Aerostitch waterproof overmitts

I lived in the UK for a period in the 80’s, and got used to riding in more-or-less moist conditions, more-or-less all the time. One thing I couldn’t get used to was wet, cold hands. I’d tried a number of different gloves, all claiming to be waterproof, but in all cases it was just a matter of time before they leaked and my fingers shrivelled and went numb.

The solution was a pair of Rukka overmitts. They were a kind of a light-weight rubberised cotton, a little weird looking and a little bit clumsy on the controls, but they were the only hand protection I’d ever had that was absolutely 100% waterproof.

Those Rukkas eventually split a seam. Overmitts aren’t so easy to find in the US, I guess because people don’t ride in such consistently miserable conditions as in Europe. It was on a trip to Paris that I bought my next set. These were Rev-it, and they work good too – but, dufous that I am, I got a size medium. These will fit OK over my summer gloves, but too small for anything heavier. (they are for sale… contact me)

Aerostitch Triple Digit rain coversWhich brings me to the Aerostich Triple Digit Rain Covers. These come in orange or black, both with reflective panels. I chose the orange for greater conspicuity in bad weather.

The waterproof overmitts (I think that’s a better description than “rain covers”) fit reasonably comfortably due to a Velcro cinch around the wrists and elastic pulls to seal around the arms. They work fine like this in “normal” wet conditions, but in a downpour I’d recommend wearing them under your jacket. This will reduce the chance of water running down your jacket, under the elasticated seal and into your gloves.

Unlike my old Rukkas, which had a grippy rubberized exterior, the material used on these is a little slippery – not dangerously so, but it’s noticeable. Aerostitch recommends coating the palms with Aquaseal urethane sealant to provide a grippier surface. I’ve yet to do this, but I assume it will be effective. What bugs me though – they know this material is slippery, why don’t they give the palms a coating before they leave the factory, rather than forcing the customer to do it? If you don’t already have a tube of Aquaseal or similar, that will add $7.00 or so to the cost of the mitts – and at $47, they are not cheap to start with.

Overall I’d recommend them, but only because they seem to have little competition in the US marketplace. They work for keeping your hands dry, but the problem with the slippery material seems to be something that should be fixed for mitts at this price. I’d like to see some other choices, but for some reason overmitts have never caught on among US riders, and these mitts, at this price, are not going to start a revolution any time soon. That said, they are “claws-down” the best way to keep hands dry when riding in the wet.

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  1. Trudi says:

    Hmmm. Makes me feel like having lobster for dinner. I’m sold! Send me a case and a half of those mitts, and charge me a bunch extra. :-)

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