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Old 11-07-07, 09:11 AM   #1
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Cheap mittens any good?

I am thin and my hands get numb really fast when it is below 40 F. I have been using $40 ski gloves, but from what I read, mittens are far better. Will these do the trick? My walmart doesn't seem to stock mittens.

$10 wool mittens
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Old 11-07-07, 10:46 AM   #2
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Oh yeah ... I love those! I have several pair. Check the hunting department of your local Walmart.
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Thanks, but will these work in 10 - 30 F weather or do I need wear some additional coverings/linings ?
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Old 11-07-07, 11:20 AM   #4
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Duke,
If you are riding in temps 10-40 you have to deal with 2 sets of gloves.

You did not tell us how long you plan on being out on the road, but here goes for my commute which is 25 miles each way:

At the 40-45 range the mittens you saw should be fine.
I use a thin glove and put that over my road half gloves and remove if needed. You can also buy in a garden or hardware store cheap cotton gloves with rubber palms and they will do the job for say $2.50 a pair. The key is that you need some grip so you do not slide off your brake levers.

Next: 10-39 degrees - Ski gloves could work, but they should have rubber palms or again the grip issue is a problem. If you are cold with the ski gloves, perhaps a better choice in the 10-30 range are Lopster gloves made by Pearl Izumi and a few others. They are pricey but work.

Many times your hands can be cold because:
a) Gloves are too small-tight
b) You are gripping the handlebar with a death grip, cutting circulation.
c) Your hands are wet from sweat
d) You just have cold hands

You can also get hand warmer inserts, also battery operated warmers.

Bottom line 10-25 is an entirely different world from 26-40 degrees

Hope this helped.
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Old 11-07-07, 11:22 AM   #5
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Thanks, but will these work in 10 - 30 F weather or do I need wear some additional coverings/linings ?
I have these: http://www.glacierglove.com/online_store.htm

Those look fairly similar but I haven't worn them. I wear mine down to -5F with no trouble. That is the coldest it gets here. I wear a glove liner under mine so skin is covered even when mitt is flipped open.
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For snowshoeing, I had some wool mittens that generally worked fine. It all depends on your metabolism, how hard you're working, wind speeds, etc. I also had some "Zero" brand waterproof mittens, but they made my hands sweat- the regular wool mittens let some air through. Try 'em and see what works.
Check REI if you have one in your area.
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Old 11-07-07, 03:21 PM   #7
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Thanks, but will these work in 10 - 30 F weather or do I need wear some additional coverings/linings ?
I second the comment that for that temperature range you will need at least 2 pairs of hand coverings.

I cycle in quite a range of temperatures and I've got a whole box full of hand coverings for every occasion.

I use the mini-gloves (0.99 at Walmart) under my cycling gloves for when the temps are about 30-40F. I've got several sets of mini-gloves which I carry in my jacket pockets, trunk bag, handlebar bag, etc. all the time. You just never know when it is going to get chilly.

I move into flip tops a bit below 30F.

I'll put a polypro liner under the fliptop for temps even colder.

I'll break out the ski gloves for colder temps.

I'll put a polypro liner under the ski gloves for even colder temps.

I'll break out the snowmobile mitts for when it gets really cold.

And I'll put a polypro liner under them too for even colder temps.

My cold weather gear fills several bins.
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I use those with a cheap pair of little gloves under. Works quite well.
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I couldn't do mittens very easily. My winter bike doesn't have thumbshifters. I need a finger for shifting.

You might give a look to cross-country ski gloves. I just picked up a pair Rossignol XC gloves the other day. They are thin and have a grippy palm and fingers. They have a layer of thinsulate insulation for the back of the hand. The palm is either not insulated, or it has a much thinner layer. For the short, one to two mile trips that I do around town, I'm pretty sure those will take me down to at least the teens. I'm looking forward to testing that theory.
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I couldn't do mittens very easily. My winter bike doesn't have thumbshifters. I need a finger for shifting.

You might give a look to cross-country ski gloves. I just picked up a pair Rossignol XC gloves the other day. They are thin and have a grippy palm and fingers. They have a layer of thinsulate insulation for the back of the hand. The palm is either not insulated, or it has a much thinner layer. For the short, one to two mile trips that I do around town, I'm pretty sure those will take me down to at least the teens. I'm looking forward to testing that theory.

I use mittens and my bicycle has ... I guess they are called brifters ... the shifters behind the brakes.
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go modular. I like leather gloves to about freezing, wool gloves under leather work gloves for biking in snow temps.

Overmitts when it is hella cold.
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Old 11-08-07, 02:28 PM   #12
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Hello. Wool is the best. I make my own wool gloves. Use knittingwool that is not "superwash", use pins that is much thicker than normal. Make them too big and too loose. Then wash them in the washingmashine 2-3 times with your jeans or similar. Makes them wery thick, almost like thick woolen material and almost windproof also. If wery cold or hard wind use windproof material mittens on top. Can be made or bought. I bought one pair for my son, they called them "snowboard mittens". Also you can buy mittens made for hunters, they need the triggerfinger free, so they are mittens with the thumb + one finger.
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Old 11-08-07, 03:26 PM   #13
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I couldn't do mittens very easily. My winter bike doesn't have thumbshifters. I need a finger for shifting.

You might give a look to cross-country ski gloves. I just picked up a pair Rossignol XC gloves the other day. They are thin and have a grippy palm and fingers. They have a layer of thinsulate insulation for the back of the hand. The palm is either not insulated, or it has a much thinner layer. For the short, one to two mile trips that I do around town, I'm pretty sure those will take me down to at least the teens. I'm looking forward to testing that theory.
Maybe you ought to read the thread a little more thoroughly. We are mainly discussing flip mittens here.
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Old 11-08-07, 09:20 PM   #14
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Sorry about that Portis. My bad. I didn't mean to derail the discussion.
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I love my cheap Thinsulate fleece flip mitts for their flexibility---my hands warm up and get cold quickly, and of course sometimes you need to use your fingers and sometimes you don't; and the mitts meet all these demands. They are definitely warm enough for everything the Pacific Northwest has thrown at me, but ymmv if you live someplace that has a real winter.
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