Tour Master Synergy 2.0 Heated Leather Gloves
They work, sorta.
Today it was 37 degrees (F) and sunny. I have 12 inch handlebars on my H-D Road Glide so my hands are above the fairing. I was running around town, stop and go and on the back roads with speeds over 55 mph for at least 20 minutes. The temp setting for the gloves was at max. My hands never felt hot nor did they get numb from the cold. However, I would have liked more heat on my hands. That said, my legs were on my mind more than my hands (just unheated long underwear). So, if I'm not thinking about my hands when it's 37 degrees outside then I'd say they're doing a good job.
Style - Easy on the eyes.
Fit - I measured four inches across my palm so I ordered the XL. The fingers are a little tight, but this is only the second time I've used them. They're thin enough to make manipulating the controls reasonably easy. Not to bulky.
Quality - All of the stitching looks good. The cords and connectors are well made and at this point no problems to note.
Ease of use - once I established a routine for donning everything it's quick and uncomplicated.
February 4, 2016
I'll take Tourmaster all day long
I ride year round in Virginia. I have a 65 mile commute each way, each day. I've gotten about 5,000 miles on these gloves so far. I've been through mild, cool, rainy, and downright cold weather (between 75F and 15F) with these. I think they had the moderately cold weather in mind when making these, because to be passable at below freezing, I added a pair of rain cover over-gloves to prevent my hands from freezing. I'd like a few more heater wires if I could get them. Also, the heating elements do not run on the palm side of the glove, which I'm sure gives you better feel for the bars, but leaves that part colder. I do not have heated grips, but I think this glove would pair nicely with them.
I don't hand out the praise of anything ever being "waterproof," but I will give the gloves a thumbs up for the gloves being water resistant - even in some good Virginia soakers.
For the first several weeks, I thought the leather was too slippery to work some buttons, namely the dial switch for the controller. However, after break-in the leather felt, well, it fit like a glove. Very good dexterity for a warm glove, really. the leather on one thumb has changed color in splotches, like a dye problem, but that's not very noticeable, and does not change performance.
Coverage from wind seeping through /finding every crack is excellent. On and off is easy and quick. The set includes the long wiring "Y", and the t-stat controller, and the power connector needed for installation and operation, so there's no other wiring you have to buy. I plug them into the Tourmaster vest terminal that runs off that dual controller, so, no problem with consistency and interoperation there.
The protection seems excellent, as well as the reflecty bits for safety.
I plan on using these a long while, and feel confident in these for an option in three season riding - leaving summer for gloves with ventilation. I'd give five stars rather than four if I could get a little more heat from them - but I ride in cold stuff most people don't try.
Tourmaster has top-notch gear and customer support too.
January 19, 2016
Invaluable for cold weather.
I wore these gloves (along with the Tourmaster heated vest liner) during a SaddleSore 1000 ride over the last couple of days and I must say that I couldn't have done it without them. They got me through many long hours at sub-freezing temperatures when I normally can't last more than one hour at under 50F. When I first tested them out, they didn't get as warm as I expected and I was nervous that they weren't going to be enough. But over the entire duration of my trip, in temperatures ranging from 18F to 72F, my hands were always comfortable. Fortunately, I didn't get to test their waterproof abilities, but they look and feel as if they would have no problem keeping water out. They have a tendency to become a little uncomfortable if you are using the clutch a lot, such as in heavy traffic, or if you keep a tight grip on the handlebars, because they aren't really naturally curved. I used a cramp buster on the throttle and just kept my hands open for the majority of the highway miles and was fine. The heat comes from the tops of the gloves, so that's another benefit to keeping your hands open. The temperature controller is nice; I liked being able to turn the heat up or down without taking my eyes off the road. The fit is accurate. Overall I am VERY satisfied with this purchase and would highly recommend these gloves to anyone who wants a more comfortable (and safe) cold-weather ride.
January 3, 2016
Should last a long time
I bought these at the same time as a synergy jacket. I have had heated grips in the past, but these are so much nicer. They are warm enough that I doubt I will have to use them much until it is below 40. They don't seem to put too much strain on my electrical system (I ride and Italian bike not known for its robust alternator). I watched the voltage as I used the jacket and gloves together and only dropped 0.5V with both at full heat.
November 5, 2015
I wear Medium Rev'It Jerez gloves, but Small in anything "American" cut, so I went with Small Tourmaster gloves.
These are very warm. I only intend to wear them down to about 40 degrees and at 50, I didn't really need the heat on at all. Installation to my SV650 was easy and I used safety pins to hold the wiring inside the lining of my jacket.
Three very small gripes: the lining of the glove floats over the insulation so be careful of getting your fingers caught like in the palm area and tearing the lining. (This happened on my old Power Trip unheated gloves)
I also wish there was a little more hard protection on these gloves, even if it's just TPU.
Lastly, the leather is very slick. It's actually fairly difficult to remove one glove while wearing the other. It doesn't affect how I work the throttle, clutch or brakes.
October 2, 2015
Great glove--Barely need to use electric
Large fit a little snug but seems to be breaking in well.
High quality leather. Go treat yourself.
May 4, 2015
No more cold hands
These gloves are awesome. Fit well, warm and comfortable. I usually don't need to turn them on until the temperature gets below 45 degrees. Road in 36 degree weather with the controller set on three and stayed nice and warm. My wife also bought these gloves and loves them.
April 6, 2015
Warm Fingers Happy Rider
If you ride in cooler weather these gloves can make your ride so much better. Given the choice between taking a few extra minutes to plug up or be cold, I'll choose the first option. All winter gloves are bulky so there is no surprise here. Tour Master made theses waterproof so in addition to saying warm you stay dry. Fit is good and the more you use them the softer they become. Good product.
December 22, 2014