What can I say about these gloves other than I wish I'd had heated grips to really test their features. That said, they still did a great job of keeping my mitts warm enough and I was never really uncomfortable.
There's something about hard knuckle protection that makes me feel like my hands are that much safer. The Tundra has a molded plastic plate that fit my knuckles just right. Often, I'll find that the molded type is too small and doesn't extend all the way from my forefinger to my pinky. A hard skid/impact pad on the palm added to this increased security and served up a little side benefit. I found that when my throttle hand got fatigued, I could use the pad to keep steady pressure on the twist grip — sort of like a improvised cruise control.
Comfortwise, they were great and felt like they were lined with kitten fur, though I know they aren't. They're just really cozy. The glove retails for $89.95.
Winter Basegear long-sleeve top and pants
Since the trip in September, I've found that I've been using the Basegear more than any other piece of TPG apparel. This is mostly because here in Southern California all the layers aren't needed, but it's also because this stuff is darn comfortable. Late-night and early morning walks. Sitting around in the morning drinking coffee and reading the paper. These two pieces are now my leisure wear.
Each is constructed of a combination of fleece lining, spandex to keep things snug (not too snug), and water- and wind-resistant front panels. The top's zipper neck helps regulate body temperature and the bottoms have double top-stitched seams to eliminate chaffing — a good thing.
Both also do a fantastic job of wicking away moisture to keep your body dry. These pieces retail for $69.95 apiece.
Here's a Sun Sports Unlimited
This multiline dealership is located in Gunnison, Colo. It has been in its current location since 1978. and is the oldest KTM dealer in the state.
Morrill Griffith and Debbie Stewart opened the store at 219 W. Highway 50 and still own it to this day. Griffith is a racer who started way back in 1970 aboard a Hodaka Ace 100 and has since competed in multiple ISDEs and in the Rocky Mountain Enduro Circuit in the AA class.
The store also carries Kawasaki (as evident by the KLR650 they so generously loaned me), Yamaha and Polaris and is a big snowmobile dealer for the area. Sun Sports' service department is known for its expertise in dealing with high-elevation requirements in addition to the region's technical terrain and ever-changing weather.