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post #1 of 34 Old 10-05-2009, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Long cold fingers

Big hands, big feet... big socks, big gloves
With winter rapidly approaching I find myself desperately seeking a solution to my long icy fingers.
I have a pair of Held Nero gloves are great for me because of the long fingers, but they are NOT winter gloves. I have heated grips which keep the palms of my hands sufficiently toasty during my 40 minute commute, but the backs of my hands and fingers get super cold. I bought a pair of insulated "winter" gloves and was unimpressed, even on a morning in the 40's. Add to that, due to the sizing it was difficult to work the clutch. BTW I also have barkbusters, which should be blocking most of the wind.
Do any of the large handed folk have a good solution?
Are there any do it yourself heated glove kits out there???

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated...

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post #2 of 34 Old 10-05-2009, 02:43 PM
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Only 40? Ah, to live in the warm south....

For me, big ugly stock handguards, heated grips, and medium weight gloves to let the heat in from the grips.

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I have the same issue due to damage to the nerves in both hands. My fingers first turn an orangy white before going completely white...and that's in 50 degree weather! Ocassionally they will go numb in temps as warm as 60 F so while I may not be able to plam a basketball, I can sure relate to your problem.

The problem I had was finding electric gloves that kept my fingers as well as my thumbs warm in cold weather. The best I found for me was the Tourmaster Synergy gloves and rerouting the thumb element to better protect the side of my thumb that remains exposed to the windblast. They cost me 120 two years ago...don't have any idea what they cost now. I could not find another solution that allowed me to ride in the dead of winter....and I enjoy riding year round. If you want to take it another step...you can always get a set of "Hippohands" if they are still made. Back in the day they saved my butt in winter.

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Tourmaster Winter Elite. Great gloves. I bought a spare pair a couple of years ago in case they ever stop making them.

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I bought some snowmobile gloves. But you have to select them carefully as some of them are too thick in the palm for a comfortable grip.

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Heated gloves. They are wonderful things that I rarely use because of the wiring hassle, and I have heated grips and OEM handguards. However, when I have worn them with a heated vest, I'm toasty and my fingers love it. I too experience chilly fingertips and backs of hands in cold weather riding.

I think my heated gloves are Gerbings. They're rather bulky, but I get used to riding with them fairly quickly. Other useful brands are Tourmaster, Widder, and I believe aerostitch does some.

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I too have no tolerance for the cold in my hands. My legs never seem to get cold but my hands are cold in the forties. I had a pair of Tourmaster winter elite gloves, good, but not below freezing. I then tried and still have a pair of Tourmaster Synergy electric gloves. Much better, but still not great. They are big and bulky and I hate that. So, now for the solution (at least for me). A pair of First Gear Carbon Heated gloves. They are very warm, to warm at times. They have much less bulk. You can feel heated grips better through them. I have had them out down to 15 deg (no comments from my friends to the north) and they worked great, not the least bit cold. In the thirties you only need to turn them up half way. Not the cheapest solution, but it will work.

Winter ridding is some of the best, so don't let the cold stop you.

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Get yourself a pair of Hippo Hands. Combined with your heated grips, you will be in warm-hands paradise, regardless of the temps outside. (They are ugly as homemade sin, but this is about comfort, not looks.)
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Get yourself a pair of Hippo Hands. Combined with your heated grips, you will be in warm-hands paradise, regardless of the temps outside. (They are ugly as homemade sin, but this is about comfort, not looks.)

I'm saving the Hippo Hands as the last resort... having lived in Japan for several years I saw way too many of these http://alexmclarenphoto.blogspot.com...-upgraded.html
I just can't disassociate the image of a pudgy, middle-aged, purple-haired woman from the Hippo Hands. I guess if it gets cold enough this winter I may have no other choice :frown:

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I'm saving the Hippo Hands as the last resort... having lived in Japan for several years I saw way too many of these http://alexmclarenphoto.blogspot.com...-upgraded.html
I just can't disassociate the image of a pudgy, middle-aged, purple-haired woman from the Hippo Hands. I guess if it gets cold enough this winter I may have no other choice :frown:
LMAO!!! My memories of Japan are pretty similar! My Mom actually liked the "old lady" bicycles and brought one home with her; complete with metal basket on the front and a center stand. I tease her mercilessly every time she rides it. Hippo Hands always make me think of the Japanese factory workers in their blue coveralls, coke bottle glasses and white hard hat, riding a 50cc moped to work (then doing group calisthenics every morning). Sigh... as dorky as Hippo Hands look, they do work.
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