Hippo Hands

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by 1reddawg, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. 1reddawg

    1reddawg Long timer

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    Any input on Hippo Hands.After riding home from work the other day when it was 9 degrees out,my heated grips didnt do a thing,I am seriously thinking of getting a pair,I know they are going out of Buisness,they still have some for my Bike in stock.Have did a search and came up with zilch on this site.So any input would be Greatly Appreciated.
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    Reddawg
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  2. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    Try google search "hippo hands advrider" It's been discussed. As a matter of fact, halfway down this page they're being discussed.
    There are other brands available. I had to have an upholstery shop make a pair for my bike. Due to my mods on the R H/bar nothing would fit. For me it's the only way to go to keep my hands warm & dry. I also have heated grips, so all I need are summer gloves.
    You say your grips didn't do a thing? I have the symtec grid type on mine. They're plenty hot on low with the handle bar gauntlets. They should be on a relay to be sure all available electricity gets to them.
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  3. 1reddawg

    1reddawg Long timer

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    My Grips were on high and within a mile or so my hands were just about numb.I dont see the thread for Hippo Hands on this page,Care to share a link?
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  5. DualMule

    DualMule Been here awhile

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    I've got a set, at those temps they aren't going to help much (my experience is that heated grips are useless below 40F if your moving good).

    If you don't heat your core your fighting a loosing battle, when your core gets cold your body starts cutting off circulation to your extremities.
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  6. p51bombay

    p51bombay Adventurer

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    Get some Gerbing gloves - best money I ever spent on riding gear and can't believe I waited. NEVER will you have cold hands again, soon you'll want a jacket liner and more. Great stuff.
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  7. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    Sorry, I apologize. I had another "senior moment" & got confused with the discussion on heated grips.
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  8. Motomantra

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    This would be a great way to go, except my hands sweat too easily with heated gloves. If it works for you, that's great.
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  9. SamRus

    SamRus Been here awhile

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    I heard the brand name Hippo Hands are great!
    The concept of hand mitts is also fantatstic, as long as you have some sort of handguard to prevent the wind from pushing the muffs onto your levers.
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  10. Hikertrash

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    Get em while you can. I sold mine recently thinking I could find a good cold weather glove and I was wrong. I could wear summer gloves under my HH's in the winter. They only work well IMO if you have heated grips and handguards.
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  11. lilolita

    lilolita fahr mit mir

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    Just got a pair after bitching & complaining about how my heated gloves are doing jack shit in single-digit temps on my commute. Please take this with a grain of salt as my commute is:

    • on a scooter
    • I never get going faster than 35-40 mph
    • it's all of 4 miles
    • and I'm an "always cold" skinny girl
    • BUT it's been absolutely brutal here (-11F windchill the other day)

    I've ridden with them 3 days now. Each morning has been single digits. With heated gloves on high (these are battery-operated, not connected to the bike's battery so "high" is not screaming hot), my hands would be at "not screaming in pain and nowhere near warm." With the addition of the Hippo Hands, my hands are warm and pink, even the middle finger on my left hand that is always blue. I've actually enjoyed the last three mornings of commuting instead of getting to work and thinking, "I should really get a car."

    I made two posts on my blog (with pictures) about them (here and here). I am frugal and had a hard time swallowing what I thought was a high price tag, but:

    • they do their job
    • they're well-made
    • they fit the scooter's weird headset
    • they're stiff and open so I don't freak out putting my hand in and out (I'm a hand-signaller, and you would be, too, if you rode a scooter)
    • the customer service I received from Dan the owner was top-notch.
    • And he's not making money on the shipping costs. Canada Post is.

    :thumb
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  12. 1reddawg

    1reddawg Long timer

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    Well after hearing your all's input ,i'm gonna get a pair and see what happens.I'll let you know how it goes, but i got a feeling i will be pleased with them.
    Thank You again
    Reddawg
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  13. theothersean

    theothersean dirty boy

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    I bought 2 pair of them , for mine and my wife's klr 650s they work well to keep the wind and cold off your hands , also work well to keep the rain off your hands . On and off quick and easy . I found that they also fit on my vstrom 1000 , I haven't tried fitting them to the wifes vstrom 650 but I expect that they will work .
    worth the money in my opinion .
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  14. mcstark

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    They will not win you any style points, but wearing summer gloves all year is worth it.

    They are made by a class act in Ontario, Canada. He's retiring now, so order them while you can.
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  15. NoVa Rider

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    Hippo Hands just plain work. If you are riding in winter temps, just get them. . .. :thumb
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  16. Dan V.

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    No experience with such things on bikes, but 30 years ago I lived in the UP of Michigan and had similar things on my snowmobile. I couldn't believe the difference in comfort after installing them, and could comfortably ride with thinner gloves on our long rides.
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  17. Maoule

    Maoule Been here awhile

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    I'm enjoying the ones I got from Storm Ind., a vendor here. I can ride with my summer gloves which is nice for lumpy fingers. I turn the heated grips off after about 45 mins. then my hands stay warm for 1-2 hrs depending how cold it is.
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  18. Snapper

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    This is a re-post of a mini review I posted a month ago in the Tiger thread... still happy as a pig in shit :)

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  19. HercEngKody

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    I had a pair of Hippo Hands on my Vulcan 500 (cruiser), and they helped a lot. Not only for keeping the wind off but when it's raining it keeps your gloves from getting soaked or water seeping into your sleeve. I'd recommend them and am planning on seeing if he still has a pair for my KLR.
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  20. tiger seven

    tiger seven Been here awhile

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    I recently got a set of handwarmers made by a fellow inmate (corrado113 a.k.a. Storm Industries) and they've been a revelation. I only wish I' d bought some years ago! They're very well made - Cordura with a fleece lining, Scotchlite reflective stripes - and work remarkably well. Even at 50 mph+ I can't feel any wind penetrating them, and they easily add a 20-25 degree comfort range to any gloves, meaning a glove that otherwise is comfortable around 50 degrees is comfortable down to around 25 or 30 degrees inside these. And that's without heated gloves or heated grips. Cold hands were the last thing keeping me from enjoying cold weather riding, and now that issue has been resolved. Here's a pic of them on my first test ride.

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    They were strange for about 5 minutes, not because they're uncomfortable but only because it's odd not being able to see your hands. After that I was just amazed at how well they work and how warm my hands were! :D

    Whatever brand you choose, I think they're a great piece of gear for year-round riders.

    Derek
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