Klim Element Short Gloves
I have two other pairs of gloves from Klim (Inversion and Adventure) that are 2XL and fit GREAT. With these gloves the fingers are way short. The crotch of the fingers are about 1/2 - 3/4 up from where it should be for me. I got the 3XL thinking that would do the trick. Not much better in finger length and now way to big everywhere else. Was looking for just waterproof but these are more than that, insulation too. Bulky bulky bulky. Feel very disconnected from the controls. Still LOVE Klim but I think I will have to find another company for a waterproof glove.
July 10, 2015
Waterproof but bulky
After spending a few bucks on cheap supposedly waterproof gloves that kept my hands dry for only a few minutes on day-long trips in the rain I took the plunge and invested in these Gore-Tex gloves.
These gloves work great - I had two five-hour rides in almost constant rain (including some moments of very heavy downpours) and they absolutely work and kept my hands dry. The temps were in the 80s, so my hands did get warm and just a tiny a bit clammy but not bad at all. The little visor wiper works well, too.
My one small gripe is with how bulky the gloves feel (bulkier and less feel than some winter gloves I own) and the stretch panels around the thumb seem to only add bulk and not any practical functionality. The palm portion of the gloves bunches up when I curl my hand around the grip and the protector piece for the pisiform bone seems to only aggravate the bunching up. I was thinking that these could be my main gloves and I would ride in them (given the great protection) even when it's not raining but in reality as soon as I take off my rain gear I take these gloves off, too, and go to my regular ones for the better feel.
None of this would dissuade me from buying the gloves again, though, as their main role is to keep my hands dry on long rainy rides and this they do spectacularly well.
June 18, 2015
Overall quite excellent
Great looking, lots of features, reasonably priced. Can't wait to try them in the rain!
The only "issue" I'd say is that the finger/thumb proportions feel a little "off." I've seen other reviews complaining that Klim doesn't know how human hands are shaped. I don't think it's as bad as all that, and it's not an issue when my hands are on the handlebars.
April 16, 2015
I purchased these graves a couple of months ago. At the same time I bought some Klim Adventure gloves for summer. I ride a '14 R1200RT. I bought these gloves after riding an Iron Butt SS1000 in sheets of rain for hours. I had my BMW Pro Winter gloves on and BMW Pro Tour Boots (which are amazing), and my AeroStitch R3. The only part of me that got wet was the inside of my gloves. The BMW gloves themselves are great, but with the gauntlet style, it's too easy for water to get past the inner cuff and seep in. So I bought these element gloves in the short version. I've worn them in the rain twice, to work (30 minutes), and they were great. Klim products are built so well and really seem to have great feel, craftsmanship, functionality and look. I own a bunch of their products.
Please be aware, their sizing runs big for almost all of their products. Ordering the next size up from your normal size, would be advised.
April 13, 2015
Good glove 45-65 degree range
Solid glove overall. I'm happy with the fit. i bought these gloves for winter riding. I can tell you that below about 45 degrees even with heated grips that my hands will still feel the cold. Not frostbite like but not warm either. I'll try them next winter perhaps with an additional liner. Well made and your hands are well protected.
March 10, 2015
These gloves are worth the money! Outstanding!
Fit: I ordered the XL size and they fit perfectly. I normally wear an XL glove.
These are some seriously impressive gloves! I find them quite warm riding in 30s and 40s. Not sure what they will be like in warm/hot weather but I have other gloves for such temps if needed.
These things are feature packed (super protective knuckles, Poron padding at the right places, goggle cleaning squeegee built in, etc.) and are very rugged, very comfortable,very well made, very well engineered, they look awesome, and they give me confidence of good protection that I hopefully will never need.
I did a lot of research and read many reviews before I bought these gloves and while some have had problems figuring out what size worked for them, I guess I got lucky and my first try fit perfect. They appear to be true to size.
I have no problems putting them on or taking them off either.
I just love these gloves!!!
March 9, 2015
Awesome glove but my hands are still freezing.
This is an awesome glove. I wish they were a little warmer. All fingers fit great except the thumb is really long. In the riding position you dont notice the thumb length. Overall great protection and looks awesome. Riding in 40' degree weather they are not warm. I will need to run liners with them to warm them up.
March 2, 2015
Good glove, but NOT for winter riding
I ride all-year-round in Florida, and although it is the Sunshine State, is does get a bit chilly here. I was looking for a good pair of winter gloves since my current leathers only keep my hands warm above 50 F. I have an hour-long commute to work, which makes a big difference; if I was only riding 20 minutes across town, my current gloves would be tolerable, as would these Klims. Any more time, however, and the Klims fall short.
These gloves were marketed as winter gloves, but they were not much more effective than my current gloves. I rode with them in temperatures ranging from 35 F in the morning to 70 F in the afternoon sun, an hour each time. 65-70 F is about the highest I would want to ride with them...any warmer and I feel like my hands would start sweating. Airflow isn't good enough to properly cool hands in warm temps, but is too good to block out the cold winds. Below 45 F and their 'winter' capabilities disappear - my hands were just as cold as in my current gloves. I own a pair of pseudo-liners (not proper thinsulate or similar quality liners, but they do a little to retain heat), and they made no difference...still cold. However, in the 45-70 F range, they were pretty good. Good mobility, solid protection, looked cool, and the wrist cuff is soft and comfy. Also, the visor moisture wiper on the left index finger is really neat...good for wiping away moisture from fog (didn't encounter any rain, but I don't doubt they're highly water-resistant).
Overall, they're okay gloves. Well-made, good features, good, comfy fit, probably better in the rain. BUT their useful range is too narrow, and they are definitely NOT winter gloves. If you ride in the cold, get a different pair.
February 14, 2015