Fieldsheer Aqua Sport Gloves
Fieldsheer "Aqua Sport" Waterproof Motorcycle
by "Burn" for webBikeWorld.com.
Summary: A cheap way to stay dry. Three-season
warmth or for temperate winter use.
Well made, comfortable and with a couple of surprising features.
At this price, keep a pair in your tank bag just in case.
Part 6 of a
The Fieldsheer Aqua Sport gloves are
the ringer in this 9-part series.
There's nothing on the Fieldsheer website to indicate these
are winter gloves, but the "Aqua Sport" name is a
It tells us enough to know that these gloves are designed
for rainy or wet conditions in cooler temperatures.
So what are they doing in a comparison review of winter motorcycle
gloves? Two things: first, the price definitely caught
At a list of $44.95, the Fieldsheer Aqua Sport gloves are
on sale at the webBikeWorld affiliate
Motorcycle Superstore for $40.95.
Second, for some motorcyclists, winter doesn't necessarily
mean below freezing temperatures. Not everyone needs a pair
of Held Freezers
or plug-in heat and the Fieldsheer Aqua Sport gloves may fill
These gloves have a lot in common with the
waterproof gloves we reviewed last summer, but the Fieldsheer
Aqua Sports have a more conventional gauntlet that may be more
versatile. They also have a couple of surprises that add up
to a lot of value for 40-odd bucks.
Fieldsheer Aqua Sport Features and Technology
on my experience wearing the Aqua Sport gloves over the past
few months, my feeling is they're designed for riding in temperatures
down to around 7 C (45 F), but each rider's cold tolerance levels
The gloves are definitely waterproof, because this pair passed
the "bucket test" without a hitch, which was surprising
to me anyway. I'm usually rather skeptical of gloves of this
type so I didn't think they'd meet Fieldsheer's waterproof claims,
but they certainly did.
The gloves have a mid-weight layer of 3M Thinsulate "Supreme"
for insulation, which does give the Aqua Sports slightly more
bulk than your average street/race glove, but not by much. And
they're certainly not as bulky as the Held Freezer gloves or
others in this comparison.
The less bulky lining means that the Aqua Sports provide
a better grip feel than just about any other glove in this comparison,
other than perhaps the electrically heated Firstgear Carbon
gloves (I'm getting to those, I promise!).
The Aqua Sport gloves also have a waterproof membrane, called "Rainguard"
and designed by Fieldsheer, according to the company's information.
Buried on Fieldsheer's website is a page with technical information
on some of their technologies, which is pretty interesting.
I didn't realize Fieldsheer had developed some of this technology,
but it's not clear if they did it themselves or partnered with
others. No matter...
Fieldsheer says that the Rainguard membrane is an "exclusive
product of Fieldsheer Inc." with the standard claims for
waterproof membranes; i.e., waterproof, breathable, allows perspiration
to escape, etc.
"The way Rainguard works is quite simple", according
to Fieldsheer. "The pores are 650 times larger than water
vapor, so evaporated water can easily escape. On the other hand,
the pores are 15,000 times smaller than a small drop of water,
so rain and snow canít possibly penetrate."
Fieldsheer also states that Rainguard "has been designed
and tested to be: 100% waterproof, breathable, resistant to
cold, flexible, dexterous and pleasing to the touch".
As I mentioned, the membrane does keep out the water and
it also seems to breathe rather well. It also is windproof,
but when the temps start to drop, even a windproof lining can't
keep the cold from penetrating the insulation in the Aqua Sport
The same thing happens with all the non-electrically-heated
gloves in this comparison, but at different temperatures and
The Aqua Sport gloves also incorporate another Fieldsheer
textile called "Carbolex" in 500 Denier weight. "Carbolex"
is not to be confused with "Carboflex", which is another
type of fabric developed by Fieldsheer.
The gloves also use Clarino leather on the palms, a suede-like
material that provides a decent amount of grip and is comfortable.
But here's the real surprise and probably the most unique
feature of the Fieldsheer Aqua Sport gloves: they have an abundance
of Fieldsheer's "Phoslite" retro-reflective piping
on the outside of the gloves.
I didn't even realize the Aqua Sports had this feature when
they were ordered, but these babies really light up the night,
as you can see from the photo below.
Most of the gloves in this comparison have bits and pieces
of reflective material here and there, but nothing like the
Aqua Sports. Pretty impressive, eh?
Phoslite retro-reflective piping on the Fieldsheer Aqua Sport
Fieldsheer Aqua Sport Glove Fit, Comfort and Warmth
This pair in size large fits slightly tight, and I probably
could have used a size XL instead. Fieldsheer's size chart says
the size large will fit a men's palm with a 10" circumference,
but my right palm measures 9.75", so I'd say the gloves
run about 1/2 size small, give or take.
It's important to make sure that winter or waterproof gloves
fit correctly because, as many webBikeWorld visitors have told
us, if the hands gets wet or sweaty, the glove liner can turn
inside-out when you pull your hand out of the gloves after a
ride. So be warned and be careful, because if that happens,
it's very difficult to get the liners stuffed back into the
Otherwise, the finger length on the Aqua Sport gloves seems
proportional to the size, with neither the thumbs nor fingers
feeling too long or too short. So other than the slightly smaller
than expected overall size, the gloves fit comfortably with
no other issues.
The circumference of the wrist also seems proportionally
smaller on these size large Aqua Sports. No one would ever accuse
me of having beefy hands, but it takes a bit of a push to work
my hand into the gloves, even with the wrist closure wide open.
