Bar Mitts Cold Weather Mountain/Commuter Bike Neoprene Handlebar Mittens
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|Material||[laminate] nylon| [face fabric] 5mm neoprene|
|Style||No Bar End Openings (Standard)|
About this item
- Neoprene hand cover for winter riding.
- Designed for mountain bike / commuter/ flat bar bicycles.
- Easily installed and removed for temperature changes.
- Can be used with regular cycling gloves of varying thickness.
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Mountain/Commuter Pogie Handlebar Mittens
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 13 x 10.25 x 2 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : M300BLK
- Department : Unisex-adult
- Date First Available : November 4, 2009
- Manufacturer : Bar Mitts
- ASIN : B002VK1MC2
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Some very minor downsides:
They crowd my shift lever a little bit, so shifting becomes slightly awkward.
Too much effort to take on and off for me to do that at work. I have to trust they won't be stolen.
You have to get good at slipping your hand back in quickly after signaling a turn. Makes me skip signally more often than I should.
But I'll take all that happily for the amazing warmth. Blessed relief!!
They were easy to attach and at first, it was a little different getting your hand in and out (more putting your hand back on the bars as opposed to remove them). But eventually as the gloves break in, they tend to stay "open" more where they as they had more of a tendency to want to be more closed when I first got them- and then it becomes second nature like they're not even there. Don't be afraid to adjust them here and there to get the optimal angle. But I almost never get cold hands now after being out 2.5 hours riding in 5 degree weather.
Only a couple of cons so far. One is the price. For what they are material wise, $50 bucks seems a little steep. But that is quickly offset consider what they are doing for you. And to be fair, they the most affordable option in this category. I also have a tear on one after a half dozen trail rides. There have been numerous occasions where they have been struck by stray branches or when I had to ride through into part of bush to avoid ice or a rut on the trail. I am almost sure this is how it happened. Hard to blame the product when we all know how sharp those broken branches or twigs can get.
Overall, a must buy for mountain biking at this price. If they got stolen tomorrow, I would not hesitate to replace them.
They definitely work. I'm able to ride w/o gloves down to about 40F, and with thin gloves down to about 32F.
Some things to know:
Because they catch the wind, you cannot ride with no-hands. Not a problem for me, but the manual specifically warns against it.
They go on pretty quickly, and would come off quickly as well. Might be an issue if you are parking your bike in a place where people steal accessories.
They seem sturdy, but the finish is not great. They look kind of like somebody cut up a wetsuit and sewed it together. Not some thing I care about.
You can pull you hands out quickly in case of an accident or your need to grab something, but it can take a fraction of a second longer to put you hands back when you are making hand signals.
In about 2 weeks of riding I missed the opening once after givening a left turn signal.
I became more cautious after it happened, and it hasn't occurred again. On the other hand, since I'm not wearing gloves (or wearing thinner gloves) I have a better grip on the bike, so I think overall safety is improved.
By DavidNervilHAT on January 16, 2017
By Hrmn315 on December 30, 2019
My only complaint/criticism is I wish they had a better way of attaching to the end of the handlebars. It is a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things, and is really only an issue for me when riding singletrack or technical trails. It take a minute to reattach when they come off.
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This isn't a scientific review obviously, but subjectively I guess they add around 10 degrees (Celsius) to your gloves effectiveness. So if you had gloves that were good down to say zero degrees, you can comfortably wear them down to -10 (or possibly -15) with the Bar Mitts in place.
They mount on the handle bars well, no complaints there.
The zips etc are a nice feature for warmer conditions.
I got large and they are snug but OK, remember when ordering you have gloves or mitts on underneath and need the extra room.
Worth the money IMHO.
UPDATE: Two months later: Swear by these! They are amazing. They stay in position well, the warm is fantastic in the cold Ottawa climate. I haven't needed anything but cheap leather gloves when using these bar mitts to keep my hands warm even when its been below -10 Celsius.
large in cycling gloves. These bar mitts in a size large are plenty big enough to wrap around XT shifters and brake levers and not interfere with operation or flop around. The XL size would be unnecessarily big, in my opinion. These mitts are installed on my fat bike with a carbon bar. Tested them down to -10C with medium weight gloves underneath—plenty of warmth (actually hot) when technical trail riding. Great for blocking the wind. No issues positioning the entry point or getting hands in/out rapidly. Seal up well around the bars. Price is too high for what they are, but materials and construction quality is very good. Highly recommended for winter riding. Eliminates the need for heavy gloves which sweat out and then get cold.