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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13 Responses to “Gloves: How many is too many?”

  1. Big D has some regular riding gloves that he usually wears, I think they’re leather. Then we have the gauntlets that I LOVE! My hands are always cold, so I must have the gauntlets in the winter! And no ragging on womens’ shoe buying habits!!! 🙂

  2. Hi Ann, some friends just convinced us we are moving to Arizona for early retirement… so I guess we will be riding together soon.

  3. Let me see… I have a heavy pair of winter gauntlet gloves, but they’re so thick I can’t feel the clutch and slip it sometimes. I have a pair of mid-weights that I’m now wearing all winter and they worked pretty decent for the short rides to work in mid-30 degree temps, and I have a pair of mesh purple gloves that do have leather covering the fingers… so that makes three pairs of gloves.

    My favorite pair is the purple mesh pair, but they don’t keep my fingers warm in the winter. I took a look at the battery operated gloves, but the price is a bit steep. I have a pair of battery operated socks that only sells for $30 that I use for camping.

    I do hate it when my fingers get cold and I don’t have any pairs that will keep my fingers warm for a longer ride, not even the heavy weight winter gloves.

  4. Hmmmm. I guess I have five pairs also. A pair of glove liners to wear underneath any other pair on really, really cold days. A pair of heavy duty gauntlet gloves for really cold days. A pair of lined leather gloves for cold days, a pair of leather gloves for riding anytime, and a pair of leather knuckle gloves for really hot days. That pretty much covers it!

    I’ve been considering heated hand grips or electric gloves. But for the amount of times I would really need them, I haven’t decided to get them yet. In the South, your going to get really cold temps occasionally, but not enough to warrant a lot of heavy cold riding gear.

  5. Ann,
    Don’t listen to Jay, he’s drunk. We are not moving anywhere any time soon. Maybe someday…
    Yes the price is very steep. They’ll run you $170 and then you have to pay for the battery pack on top of that! Eeeeewwwww…………..
    Your purple gloves sound awesome. I think they’d be my favorite too.
    Lady R,
    Yeah, I’d imagine that you don’t get nearly as cold down your way as we do here. Woke up this morning to 11 degrees! Brrrrrrrrrr!

  6. I don’t buy “motorcycle” gloves. Can’t afford the prices. I’ve been know to wear three pair all at once,
    1. a pair of soft goat skin gloves
    2. a pair of rubberized garden gloves
    3. a pair of heavy cotton utility gloves.

    Worn in that order. Kept my hands warm and dry,
    I don’ like gloves for the most part, only wear them when the weather becomes so hard to bear, that frostbite has a chance of setting in.

    The gloves I wear most often, are my goat skin gloves. They are thin, come in colors I like (tan, cream, stuff like that.) At this moment, I just bought a package of two pair of goat skin gloves, and they are sitting on my kitchen table…never worn. The utility gloves are in my Mom’s gardening basket…she used them last season to protect her hands…I guess I should wash em in case I need them for this season? NAAAA….

    And the rubberized gloves…are in the garden shed as well. I think they need to be replaced, because the last I looked, they were starting to stick to each other…not good…yuck…not good at all.

    Boots…ahhh well there you have me. I do have three pairs of boots for riding. Switch them out regular like clock work in order to keep my feet healthy. Always have two pair on road trips…

    So that’s me….thanks for asking!

  7. I think most serious riders have at least a few different pairs of gloves, even more depending on the area they live in.

    Right now I have 4 pairs. 3 are made by H-D, my gauntlets, water-proofs, and my fingerless with gel-palms. The 4th pair are regular men’s leather dress gloves with sheep-skin lining. Each gets worn to suit the conditions. The gaunts are new and I haven’t worn them riding yet. I’m curious to see if they keep my hands any warmer than the plain old leather dress gloves. I also have heated grips now, also as yet untried. As soon as the spring riding starts, I’ll do a post on how well the new gloves and heated grips work together to keep my hands warm.
    I was interested in the battery-heated gloves until I saw the price. Wow! That’s a lot of dough for a product with only a 1 year warranty. If they quit on me after 14 months, I’d be seriously pissed! A heated jacket liner is definitely on my list to get before I start the spring rides. For now, I’ll hold off on any other gadgets.

  8. I’ve got two pairs of gloves, one for cold weather, and another for really cold weather. And only one pair of riding boots.

    I know a rider who has all the electric clothes. Electric gloves. Electric pants. Electric vest. He’s like 90 pounds, and about 5’10”. Super skinny. He swears by the stuff.

  9. Wooo-hooo! Can’t wait til you get out here! Let us know what part of town you’re moving to! I recommend the west side, but it’s all nice. 🙂

  10. Mrs RC: I just read your comment and am sorely disappointed. 🙁 You must come out and see for yourselves how great it is out here!

  11. Gloves 4
    Helmets 4
    Jackets 4
    Chaps 1
    Boots 5
    Bikes 2

  12. I have to pair. One for cold, and one for colder.

  13. I started with two pair. Now I have five pair. I think they breed in the closet!

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