Klim Element Short Gloves
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
Great glove if you want goretex
Worn glove on a few rides. Little thicker than expected, but fit is accurate. I'm used to Dakar gloves. I'm sure they will break in nicely. Wanted goretex and am confident in the Klim brand.
May 12, 2014
Love this glove.
Wish it was available in half sizes.
Too expensive to return ship from Canada to try another size.
A bit clumsy to operate bike controls but a fair trade off for the warmth and dryness.
I ride all year long here in Eastern Canada and it can be quite cold at times. Only tried these gloves at -5 C so far but I think they will work fine down to -15 C or so.
May 5, 2014
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