Mobile Warming LTD Max Heated Gloves
Work as designed but with one irritating design flaw.
These gloves will keep your hands warm for several hours. Last ride was in 26-35 degrees and my hands were toasty on the low setting. However, there is a big difference between these XLs and my wife's L gloves. With the L, the battery goes in the pocket end first. When it is time to recharge, open the zip, unplug the connector and attach the charger's connector, leaving the battery in the pocket. Easy. With these XLs, the battery goes in sideways, a moderately difficult, frustrating task. To recharge, the battery must be pried out of it's space, then it may be unplugged and connected to the charger. I worry that this abuse of the connector/wires from being forced, twisted and jammed into place will lead to an early failure. But they do keep my hands warm.
January 19, 2016
For those of us without heated grips and aren't willing to install them, and for we who don't want to plug a costume into the bike, are these decent battery-powered gloves. I've tried some 9 volt glove liners from another manufacturer but they didn't really work and ran out of juice very quickly. I went for these after carefully considering the kinda steep investment and I'm glad I did.
The leather is OK - a little thin and glossy, but they're breaking in well. The battery sits toward the inside of the gauntlet and wouldn't impede movement except the wrist strap buckle runs into it when I bend my hand back. I might amputate the strap altogether. As noted in other reviews, the heating elements are along the backs of the hands and fingers, but I have no issue with this. Today it's 39 and overcast. I was fine with them set at 50%. Right now I'm charging them in the pizzeria.
The batteries are nice. They are easy to operate and make a satisfying beep. I'd recommend turning them on before putting the gloves on because the fingers are insulated very well. It's nice there are windows in the battery pockets so I can see what's going on with them. Wind doesn't come through at all.
I could quibble over some discomfort or inconvenience but considering the extended riding season, how can I? Only concern is longevity. They're good.
January 7, 2016
Great for commuting in COLD weather
I've got 12v gloves (and an electric liner), wanted quick on-& off battery operated gloves. These work just fine. 22 degrees this morning in the Southern Adirondack mountains of NYS. Turned them to high a couple minutes before departing , gloves warmed up nicely. Being the 4th ride, I can offer a review now. They are better than OK, let's say good, not great, but hard to compare to 12V models. Tight fit, batteries are a bit bulky, you'll need spare batteries if you want to ride all day. However, the gloves are slowly molding to my hand. Buy AT LEAST one size too large, They are actually comfortable at this point and getting better. You get used to the "bulky" batteries in a few moments when underway. Not an issue. Spare batteries give you another go round if needed. On high heat, they'll be going dead in 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Lower the heat and get more time. The heat is fairly consistent across the front, back and fingers, fingers do stay warm. When the cold air hits the gloves, they tend to cool. Of course they do, what would you expect? I'd buy them again, would recommend them to others. GREAT commuting gloves! Seeing other reviews, I'll waterproof them this weekend and solve that problem. .
October 19, 2015
Uneven heat makes the gloves unusable.
Uneven heat makes the gloves unusable. Backs of hands are sweating, palms are cold, and fingertips are frozen and painful. Typical ride is 30 mins, 40mph, sub-freezing temperature. I'm switching back to old gloves that perform much better. Given the price and the classy look of these gloves, I'm very disappointed to give them up. (On the upside, they appear to repel water well.)
March 11, 2015
A decent quality glove that needs refinement.
At this price point, I expected complete satisfaction. However, I now know that it will probably never happen. I thought I was splurging when I purchased these gloves. The main reason I purchased this specific model was because it offered battery powered heating without running a connection to my motorcycle's battery. A great feature with a great price to pay. For 1/3 of the price I purchased another pair of winter specific gloves that were more practical and reasonably warm for riding in 30 degree weather without the heating capabilities of the LTD Max. These are a great looking pair of gloves. But the location and the size of the battery take away from the comfort and fit (specifically around the gauntlet portion) and add a lot of weight. The LTD Max feels like a quality made glove but the palm and grip side of the glove are lacking. The gloves do not provide a very secure feel and slide around the controls as you ride. I personally like gloves that really stick to the grips of the handlebars. I've used the gloves 5 times this winter and this winter has been brutal in the northeast. The heating element is decent. Even at 100 percent power, in upper single digit and lower double digits (in the teens) my hands were on the cooler side of warm. My hands were not hot, not cold, but just barely comfortably cool. As far as protection goes, there is some padding and extra support through out the glove but no protective armor built into it. These could be a "great" pair of gloves if the batteries were more compact (less bulk and weight), add a little protective armor without adding to stiffness, and modify palm so the gloves provide better grip and feel, which would also add to overall comfort.
