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Old 01-22-06, 08:20 PM   #1
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Yoko Gloves?

Hi All.

Could anyone tell me where I could obtain the following gloves in the UK?

136 Thermo Gore Windstopper (http://www.fitfanatics.com/pages/apparel/yoko.htm).

The part about being comfortable down to -22F REALLY appeals to me!

If it is not possible to get hold of these, then if anyone could suggest some other 'non-bulky' TOTALLY windproof gloves that are EXTREMELY warm like the ones above, it would be more than appreciated. They don't have to be cycling gloves; they can be for any purpose, as long as they're WARM.

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Old 01-22-06, 09:08 PM   #2
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I had a pair (Toko, same brand) which I lost. I paid a lot of money for those too. They're NOT good down to -22F. The Lobster mitts are much warmer. I use Lobsters with a women's stretch gloves from Target as a liner when it gets down below 10F.

I like Toko gloves. Toko sizes their line. I wear a size 8 but buy a size 9 so I can have room for a liner.
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I am not familiar with that particular glove. However, what I can recommend are several models from Outdoor Research. They are very pricey, but in my experience of a few winters riding, well worth it. The main website is http://www.outdoorresearch.com/home/...ndtools/gloves and you can get most models from REI (http://rei.com). You should also check out http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Subc...cat=30&level=2 brands (very nice) as well as Black Diamond (although I have no experience with them personally).

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Try pogies, bullwinkles, CliMitts. They rock and are a must for extreme cold weather.
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Old 01-23-06, 02:00 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies.

Kuan, anything down to -10 CELSIUS would be fine. I am looking for thinnish GLOVES. Mitts are definitely out of the question. The more the dexterity, the better.

Thomill, is there any one particular glove that you feel is the warmest from the manufacturers you recommend?

MudSplattered, as mentioned, I don't want mitts; I'm looking for gloves that are thin enough to allow the wearer to slip his hands inside his jacket pockets. They also don't need to be special cycling gloves.

Anyone have any experience with any of these gloves:

SealSkinz

Winter Gloves

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Old 01-23-06, 03:54 PM   #6
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Thomill, is there any one particular glove that you feel is the warmest from the manufacturers you recommend?
Sure. I wear the Super Couloir gloves from Outdoor Research. These gloves are NOT cheap, but I have not found any better. Here is the link from OR: http://outdoorresearch.com/home/styl.../descent/73180. As I said, you can get these direct from them or from large vendors such as REI. For something this expensive, probably go with REI since you can get reward points from them that way. The good thing about these gloves is the liner and the grippy leather palm. These gloves are somewhat bulky, but I can shift on my road bike easily and can ride in any position. What I do is layer up my trunk as usual (base layer, cotton/wool middle if needed, then an outer shell jacket) and then put the gloves on so that the wrist portions go over the jacket. That way, there are no exposed areas. Just make sure you get the right size for you; size for the liner, really, since if that is too small or too large, you will have problems.

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MudSplattered, as mentioned, I don't want mitts; I'm looking for gloves that are thin enough to allow the wearer to slip his hands inside his jacket pockets. They also don't need to be special cycling gloves.

Pogies are not worn on the hands, they are put OVER the bike HANDLE BARS. You slip you hands inside of them and can wear thin gloves so you can slid your hands in your pockets. The are not attached to your hands at all, they stay on the bars. They are windproof and waterproof and work incredibly well without interfering with shifting/braking and your hands slip suprisingly easily in and out of them. We use them here in Alaska for extreme temperature riding. Check out the following links for visuals, etc. It is a way to be comfortable at the temps you are talking about: Good luck!


look at the "Strickly for Bikes" section: http://www.susitna100.com/YourGear.html#bikes
http://www.sidetrak.com/Catalog/cooldays.html#CLIMITTS
http://www.ipmba.org/reviews-climitts-0504.htm

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Thanks Thom and MudS.

Unfortunately, yes, those gloves are way, way too expensive for me. I was looking at spending around 40 MAX.

I've seen the pogies but I need gloves with fingers that are not too bulky.

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If you want insulation without bulk, try neoprene. Doesn't breathe, so you'll be clammy, but since it's all one layer you can still operate buttons and clips and such. They have to fit fairly closely, though, since they're intended to prevent "pumping" which would draw off heat, so if you have poor circulation they're not for you; but since every scuba diver around needs them, finding them isn't too hard, and they're not very expensive. I'm now riding with some 5mm gloves, would'nt consider anything thinner where you live; I paid $20 US from leisurepro.com. If you decide to try them, let me know how they work in someplace REALLY cold.
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Thanks for the replies.

Kuan, anything down to -10 CELSIUS would be fine. I am looking for thinnish GLOVES. Mitts are definitely out of the question. The more the dexterity, the better.
I used the Toko windstopper for XC skiing at -10C to -15C with a Mizuno breath thermo (free with purchase of shoes) liner glove. I believe any thin stretch liner will do such as the one made by Smartwool. These windstoppers are about the most expensive in the Toko line. At -10C my fingers still felt a little nippy at first but after 15 mins or so of moderate to heavy activity they were fine.

I almost always wear a liner. It helps if I have to pull off my glove. You can probably find a great selection of gloves on discount right now at a good nordic ski store.
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Yep, I agree with the above recent comments. To keep the cost down, certainly consider one of the higher-end liners that was mentioned by the other folks and then an inexpensive overglove (perhaps one size larger). I have not tried the Pogies as was also mentioned, but some folks at ICEBIKE swear by them.

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Thanks coprolite, kuan and Thomill. Hope to post back here when I decide on which ones to buy.
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