Klim Element Long Gloves
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
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