All this is not intended to sound negative; it's just an
observation. I'm still wearing these size large Aqua Sports,
just that now that I know how they fit, I think I'd probably
have been better off with one size larger. Now you know too...
Finger, Thumb and Overall Construction
Sport gloves do not incorporate hard armor and almost no extra
padding. The softer materials may bias some rider's opinions
regarding the overall construction, but the gloves are actually
put together quite nicely, especially for the price.
It's been mentioned several times before in various webBikeWorld
reviews, but we think that the level of quality in modern motorcycle
clothing at just about any price point is really amazing, especially
when compared to the quality of the products available when
webBikeWorld was started in 1999.
This is where the economists are proved correct, with their
theories of competition and the "survival of the fittest"
as it applies to motorcycle gear manufacturers. As for these
Fieldsheer Aqua Sport gloves, the quality of the stitching around
the fingers and pretty much the entire glove is very impressive,
regardless of price.
Of course, I can't comment on the ability of the stitching
to hold up under the stress of a crash, but it sure looks good
-- everything is neatly lined up, no loose threads anywhere
to be found, and the blind stitching around the fingers is especially
impressive: very neat and tidy.
Fingertip construction of the Fieldsheer Aqua Sport gloves.
The box-construction fingers feature an interesting design,
with leather used on the sides of the fingers, from outside
the forefinger and on the sides of each finger, forming the "wall"
of the box, all the way around the outside of the pinky finger.
It's not a single piece of leather obviously, but very nicely
constructed and they even avoided placing the seam at the base
of the fingers, instead moving it up about 15 mm on one side
of each finger so that the base at the "Y" between
fingers is seamless.
The top of the fingers and the glove is the Carbolex material,
which feels somewhat like a cross between a very light Cordura
The palms are completely covered, right up to the fingertips,
with the soft suede Clarino leather. So the finger "box"
consists of leather on each side forming the "walls";
Clarino suede leather on the bottom, or "floor"; and
Carbolex on top, forming the "roof". All of this is
blind stitched with an appearance of high-quality.
Both the right and left forefingers have a rubbery-feeling "Fieldsheer"
logo sewn on; I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a visor
wipe or not (probably not). The other fingers include a slash
of the Phoslite reflective material described above.
The Aqua Sport gloves have one of the
smaller-diameter gauntlet widths in this group, but because
of the flexibility and light weight of the fabric, they actually
fit over the heavy cuff of the Rev'it Cayenne jacket, as you
can see in the photo above.
The gauntlet could be wider and it could be longer, as always,
but these are comfortable and the Aqua Sports work very well
if you're an under-the-cuff type, as you can see in the photo
Fieldsheer Aqua Sport gloves with gauntlet worn under jacket
Clarino-covered main knuckle padding.
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Security: Armor and Protection
fastener on the gauntlet, combined with the wrist fastener of
the same material, allowed the Fieldsheer Aqua Sport gloves
to pass the security test; that is, I can't pull the gloves
off my hands after both fasteners are secured.
The ability for gloves to remain on the hands is crucial
and important to ensure that the gloves will stay on the rider's
hands during a get-off.
The only additional padding on the Aqua Sport gloves is over
the back of the hand, where a Clarino suede leather section
covers a soft pad. So you'll have to depend on the abrasion
resistance of the glove material only for protection.
As described above, the Fieldsheer
Aqua Sport gloves passed the "bucket test". The evaluator
wears the gloves and puts his hand in a bucket of water for
5 minutes or longer, and if no moisture leaks in, the gloves
It could easily be argued that the Fieldsheer
Aqua Sport gloves don't belong in this comparison of winter
motorcycle gloves, but we're glad we found them.
They're waterproof; warm when used with discretion (down
to spring/fall temperatures in our geographic area); they're
very comfortable (mostly by virtue of the materials, construction
and absence of armor); and they're inexpensive.
The Phoslite reflective material is a real plus. These are
keepers -- one of the least expensive, fully waterproof gloves
we've found. Definitely something you'd want in your tank bag,
even in summer. Be careful of pulling the liner inside-out and
make sure you size them correctly though.
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2008 Winter Motorcycle Gloves Home and Comparison Rating Chart
Product Review: Fieldsheer Aqua Sport
|Available From: Fieldsheer
||List Price: $44.95
Colors: Black with Blue, Red or Grey.
Sizes: XS - XXXL
|Made In: Unknown
Date: January 2009
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From "J.W." (6/10): "I
recently finished a 2-week motorcycle trip to the Pacific Northwest
and encountered rain for four days. The Fieldsheer Aquasport
gloves soaked through to the point where at the end of the day
I could literally wring them out. They are not remotely waterproof.
I suggest that your bucket test does not simulate real world
riding conditions. How about substituting a high pressure hose
test which might more closely approximate water hitting your
gloves at highway speed."
Editor's Reply: Unfortunately, no single
test for water resistance is conclusive. Also, production quality,
especially with less expensive products, can vary quite a bit.
Also, the supplier may have changed since we reviewed the gloves;
this happens quite frequently as the companies are always searching
for lower-cost manufacturing options.
Since most garments are not 100% waterproof, despite the
manufacturers' claimes, we usually suggest carrying a pair of
truly waterproof rain gloves, such as the
Rain Off Gloves (review), for anything other than light
From "S.C." (9/09): "Nice
cool weather glove. Not very waterproof. I rode in a heavy rain
for about an hour and a half and the gloves where soak through,
took 3 days to dry out."
From "T.W." (1/09): "I
bought a pair of these for commuting here in Albuquerque New
Mexico. They work great (for me) down to 35 degrees, no problem.
Good feel on the controls, good fit, I'm buying a second pair
to have for when these wear out."