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5 Reasons Serious Motorcycle Riders Need One Glove…Rain or Shine!

Posted by Tom Schwab

 black_l_glove_hand_on_throttle.pngIf you’re a serious motorcycle rider, you don’t care if it’s sunny or raining, you’re going to ride either way. But you don’t want to have to keep track of different gloves depending on the weather, right? You have bigger things to worry about! Instead of watching the weather channel to decide what to wear, spend more time on your motorcycle with the Olympia 4300 Gore-Tex Rain or Shine Gloves. Here are several reasons why one pair of gloves is the way to go!


Favorite Local Motorcycle Routes in Michigan

Posted by Dan Moyle


If you enjoy lake views when you ride, Michigan is a great option. The Great Lakes state has plenty of scenery with four of the five great lakes in its vicinity. It is picturesque and features thousands of miles of shorelines. There are also farms, wineries, mills and other items to enjoy. It is hard to know where to start when it comes to motorcycle routes in Michigan, but here are a few options.


Winter Motorcycle Riding: Are Heated Gloves For You?

Posted by Dan Moyle

marilyn_winterIn this blog post, we set out to answer a very fundamental question:

What are the best motorcycle gloves to keep hands warm, for winter riders?

Lots of riders swear by their heated gloves. But we sell lots of insulated winter gloves, too, and hear from riders who are just as devoted to them.

In the end, it’s a personal decision, but we asked Marilyn Elmore Bragg to do a little research on the topic for you. Have a read.


Topics: Winter Motorcycle Gloves

Best Snowmobile Riding Routes in New England

Posted by Tom Schwab


snowmobile_gloves_vs_snowmobile_mittens-360504-edited-059006-editedSnowmobiling is a popular winter sport in New England. Vacations are prevalent in the area as people travel from all over to enjoy the thousands of miles of groomed trails within the states in this region. The Island port area is Vermont is called the “snowmobile capital of New England,” though many from New Hampshire and Maine think their areas should retain that title instead. The region near the Canada border gives you intriguing rural views while Maine has some downright fun trails. To fully cover the area, look at the region by state and enjoy a trip to the area based on the region you most want to explore.


Best Snowmobile Riding Routes in WI

Posted by Tom Schwab

snowmobile_gloves_vs_snowmobile_mittens-360504-edited-059006-editedRiding a snowmobile is something you can do on your own, with family, or with a group of friends. There are thousands of trails all over the country and if you love riding, you want to try them all! But when you are in Wisconsin, you feel like you have all of the beauty and trail options you could ever want. Here are a few of the best routes to try when riding snowmobiles in Wisconsin.


Best Snowmobile Riding Routes in Minnesota

Posted by Tom Schwab



winter_tracks_in_snow_is_photoMinnesota is a winter wonderland during many of the winter months. That makes it the perfect spot for snowmobile riding. With more trails than you know what to do with, it has plenty of great opportunities for a fun ride. Whether you live in the area, or just want to visit for the winter fun, there are plenty of routes to enjoy within this snowy state! Here are a few of the best areas to visit.


2015-16 BUYERS GUIDE: 16 Snowmobile Gloves For Warm Hands

Posted by Dan Moyle

2015-16 Snowmobile Gloves Buyers Guide: Good, Better, Best  

It gets pretty cold out there on the trails.  Warm base layers, headgear, and gloves are essential. 

When it comes to keeping hands warm, there are really only 2 rules: keep hands dry, and body heat in.  Waterproof, windproof, insulated cold weather gloves are a must.

Yet, when it comes to snowmobile gear, there's a range of prices, features, and choices.

That's why we arranged our updated 2015-16 Buyer's Guide (Scroll down, below) according to "GOOD", "VERY GOOD", AND "BEST".

All 16 featured gloves will keep you warm, but different gloves will suit different needs.


Topics: Snowmobile Gloves

Best Snowmobile Riding Routes in Michigan

Posted by Tom Schwab

snowmobile_gloves_vs_snowmobile_mittensMichigan is a winter wonderland through many of the cold months and it has over 6,500 groomed trails that are perfect for snowmobiles. It is one of the most extensive systems of trails in the country, many of which are interconnected. The terrain is diverse and goes through both state and national forests. You can go across up to 11,000 different frozen lakes to make the adventure even more thrilling. There are a lot of options in terms of places to start a snow mobile adventure in Michigan. Here are a few options.


Best Cold Weather Motorcycle Gloves: 2015-16 BUYER'S GUIDE

Posted by Tom Schwab


A year-round rider from Northern Minnesota told us recently .

"I love the outdoors ... and the gear that gets me there".  But it can be a challenge to keep warm, riding in those frigid Minnesota winters.

What's the best cold weather motorcycle glove? It sounds like a simple question, but there is no one answer.

  • You may be out for an hour or two ... or all day. 
  • You may have heated grips, or not.
  • The day may be wet and windy, or sunny. 
  • Your commute may start before dawn or end in the dark.

Every rider has different needs! But, there is a way to choose.

Use our 2015-2016 Motorcycle Glove Buyer's Guide (below) -- pick the glove that best suits the conditions and way you ride -- and works for your budget.

Oh, yes ... and check online reviews. Hearing what other riders have to say, is usually the best indicator that a glove will go the distance.


Topics: Winter Motorcycle Gloves

Which Leather For Gloves? Cowhide vs. Goatskin, Kangaroo and More

Posted by Dan Moyle


Many people ask us which leather is best for gloves. WIth all the choices, it can get confusing.

Cowhide vs. goat skin? Deerskin vs. pigskin? Elk? Kangaroo?

The answer is, it depends. Different leathers are best for different purposes.

If you're a winter rider, you may have one set of needs. If you're using the gloves for summer, other qualities may be important.

The choice usually comes down to three things ... design, budget, and performance needs. Here are the key differences, for the most commonly used glove leathers.  


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