509 Freeride 2.0 Glove Review
Now, for those of you still with us, let’s dive deeper into my findings and how I arrived at them!
509 Freeride Glove Review
First off, you may notice that the scoring for this category is lower than the rest. This is NOT the fault of the manufacturer through defect or odd sizing. Merely, it’s a function of the size of my hands and my personal preference in a glove. I’m a ‘tweener on a lot of garments, whether that be gloves, boots, helmet etc.
For testing of the 509 Freeride Glove, I opted for a smaller sizing. I prefer a snug-fitting, lighter glove for riding. But I also like to bring along a set of warm gauntlets for digging out stuck friends (‘cause I’m sooo talented that I never get stuck myself, haha).
The 509 Freeride Glove features pre-curved fingers, which help provide good grip and allow me to use a lighter grip pressure on the bars and still maintain control.
For warmth I have to give a somewhat “incomplete” mark, owing to the temperatures for the riding that I have done this winter. Mother Nature so far has been a cruel mistress. Temperatures have either been above freezing, or so far below that at times it wasn’t appealing in the least to ride.
During rides I did complete, however, the gloves performed brilliantly.
My sled has a low windscreen which looks racy, but the level of protection it offers from the elements is more suggestion than reality. Riding in -7˚C, the Freeride Gloves were warm enough that I had no need for handwarmers until we hit the trails back to the truck, where our speeds were higher.
I have been very surprised and pleased by how well these gloves stay dry.
The inner Hipora Membrane liner is top notch when combined with the omnipresent Thinsulate insulation. I expected there to be some dampness from hand sweat, but all my digits have been kept nice and dry! This includes a ride in above freezing weather, with a wet layer of powder on top. These were very odd conditions, as we would get swirling snow that was heavy in moisture content. But it was all dry, all the time.
Bravo, 509, for finding a combination of materials that allow your hands to breathe through the fabric while protecting them from the outside elements.
Not a lot to say here. My Freeride Gloves are basic black with some ghosted-in graphics. Hey, if black is good enough for Johnny Cash, it’s good enough for this cowboy!
Other colour variations that cater more to the ‘Fashion Conscious’ are available as well.
So far, the 509 Freeride Glove has been excellent for durability. At the time of writing, I’ve managed 6 rides, with nary a pulled stitch or snag of fabric. The full-grain WR100X leather palm has provided good durability so far.
Time will tell how it holds up for a full season of abuse—not just riding but also shovelling driveways, pulling down load cinches and other tasks.
I’ve already used these gloves for more than they were designed, and they continue to look great!
Odds ’n Sods
My only real gripe is that there is no loop or tab of any sort to attach to the safety tether of my sled. My personal preference is to have the tether attached to my hand. In case of an emergency, it’s simply a matter of pulling my arm back to shut down the sled rather than trying to find the cord attached somewhere to my jacket or pants first.
A pleasant surprise came out of a “Holy crap, what did I just do,” moment. On the previously mentioned ride with wet, snow dust in the air, I instinctively wiped my brand new, very expensive mirrored goggle lens to clear my vision. Before I was halfway through wiping my hand across I had instant regret, as I was positive that I had just wiped half the mirrored coating off my new lens. Nope! I am happy to report that the outer shell material of the Freeride Glove is knucklehead friendly! Wipe away, ladies and gentlemen. You can have clear vision with no worry of ruining a mirrored lens.
509 Freeride Glove 2.0 Review Summary
3-2-1 contact! No, I’m not relaying the starting procedure of a 1917 Sopwith Camel. Rather, I’m pointing out that we have three points of contact to exert our physical will over a bucking bronco of a snowmobile/snowbike— knees, feet and hands.
The greatest benefit of the 509 Freeride Glove is that it lends outstanding grip of the handlebars. This allows riders to use lighter grip pressure, thereby reducing arm fatigue and enabling greater control for a longer period of time.
Couple the outstanding grip characteristics of the glove with its ability to keep your hands pleasantly warm and dry, and you have the makings of a fantastic garment!
Now, about that tether loop…