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Gerbing Gyde S7 heated gloves tested

Riders in the current cold snap should check out these American Gerbing Gyde S7 Gloves which are heated via two lithium-ion batteries.

These comfortable gauntlet gloves are not cheap at $US249.99 (about $A370) plus postage, but they should keep your hands toasty and dry in the most extreme conditions.

They come with a dual mains charger to charge both batteries at the same time, but it’s an American parallel two-plug connection.Gerbing Gyde S7 heated gloves

You can twist them to Aussie mains 45-degree angles with pliers or use a convertor. It takes about three hours to charge them to 100%.

The Gerbing Gyde 7v lithium-ion batteries slip into zippered pouches on the back of the gauntlet section.Gerbing Gyde S7 heated gloves

With the batteries tucked away discretely, each glove weighs about 250g. That might seem heavy, but once they are on, you don’t notice the weight.

Unlike some other heated gloves, there is no need to plug them into an external power source so there are no messy wires. Gerbing Gyde S7 heated gloves

And because they are electronically heated, they don’t beed to be as thick and cumbersome as a lot of non-heated winter gloves.

Even so, they have Primaloft insulation that is thinner on the palms allowing plenty of feel on the throttle and levers.

Heated elementsGerbing Gyde S7 heated gloves

To operate, plug in the batteries, turn them on, slip them inside the pouch and zip them up.

They are now in standby mode which will last all day long.

You can easily turn the heat on when needed via the big silicone button on the back of the gauntlet.

Press again to turn the heat up and down in three stages represented clearly by green, yellow and red lights.

The hottest (red) setting is 57C (135F) and almost unbearable.

However, it would be most welcome if you happen to be crazy enough to ride in a blizzard.

In the hottest setting, battery time is only two hours, but who rides more than two hours in such conditions?

They will last six hours in the lowest heat setting (green) which is 25% heat and plenty warm enough right down to 5C. Medium setting (yellow) lasts about four hours.

If your hands get too hot, turn them off and the insulation traps and holds the heat for ages, depending on the ambient temperature and your speed which determines the wind-chill factor.

The heating elements are right throughout the gloves, which means on the backs of your hands, the palms and right down to the fingertips.

If you have hand grip warmers on your bike, you simply won’t need to turn them on.

CompositionGerbing Gyde S7 heated gloves

The gloves feel extremely comfortable with a soft, felt liner.

There are two fastening systems at the wrist and end of the gauntlet to make them secure and keep out the cold wind.

They come with handy touch-sensitive pads on the first fingertips of both gloves to use on your GPS or smartphone screens.

The second fingertips and the palms have a grip pad so your hands don’t slip on the bars.

There is also a convenient chamois on the back of the thumbs to wipe your visor.

However, there seems to be no impact nor abrasion protection.

But if you want to stay warm and dry on your ride, they are perfect.Gerbing Gyde S7 heated gloves

I held the gloves under a tap for several minutes and got no water penetration.

Water just beads off the AQUATEX breathable water-resistant membrane.Gerbing Gyde S7 heated gloves

The unisex gloves come in black only in sizes small to XXL with a sizing chart available.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Siima Sibirsky gloves in winter/summer test

Siima Sibirsky Adventure Gloves may not be the only motorcycle gloves you will ever need, but they do come close as our winter/summer test shows.

The gloves convert from a long winter gauntlet to a shorty summer glove in seconds and come with waterproof overgloves as this video shows.

Road tested

Siima founder Giorgos Evripidou sent me a pair to test shortly after I had lamented there was no such thing as an all-weather waterproof glove.

The Euro-approved goat skin gloves are designed in Cyprus, made in Indonesia and come in sizes large to 3XL. More sizes may become available if these are successful.

They are not cheap at €179.99 (about $A294) but the idea is you only need the one set of gloves for all seasons. 

Even though I usually take XL, Giorgos says the sizing is a bit small so he sent me a pair of 2XL to test. XL would have been fine as the 2XL was a little big.

Siima Sibirsky Adventure Glove for all weather conditions

While there are no hard knuckle protectors, they feel like a high-quality glove with thick rubber on the backs of the hands and quality leather and stitching.

The Sibirsky gloves also feel very comfortable with a soft felt-like Thermolite inner shell. 

Despite the perforations between the fingers for cooling air, they felt quite warm down to 10C.

However, once into single-digit temperatures my pinkies got quite cold.

I pulled the overgloves on and that added a little more warmth as it cut down wind penetration.

Unlike other overgloves, these are designed to fit over these specific gloves, so they do not make them overly bulky.

I found I could still bend my hands easily and feel the controls with a special grip patch on the palm so your hand doesn’t slip on the throttle.

There is also a wiper blade on the left index finger and a pull string to seal against the wind and rain.

While I didn’t get the chance to ride in rain with them, I filled the gloves with water and waited several hours to see if they leaked. They didn’t, so they should be fine for riding in the wet.

Summer testSiima Sibirsky gloves in winter/summer test

When packing for my recent trip to the USA to test the Harley-Davidson electric LiveWire in Portland, Oregon, I decided it would be a good opportunity to test out the hot weather capabilities of the Sibirsky gloves.

It takes a couple of seconds to unzip the gauntlets. It takes a little while longer to put them back on, but it’s not that difficult as the zip is thick and robust.

So I just packed the shorty version.

Unfortunately, the temperature only topped 30C, so it wasn’t a super-hot day to test the gloves.

However, I could tell that they were well ventilated and coped quite well on the open road.

When I got back into Portland’s slow downtown traffic, they started getting quite warm.

So, they are more of a most-weather glove, than an all-weather glove.

You may still need your super-warm winter gloves and super-ventilated summer gloves for extremes.

Otherwise, these are a good all-purpose glove.

Sibirsky Adventure Glove tech specs

  • TPR flexible ventilated knuckle protector,
  • TPR finger knuckles,
  • Superfabric palm slider,
  • Carbon PU upper wrist protector,
  • Superfabric back thumb reinforcement,
  • Drum-dyed goatskin (outer shell),
  • Thermolite insulation for all-season temperature regulation (inner shell),
  • 180gr bemberg +5mm sponge (inner shell),
  • Reflective stripes for night visibility (gloves & rain overgloves),
  • Inside lining: tri-fleece liner,
  • Elastic mesh on the wrist (short cuff),
  • YYK durable zipper to transform into short cuff,
  • Shield wiper (left index finger),
  • Pull string “auto-cuff (rain overgloves),
  • Grip patch at palm,
  • Wrist velcro closure,
  • 4way air mesh ventilation,
  • 100% waterproof rain overgloves,
  • Touch screen friendly index & middle fingers,
  • Stretch panels on thumb and fingers,
  • Double stitched,
  • Reflective stickers.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com