Cortech Scarab Winter Gloves
Do not be fooled
Do not be fooled. There is nothing waterproof about these gloves. I just bought them and took them out for my first ride. Got caught in a light rain and the gloves soaked completely through. Of course, now that they've been used once they cannot be returned, as per Revzilla's return policy. A complete waste of money.
April 13, 2016
Not recommended for wet conditions unless your jacket has large wrist openings.
These were recommended by a friend, and I'm surprised that these are considered one of the better winter glove options out there since they didn't work out for me at all. I ordered according to the size chart (Small) and they're a closer fit than I'm used to (my hands are small, so gloves rarely actually fit). They felt tight, at first, but reviews say they break in so I gave them a shot.
Controls feel is better than with other insulated gloves I've tried, and it's nice that they're protective.
Downsides: the gauntlet is thick and awkward... There is no way for me to get both gauntlets under my jacket cuffs for heavy rain, which leads to VERY wet hands from rain running into the gloves. And once your hands are clammy from weather, good luck getting these bad boys back on if you take them off -- the finger liners aren't attached very well inside the glove, so they pulled partly inside out when I pulled then off soggy and I literally wasn't able to get them back on until they dried out and I could wiggle the insulation back into place finger by finger. I'll carry these as an emergency backup for my Alpinestars Stella Equinox X-Trafit WP gloves (now THOSE are the bomb-digity) but will hope I don't have to use them in rain again.
March 13, 2016
great glove for cold times
I had this gloves for some time and they are still great. A bit bulky but thats to keep you warm. This gloves are great for cold mornings 40-50 and you will be warm for maybe 30min, after that your fingers will be getting cold. if a longer ride get grip warmers.
February 9, 2016
Great Waterproof gloves but not for winter
I was hoping that these would fit the bill for winter riding and rainy fall/spring riding. The waterproofing is great, however the gloves leave my hands pretty cold in mid-40s and below, even with heated grips. The backs of my hands and fingertips could both use a bit more insulation.
The gauntlets are great for fitting over jacket sleeves. I leave them at one setting for my primary jacket and simply use the wrist strap for securing the gloves to my hands.
They offer full coverage protection as well: every part of my hand/wrist I would expect a hard protector has one.
February 3, 2016
Very good, not great.
These gloves are a good choice for cooler riding temps, not cold riding temps. Anything under 55 degrees and my hands were cold. They have a great amount of protection with hard knuckles, and wrist protection. Had to return for a smaller size, they seemed to run just a little big for me but I have small hands. The return process was easy. Revzilla is the best at this with no hassles or problems. All in all these are a very good pair of gloves. I do recommend them to anyone who needs a pair of gloves with good protection and features for cooler weather riding for a reasonable price.
January 22, 2016
Happy Toasty - Wish I had these in the Yukon!
These are awesome gloves! I've only gotten to wear them once, weather in Texas this winter has been unusually warm, but at least I'll be ready! I have a set of Tourmaster Transition jacket and pants, and these gloves match really well. Sizing is probably accurate. I had originally planned on buying a pair of gloves locally, tried on some Cortech gloves at the motorcycle store down the road, but they didn't have any that were armored. I had tried on the Large ones they had, and wanted enough room for some liners, so I went with 2XL, which are a bit too big. I decided to keep them, rather than exchange, because I found them really easy to put on and take off... if you've ever had a big glove like these, that was a "good" fit, you'll know what I mean. Anyway, Awesome Gloves, wish I'd bought something like this a few years ago!
December 14, 2015
Good winter glove
I've worn these for a few seasons now on a DR650 with minimal handguards (not much to help with blocking cold air, but better than nothing). They're advertised as waterproof gloves for cold weather, and I've found them to meet both of those claims. I've ridden through rain for about 4 hours straight and had my hands be bone dry no matter how soaked the exterior of the gloves became. I've also ridden in temperatures in the 20-30F range, and my hands didn't go numb from it. Now, if I was doing rides of any length in cold weather, the heated grips were a must because the cold will eventually creep in. However, I've never used a glove that didn't eventually require heated grips to keep you comfortable, so I'm not knocking it here. The biggest plus I found for these gloves is that compared to similarly warm gloves I've used (especially at this price range), these felt the "thinnest" in that they left my hands with the most mobility of any winter gloves I've used. I felt like I actually had useful fingers while wearing these, and that's a pretty big deal to me.
October 5, 2015
Impressive protection, reasonably warm
I purchased my first pair of these elsewhere, and I'm back here to buy a second pair. As some have said, these gloves aren't "snowmobile" warm. They keep my hands reasonably warm down into the mid to high 40s (F).
One note I haven't seen in other reviews: they seem to be made with "Little Hotties" brand hand warmers (available at my Costco) in mind. There's a pocket underneath the knuckle protectors that's perfectly sized for the warmer pouches.
In Seattle, I don't ride much at freezing and below freezing temperatures. It doesn't get that cold most of the time, and when it's around freezing, we usually have sloppy snow and ice (not much 'cold and clear'). When I do ride in the 30s, I slip a Little Hottie into each glove, and I pair the gloves with silk liners and Aerostitch Rain Covers (lobster claw). I also have Barkbusters on my Kawasaki Versys. This combination seems to work well with my 40 minute commute, keeps my hands warm.
The gauntlet portion is well-sized to go over a jacket, such as the Aerostitch R3 suit. This would explain another reviewer stating the gauntlet was way too large in diameter for his 'normal' forearms.
A note on sizing - I have long slim fingers, some would call my hands 'girly'. The XL suits me just fine, without a lot of 'slop' in excess fabric. If you've got stumpy short fingers, it's possible this glove is not for you.
I'm impressed with the quality of the construction after a season of use. As I said earlier, I'm buying my 2nd pair. My 1st pair still has lots of life left, but I believe in having back-ups for gear that works well for me.
February 26, 2015