Tour Master Winter Elite II MT Gloves
Great Winter Riding Gloves
I previously wore the Firstgear Explorer gloves which were great for the price but my hands were always cold below around 45 degrees and the controls were hard to operate with them on.
I live in Michigan and ride in pretty much any kind of weather above 35 degrees (to avoid icy pavement). Below 40 the Explorer gloves were unbearable and I was willing to pay a lot more for a glove that worked well in colder weather.
Some of the things I like about the Winter Elite II:
The material and curve of the glove make it extremely comfortable. They are even more comfortable when riding than just trying them on in the store.
The Exkin Air insulation with aluminized fabric does a great job of providing warmth and keeps the bulk of the glove to a minimum.
HiPora waterproof and breathable barrier. This is a must for this type of glove. I have worn them in temperatures as high as the high 50's and my hands were never overheated or sweaty.
The reflective material is typical Tourmaster. Generous!
Built in 'polar covers' are nylon lobster claw mittens that can be pulled over the main glove to keep out water and cold in extreme conditions and they store inside a zippered pocket when not in use. If you need more, then you need a heated glove.
The thumb mounted shield wipe is a plus and it is well made and rigid. The attention to detail shows in the cutout of the polar cover for the wiper on the left thumb.
November 30, 2015
Might need to go a size larger than recommended.
I won't say that these run small, but I feel they'd be warmer if I'd ordered one size larger. My fingers fit exactly to the tips of these gloves without feeling cramped at all, but the tips of my fingers do get pretty cold while the rest of my hands remain warm. I was dead center of the recommended range for medium. Only ridden down into the lower 40's so far, so I feel this is going to be an issue as the temps drop.
They fit very well, and are very comfortable. They're not too bulky, and you won't have any problem using your controls or fiddling with your helmet. I believe that if I'd ordered a size larger I'd have no complaints, but can't confirm...
November 21, 2015
Great winter glove
These gloves have handled winter riding duty for the last five years. They work well for me down to about 25F. I've ridden with them at 5F but my fingers get cold after 15 minutes. They block the rain for awhile but will get soaked if the rain covers aren't used. The construction and quality is good and the gloves are still holding up really well after all this time. I'll use them for a sixth winter but am getting a heated pair for the really cold days. I highly recommend these gloves, they're the best non-heated winter gloves I've used.
September 29, 2015
Dry and warm
This was the best buy I made since a long time. The gloves fit perfectly, Keep your hands warn and dry even in heavier rain. If it gets too heavy the cover who comes with it is a very good idea. Keeps the wind out and the gloves from soaking through after a couple hours riding in the rain.
July 27, 2015
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