Cortech Scarab Winter Gloves
good for cool weather, not cold
I really like my Cortech Vice 2.0 gloves for warm weather, and these have similar protection and padding on the palms, so I bought them at a brick & mortar store when I saw them on sale.
I usually wear a large but thought the thumbs and fingers weren't long enough so I got the XLG. It fits okay there, but the gauntlet part is much too big, like they're made for guys with HUGE forearms. They don't have enough velcro to wrap it closed around my "normal" arms.
I've had no issues with quality and they've held up well, going into their 3rd winter of use, but I don't wear them more than about 4 months here in Los Angeles.
I think they are great for cool weather but when it gets cold, as it did this New Years Day, they do not work well. I did a 25 mile daytime canyon ride and I really should have brought my glove liners. I have to use the liners on my early morning 10 mile freeway commutes, or my fingers will be frozen by the time I get to work. They don't seem to stand up to the windblast.
They feel great, with a soft flannel-like feel, but really should have more resistance to the cold. The armor and padding seem to be more substantial than what I see in other winter gloves, and they do look nice.
For those reasons I will recommend this product but stipulate that they are really best used with a liner or at least for just cool weather, around 60 F.
January 2, 2015
A decent bargain for maybe 1 season
I've owned and used these gloves to commute through Fall and Winter for around 2 years. Within 2-3 months, the velcro on the straps began to separate from the straps themselves. I hot-glued the velcro back on and it's managed to stay put, but I was amazed at how weak the stitching was.
The gloves seemed pretty warm at first, but after repeated use the insulation condensed, and after 1 season they don't retain very much heat. My finger tips go completely numb after 30 minutes in 40-degree (F) weather. The velcro now barely sticks and I have to be very careful when strapping them on, or else the strap comes undone.
To be fair, I've used the heck out of these gloves. I commuted through rain on a daily basis, and even wore them skiing a couple times. I've also lowsided at around 25mph, and they did a good job of protecting my hands. If you only need to use them every once in a while, they aren't a bad choice.
December 9, 2014
Poor quality and uncomfortable
*Disclaimer: I bought these at a local brick and mortar (unaffiliated with revzilla) but feel the need to express my concerns with this product.
These gloves are tight and uncomfortable which wouldn't have been as big an issue if they were blocking out the cold as advertised. When riding in sub 50F degree weather the chill would set in within 10 minutes of riding.
To top off the poor quality of the gloves, within a month of infrequent use (maybe twice a week) the fastening straps are already coming apart.
November 25, 2014
Okay glove for above 55 degrees
I wanted a good winter glove so I turned to these. At around 50 degrees my hands become uncomfortable, much like all the other cheap gloves I have.
They seem very well built. Stiff, but quality materials were used.
Waterproof? Nope. I rode one day with them in a medium rain and got to work with not only cold hands, but wet also. Took a long time to dry out all the way.
Pretty disappointing overall for around 90 bucks.
November 11, 2014
Fit is on the small side, not really a cold-weather glove.
I ride without wind protection or heated grips. When the temperatures go below 48 deg F, my fingers get very cold after more than 30 minutes of riding. The gloves seem to be very well constructed, stylish, and durable for the price. They do not breathe and your fingers feel cold and clammy. The fit is on the small side. I wear a Medium, which I ordered but they are snug and silk glove liners would not really be an option. The quality is there, but the cold-weather performance is not. I want to like these gloves but they do not perform the essential function I bought them for (keeping hands warm in the 40s deg F).
November 10, 2014
Good cold weather gloves
Used them for the first time this morning and while a bit bulky (not a whole lot of tactile feedback), my fingers weren't their usual white color when I arrived at work.
October 27, 2014
Just what I was looking for...early/late season gloves
I was looking for a pair of early/late season gauntlets that were reasonably priced, leather, weren't too bulky, had good protection, and didn't make me look like a post-apocalyptic road warrior. These gloves definitely hit the mark for what I was looking for.
My first impressions of the gloves were; 1) well made and sturdy, 2) good protection, 3) fit correctly, 4) warm, and 5) comfortable.
On my first morning ride (~30 min at 70 mph) with them, it was mid-50's and my hands were comfortable, although the gloves still need a little break-in.
Pros: Under $100, leather, fit for me was spot-on; I wear an American-large and the gloves are just a little snug. Comfortable out of the box. Good protection (floating hard knuckle protector, palm skid pads, finger and thumb knuckle pads, radius protection), wrist and cuff adjustment, control patches on the palms, not too bulky, good dexterity, well made and sturdy (double stitching), good appearance, full gauntlet.
Neutral: Temperature range ~40 to mid-60's, large gauntlet so best for over the jacket cuff, wrist strap on top of wrist, single gauntlet closure, liners would make fit a little snug, only a slight pre-curve.
Con: Low-side protection only on outside of the palm (stops at the knuckle) and doesn't extend all the way up the pinky. Minimal ulna protection.
Since I haven't had them in the rain, I can't comment on water resistance.
I rated "air flow" poor since this is a winter glove. The low-side con is only a small one since the leather on top of the pinky sort of wraps around. I also view the ulna protection as a minor con too since in a low-side crash you would probably want more radius protection anyway.
If you're looking for a glove that will be warm into the 30's (or below), this glove probably isn't for you, but otherwise I would highly recommend them.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to upload pictures of the gloves even though they met the upload criteria.
Rides: 2009 Victory Kingpin Low, with windshield.
October 25, 2014
Would not recommend for winter riding
I have owned these gloves two years. I live in Northern Indiana and bought them so I could extend my riding time into the winter, when there is no snow and ice on the road. The problem is that these gloves are sold as winter gloves, but as many other reviews have stated, they do not keep hands and fingers warm in temperatures below 30. I have a BMW R1200GS with good hand protection and heated grips and my fingers still go numb after 15 - 30 minutes when the outside temperatures are between 20 - 30 degrees. The gloves were also extremely stiff when new and have broken in some, but are definitely not very comfortable. The weird thing is that these gloves are almost too warm when the temperature is above 60. The Pros are that the gloves show very little wear after two years of colder weather use and appear to provide good protection in the event of a fall (I've never gone down so haven't personally tested how they actually hold up and protect in a crash). I have since bought a pair of Rukka Cosmo gore-tex gloves and while more expensive than the Cortech gloves, they are vastly superior.
March 1, 2014