Bear Paws winter poggies
Lightweight cycle pogies with VX21 outer and pile lined inner for toasty hands through the winter
Bear Paws provide winter warmth and bad weather protection but unlike gloves Bear Paws stay attached to your bike, just dunk your hands in and ride.
The design fits straight and riser bars, allowing you full access to your brakes and gear shifters. Whilst not providing a 100% waterproof seal they are very effective at keeping your hands warm in the worst of weather.
The VX21 outer is the defacto fabric for bike accessories - proven for its lightweight and durability - they will also match the rest of your Alpkit bike luggage. While the fabric is technically waterproof the seams are not sealed and the cuff is open for easy access in and out.
A VELCRO® Brand side entry slot provides a dual purpose. Firstly it lets you get your poggies over your bar grips and brakes with ease. Secondly it makes it easier and safer should you need to get your hands out fast - a small strip of single-sided VELCRO® Brand (supplied) helps prevent the side entry slot sealing fully. A swift sideways sweep of your arms is enough to burst open the velcro.
Pile is an excellent insulator for UK conditions. It stays warm when wet, doesn't mind a bit of mud and should your Bear Paws get saturated you can turn them inside out for quick drying. The pile lining is inset by 70 mm to help prevent water seepage down your arms and into the insulation.
Bear Paws have been used succesfully with our hooped Confucius bars along with other loop bars - but your success may vary according to your specific configuration. Bear Paws are not suitable for use with drop bars.
- 25 Year Alpine Bond
- Pile lining for warmth and quick drying
- Velcro straps for handlebar adjustments
- Velcro side access point for easy attachment and quick exit
- VX21 outer for durability and weather resistance
- Made in the UK
Weight: 240 g / pair
Width: 35 cm
Length: 34 cm
Wrist opening: 19 cm
Handlebar opening: 14 cm
Inner: Polyester pile
Origin: United Kingdom
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Good but expensive.
I used to think that pogies were somewhat overkill for UK conditions, but after going through 2 pairs of gloves in one cold wet winter ride I decided that another approach was needed.
My Bear Paws came from the Hathersage store at the old price (£65). One of the shop staff asked where I was going to need pogies, Buxton I replied. Buying in store meant that I could try them on a bike to see if I liked the fit on the bike and that I could get my hands in and out easily before spending money.
The first time I used them I just went on a short local loop, just to get used to taking my hands in and out before riding further. Initial impressions were very good, entry and exit is easy with no snagging or faffing, feeling safe even when stopping at lights. Since then I have used them a lot, riding around the Peaks in sub zero snowy conditions. They do a good job of keeping my gloves dry when its snowing, and more importantly perhaps protect my hands from windchill. The pile inner lining helps insulate and allows me to wear normal gloves, which I prefer to bulky winter ones. The outer material seems to be pretty tough, surviving a couple of minor crashes without any damage or even any scuffs. Fitting them onto the bars is nice and simple, but does leave a gap around the bar which wind could enter, however so far this hasn't been an issue. I have used them both with a normal riser and with Confucius loop bars.
There is a Velcro strip along the outer edge, which is for a quick exit should you need to get your hands out in a hurry. So far I haven't needed this feature, and would question its worth. It does however make it easy to turn the pogies inside out for drying. Personally I would prefer it if the Velcro strip was left off, especially as this would mean that the pile lining could cover the entire inner surface. With the Velcro the pile stops short of the outer edges.
The only downside is the price. I feel that £80 is a lot of money for these, even taking into account the fact that they are UK made in small batches, which is why I've rated them 4 stars and not 5. Would I pay full price though? The answer has to be yes. Cold hands can ruin a ride, and I like winter riding in the snow too much to turn back early because of frozen digits.
So, expensive but worthwhile if you value your hands.