themacneils's picture

Winter Mitt Depression

I know this topic has been raised a few times over the years, but I'm posting this in the hopes of getting new info.

I've basically used the same pair of MEC Lobster Mitts for the last 10 years.  These have been great for my needs, 25-40 minute commutes (depending on conditions) and was okay up to near -25-30C, and I'd supplement with some cheap disposable gloves below that.  But they've naturally started losing their warmth over the last 4 years. 

I bought a new pair to replace them, but they were built for Vancouver winters.  But I think these are now finally warmer than my old ones Laughing!  I've looked around at MEC, Canadian Tire and Amazon for a decent and affordable Lobster Mitt, but none of them seem warm or nimble enough from the reviews I've read.  Does anyone have any local recommndations that I could check out? 

Disclaimer: I don't think I want to go the Pogie route this year, as it doesn't seem like it's as quick to get your hands off the handlebar, and I'm having to be more cautious this winter coming back from an injury.  My Cross bike has a second set of brake handles on the top of the handlebar, which I like to use on the road and busier areas since I can be more upright and look around more easily, and I haven't had a chance to check out for myself if there would be room for that.  Can anyone who's had pogies on a road bike chime in with their wisdom?

Thanks for your help!



RichieRich's picture


Seriously the Canadian Tire "snow mobile" gloves are pretty dang bullet proof.

Below -20C I just wear some of those cheap $1 stretchy gloves and I'm good down to -30.... for about 30mins.

Do enough searches on this BC discussions and you'll see me extolling their virtues.  They're also great for DH skiing, boarding, and sledding especially if you have kids and the gloves are on/off/on/off/on/off/etc.... all dang day long.  Put em over your hot air vent and they dry quickly too.  They're even ON SALE RFN!!  What are you waiting for man!!?   Actually after about 4 or 5 years mine are packed out and starting to fall apart so I should head over tomorrow...


gyrospanner's picture

Claws 2

I am on my second pair of these in 12 years and will say they do work well.  The only thing I could say against them is that they are a little bulky, but that is just a minor inconvenience.  I do the same as RR for those really cold days, but I use a stretchy pair of Icebreaker merino mitt liners - TOASTY!

themacneils's picture


Okay guys you sold me on those ones from Canadian tire, cheap and warm, as I prefer a lobster over a pogie. So the dexterity isn't too bad?

RichieRich's picture

hmmmm movement

When new they're a little stiff initially but honestly since they're lobsters you're using 2 fingers anyways so it's not an issue.  Unless your brakes are super stiff which may be the case with cable-style versus hydraulics.  Never had an issue to be honest.  I like also that they have a wrist cinch to lock-em down tight to keep the warmth in during the cold weather.  During hot weather I leave them loose.  Also they cover several inches up from your wrist so any cold air-gaps between jackest and older short gloves is a non-issue.

Hmmm I may have to treat myself to a pair of those merino wool liners.... great idea.