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    How do Bar Mitts and Moose Mitts compare?? Anybody have any opinion on one vs the other?? (I'm looking at you Dirt)

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    Quote Originally Posted by culimerc View Post
    How do Bar Mitts and Moose Mitts compare?? Anybody have any opinion on one vs the other?? (I'm looking at you Dirt)
    Since your bike has drop bars, I'm going to assume that's what you're interested in.

    Bar mitts are probably warmer, but there's no variety in hand position. If you ride in any position other than on the hoods, you're SOL. The neoprene is quite thick and you're basically always in touch with it... Your hands are snuggled into the bar mitts and they are very close-fitting. That makes them warmer. They're not as easy to get in and out of. If your hand is out and you need to get it on the hood in an emergency basis, it isn't quite as easy or quick. It isn't difficult, but if it is a panic situation, it is easy to get it wrong.

    Moose Mitts let you ride the same way you normally do... Hoods, drops, tops... what-evah. The back is totally open. They block the wind, and if you use the hoods or tops, the fleece is held against your gloves, so they add warmth that way.

    Neither is really waterproof. I tend to use Moose Mitts when it rains and use binder clips to snug up plastic bags over the outside to add water proofing. It isn't elegant or pretty, but it keeps my hands warmer and dryer. I imagine you could do the same with the bar mitts.



    Moose Mitts. These are 3+ years old and have been beaten to heck. They work wonderfully, though the fleece is starting to wear out. I will get some new ones.


    Bar Mitts on the Fixie this morning.

    I think that shows the differences pretty well.
    Last edited by Dirt; 11-07-2012 at 12:27 PM. Reason: Mr. Action in Action!

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    Default There can be only one!

    Okay... for you Highlander cyclists that have many bikes, but really only want to buy one set of mitts (thus the "There can be only one!" comment), I'd note that I've actually used the mountain bike Moose Mitts on road bars, mountain bike bars (flat, riser, H-bars and mustache bars) as well as bull horn (time trial) bars. For mountain and bull-horn bars the skinny end goes on first. For drop bars, the fat end goes on first.

    Last year I met up with TheManInBlack (aka Freddie Mercury) and SloTriGuy, if I recall correctly, and had an impromptu Moose Mitt/Bar Mitt fit session on the Custis Trail. Photogged here is a set of drop-bar moose mitts on my dummy and a set of MTB Moose Mitts on OneEighth's bull-horn bars. The fit on his bars wasn't perfect, but I remember it as being comfy and warm.



    I can demonstrate and photog what they look like on each kind of bar in the next day or two if it helps.

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    Last edited by Dirt; 11-07-2012 at 12:52 PM. Reason: Yes. Every 75+ pound cargo bike is improved by having aero bars on it.

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    +1 for Moose mitts. I think I only used them on the very coldest days last year (below 20 degrees), but when I did use them, I found that I wanted to be wearing only my very lightest gloves because otherwise my hands would get too warm! They make an incredible difference. Many thanks to Pete for telling us about those!

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    Reviving a very old thread. @Dirt @Arlingtonrider - do you all still use Moose Mitts? They sound somewhat better than Bar Mitts but are approx. $30 more expensive. Thoughts?
    (Sent by a wimp trying to ride in the cold)

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetsmarts View Post
    Reviving a very old thread. @Dirt @Arlingtonrider - do you all still use Moose Mitts? They sound somewhat better than Bar Mitts but are approx. $30 more expensive. Thoughts?
    (Sent by a wimp trying to ride in the cold)
    I have and use both. I like the Moose Mitts better. They're warmer for me. The Barmitts are great and have a good temperature range. When it gets very cold, I tend to use the Moose Mitts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
    I have and use both. I like the Moose Mitts better. They're warmer for me. The Barmitts are great and have a good temperature range. When it gets very cold, I tend to use the Moose Mitts.
    Good to know. I have Bar Mitts for my flat bar bikes, but just bought a drop bar bike that I would like to ride through the winter since I am planning on doing at least the DK100 if not the DK200 in June. I will stop by the shop today and chit chat about them.

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    I just bought a pair of the Specialized bar mitts. Way too expensive, $125, but they look way better than others I have seen.


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    They kind of look like crap lying on the floor there. Where's the on-bike picture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    They kind of look like crap lying on the floor there. Where's the on-bike picture?


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