I recently was in the market for a new pair of riding gloves.  I cant honestly say i have never worn a pair of gloves for the whole day that would keep my hands completely dry when boondocking.   I decided to try a pair of Klim gloves again after having good experiences with them in the past.  After trying on Klim’s higher end model ($100 – $180) gloves at a snow show I decided it didn’t seem worth it to me to spend the $ on the higher priced models.

I decided to go ahead and order a pair of last years Klim Klimate Gloves online that were on sale for $50.   Here are the specs on the gloves straight from Klim,

3239-002-000-350

The redesigned Klimate Glove offers unbeatable value in a fully featured, completely waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® full-gauntlet glove. Premium Thinsulate™ 200 gram insulation adds cold-weather protection while the reinforced rubberized palm delivers a solid grip.

 

  • GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY®
  • GORE-TEX® WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE LINER
  • 200 GRAM THINSULATE™ INSULATION THROUGHOUT
  • NEW IMPROVED LAMINATION OF GLOVE PALM FOR INCREASED DURABILITY
  • MAX VISIBILITY 3M SCOTCHLITE™ REFLECTIVE PIPING
  • ABRASION RESISTANT NYLON SHELL
  • REINFORCED RUBBERIZED TEXTURED PALM
  • ADJUSTABLE WRIST CINCH
  • EXTENDED GAUNTLET WITH ONE-HAND PULL SHOCK CORD
  • GOGGLE SQUEEGEE

 

Initial Impressions:    I have rode about 30 miles with these gloves so far this season and my first impressions are not great.   To me it feels the gloves have to much insulation in the palm of the glove and it really makes my grip on the bars not very secure.  This glove seems to be made more for general winter use, shoveling, snowblowing, skiiing, etc.  I am thinking the insulation on the palm may “break in” as time goes on and not feel so bulky giving me a better feel of the bars.   However at the end of the day, the gloves did cost me 50$ and should not be expected to compete with the $100+ pairs of gloves out there I suppose.

Will report back later in the season once I get more time riding with the gloves.