The best heated motorbike gloves

Keep those fingers flexing, not frozen! MCN's guide to the best heated motorbike gloves.

MCN testing heated motorcycle gloves

by Martin Fitzgibbons |

We should know by now that layering-up is the best way to keep warm when the temperature starts to drop. However, while keeping the heat in is essential, sometimes we need to actually add heat to make sure that we stay warm and don’t begin to feel the effects of cold; a loss of concentration, followed by feeling and a decrease in safety.

One of the first areas that can start to feel cold are the hands. Many riders swear by heated grips and indeed, these will help you to keep using thinner gloves for improved feel and comfort when things start to get chilly.

However, unless you have handguards to protect your hands from the windblast, the wind-chill can drastically reduce the effective temperature at your fingertips. And in this case, you start to get cold very quickly and heated grips will do nothing to help you.

I know this from previous experience. Every winter, I find myself gravitating to a pair of heated gloves, for the simple reason that my palms tend not to get cold as they are against the grips (heated or not) but my fingertips and the back of my hand do – where the wind gets them. And a pair of heated gloves is the answer.

One of the key decisions to make when selecting a pair of heated gloves is fundamentally how long you will spend riding in them. If you are likely to use them for an hour or two a day, then battery power is likely to be plenty for you, even on high heat settings. Most gloves should last a couple of hours on high and a handful of hours on lower settings.

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However, if you plan to ride all day – you use your bike for work, you’re a blood biker or enjoy big-mile winter tours - then you might want to consider hard-wiring the gloves to the bike’s battery.

This may make it a bit more of a faff when you mount or dismount to connect cables emerging from your jacket cuffs and plugging your jacket into the bike but you will be able to run the gloves on whatever heat setting you want for as long as you want and never run out of power.

Keis G701 Heated Armoured Gloves

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Keis G701 Heated Armoured Gloves

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Tested by Bruce Dunn for four months, 1000 miles
Quality 5/5, Value 4/5

"The latest heated gloves from Keis (an update on the G601) are made from a stretchy bonded textile outer which makes them extremely comfortable and easy to wear. Slipping your hand inside the Thinsulate interior is a bit of a treat as it feels really fluffy and warm, even when the gloves are turned off.

They definitely have a premium feel. Once they're turned on via the easy-access rubberised button on the backs of the hands, the G701 warm up extremely quickly and within 15 or so seconds they feel up to temperature. They have some good features like the visor wipe on the left index finger and have touch screen pads on the index finger and thumb, so even when they're turned off they're still pretty decent winter gloves."

Keis G701 Heated Armoured Gloves
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"The outer fabric is hydrophobic so is supposed to repel water, meanwhile there's a Hipora waterproof/breathable membrane beneath to back this up, however, I have yet to test their wet-weather performance. There are three heat settings that are easy to toggle with the button.

With the optional batteries installed in the back of the wrists they are un-obtrusive and will last easily a couple of hours or longer depending on what heat setting you choose. The batteries take two hours to recharge. The gloves come with an in-line fused lead in order to power them directly from the bike's 12v battery, which is definitely the way to go if you're only using them on one bike as the batteries are quite an expensive convenience."

Macna Progress RTX-DL Heated Gloves WP

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Macna Progress RTX-DL Heated Gloves WP

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Tested by Ben Clarke for three months, 500 miles
Quality 5/5, Value 4/5

"These heated gloves from Macna can be powered three ways. You can either run them from your bike's battery, use battery packs or connect them to the brand's Core heated jacket. Rather than using a bulky single battery in the cuff, the Progress has three much thinner batteries per glove that fit into their own slots. The cuffs themselves have an elasticated inner and an outer that means you don’t get wet hands in the rain."

Macna Progress RTX-DL Heated Gloves WP
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"The elements do a great job of warming your entire hand evenly and the hottest of the four temperature settings is really toasty. You can control the gloves with Macna’s Bluetooth app, but it’s not really worth the bother when the control is on the back of your hand anyway. It’s useful for checking the battery levels though. Score a typical “1 KP” rating in CE tests."

Gerbing XRL

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Gerbing XRL single glove

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Tested by Mike Armitage for 1 month, 2000 miles
Quality 5/5, Value 4/5

"Suffer with insomnia? Ask me about heated clobber. I can bore the hind leg of the most resilient donkey. As a year-round rider, I almost exploded with joy after discovering heated gloves about 16 years ago. And these are the best yet.

Old heated gloves seemed better suited to pruning roses but these CE-approved XRLs (there’s a short-cuff XR too) are proper bike kit, with confidence-inspiring armour, secure fastening, waterproof membrane, visor wipe, and a patch of stuff for touchscreens. Power is from the bike’s battery: attach the supplied harness, run the thin Y-lead down each arm and connect (or invest in the jacket liner, which has a feed from each sleeve). A button on each mitt regulates heat."

