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First up, let me state that as I’ve gotten older, my cold weather tolerance has gotten very low. Living in Northern California with our generally mild weather and insane hot summers coupled with many deployments to the Middle East, I get cold under 50 F.

I haven’t spent much time riding in the cold in the last 20 years or so. Until very recently I didn’t own any electric heated garments. Then I got a mobile warning vest and riding to work got a whole lot more comfortable.

That experience got me thinking about heated gloves of the same type. After some research I found a pair from a German company called Orina on FC Moto. Never heard of them before and while I know about FC Moto, I had no experience buying with them.


Last Friday night I finally decided to pull the trigger and I placed an order for a pair of Orina Tesla gloves. All I can say is, if you are in the US and have concerns about shipping etc… zero to worry about.
Sports gear Glove Sports equipment Safety glove Sleeve


I got a shipping confirmation Monday that my gloves shipped with DHL. Went to dinner tonight and was notified the gloves were on my door step! Really, 3 days from Germany? That’s AMAZING. I’ve ordered from companies in the US just ONE state away and had to wait a week. So huge thumbs up to FC Moto and DHL.

Unboxed the gloves tonight. Installed the battery packs and tested the warming feature. They get bloody warm in no time flat. Honestly, they’re warm even without the warming feature on. The only caveat is, the charger has a German plug on it.

Not as big an issue for those of us in North America as you might think though. I checked the charger specs and it’s 100-220VAC. So really, just need an adapter….which I found on Amazon @ just $7.95 for a 3 pack. Should be here Friday according to Amazon.

Full ride report to follow.
 

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They look great! So the battery is in the cuff of the glove? You plug them in to recharge? I tried clicking on the link but it wouldn't open - not an indication the link is bad, more likely an indication I am at work on the corporate network where you can't even delete some shortcuts from your desk top.
 

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Link should work….it works from my work computer!
Yes, battery in the cuff of each glove. And yes, the charger has a split cord. Each battery gets plugged in to charge. Rode to work this morning with them and was toasty warm all the way in.

Has kind of a neat effect as your fingers cool off when wrapped around the grips….but as soon as you reach for a lever a blast of warm air shoots down to your finger tips. It was 32F or so this morning….ice all over the cars in my neighborhood.
 

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More follow up. My US adapters from Amazon arrived today so here’s a quick rundown on the battery side of the equation:
Charger pics:
Wood Cable Font Electrical wiring Ac adapter

With the US adapter (srsly $7.49 from Amazon)
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This is possible because the charger is rated for a voltage range from 100-220 VAC.
Audio equipment Material property Gas Ac adapter Electronic device

tThe batteries are in the cuff of the glove on the palm side, and have a Velcro enclosed pocket:
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The charger has a “Y” split to charge both batteries simultaneously
Font Electrical wiring Cable Gas Wire

The adapters make it possible to charge the batteries even though the plug is German/European. Seems in this day and age, a USB plug of some sort would be an option.

If you are in North America and are looking at these as potential candidates for your winter gloves the price; even with shipping is still better than any price I found from US vendors. The adapter will be required though they’re cheap enough.

As it is though, these gloves rock at temps around 32F/0C. I rode home in higher temps, up around the high 50s and even with the heat off, my hands were getting sweaty by the time I got home.

The palm side is fairly thin but for me, they still take a little getting used to. I gotta say they work fine in spite of that….and the little finger is too long.😂
I don’t find them too bulky either which is also a plus.
 

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How do the fingers articulate ? Every glove I’ve tried that was thicker or had battery type warmers sucked in traffic where you are constantly covering clutch/brake. I’ve used mechanic type rubber gloves and regular leathers gloves over. I’ve been riding in low 40’s and yeah that’s cold for me
 

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Well…I didn’t really notice so…..that tells me that it’s a non-issue. The fingers are pre-curved much like all my leather gloves. They’re still new as well, so once they break in I’ll be able to give more feedback on that.
 

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I think your computer probably has some cookies that make sense of the link.

Try this;


I also put an offer on some ebay items decided that was the thing to do but those went to someone else.

I'm on the fence about non-leather gloves, but was going to do what I have now, I have a pair of kevlar reinforced lightweight gloves I have had for years, then put another pair of large leather gloves over them as I have quite small hands. Was planning to do the same with 'large' heated gloves.
 

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I don’t think that’s necessary with these gloves. The exterior materials used are all very abrasion resistant and there are sliders on the heels of both palms.

Discovered another feature I’d missed as well. There is a shield wiper squeegee on the forefinger of the left glove.! How useful is that?
 

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I'm going to look tonight at heated gloves, will consider these.

It's been very cold and my hands are turning white sometimes indoors, so I am thinking of them not just for motorcycling but just watching TV! :D
 

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After a few weeks riding to work in these gloves they are now well broken in. I find that in temps over around 43-44F I don’t even need the heaters.

In the rain, they’re amazing. Not a bit of wet gets through. Doesn’t matter how fast you go either. (I’ve had rain penetrate a GORETEX membrane at speeds of 80 mph or greater…I can neither confirm nor deny where and/or when this occurred)

Really happy with them. Also, have not had to charge the batteries since the initial charge a day after I received them.
 

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Update: finally had to charge the batteries on Thursday night. Rode to work in the AM….noted one glove was off about half way to work. Realized the battery was dead. Got the entry control and the other glove went dead.

That’s an entire month of riding without having to worry about charging the glove batteries after the initial charge. To keep some perspective, I ride for roughly 15-20 minutes each way and don’t require the heat in the evening every ride. Also, when using the heat I don’t always need high heat. Each of those factors prolongs the charge life.

If you are planning on touring where you need heat for hours, a set that uses onboard bike electric to run the heat might be a better choice for you. If you have multiple bikes and want to be able to swap between them seamlessly for shorter rides/commutes these gloves will work well for that.

Also, if your temps are not in the freezing range or below, these gloves are actually good without the heat above around 40F. Water proofing is good and works well.

Wear the gauntlet UNDER your jacket sleeves and no water will get in. Over the sleeves to keep out the cold seems to work best for me. Water will get past the gauntlets if work over the sleeves though.

I’ve not had to test the knuckle protection. I am glad it’s there though and don’t worry about rocks or wheel weights being flung off the car in front of me.

All in all, for my needs and reasons for buying these gloves are 10/10.
 
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