Klim Element Short Gloves
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
expensive but woth it.
Gloves fit great. Finish is top notch. Love these gloves.
February 13, 2015
Since I was very happy with the Klim jacket and pants I have, I thought I'd give their gloves a try. I originally ordered a 2XL, but had to send them back for a 3XL. The 2XL fit snug, but a little too for what I like. I do normally go between an 2XL and 3XL so these gloves aren't that far off on fit. The glove is really comfortable, haven't used it at all in wet weather, but they work very well in the 40-50 deg F, range. Overall I'm satisfied with the gloves.
February 9, 2015
Bought them as a gift for my husband. He is 6'4" and has large hands, but the XL fit perfectly — maybe a little tight, but he thinks they will stretch out and become perfect. He is very excited about trying them out once the snow melts in the midwest!
January 9, 2015
Fits like a glove!
These gloves looks amazing, fit true to size, offer a lot of protection, waterproof, and slide perfectly under the cuff of my jacket (misano) to not allow any air to get in. I'm very happy with my purchase and it's a lot of glove for the price! I was a little worried about them being too bulky, which I had read a few reviews about, but they're really not at all. I think they fit and function perfectly for a light winter glove (+40F range).
January 5, 2015
Great winter gloves
I bought these for riding cold weather riding on my DRZ, which has neither Hippo Hands nor heated grips. I ride it in a 50/50 mix of commuting (50m round trip in central North Carolina) and trail riding. After a month I've found that they deliver as promised with the GORE-TEX waterproofing, although if you sweat heavily (like on trail riding) you will overwhelm the breathability feature and soak the inside of the glove. That being said, 15 minutes on the dashboard of my van with the defrosters going did a pretty good job of drying them out. On the plus side, they warm up nicely even when wet, and I find that any dampness quickly drops off my "discomfort radar" and I don't notice it in temps above the low 40s. If you have unshielded grips, these won't keep your hands warm for long at highway speeds once temps drop into the low 40s (especially if wet inside), although they are great if you have electric liners. As for grip, they are fine for street/commute riding, but are a bit thicker than I'd like for off-road use.
November 17, 2014
Fit according to size chart, very nice quality
Great fit and product has excellent features but warm for summer
July 7, 2014