Joe Rocket Rocket Burner Heated Gloves
Not what I expected for the money
First of all, had I know that the thumbs were not heated, I would not have purchased them. The thumb seams also leak air. I rode in this morning in 32 degree weather and was unimpressed. The 2x I bought barely fit, and I do not consider my hands to be overly large. I also expected them to be warmer on the high setting. I have heated grips and my hands were not really any warmer that when I wear my $60 burton ski gloves. Had I known all of this. I would have spent more to get a glove with better heat distribution.
December 30, 2014
Decent heated gloves
Recently purchased these gloves in the hopes of stretching out the riding season some. They will do that no doubt, but they are definitely not the greatest option out there.
Pros: relatively inexpensive, incredibly easy to use, no wires to mess with, they look good.
Cons: they seem to be slightly larger than my other JR gloves in the same size, there's not much grip and they definitely slip a bit more on the handlegrips than my other gloves, they don't get very warm - warm enough to do the job for shorter rides in cold weather, but I wouldn't recommend these for long trips in freezing temperatures at all.
I've ridden with them twice now in temperatures ranging from the upper 30's to low 40's, and on my 15 minute commute they kept my hands warm enough.
December 16, 2014
First off, Revzilla please make a review video for this glove. This glove is a huge bang for the buck, the quality is not that of a $250 glove. At this price point you are losing protection and durability. This glove is still really well built, the fit is just a little bit large. But not large enough to go down a size. The heat is almost instant as with other battery gloves. The batteries have been lasting as advertised, I have run the gloves on high for 2 hours several times now and not had a drop in power. When using the gloves in temps below 37 degrees I have had to run them on high to keep my hands from going numb. Above that temp medium seems to work fine. My hands are hiding behind Cryca Handguards but I do not have heated grips. The battery and heat system used in this glove work really well, the batteries take a little more than a hour to charge and last longer than other gloves I have had in the past. The cuff is a little small but still works well. It still fits nicely over my Klim jacket and 3 long sleeve thermal and fleece layers. Overall I highly recommend this glove to anyone not wanting to be tethered to there bike or anyone unable to us a 12v system.
December 12, 2014
Very warm and decent gloves, some features and quality could be better
I ride in rain and cold weather regularly, and everything has worked for me except my gloves; I just haven't been able to keep my hands cold. I decided to try electric heated gloves, and when I saw these come out at this price point I had to go for it.
I'm glad I did; they're good gloves and keep my hands very warm. I'll be happy wearing them this winter. I've ridden in temps right at and just above freezing and my hands didn't get cold at all. The gloves are pretty warm even without the elements, but with them they're fantastic. As long as the batteries would last I don't think my hands would ever get cold, and even the lowest power setting has mostly been enough with just turning them up to the middle setting for short periods of time. I've only ridden about an hour at a time with them, so I haven't killed the batteries yet, so I can't speak to battery life.
The gloves do have some drawbacks. Regarding quality, the battery compartment stitching in one of the gloves was starting to come undone on arrival, and it's only gotten worse in the few weeks I've been wearing them. This will need to be resewn soon or the battery won't stay in. I consider that pretty bad for a brand new glove.
Regarding features, I'd rather see better knuckle protection; these just have reinforced pads. Even if its just in my head I'd feel better with a hard pad stitched in there. They're also a little bit mushy feeling at the controls because they're thick nylon, but no where near as bad as other thick winter gloves I've worn. I suspect making the same style gloves out of a nice leather would make a better overall experience, but then they wouldn't have hit this great price point. On balance I'll take the nylon for the price.
The last feature problem I'd complain about is the touchscreen pads on the fingers. They work fine, but they're only on the index finger. Modern touchscreens are pretty much all multi-touch, so having a pad on the thumb as well is a must. If you want to do pinch and zoom with these gloves on you have to use both index fingers for it. That's incredibly awkward. I find I just end up taking one glove off to play with the touchscreen, which defeats the purpose of having touchscreen pads. This sounds like a minor complaint, but if you're pulling over to get directions from the map in your phone and it's freezing out you don't really want to pull off your gloves and freeze your fingers to figure out where you're going. Joe Rocket missed the mark on the touchscreen pads in these gloves.
Regarding fit, I fit a Large AlpineStars glove perfectly. These Joe Rocket gloves in size large fit fairly well, except that the index fingers are about half an inch too long on me. Not the other fingers, not the thumb, just the index fingers. The palm size is good. That's more weird than a problem, but it's a bit annoying.
