Gerbing 12V EX Heated Gloves
Nice glove, needs a couple of refinements.
I've had the 12V EX jacket and gloves for a couple of weeks now and I've already done around 4000kms (2500mi) in them.
I am a slim build, 177cm (5"10) and around 68kg (150lbs)
I found the Medium sized jacket a little too loose around the torso and a little too tight around the forearm and wrists.
Height was also fine, but the sleeves are probably an inch too long. which adds a lot of bulk around the wrist when the gloves are put on and strapped up over the cuff of the jacket.
There are adjustment straps to tighten up the sleeves, but nothing to tighten up the jacket around the torso which I need.
The Small sized gloves were a decent fit. I found the thumb a bit too short but all other fingers were a good length. Sizing up would have meant a bulkier and looser fitting glove so I can live with it.
The cables for the battery were easily long enough for my Ducati Streetfighter and I found it very straight forward to hook up. The cables between the temp controller and the jacket look a bit messy though.
The cables and plugs between the jacket and the gloves really really frustrate me a lot (see below) so I'd love to see a more user-friendly solution there.
They are great looking gear. Very understated and purposeful. The reflective strips on the jacket are modest and not too overboard.
I haven't ridden in the rain yet so I can't comment on how waterproof it is. The side vents don't really allow for any airflow through the liner, so there's basically no airflow whatsoever if the liner is installed.
With the liner in, I was comfortable up to around 23DegC (73DegF) before I started getting too hot, and down to around 12DecC (53DegF) before I reached for the temp controller.
The Jacket is very comfortable and I didn't find it restrictive at all when I was on the bike. The gloves are quite bulky and you'll need to take them off to do anything more complicated than turn the key on your bike. You'll certainly struggle with a helmet strap!
The heaters when controlled with the duel-temp controller were great. Although I have only tested it down to 0DegC (32DegF) for 1 hour duration. Most of my riding has been at temps between 10-20DegC (50-68DegF)
With just a t-shirt on under the jacket, the heaters were more like having a hot shower on a cold morning. There were no hotspots, but the heat was a lot closer to the skin.
With a thermal long sleeved shirt + t-shirt, it was more like having a warm bath. I found my core body temperature was kept much warmer.
For the gloves, the heating wasn't very consistent across my entire hand and fingers. They overheated the outside of my palms and pinky fingers, and underheated my thumbs and index fingers etc. So I found myself turning the temp up too high on the gloves to get some heat into my index fingers which them made my hands sweat and feel colder.
For the gloves specifically, the wrist and cuff straps work well, as does the rubber visor wipe on the index finger of the left hand. I really wish they had a softer visor wiper though for wiping away fog/misting and cleaning the visor on the go.
My biggest complaint is the wiring between the liner and the gloves.
The wiring for the gloves is terminated inside the sleeves of the liner, on the inside of your forearms. Then it exits the liner on the outside of your forearms. So if the cable is pulled too tight, which happens every time you need to plug in or unplug your gloves, it tightens around the liner and makes it almost impossible to get your hand through it when putting the jacket on or trying to remove it.
The clips to stop the liner pulling out of the jacket are a total waste of time as the wrist opening on the liner is too tight to pull your hand through without the liner pulling half way out of the jacket sleeve, despite the clips. A looser sleeve around the wrist section of the liner would have cured this issue.
I'd prefer the side pockets to zip from bottom to top to close as well so your change/sunnies etc doesn't fall out of the pockets as you zip them up (down).
I think the heating from the gloves could be more evenly distributed.
May 19, 2014
These Gerbings gloves are fantastic!!! The liner is amazingly plush. Once plugged in, you begin to feel heat within a few seconds. Even without heat, I have no doubt that these gloves will keep your hands very warm. I particular like the added protection The only downside is that that electrical plug-in do not have a small zippered pocket for storage, like the T5 gloves. Nevertheless, I love these gloves.
March 10, 2014
Great 30-50 degree cold weather gauntlets
Gloves are really well made and work great with a several year old Gerbing heated liner used to power the gloves. On +50 degree days, the gloves are great without power. Anything below, and they are best powered up. I did have to swap for a size smaller (originally bought Medium, exchanged for Small) compared to my summer Alpinestars gloves (Medium-Octane S-Moto Gloves). I did not buy the temperature controller but agree that it is needed! These are toasty and I have to unplug them after awhile. Controller will be the next purchase. Can't say enough good things about Gerbing!
February 8, 2014
Great heated glove compared to others.
I am NOT a fair-weather rider. I live in Northern Virginia, and I commute to/from work via motorcycle. That's 100 miles a day, 500 miles a week, or nearly 25K a year. As long as there is no ice on the ground, I ride. Having said that, I have a '13 HD Ultra Limited with a 15" windshield. I have a full Gerbing's suit #older version# -- long jacket, pants, and boot inserts. I had the older T5 gloves, but ordered these because the T5's no longer kept my hands warm, even when riding in the 30's.
These gloves, however, are MUCH warmer. In fact, they are so warm that I have to dial them back a bit, because they get too hot in the palm, in particular.
Today, however, #7 Jan 2014# the mercury dipped down into single digits when I left for work, with wind chills at -15 even before hitting I-95. My commute is almost an hour, in good traffic. The gloves worked great for the first 35 minutes as usual, but then I noticed my thumbs and index fingers getting cold. By the time I got to work #50 minutes#, my thumbs and index fingers were very cold, and keeping them warm up to that point required working them out of their sockets and forming a fist, which warmed them up real well, since the palms of the gloves were still very hot.
This might sound like a big complaint, but considering I was probably the only fool out riding his bike in -45 degree windchill weather, and considering that my old gloves #both the older T5's and a pair of Harley heated gloves# couldn't even come close to keeping my hands warm even at temps in the 20s, these didn't do too shabby.
I would definitely recommend them. Unless somebody knows of a better pair of heated gloves on the market. ??
January 7, 2014
distribution is a little weird
I've never had a heated glove before so noting to compare to.
the outer parts of my hands on each glove get hotter fast and stronger then the rest of my hand, including my fingers. so to get my fingers warm enough, the outer parts of my hand need to get really hot.
they are also thick. compared to my rev'it h20 gloves they feel huge. the throttle feels so much thicker while riding. its a bit harder to be precise, but thats the cost of staying warm? wonder if the leather ones are thinner.
having said that, i couldn't ride in 20 degree weather without them. i like that they aren't leather. i know leather is the gold standard but i really don't like the way leather looks. it matches my rev'it jacket well.
January 6, 2014