Roadgear Multi-Season Adaptive Tec Motorcycle Gloves
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Motorcycle Glove Reviews
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Summary: Comfortable, with quality construction. Outlast lining
works as advertised, making these a good all-around glove for mild climates
with a temperature range of approximately 45 to 85 degrees F.
The new Roadgear Multi-Season Adaptive
Tec gloves are a sort of "Lite" version of the
Roadgear "Boss" gloves, which have yet to
be dethroned as our favorite winter motorcycle riding
The Adaptive Tec gloves use a thinner
lining than the "Boss" winter gloves; it's made from Outlast "phase change" material, which
we've also experienced in the
Roadgear Outlast vest, Lee Parks'
Insulated Gloves and others.
The way I understand it, Outlast is
absorb heat, turning the material into a liquid, then
back to solid again as the temperatures drop. This
helps to create a more temperate "microclimate" inside
the gloves, the vest or other garment, insulating the
wearer from the extremes.
The effect is subtle; it's not like
all of a sudden there's an air conditioner or heater in
the gloves, and, in our experience, the garment using
Outlast must not fit too loosely; that's why
tight-fitting gloves seem to benefit from the use of Outlast
more than other products we've tried.
Roadgear says that the Adaptive-Tec
gloves have a comfort range of 45-85 °F., and we think
that's right on the money. The late summer/early
fall weather we've been experiencing lately suits these gloves perfectly, as a recent
50-degree morning ride with 80-degree afternoon
temperatures has recently demonstrated.
I took off in the early morning cool and
mist, first wearing the old and well-broken-in pair of uninsulated
gloves, but came right back to the garage after scooting around the
block because my hands were too cold.
I popped on
the Roadgear gloves and I definitely noticed the
difference. I discovered that they kept my hands
comfortable the rest of the morning and into the
afternoon, when the temperature reached about 82, and
I've been wearing them ever since.
We're in the era of very focused, or
"niche" products, which are
designed for very specific and narrowly defined uses
recently, and this includes the Roadgear Adaptive-Tec gloves.
They're pretty much designed for Spring and
Fall use, and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the
big California motorcycle market had something to do
with the development of these gloves, as they're perfect for
that type of climate, with its roughly 45-85 degree range.
The Outlast lining doesn't add much bulk, and
the gloves don't feel all that much different than a
"normal" pair of lined riding gloves. As much as I
like the Roadgear "Boss" waterproof gloves, I only wear
them in the dead of winter, because I like to keep as
much feeling for the bike through my hands as possible
and they are slightly on the thick side (although not at
bulky as many other winter motorcycle gloves I've tried).
The Adaptive-Tec gloves don't have as
much feel as a
pair of unlined race gloves with kangaroo palms, for
they're perfectly useful as an all-around pair of
everyday riding gloves -- with the added benefit of the
Outlast system to add a bit of temperature control.
The gloves are nicely styled; not too
racer-ish yet not too bland. There's a lot of
double stitching used throughout, and it's very nicely done,
perfectly aligned with no
hanging threads and evenly applied along the seams. The silver-colored
double-stitched thread also looks great against the
The fingers are rather a work of art;
they're constructed using the "box" style, with internal stitching.
finger made from four pieces of leather, which is
very hard to do, very hard to do correctly,
expensive! The thumb is made from two sections.
Box construction usually makes for a
more comfortable glove, especially for riders with thick
fingers, but the internal stitching and seams in this
type of construction can feel
awful on sensitive human fingers if it isn't done right.
But the Roadgear
Adaptive-Tec gloves have a very nice silky-feeling
liner (see photo below), which I assume is part of the Outlast
The liner covers the entire interior of the glove, and
it acts as a smooth barrier between the rider's hand and
the internal stitching in the fingers, making the gloves feel nice and
The palms have a covering of an
interesting material; Roadgear calls it their "Hi-Tec" patent-pending palm patch (love
that alliteration!). It that feels grippy while
offering good wear protection. An extra section of
cowhide is sewn over the thumb/forefinger junction to
help prevent wear in this area also.
