Tour Master Synergy 7.4 Battery Powered Textile Gloves for Women
- New four-level push button 7.4v design
- Heavyweight polyester and spandex blend fabric used in the backhand, fingers, forchettes, and gauntlet
- Supple and abrasion resistant 0.7-0.8mm goatskin leather used to construct the palms and the outside of pinky fingers
- Microfiber overlays incorporated into the palm thumbs for added durability
- Ergonomically positioned gauntlet zipper pockets comfortably store battery packs
- 5mm memory foam padded knuckles and accordion stretch fingers provide added protection without sacrificing comfort
- HiPora® waterproof, breathable membrane to block out moisture
- 80g 100% polyester insulation keeps the cold out and warmth in
- Fleece lining for a warm and luxurious fit and feel
- Touchscreen compatible index fingers and thumbs
- Dual closure gauntlet design keeps the warmth in and the elements out
- Reflective piping on outside of gauntlet cuff help increase nighttime visibility
- Battery life ranges from 2.2 hours on high to 8 hours on low temperature setting
- Surface temperature ranges of 135º/100%, 120º/75%, 105º/50%, 90º/25%
- Includes two (2) 7.4v 2.0Ah rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and dual charger (packaged separately)
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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 upon the fit of a previous pair. If you have no previous experience with glove sizing, go here for help.
Our Two Cents
The Synergy 7.2 gear from Tour Master was just recently released. The lineup includes jackets, vests and gloves for both men and women. These products are all powered by rechargeable batteries. Tour Master has some good experience in designing and selling battery powered gear as they spent several seasons as the distributor for the Mobile Warming brand of gear. And now they have their own line!
The gloves are offered in an all- leather version and a textile version which is textile material on the back of the hand with a leather palm. Each glove is is supplied with its own battery. The batter compartment on the glove is on the cuff of each glove. The heating elements on the glove run along the back of the fingers and down the side of each hand to the wrist. There is a line drawing to show the location of the heating elements on each product in the photo gallery. The operating characteristics of the leather and textile version are identical. Each gloves is controlled independently with an easy-to-operate button on the back on the hand. You just push multiple times to toggle through off-high-75%-50%-25%-off. Simple enough. Which to buy?... is just a personal preference thing in my opinion… some people like the look and feel of a full leather glove while others will be just as happy with the textile/leather hybrid. The leather gloves might offer just a bit more protection in case of a fall while the textile version would be slightly lighter. s
Each glove has its own 2000MAH battery. For reference, each jacket or vest carries one 2200MAH battery. So you can see that each glove packs more heating capacity than a jacket or vests and that’s because the fingers need more help in keeping warm and they are completely exposed to the cold wind blast, where the jacket or vest will be worn as an undergarment and will shielded by your outerwear. The charger for the gloves is a dual pigtail unit so you can charge both glove batteries at the same time. The charger for a jacket or vest is a single channel charger (since those garments only have one battery).
How does battery powered gear compared to heated gear that is wired into you bike? Well, in terms of raw heating power, it doesn’t stack up to the wired gear for obvious reasons. Referring to jackets/vests, many people characterize it as being able to “maintain” your core temperature with the right outer-garments, but its not something that will “warm you up” and/or keep you warm for a long period of time in cold weather (due to limited power in the battery). Speaking to gloves, I’d say they come closer to performing to wired gloves since there is relatively more battery output than with the jackets and pants, but of course with the same limitation on time per use.
Positive things about battery powered gear…. you do enjoy some things that wired gear can’t give you such as: you don’t have to wire it into the bike; you can wear the gear for uses other than riding the motorcycle such as other sports or outdoor activities… sitting through a cold football game on Friday night comes to mind; and the battery powered gear is just quicker and easier to use than the wired stuff… just turn it on and go. It will be great for short rides to “maintain” your body heat. And you’ll get more of your money’s worth out of it if you can use it for other things. :: Paul, 01-03-17
A few notes of caution: Please heed the advice in the instructions about keeping the batteries charged over long periods of time when they aren’t used… if they sit without a charge they’ll loose their ability to hold a charge and that is not covered by warranty. The jacket, vest and gloves mention waterproofing materials being used in them, which is great, but be advised that the instructions warn against getting the batteries and wiring wet and the compartments where the batteries reside are not waterproof. This won’t be much of an issue for the jackets or vest because you’ll be wearing them under your protective riding gear, which I would hope is waterproof if you are riding in the rain. The glove however should not be powered up if you are in the rain.