Weise Ion textile heated gloves | Warm but bulky batteries

3 out of 5

Weise Ion textile heated gloves

from Sportsbike Shop
£187.95 View offer
Published: 24 June 2024 Updated: 28 June 2024

I’m going to start this review by saying I hate the cold. If I’m not warm enough on a bike, the experience is totally ruined for me, and it’s my hands that often feel the freeze the fastest.

Even with the impressive heated grips installed to my 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S long term test bike, there was more than one occasion this winter where I was riding in agony – losing all feeling in the ends of my fingers during my 50-mile-each-way commute to MCN Towers.

Price: £187.95 (was £199.99)
Tried and tested by Dan Sutherland for three months and 2,000 miles

Pros

  • No faffing around with wires
  • Enough warmth for the coldest commute

Cons

  • Bulky wrists due to the batteries
  • Lack of external hard protection
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Looks
    3.0
  • Quality
    4.0
  • Protection
    3.0
  • Value
    4.0
  • Verdict
    3.0
Construction Full leather
CE rating Level 1
Armour Knuckle
Battery life Up to four hours
  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane
  • 110gsm Thinsulate™ and Micro Bemberg Plus thermal inner liner
  • Touchscreen compatible
  • Three heat settings

That was until I started using the £199.99 Weise Ion heated gloves, which quite simply transformed my commute from something I’d try and avoid, to something I could enjoy again. I’ve also used them on my own Royal Enfield Classic 350 (which doesn’t have heated grips) as the weather has got a little warmer, and again they have been excellent.

Much like most of the winter gloves I’ve sampled during my riding career – heated or otherwise – hard external protection is quite lacking. You get TPU armour on the knuckles and that’s it, so they’re CE rated to Level 1. However, their ability to keep me focussed on the ride in front of me by reducing the distractions of the cold weather have provided an arguably far more important safety aid.

They haven’t been perfect, and they do take an age to recharge, but I’d happily recommend them to any year-round rider, who doesn’t need to ride for more than four hours at a time.

How comfortable are the Weise Ion Heated Gloves?

The comfort of the Weise Ion gloves can be split into two halves. On the one hand, you could award it five stars for its soft Thinsulate interior that cushions your digits on the handlebars. There’s also no breaking in required, and I’ve happily worn them for hours in the saddle without any need or want to remove them.

On the flipside though, the 2200mAh batteries that power the gloves can feel quite bulky – living in a small pouch on the cuffs on both hands. You’ll often stop noticing them when you’re up to speed, but their positioning can make tucking in a jacket sleeve quite awkward – particularly frustrating if you’re already running late for the office.  

weise Heated Gloves knuckle armour

Being a bulky winter glove, you don’t get the feel you would from a thinner three season or summer garment, however I wouldn’t change this as it means my hands remain warm and comfortable over distance.

In terms of warmth, the batteries offer up to four hours of run time on three heat settings. Combined with heated grips, I’d often only run them on their lowest setting before venturing to the middle on colder days. I have very rarely had to switch to the hottest ‘red’ setting, but it’s comforting to know it’s there should I need it.

How do the Weise Ion Heated Gloves look?

Nobody buys winter gloves for how they look. They want the warmest hands possible at an affordable price. The Weise Ions do this nicely, keeping me warm with a price that bang in line with much of the established competition.

Although the styling is very conservative, I do like the combination of hard armour and a leather outer construction, as it gives the air of a more premium product, without breaking the bank.

Weise Ion Heated Gloves cuff

The simplistic one-button control is useful too – displaying a blue light on its coldest setting, orange in the middle, and red for the hottest. You can’t see much of the colour in the day, but at night the blue can sometimes give the impression you’re being followed by an emergency vehicle when you catch it in your peripheral vision.

The only thing I don’t like is just how bulky they are with the batteries attached – protruding from your wrist area like some kind of mysterious growth. However, I still prefer this to faffing around with wiring stuff into the bike – even if it does mean a finite heating time.

Are the Weise Ion Heating Gloves good quality?

After 2000 miles of mostly frosty and rainy English winter testing, the Weise Ions look largely the same as they did when they came out of the packet. There are no frayed edges, rips, or marking – with the only real sign of use coming on the additional padding on the palm which is now starting to discolour.

Besides that, they look brand new, and I will likely continue to use them into next year’s colder riding weather (not that I want to think too much about that at the moment). The buttons to control the heating also feel sturdy, and I’ve had no issues with irritation or burning of the skin from the heating elements within the gloves.

Weise Ion Heated Gloves battery

The only issue I have had was a one-off incident where I had charged the batteries all evening ahead of my ride to work the following morning. However, just two minutes into my 1.5 hour ride one of the gloves died for no real reason – leaving me with one cold and one warm hand all the way. I’m pleased to say it’s not happened again.

How protective are they?

The Weise Ions get a 1KP rating for protection, and if I’m being completely honest, I’m not sure I’d feel confident in crashing in them. However, I have thought that for pretty much any pair of winter gloves I’ve ever tested during my time at MCN.

There seems to be a trade-off between warmth and protection at that time of the year – lacking much of the hard armour found on products designed for hotter seasons. The Weise gloves are not alone in this criticism, and you do get hard TPU knuckle armour, plus additional padding in certain impact zones.

