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Mary Westmacott

These look great, so need a pair of these this winter, Simitten with these !


I agree, hands and feet are often the bits that get cold. Mittens are a good solution.

I've been wearing a thin pair of wool gloves (actually llama wool that were only 5€ in a sale) under some thicker gloves, and that's been keeping my fingers warm enough in Helsinki's recent -20C (-4F). I thought I might need gloves under mittens, but I've done ok with the double gloves.

For feet, a pair or two of wool socks, and winter boots a size larger than normal usually do the trick.


I have a pair of old-style Army cold-weather mittens, which come in two pieces: a wool inner mitten and a leather outer shell. They are like the regular mittens shown above except that they have an extra index finger. That comes in real handy if you need it for shifting, but the mitten is big enough so you can put all four fingers inside. Plus they are less than $20.


The transition to mittens was similar for me too!

I splurged on a nice pair of weatherproof shells from OR (endeavor mitts). With these blocking wind and rain, I put on whatever (cheap) layers the RI weather requires beneath. Sometimes up to three!


It was -23C (-9C) this morning, so I tried both hands with inner wool gloves, a bigger glove on the left, and a mitten on the right.

After a couple of miles my glove hand started feeling a bit cold compared to the toasty mitten hand, so I pulled over and pulled the other mitten out of my bag to switch to mittens on both hands :)

Jon Karak

Layering is the key, but the trick is to use thin, *wind-proof* layers. I use a pair of REI-brand glove liners for the underlayer, and a pair of Asics running mittens for the shell. The REI gloves do an excellent job wicking away the moisture, and the shell is thin enough that sweating is rarely a problem. And of course the wind-breaking fabric of the shell prevents my fingers from becoming icicles.

For those riders with big hands, the gloves come in "XL" (not wishy-washy "L/XL"). The gloves also do a great job contouring to the hands, are machine washable, inexpensive, very durable, etc. ect.

You could also substitute your favorite (remember: thin) liner for the inner layer. And for the record, I recommend avoiding fleece like the plague.

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