Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Vancouver, B.C. Canada
I spent the last 3 winters riding through very low temps. Quite often close to freezing (and below that if it was dry with no black ice) and in the rain. Over the years I tried out various combos to keep my hands warm.
1. bulky waterproof Alpinestars touring gloves (they feel like my snowboarding gloves)
2. leather Alpinestars GP Plus gloves with thin wool style gloves as a base layer
3. Bike Master heated grips (very affordable and easy to install) with my Alpinestars gloves with or without the woollies
Ultimately I settled (because your hands can never be truly comfortable in cold temps) with 2 variations (#3 above). The heated grips were the key. When close to freezing, I used my woollies/Alpinestars combo. When it came up in temps a bit (closer to 10 degree C) I ran the heated grips with no woollies.
I had to ditch the touring gloves. They were simply too bulky and lacked control. Plus, when my fingers got cold, they never warmed back up. My standard leather all season GP Plus gloves (with heat) compromised my fingertip warmth but maintaining the control and dexterity was more important.
In wet weather I'd arrive at work with soaking wet gloves and that sucked but I left them in the server room at the office. With all the HVAC air movement in there to remove heat, the constant tornado in there had my gloves bone dry within half a day and I could always start my commute home with dry hands.
While my hands were never comfortable in cold temps, the heated grips made things bearable in all conditions.
2013 ABS, Bridgestone T30 Evo, Woolich, Danmoto shorty & link, Rifleman's 1/5th turn, K&N, GP shift, Gen5 shock/links/dogbone, JT (-1/+0), EK, Shorai, EBC HH, AllBallz roller steering, heated grips, shorty levers, MotoDynamic signals & relay, plasti-dipped and vinyl wrapped (all green to black), Bestem carbon, PUIG Pro sliders, solo cowl, modded sprocket cover, TST fender elim. w/LEDs. 45,000km+ and going strong!