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View Poll Results: Which is the best handguard muff / mitt?
Hippo Hands 11 45.83%
Oxford (Rain Seal or BoneDry) 2 8.33%
Other Brand of Handguard Muff 5 20.83%
Muffs are a waste...buy something else (like heated gloves / grips) 6 25.00%
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post #1 of 42 Old 02-06-2018, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question Best Handguard Muffs: Hippo Hands vs Oxford

With temps approaching boarder line riding temperatures on some days, I am in the market for a pair of handlebar muffs / mitts and the most reputable seem to be the Hippo Hands and Oxford Rain Seal.

What is the best overall handlebar muffs?

I imagine the things to look for that makes one the best overall are:

1. Safety: can get hand in and out, and won't get caught (too much) in an accident. Ease of access to controls.
2. Warmth: the ability to ride with summer gloves in temps in the 30's (F) at highway speeds is awesome.
3. Protection from the Elements.
4. Storage: ability to collapse them to store on bike.

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Great question. Hopefully replied to by those that actually use them rather than speculators, like me, that don't have them.
A friend that has set likes them. Brand I don't know. They are so similar in design and function that only use would show the subtleties of design difference.
Calif winter is just about over so it's a mute point out west.
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Calif winter is just about over so it's a mute point out west.
Is it over? I've been waiting for it to happen. even in the high country I've had the windows open during some days.
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I have a pair of Hippo Hands. I've used them on three bikes now, including my DR650 and my DL650 (2014). I like them. [Note: Mine are several years old and looking at their web site I see they have been redesigned, so take what I say with a grain of salt.]

1. Safety: can get hand in and out, and won't get caught (too much) in an accident. Ease of access to controls.

Check.

All controls accessible, plastic stiffener keeps them open for instant in and out of hands, you need some kind of barkbuster/wind guard to keep them from collapsing onto the levers at higher speeds. I have Barkbusters.


2. Warmth: the ability to ride with summer gloves in temps in the 30's (F) at highway speeds is awesome.

Check.

Well, summer gloves might be stretching it a bit in the 30s. But with moderate gloves and heated grips you'd be comfortable all day in the cold. I don't have heated grips so in 20s and 30s I wear decent winter gloves.




3. Protection from the Elements.

Check

Nice in cold rain, snow and hail.


4. Storage: ability to collapse them to store on bike.

Check

Mine do fold up, but I'm not sure that they all do. They're bulky for sure, but I can leave Colorado in the winter and head South towards Mexico, and pack them around for the rest of my trip without much trouble.




I'm a fan of Hippo Hands. They are not cozy/comfy like electric gear, but they cut the wind so you only need to insulate for the actual temperature, not the 65 mph wind chill that you're generating.

(Plus they are so utilitarian looking (ugly) that people like me think they are totally cool; the Hippos, that is, not me.:bom_cool3: )


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I've been riding almost every day the roads have been clear in southeastern PA, including that week when it was 6-15F.

I don't like muffs. I used Tusk muffs on my KLR, and they leaked air like crazy and made it harder to get back on the controls.

The answer for seriously cold days is combined handguards and heated gloves. Get big plastic handguards that totally block the wind.

With temperatures in the 30s, you don't really need anything aside from a regular pair of winter gloves and handguards, unless you'll be on the road for more than a couple hours at a stretch.
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Yup just get some proper heated gloves.....best overall solution.
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I used HIPPO HANDS for years, until I got my big honkin BMW K 1200. Didn't fit it well, so passed'em on to another friend who used them until he quit riding then passed along to another friend. Must be well made. Don't know about the newer ones.😀
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I cannot speak for the new ones, but the Hippo Hands I purchased in '08 for my 07 R1200RT were just great. Fit the bike perfectly, did not collapse against the brake and clutch levers at speeds above 80mph. I was able to use the low setting on my heated grips when air temps were in the 20s F. and be comfortable (while the rest of me was not so comfortable).

I traded the 07 for a new RT in 2012. They did not fit the new RT because of the changed position of the mirrors. I have tried them on other bikes (2011 Concours14, 2013 Ninja 650, 700CTX, CBR250a). Did not work at all. But it is such a quality product that I can't make myself throw them out!
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I used Hippo Hands on a trip in Patagonia because it was a rental bike. They worked well over the hand guards and made a huge difference in the cold and rain. Easy to put on and take off. If the temperature is near freezing you will still feel that cold on your hands but no wind chill. I did not care about appearance. They have a utilitarian appearance which I do not mind.
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I use these. Work well. Warm, easy in and out, not the best for on and off. I had to make a hole for the mirror. I love them with my heated grips. Rode down to 10F with warm hands in light gloves. Got mine on Amazon deal for $9.
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