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Old 11-28-2007, 09:10 PM   #1
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Hippo hands, anyone try them?

I'm a freak. I don't mind riding in the cold, as long as i can stay comfortable. I've got most everything else taken care of, but my hands. I hate big, bulky goves. I installed a set of heated grips that keep my hands toasty with my light, summer gloves to around the upper 30s, but i want to keep the wind off of them. I thought of getting some hand guards from a Vstrom or something, then came across these. Anyone try them? They look like they will help me obtain my goal of keeping my fingers warm, while only wearing thin gloves. The ugliness does not bother me.
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:17 PM   #2
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I be lovin mine in about another month ! I wear my elk skin gloves with heated hand grips and Hippo hands down into the 20's and toasty warm.
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:18 PM   #3
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Paul Mondor rode across canada with them, I have a cheaper knock off pair for atvs work just fine.
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:18 PM   #4
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I use them all the time during the shitty winter season. However, TRUE Hippo Hands were very hard and if you remove your hand from the handlebar to wipe your face shield you may find it difficult to stuff your hand back inside to grab the clutch, brake, etc. during a "Holy Shit!!!" moment.
That is why most people use snowmobile gauntlets which are soft so that you can grab the whole gauntlet from the outside and still grasp the clutch or brake lever. Anyway, enjoy your extended riding season :~)
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:27 PM   #5
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Have used them on two trips. They keep your gloves dry too...

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Old 11-29-2007, 05:16 AM   #6
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If i had to have one thing on the bike for cold riding, it would be hippohands. i love mine. My Vetter HH's were a lot better than the new textile ones, but theyre pretty tough to find and theyre huge. The new ones are much smaller and still pretty functional.
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Old 11-29-2007, 07:56 AM   #7
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I have them on my KLR. It seems no matter how heavy a glove I wear, my hands always get cold, so having something to block the wind makes a big difference in the glove I can get by with.

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Old 11-29-2007, 07:58 AM   #8
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They work very well and keeping your hands warm and dry. But, but like others mentioned, they might press on the clutch or brake levers at speed. This is not a problem with bikes that have handguards, like the GS.
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Old 11-29-2007, 07:58 AM   #9
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I use them (the hippohands from Dan up in Canada), they work great keeping the cold wind off of my hands. With heated grips, my hands are nice and warm.
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Old 11-29-2007, 06:20 PM   #10
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I use these:

http://www.kolpinpowersports.com/att...jpg?1182789597

They are the new versio of the Geartector Mitts by Kolpin. They have a built in ring to keep the hand holes open.

http://www.kolpinpowersports.com/sto...7/products/108

With these, summer gloves and heated grips (on low power) my hands have stayed warm and comfortable in temperatures to 20* F. It has not been colder here yet.
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Old 11-30-2007, 08:01 AM   #11
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I've used them for a few years. This morning (28*F) my heated grip controller quit working, so I was very glad that I had the HippoHands on. My hands were cool but not freezing like they would have been if not for the HippoHands. With my last bike I didn't have heated grips and just used these for keeping my hands warm.
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:37 AM   #12
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Snare—

The Kolpin mitts look good. My HippoHands do a poor job of staying straight during higher speeds, deforming and pushing on the clutch and brake levers. The Kolpin website mentions a "durable Rhino plate front panel." Do yours have these panels, and do they work on standard bikes (without hand guards) to prevent the mitts from deforming under wind pressure? I have a Street Triple and was wondering if they would work. Got any pics of the Rhino plate, or the mitts themselves, on your ride?

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I use these:

http://www.kolpinpowersports.com/att...jpg?1182789597

They are the new versio of the Geartector Mitts by Kolpin. They have a built in ring to keep the hand holes open.

http://www.kolpinpowersports.com/sto...7/products/108

With these, summer gloves and heated grips (on low power) my hands have stayed warm and comfortable in temperatures to 20* F. It has not been colder here yet.
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:50 AM   #13
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You can't tell in the picture above on mine, but I have hand guards, so no problems with them pressing on my levers. Also, something mentioned in another post above, the opening to the grips doesn't collapse when you take your hand out. True, it would be hard to manipulate the controls if you had to grab them thru the mitt, but I think that's where the big, non collapsing opening helps. The Hippo Hands have a thick plastic inner membrane that acts as an insulator and makes the mitts hold their shape.
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:00 AM   #14
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I use them in the winter in Michigan. Very nice to have, and you can wear the same set of gloves year round with them. (Bring a pair of warmer gloves with your saddlebags, just in case you have to fix something.. DAMHIK.)

I put a hard ring around the back of them with some coathanger to keep mine open. Works great. I'll second the statement here that handguards keep them off the controls. Get both handguards and HH.
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