Depending on where you live, it may be that time of year for more weatherproof gloves. Whether they be non-insulated waterproof, insulated waterproof, or the king of them all, Gore-Tex gloves, we have several styles to meet your needs.
This time of year, we get questions like, “What is your warmest glove?” Or comments such as, “I don’t like thick gloves.” Our answers may relate to where you live or what motorcycle you’re riding. But everyone has a different tolerance to the cold, and there are several factors that determine the best glove for YOU. For example, if you’re riding with heated grips and hand guards you may be able to get away with lesser gloves. If you’re riding a naked bike, you may need something more substantial. Of course, depending on what part of the country you live your needs will vary.
For work commutes where morning and end-of-day temps are colder, or touring where it may warm to the 50°F–70°F range for several hours, the gloves you choose are going to make all the difference. In other words, although a non-insulated glove with a waterproof liner has some inherent wind protection, it will not keep you warm when the temps drop again. Yet, an insulated glove might be too warm.
A word about waterproof liners: There are many well-known as well as private-label brands that deal with waterproofing differently. Racer Austria has Aquapoint, which does a good job of keeping you dry. Many brands have caught up to Gore-Tex’s level of waterproofing but, like Gore-Tex, are not known for a higher level of breathability.
Leather gloves with waterproof liners in a downpour get soaked, and even if your hands remain dry, the wicking effect of the cold wind will make them feel wet. Also, depending on the style of the glove, a cuff over the sleeve could allow water to get in. The best method we’ve found is to run the glove under the cuff and then tighten the cuff to prevent water penetration.
A good test to determine if a waterproof liner is compromised is to fill the glove with water and hold it upside down. If water leaks out of the fingers/leather/seams, then you know that the liner isn’t working.
There are also several methods of securing waterproof liners to the chassis of the glove so the liners do not pull out. Just as there are methods to attach the liner material your hand touches to the waterproof liner. We also recommend, when removing gloves with waterproof liners, to take them off by grabbing them from the fingertips when pulling your hand out.
We hope these tips help with your choice of winter or waterproof gloves. As always, your inquiries are always welcome. Send us an email or give a call with your questions, complaints, or glove love.
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The size chart is a general guide and is not exact to every hand. The limiting factor is the larger measurement of either your palm or finger length.
For reference, the hand in the size chart measures, 9.5" palm width, 7.5" finger length and wears a large in all but 1-2 styles.
NOTE: If you are a man and have small hands, a women's size glove will not necessarily fit. A women's pattern is different.
If you are unsure of sizing, please send an email with your measurements and which glove you're interested in for a recommended size.
Place your dominant hand lightly on a table and using a flexible measuring tape, measure the circumference of your palm at its widest point. The widest point of your palm is just below your index finger knuckle, to the mid-point between your pinky knuckle and wrist. (See photo 1)
Measure from the tip of the middle finger to the base of the palm where it meets the wrist. (see photo 2)
Step 3 Find Your Glove Size
Make sure to write down the measurements from Steps 1 and 2. Compare that information to the sizing chart below to find your size in Racer Gloves.
Have questions on fit or sizing? Give us a call at 541-460-7001 or send us an email.