Xitomatl
 
 
 
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    December 9, 2011
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Gerbing's T5 Heated Gloves The Gerbing's T5 Leather Gloves are exceptionally light, strong and pliable gloves. The gloves are constructed of a light supple leather to help reduce bulk but designed to keep your hands and fingers toasty warm. The T5's heat the entire length of each finger and thumb as well as the back of the hands. To keep the draft out and heat in, there is an adjustable wrist strap to seal the cuff. Other details include a non slip grip material on the palm, protective padding on the knuckles, reinforced palms, interior waterproofing and Thermolite insulation. Whether it is long distance riding where comfort and warmth are essential or intercity high traffic commuting where safety is a must, the Gerbing's T5 Gloves deliver exceptional performance. FEATURES Gerbing's Microwire technology heats the entire length of each finger including the thumb as well as the back of your hand Gauntlet style glove Adjustable wrist fastener Hypora waterproof, breathable membrane (though the leather exterior is not waterproof and should be treated with Nikwax Glove Proof ) Thinsulate insulation for great warmth and dexterity Brushed tricot liner for added warmth and durability Incorporates Gerbing's Microwire heating technology that uses micro-sized heating fibers to surround the hand with warmth. Lifetime warranty on the Microwire heating elements Includes Gerbings Glove / Insole Y Harness (ACYH) SPECIFICATIONS Heat Microwire Source 12V DC Current 2.2A Watts 27 Surface Temp About 57C/135F FITMENT NOTES Slightly narrower fit than Gerbing's G3 Gloves makes these a good choice for women or men with narrower hands
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Recommended with strong reservations
PostedJanuary 4, 2012
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Xitomatl
From Des Moines
State:IA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
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I can't speak to durability but I can give you my thoughts. Spoiler: I returned them.
--Sizing: I followed the recommended sizing guideline and found the gloves to be a bit small for me in terms of finger length, and they severely restricted thumb abduction. I couldn't come close to making a 90 degree L with my thumb and index finger; only about 60 degrees. I am tall and thin, and my hands are apparently the same way. By their recommended measuring system I was a medium, but all other gloves I wear are L or XL. Should've gone with my gut.
--Comfort: Besides being small and restrictive in the size I was recommended, there are some design flaws here. One is that the plastic spring loaded cylinder ("drawstring anchor") that clamps onto the gauntlet's drawstring is inside the gauntlet. This is bad because the other design problem is that the gauntlet is not large enough to fit over my jacket, so my only option was to try to stuff it inside my jacket, which is actually where I would prefer it anyway to keep water from trickling into the gloves. However, the gauntlet is too big and bulky to fit underneath my jacket sleeves without being unbearably comfortable due to the compression of the drawstring anchor and the electrical wires against my wrist and ulna. Furthermore, when I made a fist or wrapped my hand around the bars, I could feel the inflexibility of the steel wires over the tops of my fingers restricting my movement and almost digging into my skin -- not painfully, but uncomfortably. Maybe that wouldn't be a problem if they were one size larger, but I'm not sure.
--Protection: Not good enough for me. I want firm protection for my knuckles and medial hand, but I knew about that issue when I bought them and was willing to sacrifice armor for warm, agile fingers.
--Convenience: Zero. What a pain the ____. Without the full jacket liner, I've got thick wires snaking through my jacket and across my back, under my back protector (uncomfortable). Then I'm reaching up my sleeves trying to find the end of the wires, then find the other end coming out of the back of the jacket and get that plugged in... Then when you get off the bike at your destination and unplug yourself, what to do with all these loose wires and the controller? I thought I'd mount the controller at the forks, but the wire from the jacket liner or gloves only sticks out maybe 6 inches, and the wire from the controller to the jacket isn't much longer, necessitating an extension cable, available here, which means another loose wire to do something with when you get off of the bike. Very inconvenient. The jacket liner helps by eliminating the loose wires snaking through my jacket, but it's still a hassle.
--Heat: That's what it's for, and it definitely delivers, so that's why I do say that I recommend it. For me, it's just too much of a hassle (even with the jacket liner) and too uncomfortable with my present jacket. Some day I would like a more compatible outfit, but I can't afford all that right now. I bet a full Gerbing's outfit is the bee's knee's for maximum convenience with heated gear.
--Conclusion: If you absolutely need/really really want to ride at freeway speeds in below freezing weather, you pretty much need heated gloves, so do what you've got to do. I decided instead to install Oxford heated overgrips (which are GREAT and not available on Revzilla -- get with it, RZ!) and got Held Warm n' Dry gloves. That combination works great for my 20 minute commute across town in below freezing weather at 30-50 mph. I can take it down to ~20 degrees that way. It costs less, is far more comfortable, far more convenient, the gloves provide excellent protection, and they can be used in spring and fall weather as well with the overgrips removed or turned off. As a trade off, it's less warm than wearing heated gloves, and won't suffice at freeway speed.
Here in Iowa, there aren't enough days in the year where it's both cold enough to require Gerbing's and the roads don't have snow or ice on them for me to justify the expense of heated gear because these are such a hassle that I would only use them on those days and not when it was any warmer. For now, when it's that cold and I've got that far to go, I guess I'll just drive my car.
Heated gear is a costly investment; I hope this helps your decision making process.
Rides: 2008 Kawasaki EX250F Ninja 250R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Arctiva Windblok Balaclava Ultimate cold-weather protection 98 windproof/water repellent/breathable Soft wicking, Power Dry fleece interior Snug, comfortable contoured fit Polartec Windblok face shield insert
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Does what I bought it for
PostedDecember 9, 2011
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Xitomatl
State:IA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I have a pretty big head, so I got the L/XL. It fits quite well, but the nose section is not as shaped enough for maximal comfort in that regard -- it's flat, so it compresses your nose. When i put on my helmet over it, however, the helmet pulled the nose section down over my mouth -- problem solved, I guess? It's actually quite comfortable this way, and I don't really need my nostrils covered anyhow. Now I can breath well, and my Shoei helmet has an attachable nose piece breath guard anyhow. So in the end, maybe I would be better off with one without a nose piece to begin with, but I don't want to pay to ship this one back when it does the job just as well anyway.
It adds some warmth and the stitches are all flat seamed and comfortable. I could ride a long time with this on. It does make my helmet noticeably tighter feeling, but it's OK.
The ideal solution would be to move somewhere that doesn't get cold, but until then, this will help a lot.
Rides: 2008 Kawasaki EX250F Ninja 250R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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