Gear Pick: Alpinestars Tech Heated Motorcycle Glove

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Gear Pick: Alpinestars Tech Heated Motorcycle Glove

Alpinestars has incorporated the active heating technology found in their Tech Heated Vest into this versatile pair of waterproof, well-protected gloves. They provide controlled, all over heat, while Alpinestars’ breathable Drystar membrane keeps your hands nice and dry. The gloves also have additional knuckle, wrist and finger impact protection.

Price: $199.95

Gear Pick: Alpinestars Tech Heated Motorcycle Glove
Alpinestars Tech Heated Motorcycle Glove

Why We Like It: A versatile glove, good for all weather conditions, including the cold. Winter gloves are often bulky, sacrificing dexterity for warmth. The Tech Heated gloves utilize a low-profile heating element to keep your hands toasty while maintaining dexterity and control-feel. The Drystar membrane and double layer cuff makes sure that even in the wettest of conditions, your hands will remain sheltered from the elements. On the safety side of things, strategically placed padding ensures that your hands are protected in case of a spill.

Less Expensive Competitor: At $169.95 the Firstgear Heated Carbon Gloves are a cheaper alternative to the Alpinestars Tech Heated Glove.

You Should Also Check Out: The $299.99 Mobile Warming LTD Max Heated gloves have four different heating levels in order to accommodate a wide range of weather conditions.

  • Davidabl2

    The Mobile Warming LTD gloves appear to be the only ones that have an internal power source, while the others are plugged in to the bike’s electrical system.
    Comparing the three is like apples and oranges. Both are fruits, but they’re not the same thing…

    • kent_skinner

      I haven’t used these gloves, but I’ve ridden with heated gloves and have had heated grips since I started riding on the street.

      Heated grips are great, simple and cheap. Some sort of hand guard makes them work better. But still, your hands will get cold. You can make the grips hot to the touch, but the backs of your hands will still be cold. I’ve ridden in the low 30′s – slushy rain falling from the sky, and snow drifts on the side of the road – with grip heaters and hand guards. It got really cold after an hour or so. It was hard to move my fingers, and I felt like my reaction time would be slower, plus the fact that I was thinking about my miserable hands.

      The other guys on the trip had heated grips, hand guards and heated gloves. They just turned up the heat and stayed warm.

      If I get these gloves, I will still run the heated grips. I love that there isn’t much insulation on the palms, because I hate riding in moon gloves with no feeling. Heated grips are under $50, and every rider (north of some arbitrary latitude) should have them.

      • Davidabl2

        Thanks..I’m getting past the time of year where I can just take my regular gloves and add glove liners/and or those blue rubber mechanics gloves/exam gloves. Even on sunny days.

  • David Goldsmith

    Aren’t the latest Alpinestars heated gloves called Celsius, or is that just here in Europe?

  • Piglet2010

    Do they have Alpinestars traditional fit – order a large if you normally wear a medium, etc?

  • kent_skinner

    I’ve been looking for heated gloves for a long time. I haven’t found anything I like so far – the gloves from Warm N Safe (and others) seem to be all about electric heat, and not at all about crash protection. I’ve wondered why a glove company hasn’t added heat.

    This may be the answer.

    • Brian

      I have First Gear ( made by Warm N Safe ) Heated Carbon ( can’t remember the exact model name) gloves and they were the option I chose because of the layers of material and the knuckle protection they do have. At the time, I could not say that for the Gerbing or any of the other brands out there. My problem with a battery operated heated glove though is the potential for running short on usage time or the ability with some to hot swap a battery. I chose gloves that are plug in so as to not worry about those types of factors. The current mainstream choices for battery heated gloves out there aside from Warm N Safe seem to be Mobile Warming, Volt, and now Milwalkee ( yes, the same name and logo of the tool maker- so think Sawzall ) that I have seen. I wouldn’t be against these Astars gloves, but I would need to see battery size, weight, and time that they provide reasonable amount of power in real usage. I also would like to know the potential cost of a replacement set of batteries and what type of charging system they are for the possibility of being hooked up to recharge a spare set under the seat if that was what I chose to do while on a longer ride or trip.

      • kent_skinner

        I don’t think these gloves use a battery; they plug into the bike.

  • Martin

    Are the products featured in Gear Pick used by RA contributors leading up to these posts? (This is not snark, I just want to know in what context to view these.)

    • http://www.RideApart.com/ Jen Degtjarewsky

      They are products curated by the editorial staff. Most of which we either have, use or want really, really bad.

      • Martin

        Thank you. In other words, some of the products featured in Gear Pick have been used by RA staff, some have not.

      • Martin

        Thank you. Just a suggestion: Perhaps Gear Pick could include a note as to whether or not the author has first-hand experience with the featured item and, if so, for how long and under what general circumstances.

  • Justin McClintock

    My thoughts on heated gloves: They’re nice and all, but I’d rather just have a good set of heated grips. I can never forget my heated grips and for what most heated gloves cost, I can put a decent set of heated grips on every bike I own. And the grips won’t wear out nearly as fast. When I went down in on my DRZ, I need new gloves afterwards, but my heated grips were fine. It also affords me the ability to wear gloves that emphasize protection and not warmth. I can wear my regular summer gloves quite a ways into the winter with a good set of heated grips.

  • Dimania

    Had them for few weeks from new and end up sending back under warranty – weak cable construction. Also cuff construction can be a pain and they are running small in sizes

    • Piglet2010

      Pretty much everything Alpinestars makes runs small in size.

  • Hooligan

    What about Gerbings heated gloves? I’ve used them for many years and always found them top notch and keep you warm in even the coldest weather. Plus they have a lifetime guarantee on the heating elements.

  • Martin

    Indirectly related… Does anyone here have any experience with pogies (bar mits) on a motorcycle? Here in Wisconsin, I use them most of the winter on my pedal-bike. I have seen a few designs meant for motorcycles, but have never seen them in the wild.

    • Davidabl2

      Something called HippoHands appear to be popular in G.B. Although they may require having some sort of additional hand guard, I’m not sure yet.

  • Davidabl2

    From the discussion It sounds like what i’d REALLY like to have is a heated glove liner,self powered. You’d just buy another pair of your usual favorite gloves but one size larger than your regular fit..