Powerlet rapidFIRe Heated Glove Liner Kit
Was skeptical since there were a few reviews saying that these were cheap and didnt work.
They work great! I tend to run them on level 3. 4 and 5 do seem to get rather warm. Took it upon myself to sew in a thin patch of cloth inside to keep it from burning the top of my hands on the higher levels. Keeps your fingers nice and toasty.
April 14, 2014
Heat up very quickly, somewhat cumbersome with the wiring but not a bother. Hope to get jacket to plug gloves into, only gripe is weather cap for the plug harness is useless, gloves are great.
April 3, 2014
Excellent for low temps.
As a distance/Ironbutt rider on a sport bike, I always have temps and fatigue points in mind. Sport bikes are not touring bikes, so one must be as comfortable as possible.
I picked these liners up as soon as the Michigan roads were cleared of snow. The installation was easy and fast. Got everything I needed right out of the box.
Paired with my Joe Rocket Nitrogen gloves, I took these liners out on an 8 degree (Fahrenheit) night, and felt fine for the whole ride. Tacked on another 200 miles in temps ranging from 0 to 40, using them the entire time.
Now, the breakdown:
Fit charts are accurate for this liner. There is a bunched-up feeling at the thumb and pinky tips, but that also wears down and gets pliable. The heat distribution is great and keeps the overall hand warm, despite heating primarily on the back of the hand. The liners heat up quickly and stay warm. Watch out for too much heat, though. The Velcro wrist straps have a lot of surface area and hold well.
The lanyard works well and keeps the important bits inside your jacket, but you'll want to mind the controller and where you leave it hanging while riding. If it gets caught between your abdomen or legs and the gas tank, it can inadvertently be turned up, down or off. You'll know it when you feel it. I recommend finding your comfort level at a stop so you don't get distracted with riding and fiddling with the temp setting.
Controls are push-button, simple and functional, and can be used with thick gloves with a little patience. The red digital display is clear and bright for a quick glance, and there are five temp settings from H1 (cool) to H5 (hot).
If you get off and on your bike often, get used to the routine of plugging and unplugging, and getting everything situated. This happens more with commuter-style trips than with distance rides, where these liners really shine.
I'll be taking them on an Ironbutt to Gulf Shore, AL tomorrow. Temps will range from 14 to 70, and there will be rain and freezing rain. With these liners, I'm not worried. Cheers.
March 26, 2014
Burned back of hand, still left fingers cold.
Bought these with high hopes because on a student budget I didn't want to drop $200+ on full featured heated gloves.
Installation was a breeze, I love how they are set up with the controller. I enjoy faffing around with electronics so routing the wiring was fun and easy for me.
The liners themselves are thick enough that you will want to use these with gloves that are a size larger than you might normally wear.
Pulling the gloves off, the material is very floppy and stretchy, and both liners made ripping sounds coming off. Unsettling.
Finally time to test them out. Just using them at home in the garage, the back of the hand heats up very quickly and is dramatically disproportionately hot compared to the fingers. To the point I couldn't always tell if the fingers were even heated at all.
On the road, I first tried setting 3 (medium). Even in our mild (almost nonexistent) California winter, I almost couldn't feel the warmth at all in the fingers. So with cold fingers I decided to try setting 4 out of 5. This setting still left my fingers a little chilly but burned the backs of my hands so badly it left welts in the shape of the heating element. Needless to say I didn't bother trying setting 5.
I am not confident with these to even use them unless it is deathly cold. Most times I'd rather just suffer instead of burning the back of my hands just to get an insignificant amount of warmth to my fingers. Disappointing.
March 18, 2014
Good product for the money
I have ridden for years without any heated gloves and the weather here in Ohio can be brutal. This is some of the best money I have ever spent. The glove liners have made a huge improvement in my comfort. I can ride now in the 20's with relative comfort.
March 17, 2014
Worth while hassle
It takes some planning to get your helmet on then run the wires through your jacket sleeves, connect the liners, connect to the bike power, turn on the controller, zip up your jacket, pull on the liners and then your leather gloves over the top of them. Then if you need to stop at a gas station, its the same all over. BUT, the trade off is nice warm hands and fingers. They really work well and are well worth the effort to put them on. A good product for the price. Will see how long they hold up.
March 17, 2014
Well worth the price
Nice gloves. Be sure to buy one size smaller though. I really should have got the small/medium gloves, but I'm not going to return them. They work great. I would have liked to see more heat to my index fingers. When my fingers are toasty, the back of my hand gets a little too warm, but hey, way better than just gloves.
March 17, 2014
Should have bought this years ago
This is an absolute must have for anyone who does any cold weather riding. The controls aren't the best because they don't allow for adjustment while riding, but after enough riding, you will know what setting to use and shouldn't need adjusting.
February 23, 2014