Gerbing's Hybrid Heated Gloves
A convenient glove, with some of the give and take that goes with a hybrid
Overall I really like this glove a lot, but it doesn't come without some of the give and takes that go along with a hybrid. As another reviewer mentioned, but power level buttons can be a little difficult to find. It is easy enough if you set them before you put the gloves on, but if you later decide you want to increase or decrease the heat, they can take a little effort. Also the battery pack ads bulk to the wrist area. This can make it difficult to work with some jackets, as the gauntlet is not overly large, so it may not fit over or under the way you would hope.
That said, the convenience of the glove is that it is perfect on battery power for cooler days where you are overall dressed warm enough, but it gets a little cold on your fingers. You don't have to gear up with the heated liner, heat troller, etc. and connect all the wires. Put on the gloves, power them on, fingers become warmer. I look at the battery option for when heated grips alone may not be quite cutting it, but it isn't quite cold enough for wiring myself up. Perfect for the work/school commute or for when you know you may be coming home when it is later/colder outside than when you left.
For when you do want full heat and control, they wire up nicely to the jacket and heat controller for extended riding with warm hands and core. The only trade-off at that point being the bulk of the battery back still in the wrist area. I suppose the batteries could simply be taken out and put in a pannier, tank bag or pocket, but they don't bother me enough to do that.
January 9, 2013
Well constructed and fit guide was accurate. Decent cool weather glove even without the heating. Only problem is the very uneven heating on my left glove. A hot strip exists from the end of the little finger down the side of the palm. Noticeable when making turns and exerting some pressure on the bars.
December 10, 2012
Good, more convenient than T5's but not quite as warm on Bats.
So far so good. Have used them down to 22 deg. The battery on the gauntlet back is a little bulky but it slides over my Stich sleeve OK. Finding the power button on the battery is a little difficult with the gloves on. Wrist straps could be a little longer. Fit and quality are very good as usual for Gerbings.
November 13, 2012
If you have circulation problems, look no further!!!
I had a pair of T5's I bought in 05 and they were great. Our new puppy ate them, thus the reason for new ones. I contacted the company and they said these were basically the same. I'm a disabled Navy vet. I got a vascular disease from one of the Asian countries I was in. Cold weather kills my hands. These gloves work great. The weather here has been in the low 50's for highs and 30's for low. I ride my mototcycle year round so have used these both in plug-in mode and battery. The low setting may not feel warm for healthy people but for me, it lets me function normally at lower temps. If these gloves are anything like my old ones, they will you give you years of comfort. I've ridden my motorcycle in 23* weather and my hands stayed toasty. They have been soaked in water and mud from riding the four wheeler. Bottom line is years of worry free service and knowing you can work & play like everybody else.
November 1, 2012
Surely keep your hands toasted!!!
I have used this glove over winter 2011. The first time I used them without the heat controller hooked up directly to bike battery at first was ok when engine not running so next morning I went riding with 45-50F outside and my hand got toasted (not toasty). Yes, I got burnt!!! So I bought the controller and they work great. I also ordered a battery packs to use it so I don't have wires hanging around and they work just find round trip of my commute to and from work about 2 hours setting at medium heat before the batteries depleted. I used the gloves in heavy rain and it's kept your hand dry but I found that if your suit long sleeve will not go over the glove then the water sometime leaked into the glove from the back. Over all I would recommended these gloves but they are expensive. I spend about $350 altogether!
October 14, 2012
This product was very well thought out.
You could say "It fits like a glove". It is very comfortable during the cold mornimgs and is very flexible. If I plan on a long trip I just plug it into the battery harness, otherwise I use the batteries on my morning commute. The gauntlet style and pullstring ensures you feel no wind. But mostly it solves the problem with warming the top of your hands which gets exposed to the cold wind more than the palms. Grip warmers do not warm the top of your hands so this to me is why it is worth the price.
October 10, 2012
Buy the normal heated Gerbings until batteries better
Heated gloves great, but paying extra for the hybrid battery option not worth it unless your trips are less than 2 hours between long charging periods. Tested in high 30s to mid 40 temps in dry weather. At low setting theres not much benefit over the unheated glove protection ( which is good) at low settings - at high setting the gloves are awesome, but with batteries - only for two hours. Haven't tested much at medium which may strike a better balance between battery life and warmth, but frankly, if in doubt and like to tour in chilly weather, I'd buy the non hybrid for less and wire to the bike through the jacket.
March 5, 2012
I originally ordered these gloves with the batteries, but the batteries were not shipped right away. So I rigged up the battery harness with an improvised on/off switch that I placed near my fuel petcock. Then I went on a 50-mile ride on the freeway on a nippy 35 oF day. My hands were toasty and comforble for the whole ride. These gloves rock! For me, the heat level is perfect, so I canceled the battery order and won't even bother with a Heatroller. Being tethered to the bike with wires is not a hastle at all. The Gerbing's size chart is accurate, the leather is soft, and the gauntlet is generous in length and girth. My riding season just got a lot longer.
November 7, 2011