I bought these gloves about a year ago. They work great as an outer wind glove in cool/cold and damp weather. They also have worked great in light rain, fog, and mist. The first time I rode in extended heavy rain I experienced leakage, but then I rode for over 5 hours in driving downpour after driving downpour down I81 and through N Carolina to a BMW ralley at High Country Morotcycle Camp. My hands were soaked, but then so was everything else even under my rainsuit. (Everyone else was too, I might add.) Since then I have sealed the seams and they seem to work well, but I do experience some leakage down the sleeves. I would buy them again. (Posted on 9/9/08)
As a moto-journalist, I have chances to test out a whole lot more gear than most people. And these are one of the most innovative pieces of raingear I've come across in 15 years of riding.
Simply put, they work. The strap system is a breeze to use, even with gloved hands; more thought was put into ease of use on these gloves than in any two other rain products I've dealth with in my time as a rider.
I'm not kind to my gear, and I've had a set of these glove covers for over 5 years, used for commuting and travel in San Diego, LA, and the SF Bay area (where we get a LOT of rain). It's hard to tell them from new, even with tens of thousands of rain riding miles on them. And I get all the protection of my quality gloves without having to sacrifice crash survivability to get durability, waterproofness, and lack of bulk. At $47, they're a tremendous bargain.
So what are you waiting for? Order a pair already! ;) (Posted on 4/5/08)
I've had these for years; they never leave my tank bag. Water will infiltrate on super-soakers or on day-long rides, but I've never sealed the seams, and I suspect some water runs down the jacket sleeve into the covers rather than thru the covers. Yes, they don't grip the levers like gloves do, but I don't find that to be a major problem. I ride more slowly and carefully in rain anyway. And the 2nd one is necessarily more difficult to don than the first, but I can't envision how that could ever be rectified. I find my Triple Digits work great as windbreakers on very cold days, too, including the 9F ride I did about a week ago. (Posted on 1/14/08)
Slippery finish, difficult to use cuffs, and cut all wrong--short and fat. The XL isn't nearly long enough for my fingers, and the resulting pressure this puts on the fingertips is not what you want on a cold, wet day. On the other hand, they're so wide that hand, glove and all move inside of them. I never use them and feel more comfortable and safer with wet gloves. Save your money for one of the good things Aerostitch sells! (Posted on 10/6/07)
They do what they are supposed to do, but they are too slippery for a motorcycle or bicycle application. Aerostich could remedy this by putting a rubberized pad over the entire palm area, preferably on the inside and outside surfaces of the mitts, and taping the seams. This would add 2-5% cost to the item, but well worth it. (Posted on 9/25/07)
These are ugly, and difficult to get on over your regular gloves, but they really work. I ride all year-round in the Seattle area and usually pull these babies out in the fall and winter. Not the most convenient for a short commute, but if you are doing any long stints in the saddle and expect to encounter any rain, these are the ticket. Super lightweight and packable. Ask someone to get these for you for a birthday or Christmas gift, or better yet, give these as a gift to your favorite motorcycle-riding pal. A really good value. (Posted on 8/6/07)
They work okay. It was hard for me to get used to vulcan hand position. Sizing seems to be off, they run small. I wear a size 9 1/2 - 10 glove. I bought a size large rain cover and they are snug and the fingers are a bit short. I wish I would have bought an XL. The velcro strap is useless. The elastic top is a nice touch and does help keep the rain out.
Shelton, WA (Posted on 3/23/07)
These things are a major PIA. I added a button to the too short wrist strap, as suggested by others. This strap constricted the opening to the point where putting these things on over my knuckle protector gloves was difficult at best. The slippery material gave me no grip or caliper feel. And the too voluminous thumb made operating my turn signals or opening my visor nearly impossible. They actual made my regular commute a hazardous experience. (Posted on 3/1/07)