Firstgear Navigator Gloves
These gloves have some decent features (gauntlet extensions, visor wiper, zipper and Velcro cuff closure, gel pads on the palm) but that they aren't too bulky and don't cost $150. Many of the more armored gloves that I have tried are big bucks and have significantly reduced dexterity. On the flip side, I wouldn't expect these gloves to offer a whole lot of protection in the event that hand meets gravel. I would like to see some additional scuff resistant material (plastic or even some thicker leather) over the knuckles. The gauntlets are nice for keeping wind from blowing up your sleeves, however. These gloves are a good choice if dexterity and feature set is your priority over ham-handed armor.
April 29, 2013
This is not a WATERPROOF glove.
I bought these just before a 3700-mile ride in Alaska this summer, looking for a moderate temperature glove that was waterproof. These gloves were favorably reviewed by Motorcycle Consumer News, a magazine I trust. The gloves started off well -- comfortable, adequate for low to mid-fifties temperatures, and resistant to short bouts of rain. However, on our first day of steady rain (about 7 hours) they totally soaked through, I wrung about a quarter cup of water out of each of them. Also, the gel pad on the left glove below my ring and little fingers rolled up inside its pocket and made a very uncomfortable lump. In summary, inexpensive gloves not suited to serious conditions.
July 18, 2012
I really like these gloves and they are totally waterproof. The only thing is the end of the gloves flare out as though you have a bulky jacket on. I have a rain jacket that tapers at the wrists. The gloves flare out past that. Very good value though.
May 21, 2012
Overall good glove.
I bought these gloves to get me from early March to early summer in New England. I needed something windproof and waterproof. These gloves definitely fit that requirement.
I realize that these gloves are not made for winter riding and temperatures in the 30s and low 40s are not fun although silk glove liners make a huge difference with heated grips on high. I rode one day with temps in the low 40s when it began to sleet and eventually rain hard. My hands were completely dry when I got home.
Ideal temperature for these gloves is 50-75. I'll use them this summer only if it's cool or when it rains.
Overall they are comfortable and well made. Hard to beat the price for decent waterproof gloves.
May 12, 2012
Nice cold weather glove
I've been using this glove for 2 weeks and it's great. It keeps my hands and fingers warm. I've used it in the 35 degree to 60 degree weather. It's a nice glove for the price.
March 5, 2012
Gloves is very important for ATTGAT. this gloves just great all over , prefect fit , was on sale 15% off . read about it from the motorcyle comsumer magazine , out of the box comffy , 100% water proof all it missing just some more protection .
January 30, 2012
Good for Price
I finally had a good long ride with varying weather conditions to really try this glove out. I would not call it a winter glove. It is good in that 50 degree range for me but the cold hammers in after some time especially if the sun is not shining. Heated grips would change that game and they are on my list. I didn't think much of the gauntlet design. It is flared out and a has strange shape with a zippered gusset that opens it up for no apparent useful reason. It has no way to tighten it like some of the more expensive Rev'it gloves I have tried on. However, it does seem to deflect the wind. During my trip I had several hours in the rain and didn't notice any internal moisture until I stopped and took off the gloves. They were damp, but in the kind of deluge we had, it is hard to judge where water might have come from so I was satisfied that my hands stayed warm and were not a distraction. I will treat the leather with sno-seal before my next tour. One thing I did notice is the palm protectors are already showing wear. 1100 miles seems a little early for that but then they were a great price.
October 23, 2011
Nice Glove - Comfy and Supple
I like to be able to get that tactile feeling between my hands and the controls. When weather permits, I look forward to putting on my solid leather, padded fingerless gloves or the one layer deer skins and I always dread those conditions that force me to take out the bulky, cold weather, waterproof gloves. If it's raining I need more control than ever, not some stiff thing between me and the levers that inhibits control. Seriously, who can effectively modulate a clutch or front break with those things on?!? In that regard, this Navigator is impressive; it's a nice, supple mid-temp glove that will do the job of keeping water out, let grip heat in while retaining a lot of comfort and dexterity. Nice glove!
Area to improve? I wear gauntlets under my sleeve in the rain (why wouldn't you?) so one area I'd mention for re-val is the gauntlet. It doesn't fit tight (which is fine) but the zipper does little to cinch it up. A Velcro adjustment would have been better there for my purposes. On the other hand, the material is not excessively bulky and it's so soft and supple it will not be an issue. Over all I give the Nav two thumbs-up - pun unavoidable.
August 26, 2011