Another nice feature of these
gloves is the dual closure system. There's a strap
over the back of the wrist that attaches with Velcro.
It doesn't completely prevent the gloves from being
pulled off, but if it's secured properly, it does take
an exceptional effort to
do so. Unfortunately, the straps are too long for my
skinny little wrists, so they hangs off the side of
the glove by about an inch or so after I've tightened
them up securely.
The gauntlet is adequately sized also (see
Case of the Missing Gauntlet") and I
have no problem fitting it over any of the motorcycle
jacket sleeves I've tried.
Another feature that helps to make these gloves
comfortable is the lack of hard armor over the knuckles.
I suppose -- I hope -- that modern technology has
provided us with fibers that will offer as much
protection as hard armor. I'm not sure if this is so,
but surely the padding and leather used on the
Adaptive-Tec glove must offer enough protection for
street use? And the soft padding does allow the
gloves to be more flexible, which means more comfort.
Roadgear also says that the Adaptive-Tec
gloves use Dynatec reflective fibers. It can be
seen woven through the padding material on the backs of the gloves,
but it doesn't seem to provide the same reflectivity as the
Roadgear "Boss" gloves. It's more of a few
speckles of brightness sprinkled through the fabric, and
we couldn't get it to show up very well in a flash
The Roadgear Multi-Season Adaptive-Tec
motorcycle gloves come with a two-year warranty against
defects in materials and workmanship, which seems
generous. They're available in sizes ranging from
medium to XXXL for men and XS to medium for women.
Roadgear sent us two pair for this review; one is a size
medium and the other is a large. I normally take a
men's size large, but the mediums fit my thin fingers
and there's enough flexibility for comfort. I have
worn the size large also; they do fit me and have a bit
more room. Based on this, I'd say that if you're
in-between sizes but tend towards the smaller size, you
may be able to go one size smaller than you normally
The Roadgear Adaptive-Tec gloves are comfortable,
well made and, based on our experience, cover the 45- to
85-degree temperature range almost perfectly.
They're not claimed to be waterproof and we didn't have
an opportunity to evaluate them in the rain due to our
extended drought. The gloves retail for $69.90,
which seems a reasonable price for the quality and the
Product Review: Roadgear Multi-Season Adaptive Tec Motorcycle Gloves
Retail Price: $69.90
Sizes: XS to XXXL
|Comments: The gloves
for this review were provided courtesy of Roadgear.
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From "H.T." (4/09): "I bought these gloves after I saw
this review at a bike show, and do not recommend them. I've been
wearing these gloves for almost a year for about 7,000 miles. I agree
with everything the reviewer has stated... good job for weather protection
in the 40-70deg temp range, good construction with quality materials.
One major complaint... when tightening the Velcro wrist strap thru the
loops, the strap is so long that the "hard" Velcro attaches to the "soft"
Velcro for only a half an inch and the rest of the strap hangs loosely off
the glove, and the strap easily comes loose at high speeds flapping in the
I could loosen the strap so that full portion of the hard Velcro completely
attaches to the soft Velcro, but the wrist area would be very loose, which
makes the gloves easy to come off in a crash. So, I wouldn't recommend
these gloves. I wonder if Roadgear has addressed this since I bought
these gloves a year ago."
From "G" (3/09): "I purchased these gloves after reading
your reviews. Here are my thoughts, I ride a Victory Vision with
heated grips In the past couple of weeks I have had a chance to wear them in
temperatures ranging from 20 degrees to 73 degrees F.
I would say they are great from the low 30's up to 73 were
fine have not had a warmer day yet so cant speak to that. Low 20's
after 30 min my thumb and just my thumb was getting pretty darn cold even
with the heated grips.
I would add these are good gloves for heated
grips since they are not real thick and you can feel the heat with them on.
Velcro closures work well they have gauntlets that fit over my jacket fine
and were comfortable and felt broken in as soon as I put them on."