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Just got my new pair of winter riding gloves in from Chilhowee leather, and wanted to check and get some feedback or opinions of what everybody uses for winter riding. I bought their deerskin, long-cuffed, gloves with polar fleece lining. Nice gloves, to be sure, and made in Oregon, which is a plus in my book. My question is, which is warmer, polar fleece lining or 40 gram thinsulate, for winter highway riding? When I asked the folks at Chilhowee, they said the polar fleece for sure, so that's what I bought. After working outdoors for 30 years as an Ironworker and welder, I've got a preference for wool, but it wasn't available. The imported gloves were cheaper, but came with the thinsulate (also made of deerskin), but the thinsulate gloves I've used that actually used in extreme cold were at least 100 gram, if not 200-400 gram. Anyway, I'm taking a 3 hour highway ride tomorrow here in S.E Missouri, and the temps are going to maybe get down into the 30's before I get home. Packing my thinsulates and merino wool liners just in case, but has anyone tried Chilhowee's polar fleece lined gloves? Or if anyone has an opinion of what the best winter lining for riding gloves is, I'd like to hear some opinions, good or bad. I was able to ride last year when it was below freezing a few times, and the thinsulate with liners worked pretty well. The gloves I just got in, although I ordered them a size up, feel a little tight to get my wool liners under. They'll exchange them if I want, but I'm taking this 3 hour round trip tomorrow, and part of the return trip will be close to sundown when the temps start dropping. Thanks in advance for any comments. Lee

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I wear my normal gloves until the Temp. gets below 45deg. Then i go straight to the heated gloves (3 settings) I I have never had to use the hottest, even when it's 28deg.

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Ya I got a little older too and bought me a pair of them heated gloves. You get warm hands without all the bulkiness and all the bullchit you got to put on to keep your hands warm.

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Yup, heated was the best move in gloves I ever made, we'll see if I still need them with the heated grips and the fairing, who knows, might sell em here along with my 1 year old osprey buffalo saddle bags.

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Yup, heated was the best move in gloves I ever made, we'll see if I still need them with the heated grips and the fairing, who knows, might sell em here along with my 1 year old osprey buffalo saddle bags.

Huh? Saddle bags? I was looking to replace these boxes on my bike with those. I'd sure like to see a picture if you're considering selling them.

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What is this "Winter" you speak of...

 

 

You beat me to it.

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What is this "Winter" you speak of...

 

 

 

 

You beat me to it.

Come up to my house in early February and get an up-close, personal introduction.

 

You'll love it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOT.

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Huh? Saddle bags? I was looking to replace these boxes on my bike with those. I'd sure like to see a picture if you're considering selling them.

Osprey makes great bags. Got on my scoot

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Huh? Saddle bags? I was looking to replace these boxes on my bike with those. I'd sure like to see a picture if you're considering selling them.

I am going to clean them off right now, then gets some pics for you, but as to not hack this thread any more I will stat a new one " osprey bags " they are really nice bags, loved the heck out of them, but with the 15 I'm getting they will no longer be needed, I just been waiting for my neck fusion to heal enough to clean em, and todays the lucky day for me.

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I am going to clean them off right now, then gets some pics for you, but as to not hack this thread any more I will stat a new one " osprey bags " they are really nice bags, loved the heck out of them, but with the 15 I'm getting they will no longer be needed, I just been waiting for my neck fusion to heal enough to clean em, and todays the lucky day for me.

Tried to PM you. Said you couldn't receive messages. Who did you piss off?

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Took a ride yesterday into last night, and the gloves did really well. Wasn't down to freezing (about 38* or so on the way home), but I was in lot of hollows and valleys, so it got cold in some spots. The gloves were a lot warmer than my wool and leather varsity jacket and fleece under jacket, that's for sure. Should have worn my leathers, (although I did have my Arctic carhardt's in my bags just in case). Anybody else have experience with polar fleece gloves vs. 40 gram thinsulate?? Chilhowee specifically?

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What is this "Winter" you speak of...

I used to say that when I lived down in the Piedmont, I think I'm in for a change up here in the Blue Ridge!

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I used to say that when I lived down in the Piedmont, I think I'm in for a change up here in the Blue Ridge!

I know they're not the Rockies, but they can get cold as hell at times.

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