According to a newsletter from whitewaterslalom.us, another fellow kayaker, Bonnie Losick, liked the idea, cleaned up the design, and trademarked the idea under the name ‘Bonnie Hot Pogie.’ Soon after, mushers adapted the idea, but it wasn’t until recently that Bonnie’s Hot Pogies were modified for cycling. It is unclear who started using them on bicycles first, but we’re happy they did. Pogies make winter cycling bearable.
Just a few years ago, the market for pogies was pretty limited. As the fat bike market grew, though, so did the accessories. More and more pogies have been designed and manufactured with even more on the way. Some are made for mild weather, while others are made for expedition races like the Iditarod Trail Invitational.There are several pogies on the market to choose from depending on the conditions you are riding in. If you are in the market for a pogie, these are a few of the best currently for retail:
Bar Mitts have been around for a while. While Bar Mitts may still require you to wear gloves, they drastically reduce the thickness needed. These are perfect for commuting to work or riding shorter distances on cold fall or even winter days. The neoprene material does a great job keeping the wind out while keeping weight down. They have a velcro strap that connects to the end of your handlebars for a stable fit. Bar Mitts have two different options: your standard flat handlebars (one size fits all) and your drop down road bike bars (small, medium, large). Bar Mitts come in black, red, and blue. If you’re looking for something simple and affordable, this is a great option. MSRP $45.00
Revelate Design Williwaw Pogie is a brand spanking-new product that recently hit the market. The Williwaw features a 3 layer system: a 600 denier polyester outer, foam inner, and fleece liner. Due to its stiff foam inner, the Williwaw keeps its upright shape making it easy to insert your hands. These pogies are equipped with a disc cap and elastomer plug connected to a pull cord which creates a snug fit while not getting in the way of your hands; it also allows you to remove the ends in seconds. The pogies are complemented with a nice reflective trim and will keep you warm and cozy for the long haul. The Williwaw’s are currently only available for flat bars and have a temperature rating of 0°F. MSRP $95.00
Dogwood Design Pogies have been around for a while. You have most likely seen these colorful pogies in pictures or on your local trails. They are made up of a nylon outer to keep the elements out and are insulated with polyester. An inner skeleton holds its shape. The pogies are equipped with adjustable pull cords to cinch down on the handlebars; this keeps the elements out and the heat in. Adjustable pull cords are also located where your hand enters. An elastic loop inside the pogie connects to the end of the handlebars to hold its shape and ensure a snug fit. There is a lot of room in the front of these pogies to store snacks or even your gloves if it gets too hot. They are rated to -15 °F. MSRP $120.00
Yaak Insulated Pogies from Wanderlust Gear are the newest option to keep your hands warm. The pogie consists of a 400 denier coated nylon pack cloth outer designed to keep the elements out. The next layer is a 210g thinsulate ultra synthetic insulation and three plastic stiffeners to ensure warmth and rigidity. Those layers are sandwiched between the outer shell and a soft nylon interior. The wrist gasket is made up of two layers of nylon and has an elastic reflective cord to cinch down to your arms. The Yaak pogies feature internally connected hook loop straps and an adjustable elastic cord which are located inside each pogie. Reflective trim runs along the front and outside. The Yaak comes in two colors, red and black, and have a temperature rating of 0 °F. MSRP $110
Dogwood Design Pogies Plus have everything standard pogies have but add a more continuous filament and hi-loft hand quilted polarguard insulation. They have a temperature rating of -30 °F. MSRP $170.00
45 NRTH Cobrafist is a new pogie for winter, 2014. 45 NRTH claims they are “the most technically advanced winter cycling pogie.” The Cobrafist’s are made up of 600d poly outer shell and 400g Primaloft ECO insulation. 45 NRTH wins as far as zipper usage. They added zippers on the top of the pogies to regulate heat and an internal zippered pocket for extra storage for snacks and layers. Along with a large foam donut, a zipper cinches the pogie to the handlebars while maintaining an upright position for easy hand entry. The user must install a provided bar end piece, put the pogie on, and then screw down an outer plate with a 3 mm hex key; this extra effort results in the most secure bar end attachment of all pogies. Yes they are huge, but these pogies are designed for the long haul and are built to fend off all the winter elements. They have a temperature rating of -40 °F. MSRP $125.00
Revelate Design Expedition Pogies will give the Cobrafist a run for its money. Seriously, these things are expensive. But there is a reason behind the steep price tag. Eric Parson, owner of Revelate Design, has been designing these pogies for over six years. Revelate Design Expedition Pogies have a 4 layer system: a 210 denier double ripstop nylon outer, a quilted 12 oz. synthetic insulation, and 70 denier silver taffeta lining. Did I mention the removable Polartec 300 series liner that attaches by velcro? This system is designed to keep you warm in the coldest conditions. The shape is ergonomic to the position of your arms when riding. The top of the arm is slightly longer to prevent any snow from entering the pogie. The pogies attach to the handlebars internally, similar to Williwaw, with no tools necessary. The Expedition Pogie is also equipped with an external compartment to store any extra layers or food. They have a temperature rating of -50 °F. MSRP $225.00Fat bikes have transformed snowy fields and roads into the newest cycling playground. But, to enjoy winter cycling at its fullest, you need to be prepared and you need to stay warm. Pogies are life savers, and the above mentioned are all fantastic options by some incredible companies. Stay tuned for individual reviews of these pogies.