Just this week, we got two product reviews on the subject! So then we asked the question on facebook and twitter, and the results are pretty interesting.
The experienced riders we hear from (not a scientific sample by any means) are split down the middle, but maybe leaning more to heated gloves.
Stephan P. writes: These gloves are amazing. 12/01/14
They are incredibly warm. Avid skiers know there is no substitute for leather and the same goes for motor cycle riders. They are totally wind proof and extremely supple and comfortable. The large roomy cuffs easily cover and seal even the most bulky jacket sleeves. Was going to get electric gloves, but get the job done way more simply.
Kenneth S. writes: These gloves are awesome! 11/29/14
I use them for motorcycling…the perfect glove when it starts to get cold … I would say they’re good down to about 45 degrees…below that I’ll go with my electric gloves. Very high quality leather. I highly recommend them.
To get a better sense of why riders prefer heated gloves, or not, we ran an informal poll on social media. That’s when it got really interesting …
THE DEBATE HEATS UP: TWITTER AND FACEBOOK
We asked riders:
“Winter Motorcycle Riding: Are Heated Gloves for You?
On Twitter, Jeff S. says …
“Nope … all the plugging and unplugging. I would get stuck and trapped”.
But things went completely the other way on Facebook
when we asked the same question.
Among really experienced riders (the typical Olympia customer), our informal poll came out 30/70 in favor of heated gloves
… and even the riders who haven’t tried them yet are leaning towards electric gloves:
Tim J.: Yes please, when my hands get cold. Nothing else works.
Michael O. : Never tried them.
Michael F.: Love my heated gear!
Chuck C.: Want to try heated gloves. Haven’t used them yet. But the hands are getting older.
Michael U.: Not yet but each year as I get older and colder I’m leaning that way!
David. L: Absolutely for riding under 35