Winter warmers: Best heated motorcycle gloves

A good pair of motorbike gloves is essential when the temperature drops. However, when it’s really cold, sometimes we need to actually add heat via something like a pair of heated motorcycle gloves to make sure that we stay warm and don’t begin to feel the effects of cold; a loss of concentration, followed by feeling and a decrease in safety.

One of the first areas that can start to feel cold are the hands. Many riders swear by heated grips and indeed, these will help you to keep using thinner gloves for improved feel and comfort when things start to get chilly.

However, unless you have handguards to protect your hands from the windblast, the wind-chill can drastically reduce the effective temperature at your fingertips. And in this case, you start to get cold very quickly and heated grips will do nothing to help you.

I know this from previous experience. Every winter, I find myself gravitating to a pair of heated gloves, for the simple reason that my palms tend not to get cold as they are against the grips (heated or not) but my fingertips and the back of my hand do – where the wind gets them. And a pair of heated gloves is the answer.

Best Deals at a Glance

The cold weather’s here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be on the lookout for a decent deal on heated gloves – or rather, we can be on the lookout for you.

Over 15% off Furygan Heat X Kevlar® Heated Gloves – save £60: was £299.99, now £242.99
25% off Macna Unite RTX Heated Gloves – save £32.50: was £129.99, now £97.49
20% off Alpinestars HT-5 Heat Tech Drystar Heated Gloves – save £65: was £319.99, now £254.99

20% off RST Pro Series Paragon 6 Heated CE Gloves – save £50: was £199.99, now £159.99

The best heated motorcycle gloves

Best overall

The Keis G701S heated gloves are a short version of the G701 below. They use a Spandex outer shell with a Hipora membrane to keep rain out but allow the hands to breathe.

Tested by Rich Newland for two months, 1800 miles

Riding with cold hands is exceptionally dangerous. Numb fingers, cold muscles, and the pain of cold digits can all lead to distraction and even a loss of control. Heated grips are a good start- but heated gloves are a far more valuable and effective solution. I've used Keis G501, Furygan Heat Blizzard 37.5 and Dane Fyre gloves in the past-but these new G701S gloves are already hot (sorry) favourites.

The S stands for 'Shorty', as they have no internal battery compartment and a shorter, narrower cuff enabling them to easily slip inside your jacket sleeves. The supplied wiring harness. connects the gloves to your bike's battery via supplied leads (or a separate Keis battery pack from £55, or a 12v plug-in power lead at £20) and the shorty design means that you can route all the wiring inside your jacket- banishing any external flappery-with just one connection from jacket to battery lead.
The G701SS conform to the required EN 13594:2015 standard and are 1KP rated and once plugged in, there are three heat settings denoted by green, amber and red illumination of the power button on each glove. Progressive clicks let you cycle through the settings in order. I've used them down to -2°C (ambient) at prolonged motorways speeds and suffered no chills at all.
Construction is a Ballistic Spandex outer with a bonded Hipora waterproof/breathable membrane (no sweaty hands), there's a scaphoid slider, 3M Thinsulate insulation, a visor wipe and smartphone-friendly finger pads. Comfort is superb, protection is good, they're pleasingly devoid of bulk, and retain warmth when not plugged in. Apart from the cost-which is pricey, but entirely fair and the green settings light being very bright at night, I can't find anything else to criticise.


  • Short design less cumbersome than others
  • Waterproof and breathable
  • Integrated construction to prevent layer movement


  • No power options included
Keis G701S heated gloves
Tried and tested by Carl Stevens for three months and 6,000 miles - " There is very little to complain about when it comes to the quality of the Inferno gloves. They’ve seen every element and have not let me down once, and even when being constantly chucked on the road or even run over (it’s easily done) there hasn’t been a single element that has failed on me, or shown signs of excessive wear. The tri-fleece lining feels really warm and soft inside, while the Spandex stetch fabric is a nice addition for the cosiest fit. Battery life is pretty decent as well with the aftermarket battery set, as in the lowest setting the batteries last for well over three hours, and they will go for around two hours in medium too."

" I’d struggle to ride in winter without heated gloves, and the Richa Inferno set are the warmest I’ve ever sampled, making them perfect for those really cold days in the saddle. Sure, there are a few niggles such as unlocking the hottest setting, the bulky batteries and the cost, but I have to admit that it’s forgiven when the heat is turned up to the max. Without batteries the Infernos fit nice and snug and feel secure when on, and they offer a reasonable amount of protection too, thanks to D30 armour, Cordura 600D textile and goatskin reinforcement."


