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Looking for suggestions for winter riding gloves. I have ruled out electric or battery gloves. I will not be riding in weather colder than 39F. I have narrowed my search down to two brands. Cortech Scarab Winter gloves and Alpinestars Radiant Drystar Gloves.
I would like recommendations for these gloves and any other you really like that are in the same price bracket.
It seems at my age my finger tips get cold even living in South Florida in the wintertime.
I have a friend who hails from Quebec and is down here for the wintertime and he rides with no gloves or helmet regardless of the weather. Amazing.
 

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I guess it is really what you get accustomed to. I now consider above 34 F warm winter riding weather, not so when I lived in Tennessee as a youth. All my gear is non-electric and I rely on body warmth only.

I can say the Alpinestars Drystar Radiant gloves I bought last Fall were exactly what I needed. My 53 year old skinny fingers didn't start getting nipped until around 28 F, on my 20+ minute commute, but for the most part are warm in anything above 35 F. (While riding a stock Burgman AN400L1). I was also happy with the grip provided, I hate a glove that slips on the grips, and my hands didn't get fatigued (YRMV).

I never ride without a helmet, no matter how hot or cold it is, just silly IMHO .

Sorry I cant comment on the other brand you mentioned.
 

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I have the Cortech Scarab Winter gloves. I used them once last winter. My go-to non-electric gloves are Olympic Cold Throttle gloves. Less expensive. They put the bulk of the insulation on the back of the hand where the blood flows and where the wind hits it. I think those are a better product than the Cortech gloves, and I guess that opinion is reflected in how little I used them.

I know you said no electric gloves. You might wish to consider heated grips. I looked at those a lot at the beginning of winter. I've ridden in some cold temps without any electric aids for years, but this year the cold seemed to be getting to me more. With a glove like the Olympic Cold Throttle, you'll feel the heated grip better than with the Cortech Scarab Winter gloves. The inexpensive heated grip kits seem to have the same components as those that cost far far more.

The heated grips will have a nice feature that you'll come to appreciate. As you feel any cold coming to your hands, you just turn the thermostat up and you feel warm again. I've become spoiled. No longer do I have to worry about which gloves to bring. The thermostat takes care of all that.

You can buy the Cold Throttle gloves and an inexpensive set of heated grips for the price you'll spend on the Cortech Scarab Winter gloves...and be more comfortable.

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paulcbrowne said:
+1 re. the Lee Parks winter gloves. No too bulky. Very warm.
But the price on them is out of sight!
 
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