Heated Glove Liners

December 13, 2010

As it’s chuffin cold (kinda obvious really when you consider it’s winter ;)) and, according to the weather ‘experts’, going to get worse again 😦 I thought I’d do a few posts highlighting heated bike gear.. So armed with Google I set about searching for a few bits and pieces and came across heated glove liners.

These on the face of it seem to be  a damn good idea!  They’re heated liners (obviously) which go inside your existing gloves and according to the bumf will keep your pinkys lovely and warm, while the world around you freezes it’s bits off.

Here’s a bit more info from Heated Motorcycle Clothing, a site which appears to be dedicated to keeping freezing riders warm 🙂

Heats 4 fingers directly. Ambient heat surrounds the Gloveliner, warms the thumb, fills the glove.

Main Features:

* Wear your own SKI, BIKE, RIDING etc. gloves on top*.
* Washable – because heat-element is separate from fabric.
* 3.7V Rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries – choice of two types: with and without on/off switch.
* Flexible heat-element slides in and out of finger-pockets.
* Super-elasticated fabric – three sizes available (M,L,XL).
* Batteries last 3 to 4 hours used continuously.
* Safe to use.
* Modular design so you can replace all the bits separately (see further below).
* One colour: black.
* Initial charging time around 4-8 hrs, then 5 hours.

So far so good, you can wear them inside your existing gloves, you can recharge them overnight and they should last 3-4 hours when used continually.  Perfect for most commutes in to work for most people 🙂

Here’s a bit more information about whats included in the price..

Your Order will include:

* 1 pair of black Gloveliners.
* 2 rechargeable batteries.
* One pair of windproof, waterproof General Purpose Gloves.
* 2 flexible heat elements, cable, jacks.
* 1 battery charger with 2 jacks.

This next bit is kinda important, unless you don’t mind having smelly hands 😉

Wash Easily – It is important to be able to wash fabric properly without fear of damaging electrical circuitry – let’s face it – textiles get smelly next to the skin and most gloveliners we’ve seen (and previously sold) have elements contained within the fabric. Not now. Ours are completely separate. (cool wash by hand recommended and leave to dry).

And some extra information about accessories you can also buy to go with them.

At time of purchase you can add accessories as back-up. For example you may wish to buy extra batteries to charge up and carry with you on a long journey. Or a couple of spare heating elements in case the dog chews one. How about 2 extra pairs of liners so you always have a clean pair available? Or simply return to the site later and buy any bit separately (see next products).

And they post all over the place 🙂

Delivery to: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark. France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

and the price for these….. £98.99!

Not that bad really, not when you consider how much a pair of heated gloves costs or how cold your hands and fingers can get without any way to warm your hands over the winter.  There’s nothing worse than hands so cold that they feel like they’re burning, and hands so cold that you’re incapable of doing anything for almost half an hour when you get to work while you ‘defrost’ them.  Been there, got the t-shirt and don’t want to do it again 😦

 

 

 

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Frozen Hands – How About Heated Gloves?

January 9, 2010

When it started getting a tad chilly outside my other half bought me some heated grips for my bike to keep my hands warmer over the winter.. I’m now officially in love with whoever invented them 😉

I totally love my heated grips 🙂

Apart from heated grips though you can also get heated gloves, as well as a full range of heated clothing.. I had a timely email from M&P Direct the other day telling me about it all 🙂

First off, heated gloves, here are a few details about them.  Just click on the photos to be taken to M&P Directs website for further information.

Gerbing Hybrid Gloves

Gerbing Hybrid Gloves

NEW! The new line of 12 V Hybrid Products utilize Gerbings Hybrid Heating Systemâ„¢. This system allows you the option of powering from your vehicles 12 V electrical system, or from Gerbings 12 volt lithium-ion battery pack with its built-in microprocessor temp controller.
  • Made with premium, supple, drum-dyed leather
  • Soft tricot fleece lining with 100g of Thinsulate® lining
  • Incorporates Gerbings Microwire® heating technology that uses micro-sized heating fibers to surround the hand with warmth
  • Internal Aquatex waterproof/breathable membrane
  • Includes vehicle battery harness and Y-harness
  • They retail at about the £150 mark, but when you consider you could pay that amount for a decent pair of bike gloves anyway, it’s not too bad and you get the added bonus of warm hands 🙂

    They also do these,

    Gerbing T5 Gloves

    Gerbing T5 Heated Gloves

    The T5 gloves from Gerbing’s were first introduced last year in Europe but now are available in the USA. Designed for the rider who rides out of necessity and not just for recreation. The T5 gloves were made for the type of rider who demands performance in a wide variety of riding conditions. Whether it is long distance riding where comfort and warmth are essential or intercity high traffic commuting where safety is a must, the T5 gloves from Gerbing’s deliver exceptional performance.
  • Gerbings heated gloves are made with high quality full-analine leather for an exceptionally light, strong and flexible glove
  • The glove heats the entire length of each finger including the thumb as well as the back of your hand
  • Gauntlet style glove
  • Adjustable wrist fastener
  • Hypora® waterproof, breathable membrane
  • Thinsulate® insulation for great warmth and dexterity
  • Brushed tricot liner for added warmth and durability
  • Incorporates Gerbings Microwire® heating technology that uses micro-sized heating fibers to surround the hand with warmth
  • Lifetime warranty on the Microwireâ„¢ heating elements
  • Other heated kit M&P Direct sells includes

    Heated Inner Soles for your boots – I do hate getting cold feet!!

