Klim Element Long Gloves
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
Expensive But Performing
More expensive than other gloves with comparable features. But after trying and returning several pairs of less expensive gloves, I ended up feeling OK with paying a little more for the "just right" factor. Fitment was true to size. They started off feeling a little bulky, but loosened up quickly without feel like I'm swimming in extra material. They were breathable enough for the end of summer, kept my hands dry during an all-day soak, and just kept the hands plenty warm for the first sub-40 degree ride. (full disclosure: I also have heated grips)
September 15, 2014
I have been in several rain storms with these on and have stayed totally dry. They are very comfortable and offer great protection.
June 26, 2014
Long fingers, otherwise good fit.
I'm writing this review for fitment purposes only. I read all the reviews, and like most of my body, my hands are right on the borderline between L and XL. Many reviews said the the glove ran a little small and my hand measurement was a just under 10", so I went with the XL. The gloves felt great around my palm, but the fingers were way too long. In fact, there was 1/2"-1" of extra finger on every finger, which was just way too much. I know that you don't want the fingers jammed into the ends, but it was just too much extra. Now I am trying to decide whether or not to order the L, as the fingers would probably fit but the rest might be too tight. Trying to find a local store that has them, but I can't find anywhere that stocks them.
As for the rest of the glove - it is really fantastic. I want to own them b/c of all the great protection and features and I really need a fall/spring glove for CO riding. Anyway, I recommend the glove if you are well within the size range, but sizing might be tricky of you are on the edge of the size envelope.
March 11, 2014
Give them time, you'll like them if you do
When I first got these I was very worried that the fit was not right because they are over sized a bit. If you get them a couple of thousand miles or so to set in. The liner is a little loose for my taste but that only impacts a little when putting on or taking off the gloves. Once you have them on and are on the road you can do miles with them. I have been in the rain and my hands stayed dry.
February 24, 2014
Loose parts make me nervious
These gloves are heavy, thick and will work well in cold weather. They are bulky, thick and heavy. I know I just said that but holding the throttle gets tedious with them on. I know I will stay warm this winter though. They are goretex and full leather. Two pluses.
The glaring problem I have with these gloves are the knuckle guard. It is attached on three sides only. On the back ( facing me ) is a flap. I am sure its to allow more movement but with regards to safety, its a hazard. If I come off and am sliding palm up, this pocket can catch on anything and everything.
I see it could hang on something and jerk my hand and arm around. No lose ends on clothes.
I expected more thought in the safety. Titanium? Really? Makes me think of Robo Cop.
July 30, 2013
Excellent Multi Season Glove
Overall I am very satisfied with this glove. For temperatures from 24C (mid 70F) to 0C (32C) it have be great. I have heated grips with hand guards - below 5C my thumbs start to get a little cold after a 30 minute ride.
Sizing - I was right on the Medium to Large sizing border with my right hand at 9 1/8" and the left ~8 3/4". I went with the Large based on another review. Over all the gloves fit good around the palm without feeling loose. With my hands on the grips my thumbs just comfortably the touch ends of the glove thumbs. My thumb extends ~ 2 1/2" from the side of the my palm. The glove fingers are little on the long side for my hands. My middle finger is 7 1/8" from the base of my palm. There is ~ 1/8" to 3/8" extra space at the end of the glove fingers for my hands. But maybe my fingers are just a little on short side than most with this palm side
After wearing the gloves for a number of weeks, the glove palm has relaxed a little and lets my fingers reach a little further and I hardly notice it anymore.
I initially debated on returning to try a medium. But given I was right on the size boarder, and the glove felt "perfect" when I initially but it on - and a previous review on the upper end of the sizing chart suggesting one size larger maybe better, I kept them. I didn't notice the finger length issue until sitting on the bike and reaching for the clutch and brake. I felt a medium would likely start to feel a little tight to put on. I the future however, I think I will try to go to a place were I could try both sizes on if I am right on the size boarder. Sometimes wonder if the medium would have been a better fit ...
The gauntlet could be slightly larger for my liking. I have the KLIM Badland Pro jacket and the gauntlet velcro strap just barely reaches around.
Wore them once in the rain. Notice rain would back down my jacket sleeve into the inner upper portion of the gauntlet but I was still dry - just surprised to find the side wet. I only noticed this when taking my gloves off. Maybe just the aerodynamic effects with my hand guards and jacket wicking water underneath the gauntlet.
On more thing, initially the knuckle guard on my right hand would cut into my fingers slightly when reaching for the brake. After a few weeks of use and break-in it no longer cuts in and is very comfortable.
June 5, 2013