Planning any motorcycle trip involves preparation. A twelve month motorcycle journey across the lower 48 of The United States of America takes lots of preparation. Often the most time is spent on choosing the right gear for the ride. Different rides demand different gear; warm weather gear vs. cold weather gear, rain gear or no rain gear. With so much to choose from it is a difficult task. When travelling through a multitude of landscape, environments and through all four seasons the task is overwhelming. I am slowly discovering what is necessary and what isn’t and what can perform multiple functions in multiple seasons.
My biggest worry in planning this 12 month odyssey has been how to deal with cold weather for days and months on end. This worry has been mitigated to some extent by planning my route around the weather; north in summer and south in winter. To my surprise the south is not as warm in the winter months as I assumed and having ridden in below freezing temperature in Pennsylvania without good gloves, heated gear has been a top priority.
I opted for Fly Ignitor Heated gloves. These were the second choice after realizing the Vulcan S lacked the spare power to run wired heated gear. I needed battery power.
The Fly Ignitor gloves solved the problem with near perfection. Instead of using the bikes 12 volt battery, each gloves draws power from separate 7.4 volt Lithium Ion battery that fits snugly in the cuffs of the gloves. The batteries are not bulky and the weight is hardly noticeable. Each glove has a built in temperature control with three settings. These are easily operated with the gloves on and the display is bright and easy to read.
After a short initial charge time of 2 hours it was time to test them out. Fly claims the batteries will last for 2.5 hours on high (100% power), 3 hours on medium (66% power) and 4 hours on the lowest setting (33%power) before needing to be recharged.
Wanting to test these numbers, I powered them up on their highest setting and binge watched Peaky Blinders. It was an arduous testing process and highly scientific. The gloves warmed up a bit on the slow side, within ten minutes I was feeling the heat and within twenty minutes the gloves were almost too warm. Between the stainless steel heating element, 3M thinsulate, and Hipora liner my hands were sweating. On 100% power the heat lasted 2 hours before starting to diminish to nothing in fairly quick order.
The Hipora liner claims to be water and windproof. That sounded like a challenge! With batteries disconnected and the shower running the gloves were well tested. Ten minutes under the shower and my hands were still dry. Next to test how windproof these gloves really were.
I have experienced my share of numb fingers from other gloves claiming to be windproof. With one hand out the window of my car I went for nice evening drive. After a quick 20 minute drive at 50 mph in 20 degree temperatures my hands were very cold but not numb. There was no wind getting through these gloves.
- Stainless steel heated cores heat up and get hot!
- Windproof and Waterproof
- Pre-curved fingers help these gloves fit and flex when working the brake and clutch
- Sizing though snug is accurate.
- Warm even without the heating element
- Long warm-up time
- Uneven heat…the pinky finger heated to an almost painful temperature while the thumb was only ever just kind of warm. The palms experienced no heat but the backs of the hands heated up nicely.
- The liners do not breathe. Your hands will sweat. I highly recommend an inner glove that will wick the moisture away. The inner glove will insulate your skin when Fly Ignitor gloves are at the highest setting and keep them extra warm when Fly Ignitor gloves are at their lowest setting. It’s a win win situation.
- Short battery life. If you are planning long hours on the road in cold temperatures purchase spare batteries and keep them charged.
- No protection in a crash. These will not save your hands from anything more than road rash.
With a price tag of about $179.00 these gloves are mid-market. For the price these will do the job and for the trip I am planning they will be more than adequate with the ability to recharge them in various motel rooms. Nothing will compare to wired gear on a 12 volt bike battery, but for a wireless system the pros outweigh the cons. I am pleasantly surprise with this purchase.
Fly Ignitor Heated Gloves
The Fly Ignitor Heated Gloves feature stainless core heating technology and include a lithium ion battery and controller with 3 heat settings.
Touch screen compatible
3M Thinsulate insulation
Hipora liner is breathable, waterproof, and windproof
Genuine leather fingers and palm for added durability
Pre-curved fingers for added comfort
LED indicating activation and heat status
Adjustable wrist strap
Storage bag, batteries, and 110 volt wall charger with dual charging ports included
Additional or replacement battery and charger available separately