Gerbing XRL
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"These perhaps aren’t as hot as older Gerbings, but the warmest setting is plenty toasty even when it’s several below freezing. Threading wires sounds a faff, but only adds 20 seconds to kitting up. Having tested all other brands, Gerbing stand out for reliability, snugness and sense of safety."

Power source: Batteries (included), bike (accessory kit)

Keis G601

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Keis G601

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Armoured and waterproof, the G601 gloves are a dependable option. They are made of leather and textile, rendering these gloves reasonably light, yet the hard knuckle armour and soft armour on the fingers and wrist provide good protection. To be heated, they draw from the bike, although you can opt for a battery pack if you wish. The heating is even and makes for snug wearing.

Ixon IT-Aso Evo

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Ixon IT-Aso Evo

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Inevitably, there are heated gloves that come with an app. It sounds gimmicky but it works. With the app you set a desired temperature and a sensor in the gloves will maintain that temperature. Of additional note is the wonderful quality of build here. The gloves consist of a mix of materials including leather, neoprene and Primaloft insulation; they are waterproof and hard armour covers the knuckles and fingers. Comes with two batteries (and a charger, of course).

Keis Heated Inner Gloves

Keis Heated Inner Gloves
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If you already have a pair of winter gloves that keep you warm in moderate conditions yet also keep you dry and give good feel for the bike, then adding a pair of slim heated gloves, like these liners from heated-kit specialist Keis, can help.

They are thin enough to prevent excessive interference with the bike yet powerful enough to offer useful heating. They are supplied with a Y-lead that runs up the back of your jacket and down each arm to connect to the bike’s battery or an optional battery pack.

Pros:

• Give warmth to existing gloves
• Thin so fit under existing gloves
• Powered by bike or battery pack

Cons:

• Some may not like the feel of two pairs of gloves

RST Paragon 6

RST Paragon 6

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This is the latest heated glove from British brand RST and like its predecessors, it works very well. They are long, gauntlet-style gloves with hard-knuckle protection and good padding over the fingers and thumbs.

They are supplied with a pair of batteries that can last up to five hours and they use a simple push-button control on the back of each glove. They are made of leather with RST’s SinAqua membrane and there is also a storm cuff on the gloves.

Pros:

• Battery power for versatility
• Full length
• Good protection from padding and knuckle armour

Cons:

• Feel a bit bulky

Ixon IT-Fogo

Ixon IT-Fogo

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These leather gloves from French company Ixon have a nice, soft feel to them with an outer in goatskin leather and Permaloft insulation. They also have a waterproof and breathable membrane and have hard-knuckle armour located under the outer skin.

They are controlled by the Clim8 app which connects to them via Bluetooth and manages the heating based on your own personal temperature, so once paired and calibrated, you don’t have to do anything. They come with batteries but there is also an optional hard-wire kit.

Pros:

• Automatic, thermostatic heating control
• Supple and comfortable
• Short design might suit some riders

Cons:

• Narrow cuffs won’t go over jacket cuffs

Gerbing MicroWire XLR

Gerbing MicroWire XLR

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These gloves from Gerbing are the archetypal heated winter gloves. The XLR is the long-cuff version (there's a shorter, XR variant) and they are formed in Analine leather with a Hipora waterproof and breathable membrane.

They also feature hard-knuckle armour and a hard, TPU slider on the palm as well as padding over the scaphoid and on the fingers. They are supplied with a hard-wire harness to connect directly to the bike’s battery and there are several sizes of batteries available as optional extras, though they are expensive.

Pros:

• Long cuffs to go over jacket
• Hard knuckle and slider protection
• Hipora waterproof and breathable membrane

Cons:

• Batteries an expensive option

Merlin Minworth

Merlin Minworth

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These retro-styled gloves are from Merlin's Heritage range and show that practicality needn't be dull. They are short-ish gloves formed in cowhide leather and backed with a Hipora breathable and waterproof membrane with two different densities of Thinsulate, thicker on the back of the hand and thinner on the palm for warmth and feel.

They also feature D3O knuckle armour and padding over the scaphoid and the heating elements have three power levels, activated by a button on each glove. Power comes from two batteries supplied with the gloves.

Pros:

• Retro styling
• Hipora membrane
• Thinsulate insulation

Cons:

• Short cuff may not keep all weather out

Keis G701S Gloves

Keis G701S Gloves

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Another pair of short heated gloves, this time new from Keis which also has several pairs of longer examples in its range. These use a Spandex outer shell with a Hipora membrane to keep rain out but allow the hands to breathe.

The inner and outer layers are joined using heat-activated tape to prevent movement and Thinsulate insulation helps to keep the heat in. They use soft armour over the knuckles for protection and comfort and there is a hard TPU palm slider. They come with a ‘Y’ lead for connection to either a hard-wiring harness or a battery pack, though neither is supplied.

Pros:

• Short design less cumbersome than others
• Waterproof and breathable
• Integrated construction to prevent layer movement

Cons:

• No power options included

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