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Old 23-08-18, 01:27 PM   #1
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Sportsbikeshop are selling RST heated gloves for 159.99 instead of 189.99, so I bought a pair.

I've tried heated grips (nope), handlebar guards (helped), winter gloves (nope) and wearing upto 3 pairs of gloves, silk, fleece and leather (essential for me when below 6C). Last year the RST gloves were down to 129 and I missed it, they disappeared for a while and then returned at 189 (yikes). So, at their current (ouch!) price, I thought I'd give them a try, I didn't want to be connected to the bike's electrics so these seemed a good compromise.
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Old 03-09-18, 05:45 PM   #2
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How you supposed to take a nap on the motorway then
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Old 31-10-18, 03:04 PM   #3
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The temp was (allegedly) 10C/50F so I thought it would give me an opportunity to try them out. Since I bought them in June I'd put the instructions somewhere safe, so I switched them to "green" and off I went.

I should point out for reference purposes my hands are nearly always cold when I'm riding and I sometimes wear 3 pairs of gloves. Heated grips don't work for me - it's not the palm that's my problem it's the back of my hands and fingers. I have handguards fitted which helps (a bit).

So, the green is the low setting (I found out later) and after 40 minutes of 60 mph (each way, 1hr 20 min total) riding my fingers were wonderfully, blissfully warm. On the way back I tried the red setting but couldn't tell much difference whether that was my insensitivity or whether it was related to wind direction I am unsure. The wind was with me on the way there, against on the way back (not a strong wind but enough to notice).
The left glove was warmer than the right but the left handguard gives more wind blocking than the right on my bike.

Do they work? Yes.
Are they worth the money? To me, yes.

Issues? The gloves are bulky and with the handguards I had to be careful with the bike's controls. I think if I was commuting or riding in a city, I'd remove the handguards because in a panic I couldn't guarantee I'd grab the clutch/brake. Familiarity may help but I made sure that I kept a good distance behind the car in front which was good practice since it was a police car for 15 miles!
I have a wide palm and short fingers which usually means I end up having to buy a Medium glove whereas the finger length of a Small would suit me better if I get them on over my palm. It adds to the bulkiness though.

The first gen gloves seemed to have a quality control problem with a few people complaining that one or both gloves didn't work out of the box or failed quickly. I'll let you know if mine fail.
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Old 01-11-18, 09:54 AM   #4
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I have a pair of Biketek heated gloves. Unsightly as they look like old fashioned gauntlets and lack the protection of my normal kevlar braced gloves. but for those dry cold days in winter they are toast.


I have some circulation issues, hands and feet are cold by Autumn and I keep promising myself heated sock/pants to encourage me out when the temps drop
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Old 01-11-18, 10:20 AM   #5
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I neglected to mention that the RST gloves have built in batteries - I knew that if I was connected to the bike that sooner or later I'd walk away, forgetting to disconnect. The downside to the RST is that the batteries have limited duration but they last the 2-3 hours I need.
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Old 01-11-18, 10:48 AM   #6
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I was looking at those on eBay, and of course it also threw up a load of Chinese-sourced heated gloves for less than 20 including batteries and charger. I was tempted to order a pair of the cheap ones just to see how good/crap they are.

They're more like ski gloves than bike gloves, and don't have the armour or the quality of the RST ones but it would be interesting to see if they're effective.
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Old 01-11-18, 11:34 AM   #7
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I was looking at those on eBay, and of course it also threw up a load of Chinese-sourced heated gloves for less than 20 including batteries and charger. I was tempted to order a pair of the cheap ones just to see how good/crap they are.

These have the added bonus of heating your house when they're charging. The only downside is they heat your house with flames when the battery and charger catches fire, usually in the middle of the night.
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Old 01-11-18, 10:03 PM   #8
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I'm on my second pair of Gerbings. Wore the leather through on the clutch fingers on the first pair.
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I'm on my second pair of Gerbings. Wore the leather through on the clutch fingers on the first pair.

****! Just bought a pair. How long before they wore through?


They are no bulkier than my wp usual glove and the fit and finish seem good.
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Old 12-11-18, 11:24 PM   #10
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I'm sure I did over 40,000 miles in them, I worn them in the summer when it wasn't to hot and even took them to Tuscany, Austria, Spain and the Balkans on tour. The heating still worked but of course as soon as the leather went so did the gortex lining.
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