Rukka Lobster Gore-Tex Gloves
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
I bout them for warmth, they deliver.
I won't lie, my hands still get cold when the temperature approaches freezing, but I don't ride at that temperature anyways. I'd step up to a heated glove for that.
I ride on the freeway during my commute to and from school, and its bearable, which is better than anything any five-finger gloves I tried could offer.
There's no knuckle protection, and the visor wiper on the left index finger is hard to use just right. Also, follow the chart, go a size higher if you want to wear liners (I don't). I went a size up and almost wish I hadn't because now there's extra room in the thumb that bunches up on the turn signal, but it just took some time to get used to. Not sure my hand would have fit in the middle one size down...it may take an exchange to get it right, but Rev's good about that anyway.
Rated them poorly for airflow on purpose...THEY'RE WINTER GLOVES! Makes it a good thing.
TL;DR - Follow the chart if you don't plan on wearing liners. Great winter gloves for slightly above freezing temperatures.
February 5, 2014
Different but works
The 2 'fingers' are different but I can feel that it does help to keep your hands warmer then regular gloves. I did have the return and exchange it for a larger size, even when following the size chart, but might be that I have long fingers. Sill having a chance to try them in really cold weather but so far they work great. I little adjustment since I sometime use 3 fingers but easy enough enough to adjust.
January 15, 2014
Perfect for cold weather
I was looking for a pair for gloves for early New England winter time and this one fits perfectly for that purpose. I've spent 6 hours riding in 32F degrees and barely felt frost.
I was driven with size chart hare at revzilla and it looks a little bit bigger that I expected but that air gap inside probably serves as insulation. 3 fingers on the glove are very convenient.
I strongly recommend that product.
December 28, 2013
Good insulation without being obtrusive
I just finished riding in 18 degree Fahrenheit weather and I have to say that the tip of my fingers did get chilly. I would argue that these gloves will fail me if I was riding closer to zero. I am riding a scooter at 60-70 mph and with no wind screen so they are really good. There is a little wiper to scrape the ice, wipe water from your helmet, padding on the exterior bottom heel of you palm which is the first place that impacts when you fall on your side. I thought the lobster design would impede my driving but I hardly notice it. The only time it becomes obstrusive is when I put the scooter on its stand (it does not have a kickstand). Then again, I should use two finger to do that.
December 23, 2013