Klim Element Gloves
pricey, a bit bulky but good
For me they work great above 45º F, but cold perception is very subjective. Comfy and very soft from first use, need to get used to the bulk of the glove.
I have big wide hands and long fingers, the pinky could have been a bit longer to make them even more comfortable, Ordered a 3xl and the glove fits the palm fine, the wrist adjuster could have been a bit tighter.
I bought them because I don't like gauntlets and these look more versatile to me.
They are very protective and look sturdy and durable.
April 7, 2014
Very nice gloves-a little pricey but good.
I had bought the gauntlet (long) version of these in XL and had to return them because the size was too big - I was right near the border of L/XL for the sizing, and was worried that these would not fit properly. However, the fit is just perfect. Like all good riding gear, there is a difference in how it fits just standing or siting, versus being on the bike, and these gloves are no exception. When I first tried them on, the gloves seemed a little long in the fingers, but when my hand is wrapped around a handlebar, they fit perfectly.
There was one aspect to give me pause regarding the feel, but after wearing them a bit, this is not an issue at all. The left glove fit me perfectly and although the knuckle protector is a bit beefy, being that it is on a separate panel, it moves just fine and when my hand is in a natural riding position, it feels like it's not even there. The right glove knuckle protector, however, felt like it was sewn on just a few mm's back (toward my wrist) and I felt some pressure on my knuckles on the right hand. I almost thought that the gloves were made improperly, and they might be manufactured a little off, but I am still happy with them now. What I did was wear the glove at home for a couple of hours while I watched a movie, flexing and gripping a broom handle, and the leather stretched or gave enough that that panel has shifted a couple of mm's into place and now it feels fine. When I am riding, I don't even feel the knuckle protectors at all.
As for the performance, they are great. I bought these for my spring/fall gloves and have taken several 2+ hour rides in temps between 45-55 degrees, with light rain. As advertised, my hands were totally warm and dry. I am anxious to get them into the 30's and see how they are.
I ride with a Klim Latitude Misano jacket and I prefer the mid-cuff glove for ease of putting them on/off. My jacket has no inner cuff, but it the velcro closure on the outside of the jacket seals nicely for wind, and the cuff on these gloves is long enough that I don't get cold or wet on my arm. If I found myself doing a lot of cold weather riding or wet riding, I would consider the gauntlet version of these gloves, but with my bark-busters, I anticipate that these will be good into the low 40's or even high 30's for temperature.
In short, these are great gloves, built to last, and they will be my go-to gloves for spring and fall.
April 7, 2014
Great gloves for the cool/cold weather - love em'
I bought these for the cool/cold weather - they are very comfortable and warm without excess bulk. The slim wrist collar on the short glove fits nicely under the cuff on my jacket - no sliding or exposed wrist.
They fit true to size.
February 24, 2014
3 Season glove
Very comfortable. Quality leather. Built in windshield wiper is nice feature. Only complaint is not enough material on inside of hand. Product works well to about 41 degrees. Any colder and your hands get cold. Especially the inside of your fingertips. Painful to brake & clutch. Use it as a spring & fall glove.
January 27, 2014
Want to love them, but can't quite
First, I wish I had purchased the gauntlet version. The do not work well with the cuff of my Badlands Pro. Too much work to get them inside. Second, the liner bunches a bit when putting them on. It takes time to wiggle things in place. Lastly, the thumb is way too long compared to the fit of the fingers. They look good and work pretty well. I have not ridden in the rain, yet. I really want to love these gloves, but a few niggling issues keep me from being totally satisfied.
November 4, 2013
Not cheap, but probably the best glove in its class
This Klim glove, like basically all their stuff, is well-made, thoughtfully designed, and feature-rich, albeit at a premium price point in comparison to the competitors - but not really too far off if you look at most other 3 to 4 season goretex gloves.
I think if you can fork out the dough, this glove is probably the most durable, waterproof, comfy glove you can get. It's probably a 3-season glove for most of us (spring/summer/fall or fall/winter/spring depending where you live...) and maybe a 4 season glove for some people. For me it's way too hot for a summer glove (living in PNW), and it does have some insulation so it's significantly bulkier than a one-layer leather type glove. I've been using this glove primarily to ride road/adv type stuff on a Beemer.
Gore-tex, special fancy leather, reinforced wear areas, durable knuckle protection, and quality construction adds up quick. Definitely recommend, but you might want to try it on to get a sense of how far you can stretch its use to make it worth it if that's important to you.
October 22, 2013
Most comfortable waterproof glove I've ever owned
Are these going to as comfortable as your lightweight mesh summer glove? No. Are they VERY comfortable compared to any other cold weather and/or waterproof glove I've tried? YES.
I used them on a trip to Utah and Colorado and they performed great. We ran into several thunderstorms along the way and the goretex performed as expected!
August 26, 2013
Muy buena calidad de materiales y confección, parecen proteger eficientemente en caso de caída, por suerte aun no he tenido que comprobarlo.
En mi caso particular resultan ser incómodos debido a que el espacio para los pulgares resultan ser un tanto cortos, siendo correcto el largo de los restantes dedos. Buen tacto para ser guantes de invierno.
En cuanto a la ventilación es correcta para un guante de estas características, si necesitas mas es que deberías estar buscando otro tipo de guantes.
August 16, 2013