Powerlet rapidFIRe Heated Glove Liner Kit
This seems to be a good product!
I've use these liners twice and for the most part I am happy. I took a 600mi trip with temps starting in the mid 30s and using the temp setting H2 and a pair of my regular gloves over them I was really cozy. I tried the H3 setting but that was too hot! And I also like the way they felt under my gloves.
April 29, 2013
Great Heated Handgloves
I looked at a lot of different heated hand gloves options, but I decided to try these. I was not disappointed. They worked better than I thought they would. It was just what I needed to be able to drive below freezing. My only complaint is, the back of the hand gets very hot and that is not where I need the heat. I need the heat at the end of my fingers.
April 22, 2013
Powerlet rapidFIRe Heated Glove Liner Kit
I read all the reviews on this product and decided to purchase a pair. I wear the liners under an old set of "HD" lined winter gauntlet gloves. These gloves w/o the liner keep my hands warm for about 30 minutes riding on the highway above 45 degrees. After that, my hands start to get numb. So I thought the liners would be perfect. I've been using them to ride on the highway with temps in the mid to low 30's. The first time I used them I couldn't believe how hot they got. I used the default setting of "H3". After that, I used the "H2" setting, this was perfect.
The only issue I have with the liners is the control. The "ON" button is a little hard to get any feeling that you turned on the unit, until the light pops on. So, I would say, poor tactile feedback. Otherwise these liners work well.
April 22, 2013
This product is awesome. It was so easy to install and use. Set up was a dream. So quick and I was off and running. I took about 5-10 minuets. I totally recommend this product to anyone that rides year round.
April 18, 2013
Warm hands on a Triple
Long story short? 32 degrees F, 75 minute ride each way, Triumph Street Triple with no hand guards, rapidFIRe liners on medium (combined with Rukka Lobster Claw) = warm hands and fingers for the entire trip. Great product from Powerlet and great service from Revzilla (as always).
April 12, 2013
Hot Finger Fun
I bought two pairs from Revzilla (Excellent customer service) to ride on a 16hr trip in weather that was mostly 27 degrees F. The gloves fit well enough. The wiring was easy to set up With just enough slack for maneuverability.
Plug-in the gloves on the day of the trip and my finger became super hot. Pulling off my other pair of gloves then these and I saw smoke coming from my finger. As soon as I pulled off these gloves there were small flames coming from where my thumb had been. Minor pain and burn on my fingernail. The left glove worked perfectly for the entire trip. (I alternated hands to keep them warm. Mostly the throttle hand.)
2 other friends who also purchased these gloves received minor blisters from keeping the heat level on H4. Not everyone else's gloves had issues.
If the hot spots were more even and the wearer didn't receive minor burns- it would be a great product.
Revzilla has an excellent return policy and customer service.
April 8, 2013
Excellent means of providing warmth for a reasonable cost.
The liners fit well and provide adequate warmth. I used them on my 1st long distance trip from New Jersey to Georgia. The average temperature was 29 degrees until we got to GA.
Only issue i had was my thumb on the throttle hand felt as it was not getting any heat. All other fingers were great. I got a cramp buster and the cold/numbness went away.
I really enjoy the power connector.
There were MANY times i forgot the wire was connected to the bike, and upon dismounting, I ripped it right out the socket. It seems the product was built with that in mind.
The connection is firm, but can easily come out without damaging the cord itself.
April 2, 2013
This package has incredible bang for the buck value. Sure, we'd all love a $300+ Gerbings setup, but this is more in line with the "every day working man."
1) Thumb is much shorter than the fingers. It doesn't hurt, you can just feel that it is at its end.
2) Very soft, comfortable, well made gloves. Stitching is great.
3) Having only 5 settings is limited. (if there was a 2.5 it would be perfect for me)
4) Incredibly easy to install/set up. Maybe 5 minutes???
5) This kit is best used with some gloves that are waterproof (thus providing some type of wind protection). I use them under a summer glove (race style gauntlet) that offers pretty much no wind protection. As such, I'm sure I have to turn it up higher than I would normally need to, which leads into my final point.
6) *****BACK OF HAND IS RIDICULOUSLY HOTTER THAN FINGERS****** This one totally baffles me. When have you ever taken a long ride on a cold morning, and gotten off the bike and thought "Man! The backs of my hands are freezing!" NEVER! Because it is so out of whack, I would prefer not even having the back of the hands heated on these liners, then I could crank my fingers up and not worry about burning the back of my hand.
I am attaching some photos of the burns these liners caused to the back of my hands. This was on a very cold morning commute to work, 14 degrees F to be exact. The rest of me was rather warm, but at those temps it was hard to keep the hands warm. At Level 3 heat my finger tips were still getting quite cold, and the back of my hand was already on the edge of being uncomfortable. But I wanted my fingers to warm up so I kicked it up to Level 4. Excruciating pain! It took a few seconds to register, then a few more seconds to kick it back down a level. After only ~10 seconds at Level 4 I burned the back of my hands. A small blister even formed later that morning.
So why do I still recommend this product? If you know its limitations it is still an incredible value. The next few times I road in temps that low, I wore an old pair of very thin glove liners, fingers cut off, underneath the Powerlet Glove Liners. This dissipated the heat going into the back of the hand, and it was never uncomfortable again. I hate taking that extra step and adding a layer, but I suppose that is my own fault for not having some kind of wind resistant glove.
March 29, 2013