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Old 05-25-14, 08:13 PM   #1
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Winter gloves - Next winter :)

So I am having fun riding in the warm weather in Boston .. but when I saw the REI EMail about a sale I was wondering if I should get some nice warm gloves for next winter. The reason I need those are that in my previous 2 winters in Boston, my gloves have pretty much been inadequate and I think I will get a nice warm pair this winter.

Winter 1 - I wore simple fleece/wool gloves and the wind went right through every time and my hands ached and ached and turned red every time. The conclusion was that those gloves were fine till 40F. Anything below they are useless. Yes. I didn't know. I moved here from India

Winter 2 - I wore the fleece gloves but with a cheap Walmart glove (3M Thinsulate) on top. That seemed reasonably effective until about 25-30F. Anything below they too turned useless. I found it interesting that a 20$ glove was ok till that temperature btw

Point is though.... this winter I want to ride without worrying about my hands - they get pretty cold pretty quick. And the REI offer ends tomorrow . I'm thinking of some kind of lobster mittens... you know those ones where 2 fingers go into 1 slot and 2 into another? But I can't find those on REI.

So the question is...can anyone see if there is anything currently on REI in the 40-60$ price range that'll work in the winter? I did ride (albeit small distances) even in 10 F temperatures...so I do ride and would like to be nice and comfy this time.

If there's nothing on REI, what would you guys recommend for gloves in the 40-60$ range? NO animal leather btw

Edit: Just saw this - Nathan TransWarmer Convertible Gloves/Mittens with LEDs at REI.com . Are these good for at least the 10 - 30F temperature range?

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Old 05-25-14, 09:38 PM   #2
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Going for nathan stuff would be a waste of money because your thumb will stay unprotected.

There are several cheap solutions. Use what you've got and go DIY to increase warmth for a few bucks

There are some overmitts that would get you the outershell for pretty cheap. The problem would be the lack of breathability of those waterproof one
overmitts | eBay
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...=1&*entries*=0
and

simply put those overmitts over your gloves

and/or
you could combine those overmitts with some ragg wool gloves or mitten
Results for "mitts" at REI
dachstein mitts (top quality)
http://www.sweatersintl.com/woolmittens.html

You could also DIY some handlebar mitts

Another option could be to go for snowmobile and ski mitten
-scott hyland mitts (palm made of clarino which is a synthetic leather)
Men snowmobile hyland mitts - ADM Sport (CAD$)

-coldwave sno fire 3 mitts (don't expect amazing quality for the price)
Men snowmobile sno-fire 3 mitts - ADM Sport (CAD $)
COLDWAVE SNO FIRE 3 FINGER MITT (on sale for less than 32$ US)
Coldwave Snow Gloves for Men - Motorcycle Superstore (CAD $)

-castle X platform mitts (don't expect amazing quality for the price)
CASTLE X PLATFORM Mitt

-kombi Storm Cuff II Mitt
http://shop.mukluks.com/Head-Hand-Gear/products/60/

-Thrift stores and army surplus

-Outnorth has some hestra products on sale
http://www.outnorth.com

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Old 05-25-14, 10:46 PM   #3
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I kinda dreamed of lobster gloves last winter, but I managed to score a pair of no name skiing gloves from Lidl (our cheap european supermarket) for 6 euros which is about 9 bucks, and they worked fine whole winter. I think the best they held was -30 celsius and were already too hot for -10 celsius. For warmer than that I just used a pair of mechanics gloves with thin polyester glove underneath. If you can, use polyester undergloves /they cost like 5 bucks a pair and make a world of difference. Also, you can have several with you and just in warm dry ones every now and then as they weigh next to nothing and take little space.

But make sure to buy the right ones. Not the workman types, more like the thin ones chicks use sold at H&M. They need to be skintight (not all gloves are, even the thin ones) or they don't work.
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Bar Mitts. They were advertised in Bicycle Times Magazine. Read the sticky above here by Sixtyfiver. He lives in Canada and cycles year round as I do in the State of Misery. ( Winter Cycling 101 )

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Old 06-05-14, 08:16 AM   #5
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Thanks All.

@elcruxio: I'm sure that might work. Just that I don't trust myself to do it right. And after all those paining red hands and throbbing fingers every time it went below 25, I want to make sure I truly enjoy the winter biking experience this time round, so something nice but not TOO expensive, I'm willing to buy.

@erig007: Thanks for all those links. I'll look those products up.

@Blues Frog: I'll read the sticky thanks.
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Pogies .. its borrowed from Alaskas Kayak paddling 1st nations ..

stays on the bars , (or Paddles) 'Bar Mits' is just one easlly found one , neoprene ... there are others like putting your hands in a sleeping bag ..

seen people cutting up old coats and modifying them to make their own , on the cheap.;.


Or shop only option http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...7&category=234

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Old 06-14-14, 06:39 PM   #7
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Cool thanks. I'll think of those when I decide to buy them.
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