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Someday
Posted on Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 09:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Guys,
Has anyone had any experience with winter gloves that use this new "phase change" material? I see Lee Parks gloves and Rev'it gloves use it and their hype says it transfers the heat all around your hand. Was thinking this would be great for heated grips. Anyone actually tried it?
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Fahren
Posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 10:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Like you I've been drooling over these for a while, but haven't tried:
http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-gloves/deer skin-insulated/
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Someday
Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I ended up buying a pair of Rev'it gloves that have this fabric. I'll post my thoughts as soon as I can get the bike from the shed, through the snow, and out to the street for a test ride. The temps have been right around 30 so it should be a good test.
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Someday
Posted on Monday, December 28, 2009 - 01:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Well, I just got back from a 1.5 hr ride in 35 deg temps. An hour of the ride was on an interstate at 75-80 mph to give the gloves a good test. These gloves were Rev'it Tempest H2O's bought thru Revzilla. I originally ordered the Kelvin H2O's, which are a little cheaper, but Revzilla called to apologize that they were sold out in my size and would I like a pair of the higher end Tempest's for the same price? Sure!
So how'd they work? You should keep these gloves in a warm place prior to wearing them, let the phase change material absorb some heat. If you don't, they feel almost cool. I rode the first 45 minutes without the heated grips on and by that time my fingers were getting cold. Not unbearable, but uncomfortable. For the return home I turned on the heated grips to "low". After a few minutes the gloves started to warm up. Now the back of my hand never got warm so I don't think the phase change material transfers the heat that far, but they were still comfortable. The fingers though seemed to transfer the heat almost all the way around to the top side, much better than my other gloves. I'm sure heated gloves keep your hands warmer overall, but I don't want to bother with the wiring. I'd have to say I'm very satisfied with these gloves. There is one odd thing that I hear is common to a lot of water proof gloves and that is the liner moves around within the glove. They recommend buying phase change gloves on the snug side so this seems to help with this problem. The gloves aren't too bulky so the control feel was pretty good too.
Hope this review was helpful!
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