  • Completely waterproof
  • Heat settings offer lots of warmth
  • They have a good tight closure


  • Not cheap
  • Bulky with external batteries
  • Batteries are an additional cost
  • Have to hold down the hottest setting, which is frustrating
Tested by Bruce Dunn for four months, 1000 miles. The latest heated gloves from Keis (an update on the G601) are made from a stretchy bonded textile outer which makes them extremely comfortable and easy to wear. Slipping your hand inside the Thinsulate interior is a bit of a treat as it feels really fluffy and warm, even when the gloves are turned off.

They definitely have a premium feel. Once they're turned on via the easy-access rubberised button on the backs of the hands, the G701 warm up extremely quickly and within 15 or so seconds they feel up to temperature. They have some good features like the visor wipe on the left index finger and have touch screen pads on the index finger and thumb, so even when they're turned off they're still pretty decent winter gloves.

The outer fabric is hydrophobic so is supposed to repel water, meanwhile there's a Hipora waterproof/breathable membrane beneath to back this up, however, I have yet to test their wet-weather performance. There are three heat settings that are easy to toggle with the button.

With the optional batteries installed in the back of the wrists they are un-obtrusive and will last easily a couple of hours or longer depending on what heat setting you choose. The batteries take two hours to recharge. The gloves come with an in-line fused lead in order to power them directly from the bike's 12v battery, which is definitely the way to go if you're only using them on one bike as the batteries are quite an expensive convenience.
Quality: 5/5
Value: 4/5
MCN Rated
Price: £151.73 (was £209.99)
Tested by Ben Clarke for three months, 500 miles. These heated gloves from Macna can be powered three ways. You can either run them from your bike's battery, use battery packs or connect them to the brand's Core heated jacket. Rather than using a bulky single battery in the cuff, the Progress has three much thinner batteries per glove that fit into their own slots. The cuffs themselves have an elasticated inner and an outer that means you don’t get wet hands in the rain.

The elements do a great job of warming your entire hand evenly and the hottest of the four temperature settings is really toasty. You can control the gloves with Macna’s Bluetooth app, but it’s not really worth the bother when the control is on the back of your hand anyway. It’s useful for checking the battery levels though. Score a typical “1 KP” rating in CE tests.
Quality: 5/5
Value: 4/5

Armoured and waterproof, the G601 thermal gloves are a dependable option. They are made of leather and textile, rendering these gloves reasonably light, yet the hard knuckle armour and soft armour on the fingers and wrist provide good protection. To be heated, they draw from the bike, although you can opt for a battery pack if you wish. The heating is even and makes for snug wearing.

If you already have a pair of winter gloves that keep you warm in moderate conditions yet also keep you dry and give good feel for the bike, then adding a pair of slim heated gloves, like these liners from heated-kit specialist Keis, can help.

They are thin enough to prevent excessive interference with the bike yet powerful enough to offer useful heating. They are supplied with a Y-lead that runs up the back of your jacket and down each arm to connect to the bike’s battery or an optional battery pack.


  • Give warmth to existing gloves
  • Thin so fit under existing gloves
  • Powered by bike or battery pack


  • Some may not like the feel of two pairs of gloves

These retro-styled gloves are from Merlin's Heritage range and show that practicality needn't be dull. They are short-ish gloves formed in cowhide leather and backed with a Hipora breathable and waterproof membrane with two different densities of Thinsulate, thicker on the back of the hand and thinner on the palm for warmth and feel.

They also feature D3O knuckle armour and padding over the scaphoid and the heating elements have three power levels, activated by a button on each glove. Power comes from two batteries supplied with the gloves.


  • Retro styling
  • Hipora membrane
  • Thinsulate insulation


  • Short cuff may not keep all weather out

What to look for in heated motorcycle gloves

One of the key decisions to make when selecting a pair of heated gloves is fundamentally how long you will spend riding in them. If you are likely to use them for an hour or two a day, then battery power is likely to be plenty for you, even on high heat settings. Most gloves should last a couple of hours on high and a handful of hours on lower settings.

However, if you plan to ride all day – you use your bike for work, you’re a blood biker or enjoy big-mile winter tours – then you might want to consider hard-wiring the gloves to the bike’s battery.

This may make it a bit more of a faff when you mount or dismount to connect cables emerging from your jacket cuffs and plugging your jacket into the bike but you will be able to run the gloves on whatever heat setting you want for as long as you want and never run out of power.

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