    Heated Jacket Liners – For a toasty body

    Heated Trouser Liners – For warm legs

    What I need now is for someone to invent some kind of device which projects a bubble of warmth round me and my bike, which will also melt the ice and snow, so that I can go out and ride!!


    Brrrr.. It’s Getting Colder Out There!

    November 12, 2009

    It’s definately getting colder out there now and some mornings my poor fingers are so cold after the 20 mile run into work that they ache.

    So my sweetie of a boyfriend bought me a set of the Oxford Sport Heated Grips for my bike, and they arrived in the post yesterday.

    Woohoo! I can’t wait for the weekend so I can get them fitted.

    Oxford Hot Grips - Sport

    I’ll let you know how I get on with both fitting and using them.


    Caring For Your Bike Gear

    January 4, 2009

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    If like me you are riding through the winter, you have no doubt taken care of your bike to protect it from salt and water damage, But what about your riding gear?

    It is recommended that all leather riding gear should be treated about every 3 to 4 months to help keep it in good condition. If you intend riding throughout the winter it may be an idea to give your riding gear a bit of TLC at the start of the winter and possibly a couple times during the bad weather as well, especially if you want them to stay supple, warm and waterproof.

    If you ride regularly in the wet you should always allow wet or damp leather to air-dry naturally away from any heat source. You should avoid extreme heat or humidity as it may damage the leather’s natural oils and cause your gear to become rigid and possibly split. If you notice that your leathers become stiff after drying them out it probably means that your gear needs leather conditioner applied to it.

    Also, if you ride through the winter you will no doubt encounter salt thrown up from the road by the other vehicles around you! If this does happen you should promptly remove salt deposits from garments by sponging with clear water, then follow with the above treatment for wet or damp leather.

    Here is a simple guide to cleaning and conditioning your leather gear.

    First, you must clean your leathers before you condition them. Never condition dirty or wet leathers, as they will degrade faster due to the conditioning oils trapping the water and dirt in the leather. If your leathers are not noticeably soiled, give them a wipe down with a slightly damp cloth and let them dry at room temperature overnight. If your leathers need a more thorough cleaning use a good quality leather cleaner. Regardless of how you clean them, always allow your leathers to air-dry completely at room temperature before you condition them. You should always hang leather garments on wide or padded hangers to help maintain their shape.

    Next, choose a good leather conditioner and apply a small amount onto a soft cloth and work it gently into the leather. Once you have applied it to the whole garment allow it to sit for half an hour and fully absorb the conditioner, if necessary apply a second coat. Once you have finished applying the conditioner and allowed it to soak into the leather, wipe any excess off with clean dry cloth.

    Simple and job done..

    Soft, supple leathers which will not only stay warm and waterproof, but as they are looked after properly they will stay looking good for many years to come.


    Top Tip – Staying Warmer Out On The Road

    December 7, 2008

    Change the screen on your bike!

    Adjustable, raised or double-bubble screens will help deflect more of the cold air away from the rider and help you stay that little bit warmer when out on your motorbike.

    And you won’t have to contort yourself like a gymnast! Simple!

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    Top Tip – Keeping Warm In Winter

    December 6, 2008

    If you ride all year round and are starting to feel a little cold riding now in your leather jacket, here is a top tip for keeping warm..

    Buy yourself a second leather jacket one size larger so that you can easily fit a few extra layers under it.  The jacket doesn’t have to cost a fortune, Ebay is a good place to look, but an extra layer or two will definately help you stay warmer.

    I got a second jacket from Ebay for £12 + p&p, and while it isn’t new it does the job for which it was intended as I can easily fit a fleecy top under it which keeps me lovely and warm.


    Save £7.98 On Oxford Hot Grips!

    December 3, 2008

    Reduced from £49.99 to just £42.01 and with FREE delivery!

    Designed for use on motorcycles, as well as snow mobiles and ATVs, the Oxford Hot Grips will help to keep your hands warm while riding in the winter. 

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    The price includes a free conversion kit for ATVs. 

    They feature a fully adjustable temperature control so you can adjust the temperature depending on how cold it gets.

    The unique expandable grips fit easily on 22mm handlebars.

    Comes with a no-quibble two year guarantee.

    All the necessary instructions and fittingsare included in the kit.

     

    Click on the photo for more details and ordering informartion