Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves
Roadgear H20-Tec Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves
by "Burn" for webBikeWorld.com
Motorcycle Glove Reviews | Owner
Summary: Roomy summer/fall touring glove for riders who are
uncomfortable with large swatches of carbon fiber and padding.
Review of the
Roadgear H2O Maxx gloves (the revised version of
the H2O Tec gloves).
Roadgear makes a ton of
motorcycle gear, including a large selection of gloves.
The Roadgear Carbon Maxx leather mesh gloves (review),
the Roadgear Multi-Season Adaptive Tec gloves (review)
and their "Boss" winter waterproof gloves (review)
are big favorites around here -- in fact, the
Multi-Season Adaptive Tec gloves received a webBikeWorld
2007 Motorcycle Product of the Year award.
The H20-Tech gloves
described here are sort of like an "Adaptive-Tec Lite",
because they have the same basic styling and looks.
They do not have armor or a lot of extra padding though,
and they're much thinner, with a minimal amount of
insulation and lining.
That's not necessarily a bad
thing; some riders just don't want to wear motorcycle gloves
covered in carbon fiber, metal or plastic. They're
looking for a basic leather glove that's roomy and
comfortable. If you fit that description, this
glove may be just the ticket.
That isn't to say that the
H20-Tec gloves are without any type of protection -- the
grippy part of the thumb is covered in a rubbery
type of material, the palms and underside of the fingers
are made from leather and there's narrow extra section
of leather sewn into the web of the hand between the
thumb and forefinger for extra wear protection.
The back of the knuckles is
covered in Dynatec, an abrasion-resistant material
developed by Schoeller for use in motorcycle gloves and
other gear. Roadgear says it's reflective also,
but several photos using the flash in the dark were not
able to illustrate any reflectivity.
Roadgear says the fingers
are stitched using the "fourchette" (fork) method;
I'm not sure what this means but the fingertips have a
single piece of leather that curves around the outside
of each finger, with leather sewn on the top and bottom
to cap it (see photo below).
All of the stitching on the
fingers (and the gloves) is
internal, and a thin lining keeps any of the stitches
from being felt, making the H20-Tec gloves very
comfortable, much like a pair of light winter street
Fourchette (fork) stitching on the fingertips of
the Roadgear H20-Tec Gloves.
stitching method also yields plenty of room inside.
The size large gloves fit me perfectly, with good
proportions and enough room in each fingertip so that
they don't interfere when my hands are wrapped around
The gauntlet, while not
huge, is large enough to fit over any of the motorcycle
jackets I've been wearing. The gloves have a
simple snap at the cuff that tightens them up just a
touch; there are no other straps or cinches on the
H20-Tec gloves, which probably will also please riders
who only want a basic glove.
Schoeller Dynatec close-up.
Now the H20-Tec gloves are
so named because they are claimed to be waterproof.
Roadgear says they have a Hipora lining; Hipora is
supposed to be one of those wind/waterproof linings that
The problem with any of
those type of membrane linings is that they can become
compromised wherever there's a stitch. I gave the
H20-Tec gloves the standard "dunk 'em in a bucket of
water" webBikeWorld trial and, I'm sorry to say, within
about 30 seconds the water started to seep in through
the seams on every one of the fingers.
The back of the hand seems
waterproof, so they should offer some protection when
riding in the rain with the hands on the grips, and I
don't know if holding them underwater is a fair trial
that duplicates what an owner might encounter during a
so I'm not sure how the gloves will really fare in a
I do know, however, that the Roadgear
"Boss" waterproof gloves are definitely waterproof, so
I'm not sure what happened with the stitching on the
H20-Tec version, or if this pair is one of the first off
the assembly line, but they aren't waterproof as far as
I can tell.
But many gloves aren't, so if you're
looking for a basic pair of light duty, comfortable
gloves that offer a modicum of protection, the Roadgear
H20-Tec gloves may be for you. The price is right
gloves apparently fit one size small. The size M
shown here fits like a L and the L fits like an XL, but
check with Roadgear before purchasing.
Basic, lightweight and comfortable gloves that are a
step above street gloves. Not much padding or
protection, but not everyone is comfortable with full-on
race gloves. If they were truly waterproof, it
would add to their usefulness.
Review of the
Roadgear H2O Maxx gloves (the revised version of
the H2O Tec gloves).
Product Review: Roadgear H20 Tec Motorcycle Gloves
Retail Price: $56.90
Sizes: Men M to XXXL; Women's XS to M.
