Bar Mitts are a cold weather bicycle accessory that helps keep hands warm and comfortable in the cold, rain, snow or wind. Bar Mitts stay secure on the handle bars while riding allowing your hands to slide in and out without difficulty. Braking and shifting is also easily accomplished.
Bar Mitts are made of neoprene, a synthetic rubber often used for waterproofing or weather resistant clothing (wetsuits). The neoprene has a closed cell construction, meaning it is filled with closed air bubbles. These bubbles serve as insulators, just as Styrofoam does. Since the cells are closed, the neoprene itself is waterproof. The thickness of the neoprene is 5.5 mm with nylon laminated on each side. Due to the body of the neoprene, the Bar Mitts stay open allowing easy access and removal of hands.
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Note: Bar Mitts are NOT heated.
Since moving to Montana in 1995, keeping my hands warm while riding in the fall/winter/spring has been an ongoing challenge for me. I've tried all manner of gloves - thick, thin, etc., and no matter what, after an hour or two, my fingers would be frozen. Dexterity and safety were also compromised with heavy duty gloves.
So, I was more than a bit curious when I found these Bar Mitts. Just from looking at them, they made sense - big neoprene mitts attached to the bars of a bike. I ordered a pair. I've used the Bar Mitts now in a wide variety of temperatures and absolutely love them. Finally, no more cold hands, no matter if it's 30 degrees or 0 degrees. In fact, I've actually stopped wearing full fingered gloves altogether unless it's under 20-25 degrees, then a light pair of full fingered gloves keeps my hands nice and toasty no matter how cold it is.
Also, I found that bike control - operating the brakes/shifters, getting your hands in and out of them to wipe your nose or signal a turn is easy with the Bar Mitts. They work equally well with Campy, SRAM, Dura Ace, and Shimano levers.
Bar Mitts cost about as much as a nice pair of heavy winter cycling gloves and work infinitely better.
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Q: How do you determine size?
A: Sizing the Bar Mitts is based more on girth than hand size. The difference from small to medium is about 1" around the opening where you slide your hands in and out. Medium to large is another 1" larger. If your tall but thin, I would lean towards a small to medium. If you are thick and husky, I would suggest a medium to large. I am 5' 8", 160 pounds and use a small. When it is cold, I want my forearm to fill the hole as much as possible reducing air from getting sucked out.
Q: Do Bar Mitts replace gloves?
A: No, but it drastically reduces the glove thickness, increasing dexterity.
Q: How is it getting in & out of the Bar Mitts?
A: Getting in & out of the Bar Mitts is a natural movement. The mitts stay open so you can slide your hand in & out with no thought involved.
Q: How should they be washed?
A: Rinse in cool water. Do not iron or dry clean.
Please make sure you have read and understand all the instructions before use. If Bar Mitts have any creases, leave them in the baggie and put them in the sun for a short time. The heat will help flatten the creasers.
Installing Mountain Bar Mitts
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