Winter Motorcycle Glove Shopping
I’ve been trying to find a good winter glove since I started riding. I’ve read a lot of motorcycle glove reviews, but a lot of them mention temperatures I haven’t had problems with. Riding in 40°F weather doesn’t bother me. It’s below freezing that I have problems.
I’m a huge Aerostich fanboy. I’ve put 5,000 more miles on the Aerostich Courier bag that I reviewed, and I trust their products and recommendations. Aerostich lists Olympia Gloves (4294 Aventador? I think?) but I wanted to do more research.
I spent some time on the Olympia Gloves site and finally decided on the Olympia 4102 WeatherKing Extra Touch.
The Riding Test
I’m picky about winter riding, but I do it more than most. It was 20°F, and the roads were clean and clear, and there was no precipitation predicted for the day. I put on my snowmobile suit, my electric vest and “chaps,” my helmet, and the Olympia WeatherKing gloves. I’m a commuter, so that’s how I used these gloves. I did not wear a liner.
I bought small gloves, but there’s still too much room in the fingertips and the thumbs. I normally buy women’s gloves to alleviate the problem but that wasn’t an option here. There was plenty of flexibility though. This could have been better. Because of the fit, it’s really hard to use the touchscreen tips on the gloves.
On many pairs of motorcycle gloves, a strap will be behind the mass of the hand, to keep the gloves in place. The only adjustable parts of these were on the gauntlet. After 10 minutes, the gloves creep down the hand again. Again, this could have been better.
Normally I have 3 pairs of gloves on in this temperature, and I hate how bulky that is. It bothers me when I go to cancel the turn signal and I honk the horn instead.
These had none of that bulk, and were rather easy to use, even if the fingertips were too long by a small amount.
These gloves are probably the best thing I’ve ever done for winter riding, including using electrics under my gear. They would be better served by offering women’s sizing but the website says that’s forthcoming. I absolutely recommend them.