Rukka 3-Finger Gore-Tex Gloves
Fantastic winter gloves
I ride year-round, in rain and cold and all the other stuff. This is my second try at gloves that will a.) not let my hands get wet and b.) keep my hands warm.
In western Oregon, we generally have loads of rain from October-June. However, it usually isn't both sub-freezing and raining at the same time, so warm gloves don't necessarily have to be dry gloves, but since it does rain a lot here, I want them to be waterproof, too.
These gloves absolutely rock at both things.
The design is weird, but it works like a charm. I haven't had any trouble with turn signals or throttle control. Yes, they're bulky. That's so they can have enough loft to keep the icy air off your hands.
They are very waterproof; about a week ago we had pretty heavy rainfall. I was riding at about 70mph in heavy rain for over an hour at a stretch, and not once did my hands get wet. Not damp. Not clammy. They were warm and comfortable. It was awesome.
They have a palm slider, which is a great thing in my opinion. No other protection, but with the thickness of the gloves, you're unlikely to need knuckle protection for the most part, I'd think.
And finally, they're very warm. We rode in ~30F weather for about 2 hours (with short stops to do errands, but 40 minutes at 70mph on the highway at a time) and my hands didn't get cold.
Something to keep in mind with winter gloves like this -- their loftiness/fluffiness is what helps keep your hands warm. Don't pack these away somewhere where they can be squished down flat. Let them sit without compression. If you flatten them, you're ruining their ability to insulate.
December 1, 2014
Purchased this for better cold weather protection. Went for the Gore-Tex for mainly wind blocking, not necessarily rain, but that works too.
The fit seems right on. Using the measurements and chart, I fell into a large and the large fit fine.
What is odd is that the outer shell seems to keep two fingers together, but the inner liner still has separate positions for each finger. This doesn't quite allow one finger to help warm another and doesn't quite offer the room that I expected in the glove.
In temps just above freezing, I was plenty comfortable. Reaching and using the controls were a challenge at first, but as I rode, I got used to the bulk. Eventually the only real issue was signaling a left turn as it was hard to hook the control with my thumb to pull it left. Got into the habit of signaling a bit earlier to be sure.
The cinch on the wrist is a nice velcro strap. The cinch on the gauntlet is a nice pull cord. The cord lock is held, so you can easily pull it tight with one hand or your teeth as needed. Releasing it takes both hands, but you usually have it off for that anyway.
Without the heated grips on, I could feel some coldness of the handlebars coming through the base of my fingers, but with the grips on, that vanished. The heat sink effect of handlebars is significant and I'd rather a thinner glove and heated grips than something that tried to completely eliminate it.
I'm sure if you spent more you could get better dexterity and such, but for the price point, these do a good job keeping the hands comfortable in cold conditions.
November 3, 2014
Great for price
I ride many mornings in the low 30's. My hands were painfully cold in last pair of "winter" gloves. These exceeded my expectations for the price, even for short periods in the high 20's. I do have grip heaters but even so I think you would be happy with the glove if you don't have heaters.Can's speak for waterproof limits. The lobster design is not even noticed when wearing except for the fact that I believe it adds to the comfort.
I think you would be hard pressed to find a warmer glove for the price.
April 10, 2014
Bizarre looking but great
I've had these for a month or two, and so far they've been excellent. These gloves are very warm and comfortable. I have to say that my finger tips get a bit numb after extended riding in near-freezing temps, but that's to be expected for non-heated gear. Definitely water/windproof, too. My only real gripe is that I feel like there's too much material in the palm and not enough in the finger tips. When sitting at a light (grabbing levers), my finger tips are being pulled back by the gloves whereas my palms feel like the could use less material/bulk to wrap around the grips. Sometimes this results in grabbing more throttle than I intended. Overall, solid gloves at a great price.
April 10, 2014
Excellent dexterity, great warmth, might want to go a size larger.
Kept me warm down to 30F at city speeds, although around 70-80F you'll be feeling the cold within around a half hour. 20F and I get numb around the 30 minute mark. I think I might have long fingers for my palm width, so they may not actually run slightly small. I mention this because my fingertips press against the end of the glove pretty firmly when I'm riding, and I think I'm losing a little of the insulation. I was really impressed with the dexterity of the gloves, they're easy to ride in and I have no issue with the lobster style. Also, palm sliders are a huge plus as a safety feature in my opinion. Great gloves, especially at the price point.
March 3, 2014
Glad I purchased
Wish had a little more protection. Did an 1hr 35 degrees ride, couple fingers can feel cold but not too bad. I used to shovel snow and my hands were sweating. My 'artic' gloves didnt work that well in phila :) Heard mittens help because your fingers are keeping each other warm and less glove area exposed to cold around each finger, makes sense to me.
