*Icebike Mittens will not be
available in the 2013/2014 season. We've given them the year off so we
may concentrate on other products.
Winter cycling's nuttiest hand wear yet...
Mary Shelley has nothing on us. Part
winter mitt, part bike glove, a real genetic mess. The ICEBIKE
Mittens were born in 1998 for our chilly Duluth commutes. What began
as a straight-up tech fest 14 years ago, has devolved to a curious mix
of new and old. They have a rabid underground following, despite our
best efforts. Every season we swear that we're done with them, yet we
keep sewing. Let's pick them apart:
The Shape and Size seem odd at
first, but they're a natural for those who grip flat bars on a bike. Two
fingers of each hand hold on for dear life, two fingers work the brake
levers, one thumb on your nose towards OPEC. They're kinda bulky, but
that leaves acres of space for extra liner gloves, hot packs, etc.
Skip the refined drop bars. You won't even be able to flip the bird, let
alone tinker with your touchy road gear ratios. For the real
whackos who equate shifting and braking with defeat, we make a regular
'no-split' mitten that keeps their digits together. Both styles have a
natural curve built right in.
The Palms are made from the
annoyingly sustainable Whitetail Deer. Deer skin is as strong as it is
supple. It will survive loads of abuse, and still transmit every bit of
trail feedback directly to your teeth. No guilt about leather here. We
miss our raspberry bushes and Hostas.
The Gauntlets are our own quirky
Oilskin. Over the last 14 years we've tried every synthetic WPB under
the sun. They're all weather resistant. They all shed slop. And they all
breathe like garbage bags. Our Oilskin just doesn't degrade with age.
The fabric will keep you dry-ish in the rain, let you brush off sleet
and ice in the winter, and develop personality with age. It also gets
nice and stiff in cold weather, so you can leave the draw cord cuffs
open for air. There's a webbing cinch across the back to tweak
The Back Panel is 3 mil Neoprene.
It's flexible, soft, and great for blocking wind chill. Ours has a short
pile backing for wiping snot. (You will. Trust us.) We anchor a nice
strip of reflective tape down the tips for inter-vehicular
The Liners are our own 80/20 wool
blend blanket material. Snap them into place in the AM. Pull them out to
dry on the radiator at work. Stuff them right back into place at
quitting time. When they flatten out from use, wash them right back to
Sizes: S, M, L, XL. Colors will vary:
5.5 ounce Oilskin with deer hide palms, and Neoprene uppers.
Liners: 80/20 Wool/Nylon.
Limited seasonal availability.
Warranty Note: The draw cords on
the cuffs are stitched in place. They will require factory
servicing if damaged.