There are lots of threads on gloves here, but I can't recall anything about c/f or metal and cold weather. You might try one of the thin Gore WindBloc under-gloves under your regular gloves. I know riderwearhouse.com has them and REI sells a nice pair from Mountain Hardwear.
Then again, for Chicago, you might want to go with electric grips! Brrrrrr.
Check out some snowboarding gloves, they are pretty tough (no carbon fiber etc though). They are not as tough as motorcycle gloves though. Just make sure the fingers are not too fat to move easily from the grip to the break/clutch. In the end you probably won't be doing serious riding because tires do not stick well to cold pavement, so you may not need the full blown protection of a true motorcycle glove???? Heated grips may be the best option of you want to keep wearing motorcycle gloves.
OK. I'm disregarding the need for CF and/or metal knuckles. I just need a good cold weather glove. I was reading about leather touring gloves and they "seem" warm but in their advertisements fail to mention warmth capacity. Overall my common sense tell me to try them and find out. I have a pair of battery operated gloves but the finger area is too bulky. I also heard that our bikes aren't powered efficiently enough to support heated grips. Are there any fallacies in this? Has anyone ever installed heated grips?
I use heated vest and gloves on my Monster!!! I have no electrical problems. The hook up attaches to your battery post and it comes out thru just in front of the seat. This is where you hook the heated cothing to. I have had it on my Monster since day one, and have had no problems. My vest and gloves hook to a wiring harness in my jacket and that hooks to an
As far as cold weather gloves I have the Alpinestar winter gloves. They have a Gortex with Kevlar shell and an inner warm insert. You can also put on an extra liner as MM said. I love them and have had no problems.
Made of Dainese "D-Stone" fabric and leather, gore-tex lined outer glove, insulated inner glove, they're warm and protective, not too bulky. Have some sort of non-slip material on the ends of the first two fingers to help grip the levers, a nice touch.
I was all set to pony up for some freakishly bulky winter riding gloves when the kind folks at Ducati of Seattle swooped in to the rescue.
traditional glove liners wouldn't keep my fingers warm enough in my Joe Rocket gloves (Dry-Tech with the shiny black knuckle armor).
I have some really great low-profile mountaineering gloves made of wind-blocking fleece but with the grippy stuff on the palms made them so they wouldn't slide in/out of my sport gloves very well.
There was a new product at Ducati Seattle that they sold me on... brand-name "Bikers" they are very thin, very warm, very perfect. I've gone from frostbite fingers to toasty warm thanks to these things. I strongly recommend them... so far I've only tested them at 30-40 degree riding for about 45 min. - 1 hour at speeds between 45 - 90 mph.
I'm also at the point where the regular gloves are not warm enough. I've got a pair of winter gloves that I've had forever, and used on several different motos. Unfortunately, using them on my Duc I feel like I'm playing a violin with mittens on.
I know it's not the best for warmth, but bulky material between my hands and the grips makes me nervous.
Does anybody have some good winter gloves that don't have thick insulation on the palm and fingers?
I use the Bikers glove liners also. They keep the bulk to a minimum, but provide a good windbloc layer. I'd say they're reasonable to the high 40s for an hour or less. More than that I'd say you want electric grips or put on those violin mittens.
Here's a pic:
(available at aerostitch.com)
The other gloves I own, for rain, are the "Voyage" gloves from Daytona:
These are pretty warm, waterproof, and just a bit bulkier than my Helds with the glove liners. Again, though, for long rides in 35 degree weather they might not cut it.
Has anyone tried the new Icons? They look decent and are priced reasonably at $79.95. If so, how thick is the palm padding? I can relate to the "thick mitten" sensation and would like to stay warm while still being able to feel the controls.