Cortech Scarab Winter Gloves
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
Good cold weather gloves
The Cortech Scarab Winter gloves are great for 38-50 degree rides and offer warmth and protection. I only have two negative takes on these gloves: 1) they are bulky (which is to be expected from a cold weather glove) and 2) there is a seam and/or padding between the thumb and index finger that can create some discomfort while holding in clutch. Otherwise these gloves were exactly what I wanted.
February 24, 2015
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