August 2008 Notes: Gloves provided by Roadgear for this
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From "M.O.B." (12/08): "First off, I
totally agree on one point... these gloves will fail the
bucket test rapidly... And if you ride in pouring
rain, even faster...
I wanted a pair of totally waterproof gloves as many
times I ride for an 8 hr return from rallies and such,
and most assured it will be pouring (ain't it always the
case??). I have bought quite a few products from
Roadgear, and found them all great performers...(tank
bag, tool kit, various sundries...), so I felt safe
asking Santa for a pair for X-mas...hmmm
They showed up under the tree, and were tried on
(with DRY hands), and seemed a bit more snug than
expected (intentionally asked for 1 size larger to be
safe), but went on and off a couple times, so I tossed
them in the tank bag till needed. These were to
replace a set of BMW Gore-Tex rain gloves that were
about 5 years old, and just stopped providing adequate
protection, even after spaying them with many cans of
On a normally 8-9 hour return trip from Georgia to
Richmond (Virginia), in April 2008, we "Drank from Mr.
Firehose" mile after mile, non-stop, and turned a one
day trip into 2 because of the discomfort levels...2 x 7
hr days, temps hovering in the mid 40's running as fast
as was safe in that weather (arriving at home to
The first thing to fail were these gloves. 15
minutes tops.. soaked thru and FULL of water.
Removing them pouring the water out, and wringing the
rest out every half hour became a pain, and after the
second repeat, they were impossible to get to get on due
to the liner shifting, and the finger liners pulling out
of position and twisting, requiring time consuming
"pencil poking" to even get a semblance of being able to
I wear an XL glove, these were purchased in XXL, and
after not being able to get them back on repeatedly
asked my wife to wear them... she could not get them on
because of the construction flaws inherent to the
design, and she wears a small...
I literally threw these gloves on the ground and left
them there about 150 miles into my ride; I was so angry.
Toughing the remainder of it out switching from my vent
Icon summer gloves, and my Olympia light duty leather
Even if they would have retained their intended
shape, and waterproof claims, the design of the cuff was
still the last failing feature, and when worn over the
sleeve (of my Roadcrafter) assisted in them filling with
water as there is no provision to seal the wrist, while
the cuff was too small to easily get them over the
sleeve...too tight one spot, too loose the other...the
only answer is to wear them with sleeve over gauntlet..
which although better, still not an acceptable answer to
Sorry, these gloves are a failure in every respect.
Buy $56 worth of XXXL Playtex Dish washing Rubber
gloves... you will be way ahead satisfaction wise."
From "R.H.M." (10/08): "I wore these
gloves in Scotland where it rained lightly for the first
5 days. The gloves held up well.
This morning I rode from the "Dragon" in North Carolina
to Valdosta, Georgia. The rain became very heavy.
I switched from my leather gloves to the Road Gear H20.
They were soaking wet in 40 minutes.
They are not
up to heavy rain at highway speeds. You could actually
wring the water out of them at a road stop. The
FJR1300 has heated grips so that helped alleviate the
discomfort. I am still looking for a truly
waterproof glove not a drizzle proof glove.
Perhaps the big vinyl gloves over the top of a decent
leather glove!?" (Editor's Note:
Try the Rain-Off over-gloves, they're absolutely
From "D.E." (9/08): "I can attest to
riding for days wearing these gloves in heavy rain and
never having a wet hand. I do have GS handguards
on my bikes (which provide some protection from rain
from the front), which might help, but these are for
sure my favorite wet weather gloves.
always in my tankbag ready for use. Unlike every
other pair of "waterproof" gloves - these ones deliver
on the promises made. And my hands aren't purple
wrinkled claws after a day riding in the rain.
In this case - I think the bucket dip isn't a valid
test. Try wearing them under actual riding
conditions, I think you'll quickly become a fan."
Editor's Reply: Thanks for the
feedback. While the "dunk test" may not be a good
replication of riding in the rain, it's fairly common
for evaluating waterproof gloves and boots, and it's a
standard method we use to keep the variables limited,
which would be hard to do in a rainstorm.
used it before with a few other pairs of gloves that
have passed successfully, including the
118 (review); the
Shift Torrent gloves (review) and the
Roadgear Boss gloves (review).
We were surprised at how quickly the water entered
the Roadgear H20-Tec gloves, so perhaps this particular
pair is defective. Roadgear is usually pretty good
about their claims and backing up the products, and I'm
waiting to hear back from them to see what's up.