Overall; I'm glad I have these gloves. They're warm. The heat works great. The stitch quality and touchscreen part aren't good. The price is good.
December 8, 2014
I wore these on a 60 mile ride, temps were high 30s. I only used the low setting most of the ride and my hands were comfortable. I actually have a circulation problem in my hands so that was a good sign. As far as keeping my hands warm, so far so good
I measured exactly between a medium and a large, and Revzilla recommended the medium, which worked out for me. As someone else mentioned, the cuffs are a little snug, which considering they are cold weather gloves, made getting them over my coat sleeves a little tricky. Not a show stopper, but you would think they could have made the cuffs a little wider for very little extra cost.
If there is one trade off that keeps me worried it is the complete lack of real protection. I assume if I go down these are going to protect my hands for all of 3 seconds before the material comes apart (my opinion only). I don't do a lot of long rides in the winter, nor do I ride often, so I guess I am accepting the trade off.
December 7, 2014
Great gloves for TX winter
Let me start with I love these gloves. I am sure there are better ones on the market but for the price point on these, they can't be beat in my opinion.
I have used these every ride since they arrived and what a difference they make. Prior to these I had a pair of leather insulated gloves that did not work when the temp gets in the 20's and low 30's. I would get to work with numb fingers that took an hour to defrost. With these gloves I do not have that problem. In fact when it was in the 30's my hands actually started sweating and I had to turn the heat off. For me at 70 MPH with a temp of 22 degrees outside for 25 Miles and the gloves on full power I was comfortable with no sense of cold at all.
Battery life seems to be good. They state that at full power the gloves will last for 2.5 hours before needing recharged which is why I bought an extra set of batteries however to date I have not had to use them. I have made 4, 30 min round trips in the last week and a half and have not charged them yet. So they have lasted me for at least the prescribed 2.5 hours, it is worth noting as I am trying them out they were not always on full power though.
There is not crash protection to speak of short of the abundance of material and insulation. Not to say the gloves are bulky but they are winter gloves so a little bulk is to be expected. The fit is about normal for gloves, I wear a large and they fit like every other pair of gloves I own. The cuff could be a little larger as I have a little trouble fitting them over my jacket sleeves so most of the time I tuck them in and they still do a good job of keeping wind out of my sleeves.
I have noticed that the palms of the gloves are slick on the clutch and brake levers but that does not bother me as I prefer it that way. I dislike it when my gloves grip the levers as it makes it harder to control the machine in my opinion. I have not noticed any defects to date and would absolutely buy these again at this point. With that said if that changes I will be sure to update with any problems I find.
December 2, 2014
Great idea, mediocre implementation
The good: Heat works GREAT, lasts for ages and comes on almost instantly. Controls are easy to use while riding and lights can be seen in daylight through a mirrored visor with clarity. Waterproof.
The bad: fit is too big (website is buggy; couldn't move slider), thumbs are not heated (although this doesn't matter since your thumbs aren't out in the wind), palms and fingers are very slippery leading to difficulty with shifting, batteries in gauntlets may have you putting them inside your sleeves (admittedly a minor thing)
The downright ugly: these aren't motorcycle gloves. Zero protection of any kind. The stitching isn't great, mine were coming unsewed along two seams out of the box and I had to resew them by hand; doesn't inspire confidence.
Overall, these are wonderful winter gloves that can keep your hands warm in any situation. They are flat out NOT motorcycle gloves. There is no grip, no protection, and very little durability against the rigors of riding. I'm a little surprised that these are coming from Joe Rocket, they're more like something you would find at Cabelas.
December 1, 2014
Not feeling the heat
Just tried these out this morning, rode 30 miles at around 70mph in low 40s on a cruiser with no wind protection.
The gloves are very comfortable and soft but fit a little larger than I expected. I wear a large and have lots of gloves and these have the most wiggle room inside. Not a big deal really.
The touchscreen part works and they appear to be of good quality. However the warming feature left something to be desired. My hands never felt warm even on the highest settings unless I was at a dead stop and even then it was just slightly warm. If it did anything it just took the edge off from the cold. It was surprisingly easy to change the settings while at speed which is a plus and my hands didn't freeze (I wasn't in danger of sweating either).
I'm not sure how well they work at lower temps but if you are looking for something to really keep your hands warm in you might try something else. I really wanted to love these (I do like them) but I guess being battery powered it's limited by how much heat it can put out.
I can't recommend these if you are looking for warming gloves, as basic cold weather gloves they are great but that's not why someone would buy these. If it gets better I'll update.
November 26, 2014