Heated motorcycle gloves have really come on over the last few years.
They used to be bulky and unreliable but with modern materials and improved technology they now offer a very similar feel to a standard motorcycle glove with the added bonus of guaranteed toasty fingers on even the longest winter ride.
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Let’s have a look at our top five models.
Gerbing MicroWirePRO Heated Glove
The MicroWirePRO gloves are pretty similar to the XR’s (reviewed below) in terms of specification, however there are some key differences – firstly these gloves offer better armour protection with the addition of scaphoid hard armour and soft wrist armour.
Secondly these gloves come with an included Y-cable for direct connection to the motorbikes battery. There is also the option to power them with rechargeable batteries but these will need to be purchased separately.
To adjust the temperature there is a convenient push button controller located on the top of the glove, easily accessible while riding.
Supple leather for a comfortable fit
Lifetime warranty on heating elements
Y cable Included for connecting to bikes battery
Easily change temperature with controller
No batteries included
Gerbing 12V XR-12 Gloves
Another pair from the Gerbing range the XR’s don’t offer quite as much armour protection as the Microwire Pro’s but do come with a battery cable and controller (more on this below).
Protection comes from hard armour to the knuckles and soft armour to the fingers whilst heat comes from Gerbings patented Microwire system which provides safe warmth to the entire finger.
The XR-12 is known as a hybrid glove, it can be connected to your bikes battery for long journeys or you can use the included battery cable and junior controller for shorter journeys. (Note: the actual batteries need to be purchased separately.)
There’s a reassuring lifetime warranty on the heating elements. No surprise that the liner is both waterproof and windproof.
Adjustable wrist closure
Thinsulate thermal liner
Microwire heating technology
Cheaper end of the heated glove range
May not offer the protection of thicker gloves with more protective accessories
Gerbing 12V XRS-12 Short Gloves
These are the short version of the XR-12’s.
Includes all the same features such as heated fingers and Thinsulate thermal liner.
You can connect these heated gloves directly to your bike with Gerbing’s battery hook-up.
The gloves are made with soft and supple drum-dyed 0.6 mm premium full aniline leather that contours to the hand with stainless steel Microwire heating.
Lifetime warranty on the heating elements
Battery cable and junior controller included
Adjustable wrist closure
Good value but more expensive than entry-level models
Keis G601 Premium Heated Armoured Gloves
Keis are well known for their heated motorcycle clothing and this is their premium heated glove offering.
These gloves come with a power cable for direct connection to the battery. They can also be heated by rechargeable batteries but these will need to be purchased separately.
Armour protection is excellent with hard coverings to the knuckles and a scaphoid guard as standard.
The gloves are waterproof and windproof with a Hipora membrane.
Integrated heat controller
Power cable included
Visor wipe that actually works!
If you want to use battery power then batteries will need to be bought separately.
Dane Fyre Gore-Tex Heated Leather Gloves
The heated Dane Fyre glove with a Gore-Tex membrane makes it suitable for very cold weather riding. It is constructed from supple goat aniline leather and offers additional comfort through large stretch sections and finger pleats.
It is fully waterproof and windproof combining optimised breathability with protection and comfort.
The Dane Fyre uses a Z-liner Gore-Tex construction. The Gore-Tex membrane is bonded to a lightweight fabric and is then freely suspended between the outer fabric and the lining.
Low key but durable protection
7v batteries included
High quality materials used
Top end of the market makes it very expensive
What to look for in a pair of heated motorcycle gloves.
A good pair of heated gloves should keep the vulnerable areas of your hands warm when riding in the cold. These are the places most exposed to the elements such as the fingers and the back of your hands although a quality glove will heat the palms too.
Heated gloves may cost three times the prices of a non-heated glove on a like for like basis. For example, a thick pair of winter riding gloves may stretch to over £100. Its heated counterpart may well retail at nearer £300.
Like any new piece of kit it’s important to familiarize yourself with their use and handling. Not everyone likes to have wires running about their gloves and handlebars but with practice and good routing they won’t pose a problem.
While the benefits of heated motorcycle gloves are obvious let’s not forget that gloves are also to protect and shield against injuries.
Make sure your heated gloves have the same protective qualities you’d expect from any other motorcycle glove.
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Alternatively you can buy a thin heated glove designed to be worn underneath a normal glove but make an allowance in size for the extra pair.
Most heated glove models have a temperature control button or switch.
Best to ‘power up’ than ‘power down’. Start your journey with the lowest setting because it’s easier to increase temperature than lower it quickly. The highest settings on some models are seriously hot.
Perhaps you don’t need to turn on the unit at all but keep an eye on excessive heat as these items are capable of burning your hands if not operated correctly.
Batteries and Cabling
There are two choices for powering your heated gloves
1. Small pre-charged batteries can be inserted into your gloves and connected to the heating system although long distance riders may find that 3-5 hours may not always be sufficient.
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2. Plug your wiring into the motorcycle battery via extension cables running through the jacket.
The cables routed through your jacket and into your gloves needn’t be as cumbersome as some riders report.
As long as the cables are secured and long enough to avoid any restriction of rider movement then with a bit of basic familiarization you shouldn’t even notice them.
This video shows how to install the wiring directly to your motorbike battery.
The two main charging voltages are 7 volt and 12 volt. The latter is usually achieved by connecting your gloves to your bike’s battery. This is more reliable and gives you a longer heated journey.
7v batteries at full temperature setting will drain a battery quicker and in the extreme cold are unlikely to match a fully connected 12 v charge.
Care and Maintenance
These expensive accessories shouldn’t be taken for granted.
A little consideration for their care and operation will extent their working life and avoid you being caught short on a cold day.
For example, when you finish your journey make sure you’ve turned the batteries off in your gloves or put them on charge again. Leaving them on all day while sat in a drawer or locker will drain them.
In the summer when they’re not in use, make sure they get the occasional charge to retain their capacity to power and hold that charge.
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