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Windproof vs. Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves: FAQ's

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Mar 1, 2014 3:59:00 PM

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So, what does "windproof" vs. "waterproof" really mean when it comes to motorcycle gloves? 

We're glad you asked! 

Here's an explanation of the technology behind those terms, and the options that are available for motorcycle riders.

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Topics: Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves, Windproof Motorcycle Gloves

Motorcycle Riders: Protect Hands From Wind (Beyond Windproof Gloves!)

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Mar 1, 2014 2:53:00 PM

Riding a motorcycle in WindOptions To Protect Hands From Wind

Since hands are one of the most exposed body parts for a motorcycle rider, we make many styles of windproof gloves. But there are several non-glove options to block wind, such as hand covers and wind muffs, that are also worth considering.

While they DO NOT provide the warming layering effect of air trapped within textiles on your hands, these additions to your bike DO block wind and rain:

  • Wind Deflectors/Wind Guards: usually heavy duty plastic, mount on the bars to shield from wind

  • Hand Muffs: sewn covers that go over grips, with or without a hand guard, to add another layer of protection from wind

Some riders say that the combination of muffs plus electric bars is a nice recipe for warm hands … others say that it is a sure recipe for warm palms and freezing hands.  With or without electric grip warmers or hand covers, protect hands from exposure to wind using a competent glove.

Motorcycle Glove Features For WInd Protection

What about the gloves you already have in your gearbox?  While not technically windproof, some gloves naturally have features that add wind protection, and should not be discounted -- such as:

  • Leather Gloves:  Leather is highly wind resistant.  Though we stop short of calling it windproof without the lamination, it’s the best wind protection youll find in a glove that is not labeled "windproof".

  • Gauntlet Gloves:  Let's not forget the usefulness of a gauntlet glove style, designed to keep cold air from going up your sleeve!  Whether the extended cuff goes over or under your jacket, it's another way to stay comfortable while riding in wind.

WindProof Gloves: "The Basics" For Motorcycle Riders 

What does it mean for a glove to be windproof

A special film is laminated to either the exterior shell of the glove, or the interior lining, that adds wind blocking qualities and stops your body from feeling the chilling effects of wind.

This type of membrane goes by several namessuch as WindTex and Windstopper.  

Of note, Windstopper is known for total windproofness and optimized breathability, which maximizes comfort as it lets moisture vapor to easily escape and prevents overheating and perspiration build-up.

For a short guide to some of our Windproof glove styles, scroll down below!

BUYERS GUIDE: 12 Windproof Gloves from Olympia:

Here are 12 of Olympia's best Windproof Gloves and Waterproof Gloves:

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Topics: Windproof Motorcycle Gloves, motorcycle gear

Winter Motorcycle Riding: Warm Gloves, Warm Hands

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Feb 28, 2014 4:15:00 PM

Winter Motorcycle ridingSome riders put the bike in storage the minute the mercury dips. Many riders use warm gloves built for cold temperatures according to which weather zone they are traveling to.

But if you're a winter rider, cold blustery weather doesn't phase you. You already know that the secret to staying comfortable for year round riding really isn't a secret -- invest in good, warm gear.

Fortunately, gear and glove manufacturers continue to improve the gear that's available. Our goal is to block the wind, seal out wet, and lessen your exposure to the weather.

While we have always made insulated gloves, the materials we get to use are improving every year.  Here's what you'll find in the way of warm, winter gloves.

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Topics: Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves, Windproof Motorcycle Gloves, Winter Motorcycle Gloves

Leather Motorcycle Gloves: Which Leather is Best?

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Feb 26, 2014 12:36:00 AM

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When people hear that we make motorcycle gloves (for almost 75 years!) we get asked 1 question a lot ...

Which leather is best for gloves? 

Apologies in advance to Bambi and friends ... but when it comes to protecting our paws at 65+ mph motorcyclists have been wearing leather since the beginning ... for good reason.

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Get Ready for Spring Riding: Deerskin Motorcycle Gloves

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Feb 18, 2014 11:00:00 PM

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There may be snow outside, but the idea of spring is looming large.

We're starting to think about spring riding, and that means getting last year's gear out.

Time to examine it, ready it for wear.

Today, with thoughts of warmer days ahead, contributor Marilyn Elmore Bragg explains why there may be a new pair of deerskin gloves in her future.

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Women's Motorcycle Gloves: The Right Fit for Smaller Hands

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Feb 12, 2014 3:40:00 PM

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Here's the key: gloves need to fit just right. 

We know some women will try to get by with a men's size small glove ... and some women can.

But the scale and proportion of a woman's hand truly is different.  We design gloves specifically for women -- not only to make them feminine from a style perspective -- but to make them fit.

Truth is, fit complaints are the #1 concern of riders of BOTH sexes. 

We suggest that you purchase gloves specifically designed to fit a woman's hand, not scaled down versions of a mans gloves.

Want to know why?  Read on.

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Wind Protection for Your Hands: Windproof Gloves, and More

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Feb 12, 2014 11:35:00 AM

Screenshot_2013-10-23_21.38.53What makes a motorcycle glove “wind-proof”?

We're glad you asked!  A rider feels the wind anytime they are moving.  In warmer weather, there is no greater feeling.  But in cold, blustery weather, the wind can chill you to the bone.

It helps to have gear -- and gloves -- that use a barrier to the wind to make your ride more comfortable.

Here's what you need to know.
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Topics: Windproof Motorcycle Gloves

Win Free Women's or Men's Motorcycle Gloves for Valentine's Day!

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Feb 7, 2014 2:35:00 PM


win_free_moto_glovesWin a FREE pair of gloves for someone you love this Valentines Day!

To enter:

  • LIKE our Olympia Gloves Facebook page

  • comment telling us who the gloves are for

  • tell us why you would like this special person to win.

A winner will be selected at random on the 14th of February 1pm EST. 

Celebrate Love this month, by giving a great pair of motorcycle gloves to someone YOU love.

Good Luck!

 

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Kevlar Motorcycle Gloves and More: Protect Your Hands

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Feb 4, 2014 12:48:00 AM

As the saying goes, "dress for the slide, not for the ride."

Sometimes your gear is the only thing between you and the road, so it only makes sense to be sure your gear is the safest it can be, without sacrificing comfort.

Today, we're taking a look at a rider's best options for hand protection.  

Historically that meant leather, until Kevlar and metal appeared on the scene.  Now, riders have a full range of options:  leather, metal, Kevlar, other carbon fibers, even rubberized composite materials.

Let's look at each, to help you determine which type of protective glove is best for you.

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Topics: Motorcycle Safety

Thinsulate Motorcycle Gloves: Insulated Gloves Without Bulk

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Jan 25, 2014 4:46:00 PM

Heat Trapping Fibers Keep Hands Warm

Your body is like a furnace -- constantly breaking down the fuel you put into it and turning it into the energy that keeps you moving.

In the winter, you can stay warm during outdoor activities – so long as you keep that heat contained.

Problem is, when riding a motorcycle at 60+ mph, your hands are constantly exposed to the elements, and especially vulnerable to heat loss.

Thankfully, the wizards at 3M invented Thinsulate

This insulating material offers "warmth without bulk" ... and when added to motorcycle gloves, helps to keep hands warm.

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Topics: Winter Motorcycle Gloves

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