It was 32 degrees this morning when I left for work. The experts say that you can take another 20 degrees off the temperature to understand what it feels like on the bike. While I won't argue with their science, I do think this is somewhat misleading. I have sat around in 12 degree weather when in the military and for various jobs and riding in 32 degrees is much more brutal. When you are just hanging about in sub freezing temperatures, you are not affected by wind burn on your face and your hands and legs take more than 15 minutes to go painfully numb from the cold. Finally having enough of this, I have purchased some Gerbing's Heated Gloves. I expect them to be delivered today and will get back with you tomorrow with my initial impressions.
Here is the info from Gerbing's website:
The T5 gloves from Gerbing’s were first introduced last year in Europe but now are available in the USA. Designed for the rider who rides out of necessity and not just for recreation. The T5 gloves were made for the type of rider who demands performance in a wide variety of riding conditions. Whether it is long distance riding where comfort and warmth are essential or intercity high traffic commuting where safety is a must, the T5 gloves from Gerbing’s deliver exceptional performance.
» Gerbing's heated gloves are made with high quality full-analine leather for an exceptionally light, strong and flexible glove
» The glove heats the entire length of each finger including the thumb as well as the back of your hand
» Gauntlet style glove
» Adjustable wrist fastener
» Hypora® waterproof, breathable membrane
» Thinsulate® insulation for great warmth and dexterity
» Brushed tricot liner for added warmth and durability
» Incorporates Gerbing's Microwire® heating technology that uses micro-sized heating fibers to surround the hand with warmth.
» Lifetime warranty on the Microwire® heating elements