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Old 01-03-08, 06:35 AM   #1
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Stop wasting your money on gloves

15F Below Zero + Moose Mitts = Warm Hands.

http://www.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KSLK.html <---My ride temps this morning.

Stop buying gloves/lobster claws and buy a pair of Moose Mitts/Pogies I never though it would be possible to have warm hands in these temps. Yes they are a bit bulky but not overly large. Once you get use to them you donít even notice them. I just used a thin pair of wind stopper fall riding gloves inside the mitts. Eleven miles later my digits were toasty.

I highly recommend them to anyone who rides in brutal temps. My rating 5 stars.
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Old 01-03-08, 03:17 PM   #2
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More and more I'm convinced I should get good mittens and convert to Gripshift.
How could you not have warm hands in these things?
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Old 01-03-08, 05:42 PM   #3
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I picked up a pair of Manzella Mittens with a glove liner for $20, new. They do the job. Moose mittens/pogies/Climitts are nice in the frigid stuff I'm sure. But here in Central Ohio we don't get the single digits to much. It we did then I would have the Climitts.
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Old 01-03-08, 05:48 PM   #4
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I rode a century (100 miles) yesterday. Low temp: -4C, High temp: +4C. I wore the fliptops in the photo below, and my hands were actually hot. I had to unflip them now and then to give my fingers some air.

I bought them in late March at Walmart when they were having their closing out sales. I found them in the hunting department. I paid $5.

So ... stop spending money on mitts and gloves. You can get what you need VERY inexpensively.

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Old 01-03-08, 07:41 PM   #5
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15F Below Zero + Moose Mitts = Warm Hands.

http://www.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KSLK.html <---My ride temps this morning.

Stop buying gloves/lobster claws and buy a pair of Moose Mitts/Pogies I never though it would be possible to have warm hands in these temps. Yes they are a bit bulky but not overly large. Once you get use to them you don’t even notice them. I just used a thin pair of wind stopper fall riding gloves inside the mitts. Eleven miles later my digits were toasty.

I highly recommend them to anyone who rides in brutal temps. My rating 5 stars.
I got a Amex bonus card from the boss so I ordered a MTB and a Road Moose Mitt. I use bar-end shifters on two of my road bikes - I hope the road version works. At least the single speed will. I bought an electric assist MTB with Nexus 7 hub to help push my Nokians over uncleared MUP during winter. It makes sense to get a solution to cold hands to complete the package.
Tomorrow morning is an unusual low teens day; to bad I don't have the Moose Mitts now!
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Old 01-04-08, 12:19 AM   #6
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Good gloves

I had a $5 pair given to me by a friend/coworker. Better than anything except for dexterity & grip. But I did really like these over every other product.
Lost at the supermarket so I need to find another pair.



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I rode a century (100 miles) yesterday. Low temp: -4C, High temp: +4C. I wore the fliptops in the photo below, and my hands were actually hot. I had to unflip them now and then to give my fingers some air.

I bought them in late March at Walmart when they were having their closing out sales. I found them in the hunting department. I paid $5.

So ... stop spending money on mitts and gloves. You can get what you need VERY inexpensively.

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Old 01-05-08, 01:39 PM   #7
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I have CliMitts and go bare handed in about 15 degree temps with nothing else needed.
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Old 01-07-08, 05:20 PM   #8
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I rode a century (100 miles) yesterday. Low temp: -4C, High temp: +4C. I wore the fliptops in the photo below, and my hands were actually hot. I had to unflip them now and then to give my fingers some air.

I bought them in late March at Walmart when they were having their closing out sales. I found them in the hunting department. I paid $5.

So ... stop spending money on mitts and gloves. You can get what you need VERY inexpensively.

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There's no way I could use those. Or they high priced lobster gloves either for that matter. My hands get cold. I have to use gigantic mittens.
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Old 01-07-08, 05:30 PM   #9
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There's no way I could use those. Or they high priced lobster gloves either for that matter. My hands get cold. I have to use gigantic mittens.
My hands get so cold they ache like someone lit them on fire ... even in relatively warmish winter temps ... sometimes even indoors in room temperatures. I was VERY pleasantly surprised those mitts worked as well as they did.
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Welcome armchair winter cyclist.

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Old 01-12-08, 06:25 PM   #11
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Old 01-13-08, 04:53 AM   #12
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Cabela has ATV handlebar mitts for about $25 inc shipping.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/co...mitt&noImage=0
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Old 01-14-08, 12:46 PM   #13
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Cabela has ATV handlebar mitts for about $25 inc shipping.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/co...mitt&noImage=0
I looked at them to and was thinking a bit to long for me. but I'm pretty sure that is what Jill Homers AKA Arcticglass is using this year in the 2008 Alaskan ultra sport.
Her Blog http://arcticglass.blogspot.com/


But check out these custom made poggies $200.00 wow from EPic Designs http://epicdesigns-ak.blogspot.com/2...n-poggies.html
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ok 1st post here..
wow- Those Poggies DO look super nice.
Leave it to the Alaskans to come up with good winter stuff..
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Old 01-27-08, 12:09 PM   #15
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A 'low-cost' warm hand solution that we use here in Winnipeg (Even works in -44C) is to wear surgical gloves (tight latex gloves) under your mitts. The latex keeps your sweat next to your skin and keeps your fingers and thumb warm, much like a wet suit keeps a layer of warm water next to your skin when you're enjoying water sports in colder water.
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would these poggies work for drop bars?
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There's no way I could use those. Or they high priced lobster gloves either for that matter. My hands get cold. I have to use gigantic mittens.
Wool gloves or mittens can be much warmer than you might think. Especially if paired with a wind resistant shell. The warmest mittens I ever had were a pair of leather army mittens with a thick wool liner. The only thing that ever got cold was the thumb and it was likely because they were too tight.

If you have real problems with cold hands I would suggest trying to keep the arm and wrist more warm also. This will help keep the hands warmer.
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Old 01-31-08, 10:43 PM   #18
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And Thinsulate is an amazing substance. I've been walking 3 kms a day in -30 to -40 degree weather this week, wearing my Thinsulate flip-top glove/mitts and my hands have been fine.

The flip-tops I showed in my post above (near the top) are wool and Thinsulate ... a winning combination!
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I picked up a pair of these at the hardware store today:
https://www.ironclad.com/www/product...ID=40&catID=44
They may not be warm at 40 below, but it doesn't get that cold here. Maybe 15F. So far, so good with these for me.
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What if it's above freezing but too cold to go bare-handed? Pogies would be overkill for that kind of weather. Lately I've been rocking the Ibex Kilometer gloves, and they are excellent. I like them more than my Pearl Izumi Infernos.
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For just above freezing rides I use the 'Squish' gloves from MEC.
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What if it's above freezing but too cold to go bare-handed? Pogies would be overkill for that kind of weather. Lately I've been rocking the Ibex Kilometer gloves, and they are excellent. I like them more than my Pearl Izumi Infernos.

Then I wear minigloves (the kind you get for $1 at Walmart) under my cycling gloves.
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Old 02-01-08, 10:11 PM   #23
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Incidentally, here's some info about Thinsulate:

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...on/Insulation/

It's efficient and inexpensive ... I don't know why more cycling apparel manufacturers don't use it.
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