Well I finally took the plunge and shelled out some $$$ for a set of Ergon GC2-L grips. These are to replace my foamy Biologic grips.
Biologic Grips by sudoshift, on Flickr
Too mushy for my taste.
Ergon GC2-L Grips Top View by sudoshift, on Flickr
I've read how some people simply loathe bar-ends. But for my 30-mile (both ways) commute, they should be a life saver as I encounter everything from gnarly downhills to steep uphills on the way back.
Ergon GC2-L Grips by sudoshift, on Flickr
The GC2s allow to mount a bar end mirror like the Mirrycle Mountain Bike Mirror that I adore so much. Although positioning may have to be pointed downwards to allow proper grip of the bar end.
I've also read people mention these can get caught up on branches and stuff. There are a few parts of my commute which have tree branches sticking out so i should watch out for those. If anything I am hoping that they'll protect my fingers in case of a door or something.
Ergon GC2-L Grips Side View by sudoshift, on Flickr
I have Ergons on my Dahon Curve SL and they're awesome. Which is what prompted me to purchase the GC2 in Large. Feels a lot more solid. My hands are not the biggest but they are kind of wide with short fingers. I also trimmed about an inch off the grips to accommodate my preferred short handlebar.
The bar ends are positioned slightly downwards and do not interfere with the brake levers and go just fine with the trigger shifters. They'll be tested on the field tomorrow during my commute.