Klim 2022 Vanguard GTX Short Gloves
The Vanguard GTX Short Gloves are designed specifically for the touring rider demanding a broad range of comfort from their gloves, while maintaining full-time waterproof and windproof properties. With neither venting nor insulation, these “temperature neutral” gloves maintain comfort across a wide range of conditions, with street-ready protection and intuitive features.
- TOURING-FOCUSED SHORT GLOVE
- EXCELS IN COOL TO WARM AND WET CLIMATES
- GORE-TEX + GORE GRIP TECHNOLOGY
- GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY™
- GOAT LEATHER PALM AND FINGERS
- SEMI-PLIABLE RUBBER + FOAM KNUCKLE PROTECTOR
- EMBOSSED LEATHER OVERLAYS ON KNUCKLE AND PALM PADS
- 5MM XRD® IMPACT PROTECTION FOAM IN PALM AND KNUCKLE PADS
- 3MM COMFORT FOAM FINGER AND THUMB KNUCKLE PADS
- 3M™ SCOTCHLITE™ CARBON BLACK REFLECTIVE MATERIAL
- VELCRO + ZIPPER DUAL-ENTRY CUFF SYSTEM
- YKK® ZIPPER
- INDEX FINGER VISOR WIPER
- MULT-E-TOUCH™ SMART DEVICE FUNCTIONALITY W/ PRECISION PADS
- KLIM-ENGINEERED RIDER GRIP ARTICULATION
- UNDER CUFF SHORT DESIGN
- MOISTURE-WICKING LINER
- INNER CUFF GLIDE PANEL FOR EASIER ENTRY IN WET CONDITIONS
- ENTRY ASSIST PULL LOOP
- CE LEVEL 1 KP RATING CERTIFIED TO EN 13594
These gloves are consistent with the major American based brands we carry such as FirstGear, Tour Master, etc, so hopefully, you’ve had some experience with buying gloves and can choose based on the fit of a previous pair. If you have no previous experience with glove sizing, go here for help.
Just as an FYI, you may have previous experience with European designed brands such as Alpinestars and REV’IT! which run about one half size smaller, size-for-size, than the American brands. It is not a universally true fact but generally holds for most styles. So if a particular size in either of those brands is roomy on you, then you may be able to go down one full size in this style.
Our Two Cents
The Klim Vanguard GTX Short gloves have been updated for 2022 with a new knuckle design.
What really sets the Klim Vanguard GTX Short gloves apart from other options is that there is no thermal liner or venting on the gloves so they are good for warm to cool weather riding in dry or wet conditions. With the Gore-Tex lining and Gore-Grip technology you know you will stay dry and maintain firm grip control even in the wettest conditions.
The palm is goat leather and the index and thumb have reactive materials for touch screen capability that seems to work well on Android and Apple devices here at the shop. The heel of the palm has an XRD impact protector pad covered in a rubber/foam material with a unique hexagon pattern that is duplicated on the knuckle of the gloves over the matching XRD knuckle protector.
The entry is easy thanks to a zipper and hook and loop closure. You can unzip the gloves and put them on easily with the assist pull loop, then zip them and adjust the hook and loop closure for a secure fit. After you set this once all you’ll need to do is zip and unzip for entry/exit.
The index finger on the left glove has a visor wiper and the middle, ring, and pinky fingers all have 3M™ Scotchlite™ carbon black reflective material that is fairly dark but really reflects when the light hits it for maximum visibility.
The Klim Vanguard GTX Short gloves are a great option for touring riders looking for a glove diverse enough for most weather conditions but lightweight and streamlined for max dexterity and ease of use. :: Mike, 05/20/2022