Cortech Scarab Winter Gloves
I bought these at a local motorcycle store and just tested them in Northwest Washington November weather. Long story short, they aren't very good and it's frustrating more than anything. 3 real problems with these gloves: 1.) the fingers get cold very fast, 2.) the gauntlet needs more velcro or a more low key tuckable design, and 3.) there's no visor wiper. The problem is that this should have been a good glove, 100 grams of thermolite, waterproof membrane (which actually seemed to work), and really good protection for the price. Seriously, this is 2013 and manufacturers are still churning out poorly thought out stuff like this. It's marketed as a waterproof, warm, winter glove and it was none of those things. I'll be sending mine back to Cortech and trying to get a refund. If the fingers were warm, the gauntlet was more adjustable, and if it had a visor wiper it would be a great glove. Wait until then or look somewhere else.
November 15, 2013
Great value for the price
The air flow is rated low because this is a winter glove! Also they are 4 star mainly because better quality cannot be achieved at this price point but they are great gloves for the price.
This glove is a good value for the price being the protection it provides. That said you will notice like I did that there are some shortcomings on final fit and finish. The right glove fits slightly different from the left, and under examination the placement of the panels are slightly dissimilar (some panels are closer then others, the tolerance of placement is about 1/8 inch either way comparing right to left) although this is not immediately noticeable.
The warmth is adequate for what was expected. They are great for 50-60 degree days (and certainly comfortable in 60-70), but under 50 if your making a trip longer then a half hour you will be slightly cold. I took these on an hour long trip in 43 degree weather at about 80 mph, and was wishing for my heated gloves. That said, they kept my hands from freezing, and instead of numb, I was merely cold. The gauntlets are large enough to fit over my Olympia AST II jacket which is nice.
I also rode in them in 56 degree weather in a slight rain for 30 minutes, they kept me warm and dry, and the rain did not seem to affect the leather. That said this was between a drizzle and a pour, and as such it did not ever get thoroughly soaked.
The right hand gloves fit is worse then the left, which I wish wasn't true since right is my throttle hand. That said, for the price, and given the warmth and protection, these gloves are a solid buy and I would recommend them.
November 11, 2013
Great gloves, a bit tight
These look and feel nice. I just took a ride with the temperature in the high 30s and my hands were comfortable for the most part. The gloves appear to be well made and I think they'll last. My only complaint is that the fingers are constructed a little tight. They're not too short, just too snug. But it's early days and this problem may correct itself over time.
November 11, 2013
Great winter gloves at a reasonable price
It's now the beginning of November and I've been wearing these gloves for about a month now for my daily morning commute, here in the American Northwest. In the evenings, when the temperature is above 50F, I usually switch to a lighter leather glove for the short trip home. Over 60F and these gloves start getting a bit too warm for me. I've worn them on shorter rides with temps down around 37, but I suspect as the morning temperatures get down in the low 30's I will be wearing them with silk liners. I've not had a chance to try them in really wet conditions, but I'm sure I will, soon enough!
Overall fit seems a little large. Other reviews I've read seem across the board on sizing, so I wonder if there's a fair amount of variation. I first ordered the large, following the sizing guide, but then had to return them for a medium--and even then the fingers seem a tad long for my average-sized fingers. I would follow the sizing guide, and then order the next size down.
These gloves look absolutely badass, without the use of gaudy colors or excessive labels. And more importantly, they have great protection features. They are a bit stiff at first, and it's initially a bit difficult to work the controls. They are billed as "pre-curved", but I think they could've used a little more curve. I found that the gloves cinch up nicely in the wrist; the Velcro tab on the gauntlet is a little short, but still works for me. It's all going to depend on how thick your forearm is and the jacket you're trying to cinch it over!
November 7, 2013
these are great gloves and perform well. But they are not winter gloves and should not be advertised as such. Below 40 deg F they don't keep my hands warm. I was hoping to have a true winter winter glove, but I only got a good fall and spring glove.
November 4, 2013
Not the best glove for winter.
Got them yesterday, they seemed pretty well for an evening ride, but under 50, for 30minutes, they totally are worthless, they are definately better than my summer gloves, but not good enough to stop my hands getting cold.
October 31, 2013
decent for the price
I have worn these gloves in the 50 to 70 degree range. They are pretty warm at these temps, but if you dont like cold they can get a little chilly after about half an hour at 50. The craftsmanship in these gloves is poor. There are obvious differences in the stitching and placement of the various leather pieces between the two gloves, the right in my pair is much better. That being said, they are on the low end of the price range, although I still feel for the price they could be better. Most of the problems are cosmetic, or make the glove a little uncomfortable at first. They do get better after they break in. If you are looking for a warm glove for mild weather with lots of protection on the cheap, this ones for you
August 16, 2013
good value wet gloves
Worn these gloves a few times in heavy rain and they have held up great keeping my hands perfectly dry. Other than that they feel well made with decent protection.
Fit was good going by the size chart, just i wouldve liked if the velcro was increased on the main strap so it could be tightened a bit more as i have smallish wrists.
August 7, 2013