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Old 01-21-14, 10:30 PM   #1
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Arm Warmer or Base Layer with Thumb Hole

My winter cycling gloves & liners keep my hands warm, but once in a while, I get the gap between the base layer and/or jacket and the top of the glove. I'm thinking that either an arm warmer or base layer shirt with a thumb hole would solve that problem or at least minimize the effect of the gap. Does any one have any experience with something like that? Where did you get them? Thanks.
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Old 01-21-14, 10:35 PM   #2
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I like arm warmers. If it gets warmer i can take them off without having to remove a layer from my core.
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Old 01-22-14, 01:43 AM   #3
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Base layers designed for runners usually have thumb holes.
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I picked up one of these a while back, but looks like they're no longer available...keep an eye out for something similar.
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The extended sleeve with a thumb hole is called a monkey paw.

What about the reverse, a glove with an extended cuff?
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I have a couple of LL Bean base layer shirts that have the thumb hole in the sleeve.
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What about the reverse, a glove with an extended cuff?
I wear a base layer of under armour cold wear and then a top layer long sleeve bike jersey with the thumb hole design. Then I put on a pair of extended cuff gloves followed by my outer layer jacket. The extended cuff stays in the jacket sleeve and pretty much seals everything up. This completely eliminated the cold forearm sensation for me. This was really important to me as my elbows get stiff in cold weather.
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Thanks for the help fellow winter riders. I just ordered a mid-weight base layer with thumb hole, a/k/a monkey paw, from L.L. Bean. They even had a tall version. What a deal! Keep warm!
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I have a couple of LL Bean base layer shirts that have the thumb hole in the sleeve.
Two rides so far with the LL Bean baselayer. Works well. Thanks!
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I use Bar Mitts on the Trek 520. Before I got them I used motorcycling overgloves with a long cuff/gauntlet. I wore a liner glove inside them and couldn't get any wind on the wrist. NO GAP! I also commute year round every work day. This is winter number seven for me and I have systems that work for me in the state of Misery. The humidity does make it feel colder and there is no cold index taking it into account that I know of. Had a relative humidity of 92% with 7* above zero F last week. Seemed a lot colder even with about a 10 MPH wind. But the Bar Mitts covers the old wrist .
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I realize you found the answer for you, but I'll throw this out there for people who find this thread....

i use an old pair of socks, with the toes cut off, and a thumbhole cut in the side. Think of them as arm-warmers for your wrists.

You can get black men's nylon dress socks at most any dollar store. Light-weight to tuck in a pocket, easier to put on/off than any armwarmer/base layer.

As a bonus.... in a pinch, they can be pressed into service as toe-warmers (over OR under your shoe) when you're a bit far from home, and the cold-toes set in. A very practical piece of gear for low $.
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My winter cycling gloves & liners keep my hands warm, but once in a while, I get the gap between the base layer and/or jacket and the top of the glove. I'm thinking that either an arm warmer or base layer shirt with a thumb hole would solve that problem or at least minimize the effect of the gap. Does any one have any experience with something like that? Where did you get them? Thanks.
Well, whaddya know? I just posted earlier this morning the following:

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...The cuffs are velcroed. That is a really nice feature, as open cuffs can really ventilate a jacket if you need it...

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On the other hand, to further seal the cuffs and close any gap that might occur between my gloves and the (elastic) cuffs of my rain/windproof jacket, I made these cheapo wrist gaiters from some old socks. I think they also keep my hands warmer by further warming the blood flow to my hands. (My forearms actually sweat underneath them.)

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I have one of these for the colder days: http://www.bontrager.com/model/11005

Works great, and the hood is a nice feature for some extra insulation.
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Old 02-08-14, 03:44 PM   #14
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Ditto on the LL Bean base layer shirts. If you are riding in the winter, they are a great starting point. I'm a wimpy winter rider (I won't ride if there is ice or snow on the ground; we don't have bike lanes or paths here), but I know I've got a good base layer and can adjust other layers if it warms up on the way home. It would never get warm enough to want to peel off arm warmers, though.

I would think arm warmers would be more useful in late winter or spring when you would expect it to get warmer later in the day.
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