Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Goodbye Widder. Hello Tourmaster



After having my second Widder electric glove fail in two years, I decided it was time to find a better answer. I settled on the Tourmaster Synergy Electric Gloves. Upon receiving my new gloves, I was immediately impressed. While the Widders are bulky like snowmobile gloves, the Tourmasters are leather lined gloves very similar to a medium weight winter riding glove. They feature carbon fiber heating elements for durability and are safe for use in wet weather. They also feature a controller on one cuff allowing you to adjust the temperature and leds to display when they are on and at what heat setting.

We're in a warm trend in the metro area, so I'll have give an evaluation when the temps drop again.

Help a Brotha Out!


Steven is trying to rub two dimes together to buy a motorcycle while at the same time paying to raise his two boys, etc. He hasn't had a motorcycle for a couple decades and has the fever bad. It's a valid cause, so help a brother out! Drop by his blog and make a donation. He needs to be riding by Memorial Day to make the Rally to Ridgecrest :)

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Global Warming


As I walked out to the garage this morning, I noticed the outside temp was 13.5F. Al Gore must be right, it's global warming! I discovered on last night's ride home that my Widder gloves were not heating up.

During the first year I owned them I had experienced this problem and called their support folks. They informed me that the gloves are simply a loop so that if one fails they both will not function. I ohmed thru both gloves and discovered the left one has failed this time. Last time I had one fail they were still under warranty so they replaced it. This time its on my dime. I'm a bit dismayed with the quality as I am not interested in having to replace them annually. So I may have to find another manufacturer.

So, I did what any good survivalist would do. I put on my summer gloves then put on my widder non-working electric gloves over them and made my way to work. I have to say I enjoy the stunned looks and comments when you walk in somewhere after riding in 13.5F weather :)