Gerbings S3 Heated Gloves
by Gus Breiland
We are entering the dog days of summer when the weather people use terms like muggy, steamy, hot and tropical. Riding becomes harder as you stare at your suit, helmet and boots and instantly break into a sweat. You debate the pros and cons of squid riding, risking your pelt or SOP and sweating off a few extra pounds. The last thing on your mind is heated gear and yet this is the season you should be making this decision. The first cold weekend of riding is just around the corner and you will not be able to ride into our lazy winters without good gear…and the connections wired to your battery. Gerbings heated gear has been wrapping my body in warmth for the past 5 years. I spent many a winter riding in layers upon layers; trying to use my body heat to warm my spirit on 30-40º days. Layers tend to restrict movement. You begin to check your blind spots using your torso and butt instead of just turning your head. Small children run from you as you dismount, looking like a zombie snowmobiler (not that children wouldn’t run from you anyway). While I was happy to be riding, the end of the day brought cold bellies, toes and fingers home and questions in my head like “why?” and “who am I?” I am not one who likes heated grips. I never seem to be able to pull enough heat from them and I always feel like I am squeezing the life out of the grip trying to keep contact until I need to shift or brake.
Gerbings Heated G3 Gloves have been a wonderful addition to my gear closet. I have been using their Classic Men’s gloves for many of those years but this past winter and spring I purchased their G3s. The G3 is a smoother, less bulky glove than the Classic. I like the look of the glove better than the piping across the knuckles on the Classic. Both gloves are excellent at heating your hands. For you spend thrifts, the Classic is a bit cheaper but just as functional. Current to make heat comes from a fused pigtail off the battery or through connections in your Gerbing liner. Gerbing includes the pigtail and extension with the gloves. This means you can run the gloves without the liner if you choose. In my case, I wear their heated liner that has connections on each arm for the gloves. The heating elements run along the top of the glove or the back of your hand, heating the wind side of your hands. This keeps your digits nice and toasty while allowing you free grip function.
Gerbings uses a coax cable that is easily connected and stays put. When I am walking around with my gloves on and connected to my liner, I feel like a small kid with those mittens that have a string that runs from arm to arm. The gloves dangle, waiting for you to start up the bike and start heating your fingers again.
Gerbings Heated Clothing can be found online at www.gerbing.com. The Gerbings Heated G3 Glove retails for $169 plus shipping from their website, or you can find Gerbings Heated Clothing around town. Head on over to their website and search for Dealers on the left hand side of the page. Local dealers include Leo’s South in Lakeville and Dr. Mudspringer in Spring Lake Park. Order yours today or get on over to a dealer and get fitted for your liner and gloves. That first crisp day, your hands will thank you.