If you’ve been out on your bike in the cold and wet, you’ll know it’s torture on your hands. Not only does it make for a less enjoyable (and that’s an understatement!) ride but it can be dangerous if you’re out there too long.
With ice-cold fingers, will you be able to react in time?
Heated gloves still need to protect you so it’s important to go for a pair that have the right level of protection; armoured-knuckles, durable leather with scaphoid protection are the main features you need to look out for. The last thing you want to do is end up saying hello to the tarmac without adequate protection.
We all know that gloves are an essential part of motorcycle gear but who says you can’t have a bit of comfort?
We’ve hunted for the top heated motorcycle gloves based on their reviews and features to help you choose what’s right for you. There’s even a couple of other designs and non-heated options for you to consider.
Waterproof and windproof, you won’t feel the cold at all. The microwire technology plugs into your bike for all-day wear that won’t run out of battery. If you’re not one for cables and you’re only on a short trip, you can buy battery packs which fit neatly into the cuff for 1-3 hours wear depending on the temperature setting. Available in small to extra-large. Hard-knuckled gloves have that protection you still require.
Another popular glove by Gerbing, these heated gloves are specially made short in the cuff so they can be put under your jacket in the rain. Like the XR-12, these have heating elements throughout the whole fingers and come with a lifetime warranty. The soft and supple leather is wind and waterproof; just what you need out on the road. To heat the gloves, they attached via cable; adjust the heat by using the supplied controller.
These are our top pick due to their built quality, lifetime heating element warranty and the fact they can be used with battery packs or plugged into your bike.
Comfort meets safety with these heated gloves by Gerbing. They’re experts in their field when it comes to heated clothing, and they haven’t missed a beat with these motorcycle gloves.
Gerbing pride themselves on the durability of their products and these are no exception; the soft, stylish gloves are made of 0.6mm premium full aniline leather and have a lifetime warranty on the heating elements. A quality product, definitely worth splashing out for.
Fitting the connector to the bike
The connections on heated clothing are a lot simpler than most add-on electricals. It uses a permanent 12v connection which attaches to the positive and negative terminals on your battery.
Some kits are supplied with different fuses. This way, if you use multiple heated clothing, you can use a bigger fuse if you need to. Always check you have the right amp fuse or you're in danger of damaging the heating elements.
First, loosen your battery connectors (negative first) and connect the cable ring connectors. Cable tie the lead in place and pull it through the seat somewhere that’s easy to reach the clothing’s connection.
If you’ve done it correctly, there isn’t much you need to worry about but, like all DIY connections, it’s best to check them at regular intervals; especially before a long journey. Carry some spare fuses with you, just in case.
We appreciate that not everyone can afford our top picks. However if you’re on a tight budget, we don’t recommend you go for a cheap set of heated gloves. You’re far better off with a quality set of motorcycle gloves instead.
That said, we’re here to offer you all the options.
These gloves aren’t specific motorcycle gloves, but they are battery heated. With 3 temperature settings and up to 5 hours of life in them, they’ll last a considerably long journey if you need them.
Made from polyester, these gloves provide grip when you need it, and the heating elements heat the back of the hand and fingers for better coverage.
Mixed reviews from purchasers, some riders claim they do the job just fine while others suggest the heat doesn’t reach a decent enough level. Due to the universal nature of the gloves, they don’t look safe enough if you have a crash, they’re likely to shred and wear badly. In our opinion, it’s not worth wasting your money on these.
The same goes for these ones from eBay. For under £15 you can get these waterproof heated gloves with 8 hours battery life. Although they claim to be waterproof, it’s an entirely different ball game on a bike; they’re likely to leak and not provide any protection when you need it. In our opinion, they’re a waste of money.
There's another good option if you're commuting or touring and you want warm fingers. Go for a quality set of lobster claw gloves and bar muffs like these. The muffs will keep the wind-blast off, meaning you won't love lots of heat due to wind chill and the lobster-claw-style gloves reduce the surface area that gets cooled.
