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Heated gloves vs. Heated grips

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  1. yajpirt246
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    Anybody have any opinions on this topic? I'm trying to decide which way to go. Currently I'm leaning toward the grips, due to them being cheaper and I have a good pair of gloves that I just got a month ago. Morg, we all know that you live in paradise....keep your "I don't need either cause it's so stinkin' perfect all the time" comments to a minimum please...lol Thanks guys

    Jay

  2. teerzlajar
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    I personally dont like the gloves,they made my hands sweat. But I live in south west louisiana. A bad winter might get down in single digits at night. Then back up in 20's or 30's in the day. And I dont ride in that cold of weather anyways . Call me a good weather rider, but i like to fill my body after I ride. Hope that helped a little bit

  3. Driwetapisnezz
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    I "fill my body" after a ride too - usually with some cervesas!

  4. yajpirt246
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    I personally dont like the gloves,they made my hands sweat. But I live in south west louisiana. A bad winter might get down in single digits at night. Then back up in 20's or 30's in the day. And I dont ride in that cold of weather anyways . Call me a good weather rider, but i like to fill my body after I ride. Hope that helped a little bit

    ok, let me ask this a different way. Those of you who ride in the cold...what do you use?

    Jay

  5. JuzdSdewe
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    IF you consider 40's and 50s cold, (momma won't ride with me, but I go out occasionally). I have some decent (rather inexpensive actually), leather gloves that I have 2 different kind of liners for. One is a wool (loose stitched deal), that seems to work the best, and the other is a blue colored closely stitched liner, for not so cold days.
    There ARE lots of different kinds/brands of gloves out there tho. I'm just TOO frugal to spend that much to keep my pinkies warm I guess. Plus the gig I'm utilizing now works just fine for me.
    Good luck on your decision.

  6. SdeweinFL
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    I have talked to quite a few people and read several articles on this subject. The general consensus seems to be that if you ride for very long - especially at high speeds and/or in truly cold weather - the best way to go is heated gear.

    Even with the best of gloves, after an hour or more at highway speeds, if the temperature is much below 40, your hands are going to get cold. With heated gloves (or other clothing), you can set the temperature where you need it to be comfortable. The other benefit is that you don't have to wear so many layers that you become stiff, inflexible and uncomfortable.

  7. MigejCojode
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    Here's my just above freezing clothing;

    Long underwear
    jeans
    insulated work boots
    wool socks
    t shirt
    polar fleece
    leather jacket
    Vest
    chaps
    thinsulate gauntlet gloves
    neoprene facemask
    toque
    and the half helmet.

    I walk like a kid setting off toboganning or a baby just learning.

    If your bikes electrical system can handle it (mine can't yet) go for the electric stuff, trust me it's better than my alternative.

  8. yajpirt246
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    Currently I bundle up like the little brother from "The Christmas Story" and I'm close to a descision on a heated vest. It's the gloves/grips that I'm not sure about.

    With the grips, I don't have another wire that I have to hook up to, the grips are just hardwired to the bike, and if I ever get caught with out my gloves(really nice leathers with thinsulate) then I can turn them on(in milder weather).

    Thats really what I'm leaning towards. My ride in this morning was in about 32-34* temps at about 80 mph and the rest of me did ok, just my hands were cold. Part of the problem, I decided, was that I was hanging on the bars instead of leaning forward into the wind(no shield). The pulling back on the grips causes pressure on the bottom side of my fingers which in turn causes them to go to sleep.

    Anyway, I guess I'm trying to see if anyone out there has heated grips and if you like them.

    Jay

  9. Renfielt
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    Wow! Thirty-two degrees, eighty mph, and no windshield? OMG!!

    You get my vote for the polar bear rider award. Props to ya!

  10. SdeweinFL
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    I have to agree w/ Renfielt! Brr....

    Consider the fact that heated grips are only going to heat the "gripping part" of your hands. That's nice, but what part of your hands gets the coldest? That's right - the back, which doesn't come into direct contact with the heated grips. In addition, if you are wearing non-heated gloves, they will insulate you from most of the value of the heated grips.

    By contrast, heated gloves will heat and protect the entire hand.

    To me, there is just no comparison.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.

  11. Hacgzav
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    I don't know if it will help you make a decision, or not...

    There are battery-powered (rechargeable) heated gloves for about $135 USD. I, too, am trying to decide on heated gloves or grips. I have not looked at heated grips yet, but I have put my hands on the gloves and they are nice. At least with the battery-powered gloves, there is no tax on your bike's electrical system.

  12. TSdar
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    There are battery-powered (rechargeable) heated gloves for about $135 USD. I, too, am trying to decide on heated gloves or grips.
    Would you mind posting a link for the battery powered heated gloves

    Thanks,

    Tony

  13. Hacgzav
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    I will see what I can find on-line, but the ones I am considering are at a local bike shop (Midway Cycle, Madison Alabama).

  14. TSdar
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    I will see what I can find on-line, but the ones I am considering are at a local bike shop (Midway Cycle, Madison Alabama).
    Ok, in the mean time I saw these online. I don't think their designed for motorcycles, but they are affordable, i.e. cheap

    gloves-online.com

    Tony

  15. Driwetapisnezz
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    Nice find Tony!

    They look good and the price is in my range too.

  16. wzdarpiger54
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    Anyone tried battery heated gloves? Anyone tried mittens? They would definitely be warmer.

  17. TSdar
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    Nice find Tony!They look good and the price is in my range too.
    Thanks DDB

  18. chaser38
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    $25???? Sounds too good to be true (that is, good). Lemme no if they work, and I'll hop right on that bandwagon, though. I say we all meet up for ride one of these days and compare gloves...

  19. Driwetapisnezz
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    Hey Chaz:

    We have company here Thanksgiving weekend. When I asked for "clearance from the tower" (from SHMBO) to take off the day after Thanksgiving and head down the coast, I got the "do what you want" response (meaning I'm likely to add another couple of months to my chastity streak now - notwithstanding my birthday is next week).

    We will definitely have to put a trip together and at some point, we need to get TStar, Mendo and some of the other Cali boys iin the loop as well.

    Maybe if I brought home a nice case of Santa Barbara wine....without breaking the bottles, of course. Hmmmmmm........

  20. TSdar
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    We will definitely have to put a trip together and at some point, we need to get TStar, Mendo and some of the other Cali boys iin the loop as well.
    Oh yeah, count me in

    Tony

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