Firstgear TPG Glacier Glove
Great glove to ~30-degrees F
I ride in Boston. It's now late January. My commute is short (30-40 minutes) on seconday rodes and my hands have remained adequately warm throught the winter. If the temperature goes down to <25-degrees I wear a windpoof mit over them (North Face). When I do, I am good for another 10-degree dip. I run 10-50 oil so when the temperature gets into the teens my bike begins to have trouble starting anyway. I've ridden in light rain and even light snow (clearing slush off the visor) and my hands have been pretty warm and completely dry. Rode for 1.5 hours in the with temp in the low 30s this weekend at Massachusetts average interstate speed (~75MPH) and my hands stayed nice and warm--with me down on my tank of course. The cuff on the gauntlet is rather tight. I am just able to get it over my tightened jacket cuff. I typically wear Large and had to return them for X-Large; so I would say that the slider (above) suggesting neutral sizing is inaccurate. My experience has been as intended, with heated grips (BMW F650GS). For those who are interested, I ride with First Gear's Kimimingaro jacket and a sweater up top. AGVs Sport Telluride H2O Vented Pants when I need to be waterproof on the bottom half. (I purchaseed these through RevZilla as well and have been very pleased with them.)
January 30, 2012
Nice but small
I ordered XL first since that's what I wear in every other glove. The 2XL is almost too small. I'm sure it will break in nicely. The leather is soft and they do work great with heated grips. Without heat anything under 40 F would be too cool for these gloves, but the feel of the controls is good for a cold weather glove.
December 14, 2011
These gloves are a bit expensive but so far they have worked perfectly. Wind is blocked and I can feel my heated grips very well.
November 21, 2011
Good glove for use with hand warmers
Did 300 kms in 6 celsius temps with hand warmers on, glove was comfortable not too bulky but sizing is just a bit small. If your at the top end of a glove size go one size bigger. Have not been in rain so I can't attest to thier waterproofness. Overall very pleased with gloves I hope they stretch a bit when broken in.
November 16, 2011
A solid glove with a few small gripes.
I've owned the FirstGear Glacier gloves for two seasons now and enjoy them, with a few caveats.
First, the good. I ride year 'round and find these gloves to be warm enough down to the low 50's. Once it gets colder than that I have to keep my rides short or my fingers will get cold. Paired with heated grips, they'd be great down to freezing temps or perhaps colder. Also, I've found them to be completely waterproof. I live in Seattle and ride during the fall and winter, so that's saying a lot. They also aren't as bulky feeling as many of the other gloves I tried on before buying them. The liners are sewn into the fingers, so you don't have to deal with the liners pulling out when your hands sweat like cheaper gloves. I find the gauntlet to be perfect when paired with my FirstGear Kilimanjaro jacket, but slightly small when using my leather jacket with a zip and velcro cuff. I gave these gloves a high rating for airflow, but they flow basically no air. That's a good thing, since they're meant to be waterproof, cold weather gloves.
Now, the bad. The most aggravating thing about these gloves is that the thumb is slightly too short and is not boxed like the fingers. This design makes the stitching in the tip of the thumb poke me almost constantly, which is extremely annoying (my hands are not that large and my gloves are an XL, so it's not an issue with having too small a size). Also, there is a stiff pad on the outside of the palm. It's a great design for safety, but feels strange until you get accustomed to it. One more big negative for me is that these gloves do not have a visor swipe. This is an issue for someone who rides in the cold and rain, and many other gloves at this price point have such a feature. Also, these gloves do not have a hard knuckle guard, which could be a big negative in case of a crash (though the fingers and backside of the palm do have some padding).
I think that if FirstGear would get rid of the palm slider and just use a double leather palm instead, use box construction on the thumb (or at least make it longer and move the stitch points), and add a visor swipe to the left index finger, these would be nearly perfect mild weather gloves. Overall, I would recommend them, but if I were buying again I would look for gloves that address my concerns above.
November 10, 2011
works great with BMW Heated Grips
These gloves were soft and fit VERY comfortably right out fo the box. They work super with heated grips. I ride a naked R1150R so no wind protection on the hands. In 35 degrees at 60 mph for 25 daily morning commute....toasty warm....even my thumb, which has little contact with the grips. Haven't tested in rain, so no review there.
Only grips I have (and it is minor) is that the gloves are a bit tight fitting over the cuffs of the jacket, even with the glove expanded as far as possible.
Get a pair and you won't regret them, particularly if you ride with heated grips....the heat feels so good, almost too much, but the backs of the hands are warm despite the wind chill.
November 8, 2011
These gloves are warm; the gloves fit well and are tight and snug, i have not ridden in the rain so i am not sure if they are water proof.
The only thing is that the gloves barely fit around the outside of a jacket sleeve.
all in all they are nice gloves, but seem a little pricey.
October 3, 2011
I was looking for a quality warm glove to use ATV riding for the cold weather. These gloves were great, very comfortable and, did very well in about 8 degrees.
It was freezing, but I had my heated grips and thumb warmers, so they worked well since they are designer to work with heated type grips.
Extremely comfortable and I was really happy with them.
January 31, 2011