Then if you want some heat, add on some heated grips and you've got a toasty-warm paradise for your hands.
Or if you've already got a half-decent pair of winter gloves, just go for the heated grips and muffs option. Sorted.
Held Nordpol Glove / £69.99
They might look weird, but this design is quite ingenious. The separation of the fingers provides the level of control that you need, and by placing two fingers together, there’s less heat loss, keeping you warm for longer. Made of waterproof, windproof and breathable material, they’re safe and warm without causing discomfort over long periods of wear. Held offer a 2-year warranty on these gloves; a leather detailed back provides the needed protection for riders and a handy visor wipe on the index finger is a useful feature.
Oxford Rainseal Tech Handlebar Muffs / £29.90
These handlebar muffs fit directly to your bike (they’re universal to fit most), and you simply pop your hands in and off you go. With their 1500 Denier polyester fabric and thermal insulation, they’re wind and waterproof to give you plenty of comfort. Reflective detailing gives you added visibility to other road users in gloomy winter conditions.
Oxford Hot Grips - Heated Grips / £59.99
If you want a heated option, then fit some heated grips. They really don't take long to rig up and they're not the cumbersome affairs they used to be years ago. These 'sportsbike' grips from Oxford are thinner than you'd expect.
Unless you can guarantee they’re a good enough quality, try going for motorcycle specific gloves to avoid damage and design issues while riding. Showboarding or skiing gloves just won't do the job properly.
Check the battery life – if you’re more likely to travel long distances, it may be better to get a pair with a cable rather than just rechargeable batteries.
If you suffer from sweaty palms, look for a breathable lining to make sure you’re not uncomfortable.
Make sure the gloves are soft enough to continue to use your controls correctly, the last thing you want is to lose control of your bike by wearing cumbersome gloves.
Having an adjustable cuff means there’s less risk of your gloves coming loose in the event of a spill.
Wired or battery powered with 3 levels of heat setting, these breathable gloves have a durable leather palm for safety. Available in sizes small to extra-large.
More expensive but for a good reason, Gerbing microwire technology provides to-the-finger-tip heating. With a Thinsulate thermal quilted lining for added warmth and preventing heat loss plus a reinforced leather and suede palm and TPU shock absorbing knuckles.
Goat aniline leather gloves that are soft and comfortable with added visor wiper, touchscreen usability and reflective 3M Scotchlite material really set these apart if you fancy splashing the cash.
Do they sell battery-powered heated motorcycle gloves?
Yes, there are lots of motorcycle-specific and non-motorcycle-specific options out there. We’d always go for the motorcycle-specific wireless heated gloves as they’ll be able to deal with the harsh conditions, rain and wind-blast. Check out the great options from Gerbing, Keis and iXS above.
Do heated motorcycle gloves work?
Heated motorcycle gloves have a thermal layer and heated coils. Even when they aren’t switched on, the interior lining will give you better warmth than standard motorcycle gloves.
How do you attach heated gloves to a motorcycle?
Some heated gloves come with battery packs which fit snugly within the glove while others are connected using a 12V connection to your bike. To attach them to your bike, loosen your bike’s battery connectors and connect the cable ring connectors to the battery then rescrew in the battery connectors. Pass the cable through your bike seat where it can easily reach your clothing without restricting movement.
What are the warmest winter motorcycle gloves?
The warmest winter motorcycle gloves will have a thermal interior to keep the heat in. Choosing a waterproof pair will make sure rain cannot lower your temperature further. Heated motorcycle gloves are perfect for extreme cold, heat up really quick and safely keep your fingers at a constant temperature.
What are the best motorcycle gloves for cold weather?
Choose a pair of winter motorcycle gloves. Heated motorcycle gloves are a great idea if your hands go stiff in the cold. The constant warm temperature helps improve circulation and movement.
Are heated gloves safe?
Yes. Heated gloves are rigorously tested and comply with all safety guidelines. The heated coils are powered by your bike’s battery and protected by waterproof barriers. The coils are embedded within the material so they do not come into direct contact with your skin.
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