Dirt Rag Magazine

Dirt Bag Remedy for Cold Hands

Maybe I have poor circulation, but cold hands are something I’ve always struggled with during winter riding. No matter what gloves I’m wearing, my hands end up cold when the temperature dips below about 15º. Sure, I could buy some lobster-claw-style gloves or mittens, but I don’t like the idea of having to use more than one finger to brake.

During a recent cold snap I went searching for a quick, inexpensive pogie-style solution. Fortunately, I had a cheap plastic rain jacket like this one sitting around. Simply cut off the sleeves, thread over your handlebars, then trim to the desired length. Sure it’s not as classy as purpose built pogies, but it is a whole lot let expensive.

Most of us have jackets sitting around that have seen better days, why not cut them up and recycle. I bet you could make a pretty a pretty nice pair of pogies out of that softshell you melted by the fire this fall.

If any of you have made pogies, please post a link in the comments section below!

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