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Old 01-02-18, 02:29 PM
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I pretty much use a liner with a nice pair of Winter Pearls for most/all weather albeit bought a pair of Chinese "Bar Mitts" a couple of years ago for flat bar. Yes, they are bulky but you most definitely do not need a pair of winter gloves while your hands are on the bars. I was on my Fat Bike here on the trails in Chicago the other day when it was -2F. I rode for over 2 hours and my hands came nothing close to cold. They were quite toasty actually and I had on a thin Pearl Izumi glove liner with a Performance thin Neoprene glove. I could easily move my hands about within the confines of the Mitt and had no restrictions at all. I agree with the above post if those Mitts are on Drops. Your hands get so warm that you can easily take them out for a bit to change your hand position. These things are keepers. My commuter is fixed with flipped and chopped bars so I am asking the "Boss"*(**) to possibly make me a Neoprene set for them r/t the odd angles.





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Old 01-03-18, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Thanks all, the lobster mitts were the gloves I was considering when I asked this. Sounds like I'll have to just give both a try and determine which works for me!


Should have mentioned they're for a flat bar bike, so that isn't a huge concern.
I have bar mitts and lobster gloves. Don't regret either. The bar mitts are for when it's really cold -- below 20F. The lobster gloves work fine down until then. (Of course I'm in Kansas where, this past week of 0-10 degree weather notwithstanding, it's usually 20-30 all winter. YMMV.)

I've never biked in weather that was too cold for bar mitts and a decent set of gloves. I think they would be good down to 0 degrees or possibly below. (It's usually other parts of my body that start being problematic.)

I just generally give up on biking much below 20. I have winter gear that will work down into the teens but it just takes too long to put on, I feel restricted and bulky, and you can't escape the wind around here. The wind is really what saps my will to live. I biked 30 miles to my in-laws house on christmas eve in about 20 degrees with a 10-15mph headwind and it felt like I biked 60 miles.
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bar mits are the bomb!

30 degrees and riding with no gloves! However having gloves with is a good thing!

I also feel that with bar mits and thinner gloves I have more control of my bicycle. (drop bar or flat bar)
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Bar mitts seem to get very solid reviews, just curious if anyone doesn't like them and prefers some other sort of hand warming solution heading south of 20F to zero and perhaps a bit below? Want to hear from the other side before committing to bar mitts, since no one took my Christmas hints!
I want to plug my buddy's company Gupgum Gear (made in the USA). I love these pogies, here's a pic of my set up on a -12F day. My hands get warm when using these pogies.

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I'm also happy using PI Pro gloves (without pogies); however, I'm known to run much warmer than average.

This is from the Frozen Fatbike Forty ... -9F at the start up to 10F at the end of the race - 46 mile ride (5-1/2 hours)

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Old 01-04-18, 11:57 AM
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I probably should have mentioned I bit the bullet and bought the Bar Mitts, as I was moving to a place lacking in bike shopping options. Had them out on Sunday at 5F, and the same SealSkinz gloves that my hands were freezing in the previous ride were more than adequate over an hour or so, pretty much sweaty at the end of the ride Time will tell if they continue to be suitable, but they appear promising.
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used the lobster gloves + the bar mitts. worked out fine. wish the gloves weren't so snug, cuz a little humidity & they are harder to put on. 19 degrees to start had to breath into the gloves to warm up my thumbs to start but after a little while all was cozy. brought thinner gloves but was having fun with the lobsters so didn't switch. ended the ride in 30 degrees I think. this combo would be great in that recent crazy sub-zero weather, no problem. bar mitt bonus is shelter for your gloves when you stop



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appear promising
glad you are happy w the mitts. do you have lighter gloves you can use with them?
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looks like the same construction & fabrics as their lobster gloves. pricey but tempting!
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad View Post
I want to plug my buddy's company Gupgum Gear (made in the USA). I love these pogies, here's a pic of my set up on a -12F day. My hands get warm when using these pogies.

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I'm also happy using PI Pro gloves (without pogies); however, I'm known to run much warmer than average.

This is from the Frozen Fatbike Fort... -9F at the start up to 10F at the end of the race - 46 mile ride (5-1/2 hours)

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Wow! I need to step up my game.
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looks like the same construction & fabrics as their lobster gloves. pricey but tempting!
I think they are the same materials, just different finger configurations. I would like the lobster style better. OTOH, I find my thumbs suffer the most and only pogies help for thumbs (gloves/mittens always leave the thumb all by itself).

PI knows what they are doing with winter gear! I was skeptical for many years, but I found these gloves on close-out and I'm now big a PI fan.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
glad you are happy w the mitts. do you have lighter gloves you can use with them?
I literally have boxes of gloves. I do live in a winter wonderland

But, as wind chill was approaching -40F (and C) this morning, I'm not certain I am going to need lighter gloves anytime soon!
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