Klim Element Long Gloves
Nice glove, had small defect, Klim covered 100%
I bought these gloves for a big trip and had some time to break them in before the trip. After several rides I felt like right hand was being squeezed across the width of my hand a lot more than the comfortable fit of the left glove. Upon closer inspection I realized that one of the seams had been stitched incorrectly and was compressing the glove. I filed a warranty request with Klim and sent photos. Klim determined this was a mfg defect, had me cut the fingers off the gloves, and sent me a brand new pair of Klim Adventure gloves which are the closest model to the Element which is no longer sold.
I have found the fit on the Klim gloves to be a little long in the fingers. The adventure gloves are reasonably warm, and mostly water proof though I have had some finger tips get wet in heavy rains. The only finicky issue I am having now is that the liners like to pull out of the fingers which makes getting the gloves back on a challenge.
August 23, 2016
Great glove but not for cold winter
I was really after a great winter glove and was a bit disappointed that this otherwise fantastic glove just isn't cutting the mustard for the cold Tasmanian winter.
I have had to go back to an old glove and use woollen inners, (even with heated handlebars on my Beemer GS)
Can't wait for the warmer weather when I can get to use these new gloves
July 6, 2016
Excellent & great value.
Bought this to replace my Held Freezer glove. The Element fits well, excellent protection, top quality, has very good tactile response to levers and controls. Warm and comfy, easy to put on and of and to open & strap closed. Not bulky or overly padded and finger movement and feel is easy. Excellent waterproof qualities. Really a shame it was discontinued. A great value.
March 17, 2016
Great in the rain
These gloves are my favorite pair when I'm commuting. They are comfortable for 40-65 degrees Fahrenheit, however you could use them in the low 30s if you keep your core temp up.
The gloves are very waterproof, however if you get them wet on the inside they will take a while to dry.
DURABILITY: The leather on these gloves is fantastic and is barely even bothered after a dog attack and a 40MPH lowside, and their abrasion resistance seems like it would be good, HOWEVER the kevlar panels suck! In my 40mph lowside the stitching around one of the kevlar palm panels ripped and I was left with a hole in my glove. I only touched my palm down in the beginning of the crash so the goretex liner and my hand were both fine. I had the kevlar panel stitched back on and still use the gloves today.
Although I'm confident these gloves can protect me in another crash I'm also very disappointed in the durability, especially considering the price.
The gloves run 1 size large and have really roomy fingers.
October 23, 2015
Great glove but liner can get stuck
I've had these for over a year at this point. Great glove, very comfortable in cooler climate. Hot in the heat of summer. The gore tex liner has started to lift out of the fingers, which makes putting the glove on more of a chore. Other than that, it's been a great glove.
October 19, 2015
Not as good as I expected
I have had a few months to review these gloves. At first, the fit appeared to be spot on with a size large. After wearing them for a couple of rides, I noticed that I could not avoid the 1/2 inch space between the ends of my finger and the glove finger tips. I don't think I can go a size smaller as my hand is barely able to get past the wrist strap when putting the gloves on. This causes my gloves to catch on the levers. In addition, these gloves are not warm enough for me when temps are below 40 degrees, even with handguards and grip warmers, most likely because there is too much space at the fingertips. The gloves are well made, and I am a huge fan of Klim, but the fit appears to be particularly odd. I have proportionaly large hands and fingers, and I can't imagine how much longer my fingers would need to be to properly wear this glove.
February 5, 2015
Comfy & Breathable
I got these to replace a pair of Dainese leather gloves I've been using. The old gloves offered great protection but it always felt they were fighting my hands to stay closed. The KLiM gloves are soft and allow my hands to move where they want, yet I don't feel like I have any less protection. So far I have used these in the fall & early winter climates (25-92 degrees F) and they have stood up very well. In the colder temps I start to get a little chilled in the finger tips during extended rides, but during warmer temps my hands are not sweating like crazy. I have not had a chance to test the gore-tex feature yet, but so far the gloves have stood up very well.
January 5, 2015
Good protection, but stiff
Good protection from rain and from cold, but the material is very stiff. I hope they will loosen up with use. Pretty expensive, too.
October 20, 2014