Tour Master Winter Elite Gloves (size SM)
Long term review
I'm a torrential wet weather/cold weather rider. These gloves have been a fantastic purchase, and almost two years later, they're still great.
Your fingertips will still get cold. The rest of your hands tend to stay warm, but if you have somewhat sweaty palms, you will sweat a lot. Still, they are windproof enough to not be a big deal.
The screen wiper isn't that great. only on one thumb, and even though the water shell has a little slot for the wiper, it never lines up, so when the rain cover comes on, you lose your ability to wipe your visor, which stinks. It also just doesn't work that well in the position it's in (I had another glove that had wipers against the outside of the index finger that worked MUCH better)
However, it's darn-near waterproof without the liner, and with the shell on, you get the magic warmth of non-frozen fingertips.
Fit and finish is absolutely superb. protection is exceptional as well, and the pads really do absorb riding vibrations (my big vibrating Aprilia is testament to this)
Overall, 8/10. loses points for the weak wiper, only on one thumb, and that the rain covers make the wiper unusable.
The one thing I suggest to anyone buying these gloves is a thin, light glove liner. They will make all the difference for $10.
September 30, 2012
Made cold weather bearable
I got tired of my fingers tip freezing with my current cold weather gloves so I watched the video comparison on Revzilla. These gloves looked like they would be the best value. I'm very pleased, my fingers still get a bit cold but very tolerable and a big difference from my previous gloves. My bike is an 06 Sportster that I use to commute 15 miles to work and are fine in temps in the low 30s.sI love all the great features and feel very confident in them. They fit really good, only slightly bulky but I'm still able to operate all the controls without any problems.
My only complaint so far is when I pull them off one of the pinky inside liners wants to pull inside out and makes it difficult to get back into but I've found that giving them a good shake resolves the problem.
December 22, 2010
Rode to work today 29 degrees F. Hands never felt cold. Material bunches slightly on palm. Great glove all around.
November 17, 2010
Tour Master Winter Elite
Great glove, would highly recommend.
November 12, 2010
I bought these gloves to extend my riding season well into fall, which can be a bit cold here in Spokane. The first time out with them on a cold day - about 36F - my fingers got cold, and my thumbs even colder. The next day though, I remembered the weird outer shells that are stored within the gauntlet, and shazam! my hands were fine, even though it was actually colder that day. I had no problems with the outer shells being slippery on the grips as others have mentioned.
I have to agree with the reviewers that say that when it gets truly cold you're going to need heated gloves, but down into the thirties, on shorter trips, these gloves definitely will do the job, just don't forget to use the outer shell as I did.
The only problem I have with them is that they don't secure up very well; the cinch strap just doesn't seem to tighten up enough to make them fell like they'd stay on in an off. Really, that's the only reason I gave these gloves a four, rather than five star rating.
November 6, 2010
Very Nice Cold weather gloves
Well made. These gloves are pretty warm down to about 32 deg F. I ride a GL1800 and use my heated grips with them. My only complaint is I think the fingers are a little bulky for operating the controls.
November 1, 2010
Good gloves for the right fit on the right bike
It's tough buying gloves without trying them on first. There are so many variances to the fit, that what works for one won't for another. This was the case for me with these gloves. The size is measured by the circumference of the palm, and knowing that my fingers are usually cramped inside gloves, I bought one size larger. Unfortunately, the fingers are still cramped, but the palm is very loose. These would better fit someone with thick hands and shorter fingers. As for function, the cramped fit makes it hard to reach the brakes and clutch without rotating my entire hand forward. Just an odd fit. On the warmth, they're good, but not great. I can feel the cold at 50 degrees on my naked bike. By 45 degrees my fingers are cold. On my faired bike they're warm to 45 degrees, but by 40 my fingers are cold (maybe because they're pressed up against the top).
October 25, 2010
Well Made Gloves
These gloves are well made and provide plenty of dexterity. That being said, I think it is unreasonable to expect gloves to keep your hands toasty during a winter commute where temps hover near freezing (unless they are heated). As any avid snowboarder (or arctic explorer) will tell you, your best shot at warm hands is a mitten.
Putting your hands on the handlebars automatically reduces the blood flow to begin with (which is why docs tell you to elevate an injured hand or foot - reduce blood flow). Compounding the problem is isolating your fingers from the sympathetic heat of neighboring digits. Bottom line, the best you can hope for is a glove that makes the temps bearable. These gloves do this well.
As long as you are realistic about what to expect from unheated gloves - you will be very happy with these...
February 22, 2010