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Old 10-29-11, 01:49 PM   #1
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swix and other lobster-style glove questions

my hands get INCREDIBLY cold while winter biking, and this year i've decided to spend actual money to get lobster gloves that give me dexterity + warmth. so i started looking, and have some questions:

1. has anyone used these swix at rei-outlet on sale? they seem cheap but are they warm?

2. has anyone used the newest version of the pearl izumi lobsters? are they good? is there a reason the old ones are so hated by everybody?

3. are there any other lobster glove recommendations? again, i have a good set of winter mittens but simply cannot bike with them, i have zero braking ability (i ride in the hoods, not an MTB style).

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Old 10-30-11, 01:10 PM   #2
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One thing to watch for is how the fingers sit inside. The gloves will be warmer if the pairs of fingers are skin to skin rather than separated by the liner. I don't know how the Swix gloves work.

An alternative is BarMitts or something like them. You'll still need gloves, but you'll be much warmer with them.

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Old 10-30-11, 07:36 PM   #3
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Hmm, not sure why the mittens on the hoods don't let you brake, I had no such problem last winter. I found a pair of hunting mittens that have lightweight thinsulate gloves to be just the ticket. Plenty flexible and the mittens fold back off the gloves if things get too warm. They also have built in pockets for heat packs for the really cold days. Worked for me last winter for 20+ mile rides in temps below 0 F. Critical part to keeping the hands warm is actually keeping the wrist themselves well covered and warm.
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Old 10-30-11, 08:50 PM   #4
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james, what brand of mittens? do you have a link?
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Tight mitts ruin my dexterity, but if it's really cold I wear gloves and then put some loose overmitts on. That allows for a better range of movement (but might make things sketchy on the hoods - I've only used it on mtb/north road type bars) while still offering a lot of protection. My hands get really cold (am I one of those people with poor circulation to my extremities?), and I find that no single glove/mitt will ever cut it when it's brutally cold out.
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They are a lot like this glove. I did pick them up at Sierra Trading Post. Main purpose was to be used with my winter photography but last year I found they worked great for my daily winter bike rides also.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/jac...colorFamily=01
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Best winter accessory i've picked up has been Bar Mitts, short finger gloves year round are priceless.
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Don't know about the new Pearl Izumi lobsters. I was surprised to hear everyone hated the old ones, because they're my go-to gloves below 25F. They're actually a bit more comfortable than my Nashbar lobsters, but they're just too warm over 25.
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Best winter accessory i've picked up has been Bar Mitts, short finger gloves year round are priceless.
Absolutely.

I was never able to solve the cold hands problem with gloves (or mittens) alone. For me each pair of gloves has about a 10-15 degree temperature range where they're ideal. Too warm means sweaty hands (shortly followed by freezing hands). Too cold, and they're...well...too cold. That means from 40 degrees down to -10 I'd have to have at least 3 different pairs, and since some of the ranges overlap, I'd really need more like 4 or 5.

Liners helped extend the range and made the collection more versatile, but still I'd have to be lugging lots of gloves around - especially on days in the spring and fall where a 30 degree swing from morning to afternoon isn't uncommon around here.

BarMitts eliminated all that. A thin pair of longfingered gloves and maybe some liners thrown in for the coldest days and I'm good. I can pull my hands out and rest them on the tops for a while when they get too hot.

Cold rain? Sleet? Snow? Not an issue for my toasty warm and dry hands.

I'm hard pressed to think of a winter cycling accessory I'd refuse to give up more than my BarMitts.
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Old 10-31-11, 03:17 PM   #10
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BarMitts are not really viable for NYC cycling/parking/getting back on the bike, etc :-( (because of stealing, vandalism/etc)

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bought a pair of swix gloves at ll bean last year for $15 and they have been good for commuting in temps down to 0F (with liners). Swix makes XC skiiing stuff. Much cheaper than cycling brand lobster gloves.
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