February 4, 2015
I was so very depressed when the winter chill set in this year. I really missed riding, and just before Christmas I went riding at 28 degrees. My hands stopped working within a half hour and I was miserable. My wife bought me the Mobile Warming LTD max for my big present, and WOW! My hands are extremely warm down to 20 degrees and the variable settings keep you comfortable even when it warms up. They will be a little too warm over 60 degrees, but on a cold day I will never leave without them. Not only will you be comfortable, but safe as well. You really can't tell what effect the cold has on your ability to brake in emergency situations until it is too late. These gloves will keep your hands able to function even on the coldest day. I can leave the power off for over 55, 55 down to 48 I use the 25%, 47-35 I use the 50% setting for general riding, 100% for highway below 45 degrees. I have been out in 15 degree weather and while I felt a slight chill I was still comfortable, and when you stop the heat builds back up quickly. I have metal grips too, so it stays very cold to the touch. The build quality is good and there seems to be enough protection in case of a fall. They are easy to charge and I have used the 100% power for three hours and no problems at all. I wanted to use them 20 or 30 times to be able to write intelligently about them. My wife said shipping was fast and the website was easy for her to order them. Overall, a great experience for both of us. I would recommend these to my closest family members, that is how much I love them. Godspeed and good rides!
January 29, 2015
Unboxed and road tested them in the rain this evening
Unboxed them this evening, everything worked and looked good.
These gloves are good but I feel its worth offering my own comments about the overall construction and function of them.
Quality of Construction 4/5
After un-boxing them and giving it a short test I geared up and went out for a ride in 45 degree weather with mild rain and water on the roads.
Somewhat unrelated but felt i should mention as a hobbyist photographer, the power cell is the almost identical to whats found in most professional DLSR's. They are very reliable.
The heat is immediately noticeable as soon as you turn it on, even without it on they were warm enough. At 75 mph in aforementioned conditions they kept my hands warm at 50 percent.
Dexterity & tactile response was decent for a heavy lined winter glove but the inaccurately sized liner does cause some issues in this category. More on that further down.
Size L fits the width of my hand almost perfectly..
The gauntlet part of the glove is long enough that it covers my wrists where the sleeve of the coat ends so there is little chance of water getting inside, if you have very bulky coat sleeves get an XL to make sure the throat of the glove is wide enough.
The controls work BUT they are fiddly enough that it is dangerous to try and adjust them while operating the vehicle, so just pick a setting before the ride starts and stick with it or remove the battery as needed if its not cold enough to warrant heat.
The size and location of the controller/battery combo may cause additional secondary injuries if you get into an accident.
The liner inside the glove is loose and it's actually length wise, (from the palm of the hand to split between the fingers) about a size shorter than the glove itself, not stitched to the inside of the glove at all. This may cause constriction of blood flow from the liner bunching up around the finger joints, if you have arthritic joints or swelling in your hands you may need to look for a different glove or pick a size larger than your actual hand size.
The fit of the glove material lengthwise:
The index and ring fingers were decently accurate, the thumb fit well, the index and other fingers were mostly accurate, the pinky had about 1.5 inches of excess in it.
The liner as was mentioned before is poorly sized and does not accurately reflect the inner dimensions of the glove, due to the fact that its loose inside the glove (not fully stitched in place) and makes my finger joints uncomfortable when I close my fist. (Too tight around the knuckles and in-between the fingers where it joins to the hand.)
Due to the fitting problem I cannot in good conscience recommend this product to anyone else, it is a good glove but a little pricy for such construction problems. If I were to get an XL the liner might actually fit right (maybe) but the fingers would be so long I would not be able to operate the buttons on my bike's shifter consoles accurately.
I don't think it's bad enough to warrant an RMA but I would not buy them again and I will continue looking for a better made alternative, in the mean time i will hold onto them as I do not have a better alternative to ward off the remaining rainy cold winter months ahead in the pacific northwest.
January 5, 2015
Exactly what I wanted!
These gloves are perfect for Georgia winters. I haven't needed anything higher than the 50% setting on the gloves yet, and they are warm without making me sweat. They are slightly bulky, but not for winter gloves. Very happy with my purchase!
December 8, 2014