Updated February 2020

Heated grips are nice, but some people like to ride even when hot grips aren’t enough. If you’re riding a sportbike, for instance, with no fairing or handguards, heated grips might not be able to keep your hands thawed even if you had them. Heated gloves, on the other hand, will keep the backs of your paws warm as well as your palms. Heated gloves also gallop to the rescue of motorcycles that just don’t generate enough juice to power a bunch of accessories, because in addition to the ones that plug into your bike’s wiring harness, there are now a bunch of gloves that draw power from their own rechargeable lithium ion batteries. Just beware how long a charge will last, and buy a second set of batteries if you need to. Here’s a quick pu pu platter of the ones people seem to think are the best heated motorcycle gloves.

Joe Rocket Burner Lite – $135

These Hipora-lined, nylon and leather-palmed babies offer three levels of heat via that button-sized controller sewn into the back of each cuff. The lithium ion battery inside each one provides up to three hours of warmth, according to Joe, and said batteries and a multi-port charger that’ll charge both simultaneously are included. Waterproof, windproof and breathable.

Gerbing 12V Vanguard – $160

Gerbing is headquartered in the Netherlands, where they know a little about cold and damp. These are made of aniline cowhide leather, with microwire heating throughout, to the tip of every pre-curved finger for a nice fit. A high-impact TPU floating knuckle protector helps protect from impacts, as do gel pads at the palms. An Aquatex breathable water-resistant membrane should keep you dry but not clammy, with 150 grams of Thinsulate insulation. The index fingers are touchscreen compatible. These are supposed to put out a maximum heat of 135°F, while consuming 26 watts of juice.

Highway 21 7V Radiant Heated Gloves – $210

For shorter hops, lots of cool riders are ditching the hassle of cords for lithium battery powered gloves like these – which are supposed to be good for: 4 hours on low heat, 3 hours on medium, and 2.5 hours on the high heat setting. These Highway 21s are genuine leather, with a waterproof, windproof and breathable Hipora liner and 100 grams of Thinsulate insulation. They, too, have touchscreen compatible fingers, armored knuckles and pre-curved fingers.

Hotwired 12V Heated Gloves – $160

These get high marks too. A 600D textile and leather fabric outer over a brushed fabric lining with comfort insulation provides wind and abrasion protection. You can use the three-level heat controller built in to each glove, or combine the gloves with the pre-wired Hotwired Heated Jacket Liner 2.0 and its designated controller, and still have independent control over each glove. These come with a two-year warranty, and consume 22 watts of power.

Tour Master Synergy 7.4V Heated Women's Textile Gloves – $184

Tour Master makes them in men’s and ladies’ sizes (as with nearly all the gloves here), and both get 5-star ratings. They’re powered by two 7.4v 2.0Ah rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and come with a dual charger that should keep your paws warm for 2.2 hours on high and up to 8 hours on the low temperature setting – and there are two more settings in between. Stretchy heavyweight polyester and spandex blend fabric in the backhand, fingers, and gauntlets mate up with goatskin palms and pinky fingers. A HiPora waterproof, breathable membrane blocks out moisture while 80g of polyester insulation and fleece lining keeps the warmth in. Touchscreen compatible index fingers and thumbs. These seem like really nice gloves.

Firstgear Heated Carbon Gloves – $195

These are grade-A top-grain drum-dyed cowhide construction with a Porelle waterproof membrane and Thinsulate layer. Fingers are pre-curved and there’s an index-finger mounted rubber faceshield wiper on the left glove. Each glove produces 15 watts of heat at 12.8 Volts, and should be regulated with a Firstgear Heat-Troller for safety. A Y-Harness is required for use with the Firstgear Heat-troller ($139.95), or plug into your Firstgear heated liner. The gloves suck up 30 watts of power (2.5 Amps)

Heat Touch Inferno Gloves – $299 - $374

Aerostich knows its cold-weather gear, and it says these are the nicest and warmest battery-powered heated gloves it offers. “Premium full-grain leather outer shell and palm offer rugged durability, while the combined 150g Primaloft plus 100g Heat Lock insulation and a removable DryHand insert provide sublime comfort with all-day windproof, waterproof, breathable protection.” A soft power button on the back of each glove activates the flexible heating panels covering the back of each glove and wrapping around the fingers; four adjustable heat settings provide up to six hours of warmth from each rechargeable Li-ion battery.

Firstgear Heated Glove Liners – $170

Another possible option, if you already have plenty of nice gloves you’re attached to, is heated glove liners. Firstgear says these babies are made of stretchy 95% polyester/ 5% spandex fabric that’s thin, light and comfortable, and should slide right inside your existing gloves (unless they’re really snug). These are going to consume 22 watts, and you’ll also need to buy a DC Coax Plug Y-Harness unless you plug them into your Firstgear jacket liner.

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