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
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
There's nothing on the Fieldsheer
website to indicate these are winter gloves, but the
"Aqua Sport" name is a hint.
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 our
At a list of $44.95, the Fieldsheer
Aqua Sport gloves are on sale at the webBikeWorld
Motorcycle Superstore for $40.95.
Second, for some
motorcyclists, winter doesn't necessarily mean below
freezing temperatures. Not everyone needs a pair of
or plug-in heat and the Fieldsheer Aqua Sport gloves may fill
These gloves have a lot in
common with the
Shift Torrent 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
Based 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 are different.
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
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
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
"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 can’t
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 gloves.
The same thing happens with all the
non-electrically-heated gloves in this comparison, but
at different temperatures and wind speeds.
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
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 gloves.
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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
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
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 fingers correctly.
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
The Aqua 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
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
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
The top of the fingers and
the glove is the Carbolex material, which feels somewhat
like a cross between a very light Cordura and nylon.
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
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 below.
Fieldsheer Aqua Sport gloves with gauntlet worn under
Clarino-covered main knuckle padding.
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Security: Armor and Protection
The hook-and-loop 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
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
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.
Available for $40.99 (at date of publication) from our
through this link to the Motorcycle Superstore.
Check out the rest of the motorcycle gloves available
also at the Motorcycle Superstore with that link.
2008 Winter Motorcycle Gloves Home and Comparison Rating
Product Review: Fieldsheer Aqua Sport Motorcycle Gloves
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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
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."