Gloves: How many is too many?

Diana’s riding gloves

How many pairs of riding gloves do you own?  If you are like most of us, probably a lot.  I have one pair of boots, two helmets (I only use one of them), 3 jackets (lightweight denim, multi-season with light armor, and heavy leather), one pair of chaps, and zillions of gloves!

Diana’s riding boots

Diana’s Flip Flop Collection

Why so many gloves?  I think it is like a woman’s collection of shoes.  There are casual shoes, dress shoes, work shoes, workout shoes, shoes in multiple colors, sandals, boots, flip-flops, and of course the obligatory pair of purple Converse All Stars!  Each pair of shoes has its own time and purpose.   There may be a pair of old-stand-by’s that work most of the time, but then there’s always that occasion when a different pair is a better choice.

Purple Chucks

Diana’s dress shoes

Harley fashion boots

Similarly, each pair of gloves has its own time and purpose.  Nothing works for all occasions, but there is something for every occasion.  There are summer gloves, winter gloves, waterproof gloves, windproof gloves, fingerless gloves, gauntlet style gloves, and heated gloves.  There are gloves that leave crazy tan marks on the back of your hands.  There are gloves that allow the sun to tan your hand right through them.  There are leather gloves, textile gloves, mesh gloves, sheepskin gloves, vented gloves, and lined glovesGloves with gel palms, gloves with a thumb squeegee, gloves with knuckle armor, gloves with fringes, and gloves with reflective piping.  There are so many choices it makes me dizzy!

Harley battery operated gloves battery pack and chargerHarley Davidson Women’s battery operated heated gloves

Personally, I want to get a pair of battery-operated gloves.  I am not one for the cold, but yet I don’t want to miss out on those many opportunities to ride in the late fall and early spring.  The weather is nice, but the temps are a bit chilly.  I can layer up, but the first thing that gets cold is my fingers.  And I am a bit leery of the concept of being wired to my bike.  So these new battery-operated heated gloves from Harley Davidson appear to be just the thing to do the trick.

What about you?  How many pairs of gloves do you own for riding?  Do you have a favorite?  Is there a specific new kind you are looking for?  Have you tried battery-operated gloves?  What do you think of them?

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