Weise Ion Heated Gloves logo

There is also the point of passive safety too, as they do such a good job of keeping my hands warm that I am no longer distracted by pain in my fingers on cold days – reducing the likelihood of an accident before it’s had chance to happen.

Are the Weise Ion heated gloves good value for money?

These Weise gloves sit slap bang in the middle of the established competition, with battery operated options ranging from around £350 to sub-£100 depending on your budget.

Without the heated elements, there’s no question that the Ions would be overpriced at an RRP of £199.99, but the fact that they do such a good job of keeping your hands warm mean that they more than justify their price tag in my opinion.

Rivals include the RST Pro Series Paragon 6 gloves, an MCN favourite which offers CE Level 1 protection, a visor wipe, touchscreen compatibility, waterproofing and more. You could also consider the Macna Azra RTX, which also features removable batteries, hard knuckle armour, waterproofing and more.

Tested by Justin Hayzelden for three years and 5,100 miles -

"The Paragon 6 is certified to CE level 1 (a basic pass, with 2 being the higher standard) for abrasion resistance and earns a KP rating for the hard knuckle armour. There’s a sliver of memory foam padding around the scaphoid area and on top of each finger (including thumb, but excluding index finger, probably because of the visor wipe) and a reinforced palm for protection in a slide."

"The heating system excels in keeping your digits toasty and frost free, but as it’s battery powered does need some planning and management for the best results. If you’re using them to commute, the best advice would be to stick them on charge whenever possible to keep them topped up, or purchase a couple of additional power packs as back ups. The Paragon 6 is waterproof, warm and has handy features like the twin visor wipes, plus a price tag that shouldn’t make you wince. All in all, an effective and good value heated winter glove."

Full RST Paragon 6 Heated Gloves review

Pros

  • Warm
  • Waterproof
  • Dual visor wipes
  • Touch screen friendly
  • Easy to operate

Cons

  • Battery pack won’t fit under some sleeves
  • Charger compatibility issues on earlier version
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Looks
    4.0
  • Quality
    4.0
  • Protection
    3.0
  • Value
    5.0
  • Verdict
    4.0
Construction Leather and nylon
Type Heated
CE Rating 1 KP
Armour Hard knuckle
  • Approx 4 hour run time
  • Smart phone compatible fingertips
  • Three heat settings
  • USB C cable charging
Tried and tested by Carl Stevens for three months and 6,000 miles

"They’re easy to get on and off with a quick loosening of the strap, and they’re spacious enough on the wrist closure system to get over the cuff of most jackets without too much stress, with an additional drawstring to retain the most heat possible."

"There’s also a little visor wipe on the left finger too, which does a reasonable job of against excess water or dirt. However, the battery fitment is quite tight in the zipped compartment, while the actual button function is frustrating as you have to ‘unlock’ the highest heat setting – so whereas it’s a simple push to change between the low and medium settings which can be operated on the fly, it’s a full ten second hold for the highest setting, on each glove, which does become frustrating."

"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."

Full Richa Inferno review

Pros

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

Cons

  • Not cheap
  • Bulky with external batteries
  • Batteries are an additional cost
  • Have to hold down the hottest setting, which is frustrating
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Practicality
    3.0
  • Looks
    4.0
  • Quality
    5.0
  • Protection
    4.0
  • Value
    3.0
  • Verdict
    4.0
Construction Cordura 600D textile
Type Heated Gloves
CE Rating Level 1
Armour D3O knuckle protector and temperfoam palm slider
  • AquaShell LTZ waterproof and breathable membrane
  • Superfabric re-enforcement on palm/scaphoid
  • 3 level temperature regulation via single easy to use button
  • Status LED shows blue, orange or red depending on selection
  • Compatible with optional battery kit

Cheaper (and less bulky) alternatives to bespoke heated gloves also include Keis’ G102 Heated Inner Gloves, which can be found online for around £80. Wired rather than battery powered, they slip within your standard winter gloves for an extra injection of warmth when you need it.

Tested by Bruce Dunn for four months, 1,000 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

So what’s the verdict?

As stated in the introduction of this review, I would recommend the Weise Ion heated gloves to others who need a reliable option for the winter months, genuinely capable of keeping your hands warm. Not only this, but they stood up to an English winter and give the impression that they really will last the test of time.

Although retailing for £199.99, you’re likely to find cheaper prices than this online, and the battery power system means you can jump between bikes (if you’re in that fortunate position) without having to mess around with routing wires.

The reason they fall down to a three-star rating is mainly for the bulky feel of the batteries themselves – which will no doubt get smaller and more efficient as technology progresses. If you are planning to ride longer than the four hour battery life, then these may not be the choice for you either.

I also don’t feel there’s enough hard protection to be fully confident in the event of a spill, but this is a long-standing criticism I have of many winter glove options.


How MCN tests heated gloves

At MCN, our team of expert journalists have decades of experience gained over hundreds of thousands of miles. We don’t test our jackets to destruction; we use it exactly how you do, in the real world and in all conditions. That means we can deliver impartial buying advice you can rely on.

Each of our writers has an in-depth understanding of the needs of today’s biker… because they are one.

To find out if a pair of heated gloves are worth spending your money on, our testers go out in seriously cold and wintry conditions and find out if they work. There is no ‘riding season’ at MCN and we all commute year-round so we’ll discover quickly whether heated gloves are up to the job.

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