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I'm looking for recommendations for winter gloves. Specifically, what works for highway speeds at sub 45˚F? Coming from a BMW RT to a Ninja 1000 ABS, I'm kinda missing the wind protection. Thanks
 

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That's kinda like asking what's the best food to eat when you're hungry - you're gonna get a lot of answers based on personal preferences, but not necessarily anything you actually like. It would be a lot more precise if the question were narrowed. Such as other features that are important to you, like price range, touchscreen compatibility (on how many fingers), importance of waterproofing, short vs gauntlet, material, etc.

If you just want a generic reliable recommendation, you probably wouldn't be unhappy with the Joe Rocket Windchill Gloves. Not unlike a Toyota Corolla, it isn't the best, it isn't the worst, but it'll get the job done. For anything else you're better off checking out Revziila. Or, you could always just wait for people to answer with whatever they currently use. For me that's a pair of Alpinestars Rage Drystar Gloves. YMMV.
 

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Good point. Gauntlet and fall protection are probably the biggest things. Waterproof isn't a big deal, I live in Phoenix. Seems the older I get, the colder my hands get, so I really hope I can find something that keeps the wind off and my hands warm.
 

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I try to ride year round. What works for me is a combo. I have bikemaster heated handgrips on both of my bikes.. love em. Gloves that actually keep you warm and dry???.... goodluck and please let me know!??
 

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I add heated grips to all my bikes. They are always there when you need them. Find yourself going over a 10,000 foot pass when there is still snow on the sides of the road and don't want to pull over to change gloves? Turn on the heated grips.

Gloves that are comfortable around town when the temps are in the high 40s may not be comfortable when you are on the interstate. Turn on the heated grips and bring back that comfort.

I have found that the warmest gloves have the least protection because you need loft in the insulation for warmth and they can't fit tight on your hands / fingers for warmth.

My go to winter gloves are a pair of Tourmaster Polar-Tex gloves paired with heated grips. If there is a threat of rain I go with my Alpinestars Gore-Tex Jet gloves paired with the heated grips.

I also have a pair of Tourmaster Synergy heated gloves that I will use with the heated grips if I am going to be riding all day in low 40 degree weather. If you are not sure of the spare output capacity of your bike then you might need to do a little research and math, or install a voltmeter so you can make sure you are getting enough output to power everything and charge the battery.
 

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I've been using Racer Gloves' MultiTop 2 along with Oxford heated grips. Went riding yesterday with temp around 48 degrees and it worked well and I didn't have the heated grips at the highest setting. I have a pair of BMW winter gloves but find them so bulky that it degrades your ability to ride well. Best solution would be hand guards to block the wind but since I have a Throttlemeister, don't think that is possible
 

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I'm looking for recommendations for winter gloves. Specifically, what works for highway speeds at sub 45˚F? Coming from a BMW RT to a Ninja 1000 ABS, I'm kinda missing the wind protection. Thanks
I addressed the wind protection (knuckle protection) after getting bruised knuckles from a small something that struck at "glad LEO wasn't watching" speeds. I got barkbusters for the protection but really noticed how much extra hand comfort from cold and rain came with them.

At the moment, we have lots of cold and rain here in the PNW. I do run grip heaters and thin Aerostitch deerskin gloves which I try to keep on year around. I don't like bulky gloves. In serious cold I add silk glove liners which add an amazing amount of warmth. A couple days ago we did a 250 mile day loop. It was 37 when I left and 48 when I got home. Except for the tips of my thumbs, everything was cozy. Body warmth was helped by a Gerbing heated jacket liner.

See more discussion on the 3rd Gen Ninja forum:
https://www.riderforums.com/3rd-gen-z1000-z1000sx-ninja-1000/66483-handguards.html

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I've been riding year-round for close to 30 years. My go-to gloves for around 35F on down are Olympia Weatherking Gore-Tex. No armor, but thick leather and large gauntlets. When it's consistently below freezing around here, I'll throw on handlebar muffs. I've never had heated gear or grips and I've ridden in single digits.
 

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I have a set of Held Freezer Gloves, and tie them in with heated grips I installed.
Ideally, I'd also install a set of covers like Kenors has.

I've seen the Hippo Hands before like Doug has, but I'm not sure they would be my goto solution. +1 for style and warmth I imagine, but not sure I like not seeing the controls and having my hands "stuck" inside.
 
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