Gerbing 12V T5 Hybrid Heated Gloves
Great comfy gloves
I was a little worried about the size because the sizing guide said I should wear a large, but I have long thin hands and usually have to get a size larger so that they fit properly. XL in these gloves fit perfectly. They are warm and soft and although they need a little breaking in, already feel better than any of my other warm weather gloves that I have purchased. I've been wearing them in 30 - 40 degree (F) weather on the freeway and they have kept my hands pretty comfy and warm. My hands have a very low tolerance for cold and I use the high setting on the battery pack. I have not yet tested them plugged into the battery.
My only complaint is about the battery pouch and the wires. Between the length of cable from the battery and the length from the glove, there's about a foot of cable that doesn't fit very well in the battery pouch. This can get frustrating as I have to take the batteries out ever couple of days for charging and then try to fit everything back in.
January 19, 2015
Better than anything else I've tried.
Over the years, I've searched for and tried many gloves designed to keep my fingers from turning white and numb in the cold. Nothing works as well as it ought to. Gerbing does seem to make the highest quality products, but they could still be much better. These are well made leather gloves with a slight amount of crash protection - no hard materials that would make a difference in an actual crash - just a small amount of extra padding. The heating is high in the palms, and much less in the fingers. The very tips are unheated, as the heating elements don't wrap around the fingertips. My palms get hot, while my fingers are still on the verge of going numb. Still, they're better than anything else I've tried. All the heated glove makers could improve their products drastically if they focused on heating the fingers rather than the palms and back of the hand. Hands don't get cold - fingers do. Still, as I said, these are better than anything else I can find, and I can now ride to/from work in sub-40 degree weather and still feel my fingers when I arrive. Without these, that wouldn't be happening. I use them with the companion battery pack, which I put in my pocket.
January 4, 2015
An invaluable resource for cold weather riders
This is an incredible product. I bought these because my previous method of wearing two sets of gloves simply didn't cut it. I wanted a set of gloves that would effectively keep my hands from freezing for longer than 10 minutes, last a very long time, and do the job without layering or a hassle. My research led me to the T5s. I liked the idea of not having to run wires through my clothes every day, and looked forward to warm hands in the winter.
These gloves will do their job. I have ridden in temperatures as low as 18 degrees F before windchill and my hands remained comfortable and able to operate the clutch and brake with ease. I believe they would have still been effective if the temperature was even lower. The ability to use rechargeable batteries to power them is very convenient, and capability to hook the gloves into your motorcycle battery is very reassuring as well. One time, when my bike didn't want to start and the battery died on a very windy 20 degree night and I was on the outskirts of town, my battery powered gloves saved me while I walked into town to get a jump. Most days I use the batteries, and tend to wire up on longer journeys. I will say that the gloves seem to get warmer when wired to the bike, but the batteries have proved to be more than sufficient. The lining is very soft, the heating element is extremely non invasive, the gloves are very wind and waterproof, and they are quite warm even when not powered.
The rechargeable batteries are quite bulky. I find myself arranging my sleeves before putting the gloves on so they will be straight while riding and not feel odd and twisted. The wire which connects the batteries to the glove also digs into my wrist if I don't arrange it right. I feel this problem would be lessened had Gerbing not used 90 degree connectors. There are three settings to choose from on the batteries, and while you can change them with the batteries still in the gloves, you will have to pull over to do so successfully. One thing that annoyed me was how Gerbing milks you for money by selling things like the batteries and temperature controllers separate when you will almost certainly need to own them. The $70.00 controller didn't even come with a case to clip it in one place, so when the gloves are wired to my bike, I constantly have to feel for the controller to make sure it is: 1, where I can find it and 2, where it won't get damaged. I also understand that Gerbing once had a lifetime warranty which used to come with their products, but has since vanished. I wish this were not the case, though these gloves seem to last a very long time.
After all is said and done, these gloves are without a doubt one of the best purchases I have made for my bike, and while there are few shortcomings which come with them, I would buy these again in a heartbeat.
December 23, 2014
These gloves work as intended with the 12v hookup. I haven't tried with batteries yet so I might have revisit this review. Size was slightly larger than expected but I decided to keep them anyway. I picked the sized based of my previous G3 Gerbings gloves but these gloves were larger by comparison for the same size (XL).
I love the red material on the inside it feels great on the hand. The only thing I can see as a negative by my own personal taste is the velco wrist strap. It looks like it could break off one day by how it looks. It is solid when you secure so that just may be me worrying for nothing.
November 24, 2014
Great American fit
The cloves fit true to size they are comfortable and warm but the battery fit leaves a little bit to be desired. When hooked up to the batteries there's just too much cable and no place for it to go without jamming it in the pocket which makes it a little bit uncomfortable. I would recommend this to a friend.
November 24, 2014
These Gloves r as soft as other people describe and heat up exceptionally well. I like the "pulse " of instant heat as soon as u switch on. that's GREAT. the Problem is the wires. I don't know why, the wire only needs to be long enough to go thru the glove to the battery pouch to the inside glove wire. Like 1-1/2 inch. but it's like 6" .the battery wire connection is another 6". so what r u going to do with 12" of wires? Right tuck it in the pouch. But why all the wires. If u charge every day or so as I do it is a major hassle. I will have to MOD this, this is unacceptable 2 me. Good Luck and Happy Riding.
FYI i gave a low "air flow" grade because I don't want any airflow.
Take they're recommendation and waterproof right away. I used natural bees wax and buffed them. Works Well. You don't want to F@*# these up.
October 31, 2014
Beautiful and soft
Lovely and warm
June 17, 2014
this is new
The gloves are not like the old T-5 style. Now you are forced into buying the hybrid, without the power packs. The cuffs seam tighter then the originals. Depending on your jacket bulk you may not be able to tuck the connectors inside exposing them to the elements. But they are warm and the best winter ridkng gloves you can get.
May 12, 2014