Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:51 am quote
Winter Gloves
I've been wearing Tour Master Elite http://www.motoemporium.com/tourmaster/tmgloves.html
and I also insert hand warmers before I leave the house http://www.warmers.com
The gloves alone are very comfortable but just don't cut it when it gets too cold.

Tim

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Tue Nov 22, 2005 12:04 pm quote
Gloves?
I got a pair of these, http://www.foxcreekleather.com/32.html very comfy and the price was good. Very good agility can feel the switches real good. They also had these but were a little pricy for me http://www.foxcreekleather.com/131.html they look super nice. I have not tried the disposable warmers, maybe soon. You can always add a pair of liners also, Beale.
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Tue Nov 22, 2005 1:14 pm quote
They look a bit different, but you can't beat these:
http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.php?mode=view&product_id=670&type_id=1&sport_id=5&category_id=9&color_code=021
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Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:13 pm quote
Get these:



Or these:



Neither look great, but they do work...

Not actually easy to find (too many people worry about looking pretty):

http://www.cusworth-motorbikes.co.uk/pages/road/clothing/gloves/winter/accessories.htm
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Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:00 pm quote
Why not fit screen for little more money and get face as well as hands protected at the same time (that is if you go for full hight / width screen).
I have good Dainese Gore Tex & Kevlar gloves, but also added full size GT screen to my scooter recently and got better overall protection (and very happy with it's retro-ish look)
I know some pple don't like screens, but it's worth considering during the winter period at least.

rgds
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Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:07 pm quote
What's it like to look through in the dark & wet?
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Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:27 pm quote
Solid Steel wrote:
What's it like to look through in the dark & wet?
Not sure as I have not tried it as yet in these conditions (not that I am planning either) It works great in dry conditions though.


rgds
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Tue Nov 22, 2005 7:37 pm quote
I recently put a Faco mid-height screen on my ET4. Once I adjusted the height downward, I don't need to look through it except to check the near-field in front of the scoot. I also used Honda spray plastic cleaner on it [like Plexus], which makes the rain 'sheet' better.

Keeps me much warmer. Doesn't extend over my hands, alas, but I keep more stability at speed than with a taller/wider wind screen.
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Tue Nov 22, 2005 7:38 pm quote
Solid Steel, do you have enough dexterity w the wax-cotton mitts to work the left-hand signals, etc, easily?
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Tue Nov 22, 2005 10:37 pm quote
pdxvespa wrote:
Solid Steel, do you have enough dexterity w the wax-cotton mitts to work the left-hand signals, etc, easily?
Yes, no problems - only downside is that sometimes, if you loosen your grip a little, the throttle can slip & you slow (they are a little less grippy the leather) - not a big issue though, considering the extra warmth they give...
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 1:28 am quote
Solid Steel wrote:
pdxvespa wrote:
Solid Steel, do you have enough dexterity w the wax-cotton mitts to work the left-hand signals, etc, easily?
Yes, no problems - only downside is that sometimes, if you loosen your grip a little, the throttle can slip & you slow (they are a little less grippy the leather) - not a big issue though, considering the extra warmth they give...
thnx, SS. I actually rather like their homey look-- would that be plaid flannel lining...?
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:47 am quote
gloves.................
A windscreen is definitely the first order, mine is 16" high so my eyes are actually just above it yet the wind goes over my head (along with the bugs in summer)..........I got one that "flares" out over the hand grips blocking almost all wind and then bought some goose down mitts (the warmest gloves I have ever worn) at Gander Mountain.
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:56 am quote
mitts
I have hand-me-down Sno-mobile mitts. They are down-filled and heavy leather which provides some fall/skid protection as well. They also have long and wide gauntlet extensions.

Unfortunately, they are men's medium or large, so they are awkward for me (ladies medium) so I only use them in very light traffic conditions.

Except for the size problem, I highly recommend them (if they are still in production somewhere).
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:57 am quote
I bought a pair of DayStar gloves from my local Vespa dealer. At first I thought they were a joke----quite thin and slippery on the brake levers. Using them has proved them to be good down to about 20 degrees.

When I hit 50 MPH it does seem that they lose some protective qualities because I can start to feel my hands get cold. When I am riding consistently at that speed I have to stop every ten miles or so. A heavier pair of gloves might be in my future.

for the 6 mile ride into town though at sub 50 MPH speeds they are great!

steve
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Wed Nov 23, 2005 1:47 pm quote
pdxvespa wrote:
would that be plaid flannel lining...?
Just a cotton lining..
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 6:14 am quote
Solid Steel wrote:
What's it like to look through in the dark & wet?
Hi Solid,

I had the "wet experience" last night and must say it was not a pleasant one ie visibility was very poor due to heavy rain.
Must find some water repellent to keep the screen clean of rain droplets, any recommendations for such product please?


Vespaman

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Fri Dec 02, 2005 7:20 am quote
Does anybody really use mittens? Do you think that you'll have enough control and feel safe?

X
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 10:30 am quote
I wear a pair of Black Diamond fleece gloves that contain Gore "Wind Stopper". They keep me warm down to about 30 degrees F at 50 mph. Great grip with good dexterity. That wind stopper stuff is amazing.

This morning it was 18 degrees F when I left for work, so I had to resort to my Thinsulate ski gloves. Don't like them much for riding because they are bulky. After 20 minute commute at 40 to 60 mph my fingers were cold, but not uncomfortable.
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 10:44 am quote
xman wrote:
Does anybody really use mittens?
Yes
xman wrote:
Do you think that you'll have enough control and feel safe?
Yes
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Fri Dec 02, 2005 12:58 pm quote
Yes - I use leather Sno-mobile mittens. The only awkwardness is the turn signal and those times when the (bad) habit of covering the brake with a finger or two may make me feel better. I don't wear them in heavy traffic because of this, but my early morning commute is fine.
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Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:58 am quote
I wear heavy fleece gloves, and then some thin Gore-Tex overmitts for wind blocking. They don't interefere with grip or tactility (is that a word?) at all.
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Mon Dec 05, 2005 11:00 am quote
The Pearl Izumi AmFIB Lobster Gloves are a cross between a glove and mitten. The fingers are split 2&2 which makes it easy to cover the brake levers. Super comfy... No problem manipulating switches. I posted a link to them earlier.
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