Powerlet RapidFIRe Heated Glove Liner With over 18 watts of heat in each glove, cold hands are a thing of the past. Using Far Infrared technology, these ultra thin liners provide pleasing penetrating heat around the fingers as well as over the back of the hand. Must be used with a controller. Stay Warm While Riding Designed for commuting, touring and extending your riding season, Powerlet heated gloves will provide years of pleasure. Style, comfort, protection, and warmth. Perfect. Performance Guarantee Every heated glove goes through our multi-point inspection process before earning the privilege of carrying the Powerlet name. We inspect internal wiring, connectors, bench meter amperage and resistance testing before labeling and packaging our gloves. Details matter we believe in delivering you the highest quality product for your hard-earned money. Low Power Alternative Perfect for all motorcycles, even those without much excess electrical capacity to power appliances. Glove liners are rated at 36 watts per pair. Stay warm and stay safe while minimizing your electrical consumption. Heated Glove Features Simple standard sizing Box fingers for added comfort High gauntlet eliminates cold air leakage Engineered to match the ProForm liners and vests, single controller Porelle waterproof / breathable liner Thinsulate liner Premium tanned cowhide Works with other heated clothing manufacturers heated jacket liners 36 watts per pair Double heating elements in the thumbs
Extended COLD weather riding now a real consideration
PostedApril 8, 2013
From Eagle River
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Bang for the Buck
OK, I have done quite a bit of cold weather riding and have become acquainted with limiting trip distance and the pain of numb finders, then toes and finally know hypothermia is on its way when the core gets cold. Wearing layers, putting hands under the fairing or on the engine/radiator was a way to extend rides early/late in the season. Not any longer. I got a 60 mile ride in last week (5 April 2013) the day before a new dump of fresh snow blessed us in Alaska. Being that I have never used heated gear before, I wanted to compare its effectiveness to my normal layering and heavy winter gear. I used the powerlet jacket liner and glove liners as base layers and intentionally did not turn them on to see how far I could go before the cold set in. Per usual in normal gear (Tour Master winter elite II gloves with liner, Firstgear Jaunt Jacket with liner and layers under) it took about 40 minutes or 30 miles to get uncomfortable and to seek a stop to warm up. This is when I turned on the heat to the gloves and jacket liners with the remote troller. All I can say is WOW. Initially, I turned the heat up to 3/4 of full as a place to start. I felt warmth almost instantly and within 30 seconds my fingers went from numb to hot. I had to keep dialing back the heat and found comfort at about 1/3 power to the gloves and at 1/2 for the body. I was riding a HD XR1200X with only a small sportshield for wind protection. In-other-words, my gear has been my only protection from the elements. Once the heat was on I found total comfort and although I ended my ride after another 30 miles, I could have continued to go on as the temperature was no longer a factor impacting my ride. Also consider that for this ride in temperatures at 30 degrees and speeds at a steady 75 mph for most the ride, i had the Jaunts liner removed and only used the powerlet liner and a cotton shirt. All that to speak to the function of the product. I cannot as yet speak to durability; however, the system with the two dial remote troller could not be easier to set up/install and to use. If you can read and have even limited familiarity with your bike you can put this together with no worries. As for features I have two comments and both regard fit and comfort. As for fit, I wear size 2x in gloves in nearly all brands and measured out the same for the glove liners. The fit was very good with the exception of the length of the fingers. They are a bit long in comparison to most gloves and there was empty space in the 5th finger of each hand which is an unusual experience for me and somewhat annoying in a liner that should fit snug to the skin. Also, there is a stitch line that spans the back (dorsal/posterior) side of the glove that I did not feel at all ... until the heat was turned on! this line got SUPER HOT and resulted in an immediate need to adjust the temperature on the hands. The heat to the fingers comes on the sides (between the fingers) and not from the top or bottom. I found this interesting and desirable as the distribution of warmth from this technique is very good. Also keep in mind that I left the ride side jacket connectors connected so the entire system was set up for 105 watts vs. the 60 watt maximum that comes when you disconnect the wires on the right side (as shown in the video). Overall this is a worthy product and works very well. It will certainly keep you riding when conditions would normally not permit and, I believe, will result in more physical dexterity on the bike as I will no longer have to use so many layers for warmth.