Cold winter riding is challenging for any rider. As one rides, the chilly wind splices through his bones giving rise to numbness and cold sores especially in the extremities. As an estimate of the cold a rider faces just subtract 20 degrees from the outside temperature, and the result is the freezing cold a rider actually experiences while riding. A rider needs to invest in cold weather clothing to extend his riding season. The hands are the most sensitive to the cold and they determine how well a rider operates his bike. Therefore, investing in gloves to keep your hands warm in harsh winter is a priority. One can get gloves that use linings of many different fabrics for winters, but these gloves are bulky and restrict the rider’s movement while also being inefficient at lower temperature. Take advantage of technology and get electrically heated motorcycle gloves and keep riding comfortably all year round.
How do heated gloves work?
All of types of heated gloves no matter what power source they avail, essentially consist of connecting wires protruding out of the glove. The connecting wire can be connected to a power source which is usually 12 or 7 volts. The upper surface of the glove consist of a matrix of wiring and heating element spread through the fingers, knuckles and the back of the hand. As the current passes through this heating matrix heat is produced that keeps your hand warm.
In addition to this electrical thermal mechanism, heated motorcycle gloves have few linings of fabric to make the motorcycle gloves more efficient at keeping your hands warm and cozy. They avail an insulating layer to retain the heat produced by the elements within your gloves. This layer reduces heat losses to the surroundings causing minimum power wastage.
In addition, these gloves also come with a waterproof, breathable layer like Porelle or Hypora. These fabrics prevent your hands from getting wet in case of a rain. Being ultra-breathable, these membranes allow the moisture from perspiration to easily escape to the surroundings. Your hands remain dry and cozy.
Battery Operated vs. Vehicle Operated Heated Motorcycle Gloves:
When getting these gloves one can choose between the two main power sources for the gloves. The gloves can be operated by a 12V rechargeable battery set or it can be connected to the engine’s battery to power the gloves.
To use your vehicle’s battery, you need to unlock the seat to access the battery compartment. Loosen the positive terminal from the battery and connect the positive red terminal of the wiring provided by the glove’s manufacturer and connect the negative black terminal with the battery’s frame ground. The seat needs to be locked again. The wires are then hooked up to a Troller, either single or double. Single Trollers are used when there is only one is using only one component of heating gear. The Troller enables you to adjust the level of heating provided by the gloves. If you are using the gloves independently, i.e. without a heating jacket, then you will connect a very long Y-wire to the Troller, extend the wire through your jacket and connect the ends of the Y-wire to the connectors extending out of heated motorcycle gloves. If you are using the gloves along with a compatible heating jacket then you don’t need to use the Y-wire. The gloves and jacket can be connected, and the Troller is connected to the main plug in the jacket’s lining. The heating will turn on when you start your bike. Adjust the temperature using the knobs on the Troller.
For the battery operated option, the gloves either come with rechargeable or replaceable batteries. If the batteries are rechargeable, then charge them before use. The battery pack can be strapped on to a belt or placed in an inner pocket in your jacket. From where a single wire extends into a double wire to connect to the gloves. These gloves can also come with a heat controller to adjust the temperature of the heated motorcycle gloves.
The battery pack heated motorcycle gloves are easier to use and involve less wiring. The can be set up in much less time. However, the vehicle operated gloves are known to have a much higher heating performance. The vehicle’s battery power is more reliable. They can work continuously, while the battery ones will operate for only 3-4 hours after which the battery needs to be replaced or recharged.
Purchase heated motorcycle gloves and keep yourself warm in the harshest weather.