Whether you’re a flatlander pounding on the miles through fields and over frozen lakes, or a mountain rider like us, tearing up the trails as fast as you can to get to the Promised Land, speed + winter = sad fingers.
How do we keep our hands and fingers warm and nimble? We have options, folks!
While Grandma may not be too pumped to hear this, gone are the days of depending on her mad knitting skills to keep our hands warm while we play in the snow.
Yes, gloves are a great tool for keeping hands warm. While this isn’t really newsworthy, it is important to remember that not all gloves are created equal. Nor should all gloves be for the used same thing. We pack a minimum of 3 sets when we ride, and they vary in warmth, thickness, and wind resistance.
Some companies are coming out with electric gloves which we think, in time, will be a great choice for riders who want options for quick heat.
These have been around for a while. We’ve used them and they do have their pros and cons.
While they do work well when they work, they are extra electronics added to your bike that can fail you when you need them.
Heated grips are bulky. If you are used to twisting the throttle on your dirtbike, then hop on a Snowbike with heated grips installed, it feels weird.
This idea is fairly new to the market, and the theory seems solid. Take the warm coolant from the motor, route it through your handlebars and back into the radiators.
Although you can’t turn them completely off, you can turn down the flow to decrease the temperature.
That’s a Wrap
There are tons of options out there for warm paws. Spend the time to find what works for you. Just because your riding partner tells you that what they have works great, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will have the same outcome for you.
Have some thoughts to share on the topic? Fire us a comment, we’d love to hear from you, and I’m sure our fellow readers would too!
~ Contributing Author Andrew Thompson, Vernon Snow MX