I bought a pair of these at Veloswap last year and they have to be the best pair of gloves I've owned. They're only rated to 40 degrees but when it gets colder I wear a pair of silk liners. My hands have been quite warm riding in 5 degrees with this set up.


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Jen Lopez wrote:
i ride in these http://www.rei.com/product/725078 with thin fleece
liners under and they work smashingly.  wear em for skiing, too.

On Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 8:58 AM, Jonathan Morrison
<jonathan.morrison@gmail.com> wrote:
I have been having alot of bicyclists ask me what gloves to buy so that
their hands will stay warm in the winter.  My response is that there is no
glove that will cut it.

I used to live and bicycle commute in upstate New York and I tried
everything from lobster claws to neoprene without satisfaction.

The only thing that works came from my winter motorcycle riding experiences
and they are called handlebar guantlets aka "hippo hands."  As compared to
bulky gloves that prevent dexterity, hippo hands surround your handlebars
and allow you to use a thin pair of summer gloves and not feel cold.  They
keep the wind off you while your hands heat up the space inside.  Your hands
may even sweat.

Yes, they may look funny, but if they can keep the hands of a motorcyclist
(and snowmobilers) flying at 75 mph warm in the dead of winter -- the
bicycle is a logical crossover.  Jill Homer, of Juneau, Alaska, rode her
bicycle in the Iditarod Trail International  350 miles of wintry pedaling
over tough terrain.  Note the hippo hands she is using in this NPR article:

This will only work on flat bars, not sure what to suggest about drop bars,
except it was rumored someone was promoting a commerical version for drops
this year at Interbike (www.interbike.com).

Here are some at overstock.com that might work:

Here is the company that bought the hippo hand name, the originals (which
you can get on ebay) were made by craig vetter from 1971-1978:

Jonathan Morrison
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