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    RAGBRAI. Need I say more? Steele-Bike's Avatar
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    Lobster Shell Mitt?

    Anyone heard of a lobster style shell mitt? I have never seen one, but I think it would work well for winter riding. I have had lobster mitts, but I would like a more versatile layer system.

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    Here is what Pearl Izumi has to offer. Hope it helps.
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    Mountain Equipment Co-op in Canada has several good types of winter mitts. The cost of shipping to the US is actually pretty good and the prices are in Canadian dollars - so you can divide the cost by roughly 1.6 (a little better than 50% off everything automatically!). Shipping charges are $12 ($7.50 US) if the order is less than $1000. Website is www.mec.ca. (And though it may appear so, I do NOT work for MEC!
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    Originally posted by carlk23
    Mountain Equipment Co-op in Canada has several good types of winter mitts. The cost of shipping to the US is actually pretty good and the prices are in Canadian dollars - so you can divide the cost by roughly 1.6 (a little better than 50% off everything automatically!). Shipping charges are $12 ($7.50 US) if the order is less than $1000. Website is www.mec.ca. (And though it may appear so, I do NOT work for MEC!
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    I go to MEC pretty much every weekend. Awesome store, a little pricey but the quality is top notch. Everything I've bought there is still working.
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    I just bought a pair, but I haven't had a chance to properly try them out yet because the temperature hasn't really gone below 0C.

    However, when I tried them on I was amazed at how much manual dexterity I retained. They seem to have the equivalent dexterity/control to an insulated pair of fingered gloves, but more of the warmth characteristics (two fingers per pocket) of mitts.

    I'd recommend them. Maybe I can give a better review if the temperature drops later this week on my commute.

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    I picked up a pair last winter. I could be the best investment I have made when it comes to biking(remember I live in Wisconsin). If you are doing a lot of winter riding in the cold, I would say pick a pair up right away.
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    RAGBRAI. Need I say more? Steele-Bike's Avatar
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    I own a pair of Pearl Izumi lobster mitts, but in very cold weather they don't keep my hands all that warm. I was thinking maybe someone made a lobster over-mitt that would fit over a lobster mitt. I know of plenty of over-mitts, just not lobster over-mitts.

    Since it is that time of year again, I would like to reiterate a glove sizing tip from Snowy Midwest Mike. When fitting a glove/mitt, make sure it is big enough that it doesn't feel tight around your fingers and it is not short enough that your fingers are crammed against the end. I have a couple of gloves that are a just a bit too short and the only part of my hand that freezes is the very tip of my fingers.

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    I've tried lobsters, but I don't like them. I find that I lose too much dexterity. My solution is double-gloving -- a fgleece glove with a windproof shell over an acrylic or polypropylene glove liner -- and I find that it answers well down to about -10C.
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