It's certainly no fun to experience that feeling of your digits frozen to the grips and levers, in cold blustery weather when the windchill makes the mercury dip.
Warm windproof gloves ARE available at a variety of price points, to keep you more comfortable. You just have to know what to look for!
So, what does "windproof" really mean when it comes to gloves? We're glad you asked. Here are all the options:
What makes a motorcycle glove “wind-proof”?
The basic technology for a windproof glove is this: the outer shell or inner lining material is laminated with a waterproof and breathable film. Even though the film is technically waterproof, we don't call gloves waterproof unless the seams are also sealed.
- So ... if the seams are sealed, it's waterproof AND windproof.
- If the seams are not sealed, its windproof ONLY.
The main point is that adding this laminated layer is an effective barrier against wind.
Examples of Windproof Gloves:
As mentioned earlier, gloves can be windproof WITHOUT being waterproof (a perfect example is the Olympia 280 Windstop Akita Glove – a lined windproof glove that is not waterproof).
When might you want that? If you’ve ridden in spring and late fall anywhere in our great country, you’re going to experience some cold blustery weather.To find gloves in this category, look for the following labels:
- WindStopper: a windproof lamination made by W.L. Gore, the same company that makes Gore-Tex
- WindTex: another brand of windproof lamination
Other Glove Features For WInd Protection
(Not Windproof, but Still Beneficial)
Some glove features add wind protection, but aren't technically windproof:
- Leather Gloves: leather is highly wind resistant, though we stop short of calling it windproof without the lamination. Still, 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.
When You Want Waterproof, Windproof Gloves:
When you want windproof PLUS waterproof gloves, look for either a Gore-Tex, Aqua-Tex or Dri-Lock membrane. What separates these technologies is their breathability.
Breathability dissipates moisture, and keeps your hands from sweating, an important comfort factor while riding.
- Gloves with Dri Lock are fully waterproof and windproof ... but not breathable. They are for riders who need a proven barrier against wind, and a way to stay dry in rain.
- Gloves with Aquatex are fully waterproof, windproof AND breathable ... they keep your hands more comfortably dry.
- Gore-tex gloves are windproof, waterproof and have the highest degree of breathability of any glove. Gore-tex protection is the most advanced barrier to keep you dry. It even adds some insulating qualities.
Other Options To Protect Hands From Wind
There are several non-glove options to block wind, such as hand covers and wind muffs.
These additions to your bike do block wind and rain, but they do NOT provide the warming layering effect of air trapped within textiles on your hands.
- 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.
Hopefully, these tips for riding in wind have helped.
The motorcycle glove you choose depends on your needs and budget ... but invest in a good set of gloves, and you are sure to get the comfort you need, no matter what the weather!
For hand protection in windy conditions, look for a windproof protection in your next pair of gloves. Add a wind guard/deflector/muff, with or without electric grips, for an extra bit of warmth and protection.
Now, you too can be one of those critters we see in polar weather, riding with a smile, rather than a grimace.
Stay safe, and stay warm!
What are your best tips for riding in wind? Leave a comment, we'd love to know.