Tour Master Winter Elite II MT Gloves
I had a pair of Cortech winter scarabs. I got those mostly because I liked the look very much. But when riding my finger tips still got pretty cold. Even though my commute is short. After having issues with the velcro, I sent them in for warranty and ended up getting credit back. Which put me back in the market for a new set of winter gloves. I live in so.cal. So I can ride year round. I ride to work every day rain or shine. So There was a few features that I really liked that worked well with is glove.
I really liked the over glove cover that that tucks away at the top of the glove. It works very well. When it rains, makes it so the leather doesn't get water lodged. Also when its really cold. For southern California standards meaning 32f. It worked well. I ride a naked bike and with the over gloves on. They kept me warm for my 15 minute commute on a naked bike. No wind protection. But I was curious how well the worked in 32F in a longer ride. I work as a truck driver so i decided to test them out. What I did on my drive in 32f. I put on my left glove with the cover over the glove and just dove in the freeway. 60mph. And after 45 minutes my arm was tired. Because I was moving my hand around making sure I got air all around the glove. But my finger tips were barely starting to feel cold. I normally use the over glove covers when the temp is 40f and under for extra warmth.
I think it may be one of the best non heated winter gloves around. I purposely put a rating of 1 for airflow as that is the point of this glove. I feel no air get in with this glove. The long gauntlet really helps too. With my winter scarabs, air would still find its way in though the gauntlet and into my jacket sleeve. But not with this glove. They are very easy to put on and take off. I normally wear a xxl in most gloves. I ordered this glove in a xxl. And found it a little bit. It was okay because I liked the fact I have a little room for a liner should I ever need it. But now after trying the glove. I may not need a liner as is does it job very well.
Now what would I change? The only thing I wish this glove had was a hard knuckle protector. Maybe some sliders on outside of the palm.
This glove is very soft and needs no break in. Well built and warm. Great reflectors. Not sure what else you need.
January 2, 2015
Good Winter Glove
This is the 3rd fall/winter that I've used these gloves. I have ridden through a ton of rain and can honestly say my hands have never been wet while wearing them. In heavy rain or in cold conditions it works well to use the polar covers stored in the pocket to keep wind from coming through stitching or water from saturating the leather. They are well built and showing very little wear. By adding the glove liners, they do a great job keeping your hands warm in high 20's to low 30's at freeway speeds for up to an hour. If you need more than that, than you'll want heated gloves or grips. Thumb mounted visor wipe works great as do the long gauntlets and reflective panels on side. These gloves have worked so well, I really don't have anything bad to say about them.
December 11, 2014
Great cold weather gloves
I've ALWAYS had a hard time finding gloves that fit me just right. These fit well, keep me warm, and have nice protection. It doesn't have carbon knuckles, but the pad there feels like it would protect me well. I even have enough room to fit glove liners or small knit gloves in them, and surprisingly they aren't the bulkiest winter gloves I've worn. I hate bulky gloves but these are totally doable. I can even work my Sena SHM10R. Temperatures in Maryland have fluctuated HUGELY. We've had 30 degree mornings leaving for work, and 80 coming home. Near 80 they are a little warm, but liveable. Under 40 degrees my thumbs start to go numb after 30 minutes (probably numb near the hour mark), but some glove liners or knit gloves I'm sure will extend that. If you're like me and don't want to buy a bunch of heated gear, these will take you down to freezing temps.
October 27, 2014
Decent cool-weather glove
The gloves keep my hands decently warm. I've worn them down into the upper 20s or so. My hands did get cold but it wasn't unbearable.
The real issue is the bulkiness. It's a double edged sword, without the bulk you wouldn't have any insulation for warmth, but at the same time, dexterity is greatly reduced.
June 1, 2014
Good with heated glove liners
I got these gloves one size larger so that I could use them over heated glove liners. Without heated liners you'll be comfortable in 55 degrees F. When its 45 degrees out you'll be cold in 30 mins, numb in an hour. With heated liners I am comfortable at 70 MPH down to about 30 degrees for at least a couple hours. So, bottom line is they have lots of insulation that keeps the heat in and the lack of perforation keeps too much air from getting in. Gauntlet is definitely big enough to fit over any jacket cuff which is something that seems to be lacking in a lot of gloves.That's really important. Haven't had to use the pull out wind barrier but I did test it by shooting air at my hand with an air compressor and it does seem to make a noticeable difference. Excellent value for the money. Hands are warm now, so now toes are the problem.
February 19, 2014
Best non-heated winter glove hands down
Currently ride a 1989 Honda VT1100c but have ridden had a Honda RC51 and a Honda Shadow 600 before that… and a honda dirt bike growing up. Honda has been good to me.
I commute about 45 miles each day each way… so about 90 total. In the intense cold these gloves do a great job with the added wind gaurd that stores in a zipper pocket for easy axcess. I use a sport fairing in the winter that helps protect my hands. without the fairing the gloves will fail in temps of low teens to single digits after about 30 minutes of riding the wind chill begins to do work on the tips of your fingers. I occasionally use heat pouches adn stuff them into the back of the glove(this is for below freezing temps… even with the fairing and the extra wind layer… need to add heat. I'm really happy with these gloves. without a fairing in intense cold you may want heated gloves. I would also recommend the Schampa Warmskin Skullgaiter Balaclava, It's impressivly warm even if you use a brain bucket(which I do)
January 27, 2014
Sacrifice Dexterity for Great Protection and Warmth.
I'm usually a size large glove, and the large Tourmaster Winter Elite II MT Gloves fit great except in three areas.
The collar is a little small, it becomes a little too snug when wearing two jackets.
The fingers are just a little to long for my finger length. My finger tips cannot reach the tips of the gloves, but the next size down would definitely be too small.
Thumb range of motion is also restricted. It is hard for me to use the turn signals or horn, let alone feel with of the two I'm about to press.
December 16, 2013
These gloves WILL NOT keep your hands warm in cold weather.
When wearing these gloves in temperatures below 40 degrees, my hands are virtually numb and frozen within 10 minutes and that's not even at freeway speeds.
The only way to use these gloves for cold weather riding is to wear heated glove liners inside of them.
December 2, 2013