March 3, 2014
Who doesn't like lobster?
Did you know that Native Americans refused to eat lobsters, because they considered them to be vile and distasteful creatures. At first glance a lobster might look pretty alien and hideous, but it only takes a bit of boiling and some butter to appreciate the fact that it is an edible treat that you can only afford once a year when your mother in law comes to visit.
So too with this glove.
At first glance, this glove looks like inedible garbage. But who cares what a glove looks like? Let me tell you (and foregoing all of my customary hyperbole), this baby wraps your hands in a layer of Goretex, Cotton, and other insulating fibers so thick that you could be forgiven for believing that you had momentarily been transported back into the protective, warm, comforting embrace of your mother's uterus.
This glove is basically a one-way air plane ticket for you hands. Destination? Hawaii, probably. St. Thomas, maybe, although I've heard its expensive. Regardless, somewhere warm and tropical, where the idea of sleet, rain, snow, ice, and sub-freezing temperatures is regarded as myth and furtively whispered to truculent children as a warning before bedtime. Your hands will feel transported, and the experience is ethereal.
You know what else is ethereal? Grip feel. This is where the marvelous fairy tale of this story begins to take a dark turn. I won't go so far as to say that this glove interferes with your ability to control the bike in the same sense that miscommunication cost Hitler the Eastern Front. I'm just saying that Stalingrad in winter is never a good idea. Specifically? Turn signals. Your bike may be different than mine, but it's not, all bikes are the same, you know it, I know it, so let's skip the formalities and get to the part where you're freaking out because you can't cancel your left turn signal while pulling your clutch owing to the fact that the entire tip of your left thumb has been turned into an amorphous blob of protoplasmic inarticulation not dissimilar in form and function to our old friend, Vice President Dick Cheney.
But don't worry, you'll get used to it and adapt. Some of your movements will become cartoonish and exaggerated to compensate. For example, instead of casually flicking your indicator switch you will stretch and contort your thumb over and around the top to ensure complete control and tactile response. This glove yields grudgingly to human ingenuity and in the end, like a well-bred mastiff, behaves more docile during your second encounter.
And who has the time or energy to worry about peripheral losses in glove feel when your hands feel so comfortable and warm? If you're thinking about buying this glove, than you MUST have tried riding in cold weather without it. Which means right now your thought processes are evenly split between, "What does WebMD know about frostbite anyway? It's just a website. The internet can't be trusted. I remember Napster..." and "Maybe I'm just a fair weather rider like my father-in-law."
Trust me, anonymous internet stranger. You are not your father-in-law. And with this glove, you shouldn't have to worry about frost bite until the thermometer dips below freezing. At that point, it doesn't matter if your speedometer is in miles-per-hour, or kilometers-per-kumquat, the number "60" on your dash is going to translate to "numb fingertips" in about 30 minutes.
Have I ridden farther with this glove in colder temperature. You're better believe I have. I'm a champion of all-weather motorcycle riding. I'm the guy that you dream about being. I'm the guy who wears GLOVE LINERS underneath his gloves. Because you know what's worse than numb fingertips? "I told you so" conversations with your mother-in-law at Red Lobster.
March 3, 2014
Ugly Gloves but Super Warm!
First, these gloves size out about 1 or 2 sizes smaller than measured. Save yourself some trouble and order a size larger than they recommend.
When I got the gloves I was highly skeptical about some of the reviews talking about how warm these gloves were. They don't look like they'd be that warm and to be honest I thought I'd made a mistake purchasing them after opening the box and holding them in my hands. The first pair I got were actually too small, and I was already considering returning simply because they looked too 'light weight', but I put them on and took a short ride around the block in 15 degree weather and was surprised by how warm they were. I'm so glad I opted to exchange for a size larger!
The palm side of the gloves are leather but there isn't a lot of insulation between the leather and the inner liner. The outer side is a synthetic fabric with a fair amount (not a ton) of insulation. The impression you'd get by just holding these gloves is they are a lot lighter and thinner than you'd expect for a glove that reviews so well with people who ride in the cold. You really have to go for a ride in these gloves to appreciate how good they are at keeping the cold out as they are literally wind proof and the insulation on the outside protects the hands nicely while the lack of insulation in the palms allows you to maintain fine control of the bars and levers.
Now the disclaimer part - my commute is about 30 minutes and 20 miles each way. I live in Dallas, TX so the coldest it gets here is around 20 and my bike does have heated grips which I do use on the sub 30 days of riding. If you live in much colder areas or commute much further than I do without heated grips these gloves may not cut it for you. For me they are perfect - the best cold weather gloves I've owned.
February 27, 2014