myReview: Fired Up X Heated Glove Liners
This season’s volatile weather has thrown a wrench in many a rider’s dreams of curvy roads, my own included. Not willing to wait for mother nature to sort herself out, I finally decided to invest in some heated gear.
As most riders know, frozen hands are often the most common cause for ending cooler-weather rides early, so the first piece of gear I wanted to pick up was something to help keep my hands comfortable. I tried liners like the Held Unisex Silk Underglove, but didn’t notice a real difference, so I bit the bullet and spent the money on properly heated liners.
|Total cost (CAD)||$213.77|
What I wanted and why I chose Fired Up X
First of all, I should qualify my choice to purchase the Fired Up X Heated Glove Liners with my personal requirements:
- I was looking for a heated liner rather than a heated glove since I still wanted to benefit from my riding gloves’ safety features; and
- I wanted something that was battery-operated so that I didn’t have children’s mitten string syndrome with cables running from my wrists.
After doing some research and looking through the not-so-numerous options available to me, I chose the Fired Up X gloves because:
- the brand’s products seemed to have positive reviews and a history of good support on GTA motorcycle;
- they were recently carried by Costco this past winter, which can be a positive sign; and
- they’re a local brand from Mississauga.
Expectations vs. Reality
To simplify it, I expected the gloves to be fairly thin liners that would keep my hands warm.
In reality, they’re made a little bulky with their wiring and the wrist control and battery housing. They fit snugly under my well-worn Icon Pursuit gloves, but I ripped the stitching on the velcro strap on my new Revit Fly 2 gloves trying to get them on over top the heated liners.
I also wouldn’t say they ever kept my hands toasty warm (an expectation I had based on my experience with my Black Jack Heated Vest), but they did do their job of keeping me out on the road without my hands freezing. Wearing the gloves on my rides in 5° to 12° C temperatures, my hands feel a little cold, but the heated liners keep them from getting to the point that I start to lose dexterity and the ride isn’t fun anymore, as can sometimes happen riding in cooler temperatures without the heated liners.
Pros & cons
On the plus side, even if I was mistakenly expecting luxuriously warm hands on my cold-weather rides, these liners do deliver in allowing me to ride more comfortably in cooler weather, extending my riding season, which is a win for any Canadian rider. In that, they’ve accomplished my main objective for having purchased them, so I can’t really be disappointed with them.
That said, they don’t have the polish you might expect from a product that costs over $200 all-in. For example, the battery connects to the liner with a wire (you remove the batteries to charge them), but the battery’s port and the liner’s wire don’t feel like they were designed at the same time, as the wire is forced to stick out at an awkward angle, adding extra bulk to the battery pocket:
If the port was just a little higher on the battery, the cable would tuck around the battery’s outer edge nicely.
A bonus to them being battery-operated is that they can be used for more than just motorcycle riding. Going to a TFC playoff game in November or December? There might be flurries; bring your heated glove liners for a more comfortable experience.
The downside would be that you need to charge these fairly frequently. On the highest setting, the battery is meant to last 3-4 hours according to the manufacturer. That’s about what I experienced, which is long enough to last a ride, but you may want to bring the charger with you if you’re planning on riding for any longer in a given day.
Ultimately, it’s been difficult for me to decide whether or not to recommend the Fired Up X Heated Glove Liners. They’re good, but not perfect and they’re relatively expensive. If you have a lot of the same requirements as me, these will likely do the trick for you, but be forewarned not to expect the 50° C of warmth the manufacturer promises when riding.
TL;DR – On the bike, they’ll keep your hands just below the uncomfortably cold point to let you keep going.