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Pogies vs. Gloves by Chris Follmer

 You all remember our buddy Chris Follmer right? Did you know this guy will ride during the Winter in Wisconsin without gloves…ya he uses something called “Pogies.” Read what he has to say below.

Big Fo’ all iced up and lookin’ pretty!

This, like most cycling decisions, is a lot of preference. Since I started riding pogies in the cold, I haven’t looked back. I started with Bar Mitts and liked them, but they were a little small for my big hands and winter gloves. They really acted like a windshield for your hands, and they did retain some of the heat as well. They have front zippers that you can use to regulate the temperature if you wish. They sell on their website for about $65, which is well worth having warm hands.

 

Big Fo’ and his pogies

Since then, I’ve upgraded to Dogwood Designs pogies, which are made in Alaska. If anybody knows anything about cold weather activities, it’s Alaskans! These are one of the best bike purchases I have ever made. They are crazy warm, to the point if it’s in the upper 20’s I don’t even wear gloves! They have plenty of room in them, when I go on longer rides, I actually carry an extra pair of gloves and some candy bars in them and have room to move. They are not cheap, they sell for $120 to $170 depending on the amount of warmth you want, but I rarely ride cold Wisconsin winters without them. I usually wear my Planet Bike Orion full finger gloves and am comfortable for an all day ride on the bike.

Big Fo’ riding in the ice and snow with his pogies

Our Annual “Winter Warriors” Article

Some of you may have noticed that the crew here at Bikecommuters.com doesn’t write too much about bicycle commuting in winter…with most of the staff in balmy southern California and myself in SW Florida, we don’t get too much experience riding in the cold.

Nevertheless, we have complete and undying respect for those brave souls out there who commute year-round…through snow, ice and freezing rain, bitter winds and chilly temperatures. Last year, we offered a couple of photographs of some of our favorite “winter warriors”. You can check them out by clicking here.

Reader James Haygood sent in a great photo for us to share with the rest of our readers. He took this photo from his hotel room overlooking Lake Michigan in Chicago:

snow bike

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That’s an awesome sight…ice and snow is no deterrent for these hardcore cyclers!!!