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Old 12-10-04, 10:45 AM   #1
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Mittens and STI levers

Any advice, either pro or con? It's supposed to get down into the 20's next week and if I recall correctly from last winter, that's about the temperature that my gloves failed to keep my hands warm.
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Old 12-10-04, 11:15 AM   #2
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Get new gloves. Black Mountain are the best, but any flexible ski/snowmobiler/cross country ski glove should work.
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Where can I find Black Mountain gloves?
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I bought these and so far they have been TOO HOT but we haven't gotten into the 20s yet. In the mid 30s my hands are sweating in these though.
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Purple Haze,

They are available at mountaining shops. They are rock climbing gloves. Caution they are warm. At windchill 35F+, you want to remove the liners. I didn't even notice the cold at 13F. I've been out with them in colder temps, but it doesn't get that cold here so don't have recent data.

Here are some links:
rei tempest $25
http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...ry_rn=29341010

This is what I use and is comfortable down to 0F.
http://www.bdel.com/gear/alpinism/system.php

If you need more warmth, then try this, Rated -15F to 15F
http://www.bdel.com/gear/alpinism/guide.php

Since these are rock climbing gloves they have best combination of warmth, waterproofness and dexterity

If you only need to -10F, you can save some bucks and get the
http://www.bdel.com/gear/alpinism/stratos.php

Another one with slim profile and temp to -10F
http://www.bdel.com/gear/alpinism/ice.php


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Old 12-13-04, 12:10 PM   #6
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BTW, sams club has ski gloves for about $15
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Went for a 30k ride today -10 deg C. (14 F) I use Pearl Izumi "lobster" style winter gloves, hands never got cold. I also have sti shifters no problem shifting with these gloves.
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I find doubling up on my gloves gets me down into the teens with little discomfort. Inner glove is a nice sports activity type from Wally-World, outer one is your generic brown cotton work glove.

I do have problems with my right index finger, the result of losing an argument (drunken) with a plate glass window. Having severed most of the nerves and reduced the blood flow, it gets quite chilled. Cut a finger of an old neoprene glove to give him his own lil nitecap.

Local farm / hardware store had some nice bright yellow thinsulate gloves, definitely on my list for the upcoming plunge into sub-zero rides.
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Old 12-14-04, 04:17 PM   #9
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I just wanted to pass this on. I bought a pair of mechanic's gloves that are working really good for me. Have not found a lower limit of where they are no longer comfortable but are great into the 20's. I bought them about one size larger than what would be considered a good fit for mechanic's gloves. They block the wind and don't seem to make my hands sweat. They are also cheap at about $10.00 a pair at places like Menards and Lowes.
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Any advice, either pro or con? It's supposed to get down into the 20's next week and if I recall correctly from last winter, that's about the temperature that my gloves failed to keep my hands warm.
hi,

It was -19C/-2.2F with windchill -40C/-40F in Montreal yesterday, and I was quickly too cold in my new five finger Kombi gloves which I will return to Mountain Equipment Coop.

Today was -28C/-18F, with 13-30km/h winds bringing it down to -38C/-36.4F, and I was fine riding around for over four hours of start and stop errand running in Craft three-finger claws with cheap Auclair fleece liners.

hope that helps - dx
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For me, anything less than 30F and I need mittens.
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I've been riding with mittens the past few days with STI shifter and have had no problem shifting.
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Any advice, either pro or con? It's supposed to get down into the 20's next week and if I recall correctly from last winter, that's about the temperature that my gloves failed to keep my hands warm.
I like these - got them last week:

http://www.pearlizumi.com/pearlizumi...tColorsTB=8366

They sell a liner glove separately, and the combination is toasty yet I get a good feel on the brakes, etc. I like being able to layer down, and they are very light for packing.
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