Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Coromandel, New Zealand
I always struggle with cold hands in winter, particularly on a long haul where there is a very real risk of poor bike control or slower reactions. Even with heated grips, the ends of my fingers get pretty painful. On my last bike, I switched to headed gloves and have used them for the last 3 years. A complete revelation and warm hands keep the whole body warm too.
With winter approaching in NZ, I've just set up the Duke for longer rides on frosty mornings. All that was required was to run the fused connector from the battery to a convenient point to connect to my jacket. The first pic shows the connector. I tuck it behind the plastic shield when not in use. The lead attaches to the connector on my jacket which runs to a small variable temperature controller hooked onto the jacket. From there, leads run internally between my jacket liner and the shell down the sleeves to the gloves. The gloves are the softest leather I've ever come across - I hate wearing bulky winter gloves. My setup is Gerbing but there are plenty of other manufacturers. I've no experience with gloves that have self-contained lithium batteries but they seem just fine in terms of sufficient capacity for commuting.
When the weather isn't quite so cold (around 10 degrees C). I use Dainese Tempest short cuff gloves which perform really well.
Last edited by Geoff; 04-30-2019 at 07:41 PM.