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BAR MITTS Cold Weather Road Bicycle Handlebar Mittens, fits Shimano Shifters with Externally Routed Shift Cables

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These calorie-dense no-bake trail bars were designed for backpacking– packing the most amount of calories into the the least weight. I'm not sure why cyclists ever thought that using something that doesn't breath at all was a good idea or an athletic sport. Mind you, I’ve only tested that feature in my garage, but there’s more space all around to support this.

I’ve struggled with neuropathy and Raynaud’s symptoms for years and the Bar Mitts shield allowed me to ride in freezing temperatures without pain, numbness or post-ride tears.In the thrall of global climate change, winters here in the Pacific Northwest have become increasingly more severe. I have used a wide variety of gloves, lobster mitts and regular mitts, but it was always a problem selecting the handgear with the proper temperature range.

Warm, dry, and surprisingly comfortable, my hands will never be the weak link in my winter riding with Bar Mitts again.Nylon faced wind-block fleece, with something to stiffen and sustain the shape or a combination of neoprene, nylon, fleece. I got some relatively thin (not bulky) Pearl Izumi lobster gloves as pictured above (but can only fit the thinnest of silk glove liners inside them cuz despite getting the largest size they make, they are not very loose) which I can get into the bar mitts but it gets pretty crowded in there. I tried the larger mitts and they do indeed offer more freedom of movement but also take up more space, let in a bit more air and are all around bulkier.

The material of the Bar Mitts is thick 6mm neoprene, which is exceptional for waterproofing and insulation properties, and fleece to keep warm and toasty with a nice soft texture. Want to hear from the other side before committing to bar mitts, since no one took my Christmas hints!The other major, general benefit of pogies is that since you can wear much thinner gloves in the Mitts, you have improved dexterity of the controls when compared to thicker winter gloves. For my first test ride, I chose a windy day where the temp stayed at a chilly 18 degrees, and my fingers stayed WARM for the entirety of the 2 hour ride with just a thin spring glove on. This provides a longer sleeve to extend the warm and protection further up your arm, reducing the chance of an air getting in. I have always found that I can bundle up the main body (trunk, legs and arms) and keep it warm on cold rides, but my hands and feet always seem to get chilled. Even if I could keep my gloves from getting soaked during the crash itself, having to clean off and then grip somewhat snow-packed grips ensured cold hands.

They work, but as someone already mentioned, you're limited to the hoods and they can be a pain if your gloves are bulky. I was happy to be able to grab a bottle, open a bar/gel, or use my cycling computer whenever I wanted. The thought of having your hands shoved into pockets while on a bike is a bit unsettling, but I didn’t lose much range of motion, and was even comfortable riding out of the saddle with lots of bike sway.Zippers at the front of the mitts provide temperature control and ventilation, and also aid in the ease of installation. But once you’re riding in freezing temperatures with warm hands, you’ll be way less worried about how they look. It made some of my night rides almost enjoyable, since my hands had a comfortable, warm and dry environment, which was isolated from the outdoor realities. With a wide opening to accommodate your coat sleeves, you’ll be able to place your hands in and out at a moment’s notice.

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