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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:

Style Name/#

 MSRP     

Men's* / Women's* Description
280 Windstopper Akita   $49.95  Men's only Windstopper - windproof, water resistant, breathable material from W.L Gore. SoftInside™ flannel comfort lining to wick away moisture for extra comfort

4390 Aquatex Husky   $74.95  Men's only Aquatex (waterproof, windproof, breathable insert), thinsulate insulation, SoftInside pile lining, nylon with full leather, textured palm, extended cuff, goggle wiper

4270 Gore-Tex Wolf

  $99.95 

 Men's only

Gore-tex (waterproof, windproof, breathable insert) , thinsulate insulation, SoftInside pile lining, leather exterior with extended adjustable cuff, goggle wiper

6500 Cold Zip   $29.95  Men's only Dri-Lock waterproof/windproof insert, thinsulate insulation, waterproof zipper pocket, nylon shell, texturized palm grip, extended cuff
6000 Mustang I   $24.95  Men's only Dri-Lock waterproof/windproof insert, thinsulate insulation, nylon shell with thermo-fleece lining, extended cuff

180 Monsoon &

181 Ladies Monsoon

  $54.95  Men's (180) and Women's (181) Aqua-Tex breathable, waterproof, windproof insert. Longer overall glove length tucks into jacket to keep air out. Adjustable velcro strap for comfort and security
1320 Voyager   $44.95  Men's only Aquatex (waterproof, breathable insert), thinsulate insulation, texturized palm, extended cuff, goggle wiper

GT 4150 Gore-Tex All Season

  $94.95  Men's only Gore-Tex (waterproof breathable insert insert), thermolite insultation, extended cuff, leather, goggle wiper
GT 4100 Weatherking Extra II   $99.95  Men's only Gore-Tex (waterproof, windproof, breathable insert), full wrap primaloft insulation, Hydrafil lining wicks moisture, leather, gauntlet
4298 Gore-Tex 2 in 1 Commander   $79.95  Men's only Gore-Tex (waterproof, windproof, breathable insert), primaloft insultation, leather/nylon 2 in 1 construction for warmth, extended cuff, texturized palm grip

4294 Aventador,

4295 Ladies Aventador

  $74.95  Men's (4294) and  Women's (4295) Gore-Tex (waterproof, windproof, breathable), extra primaloft insulation at fingertips, leather palm, goggle wiper, gauntlet
190 Hurricane   $39.95  Men's only Aquatex windproof, waterproof, breathable insert. Nylon gauntlet with looped pull closure keeps weather out

*Note:  Men's Styles may also fit women; use size chart or contact us to determine best size.

P.S. We make over 70 styles of gloves, many windproof, and some with free shipping. To learn more about our windproof motorcycle glove styles, visit a local dealer or our online store:

     

Topics: Windproof Motorcycle Gloves, motorcycle gear

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