Pogies = Pronounced <POE-gee the G is pronouced as you would use the letter in give or get. It is NOT pronounced like Doggie, if it were, there would be TWO G's>
Pogies are very large glove type items that attach to handbars of no bodied vehciles, that is vehicles that have no body around them. They are made large so that you can push your hands into them and keep your hands warm as you go.
Pogies are nothing new. People have used them on Snowmobiles for many years. The Snowmobile People got the idea from the Sled Dog People who for many, many years, had large Fur Mittens attached to the HandleBow of their Sleds. Now will see them on other types handlebars such as Bicycles everywhere.
My Husband Deron and I met when we were running, training, and racing Sled Dogs. You can see some of our photos and read about our dogs on www.DogStarKennel.com as well as www.WorkingBigDogs.com look for our Dog Websites at the right hand side of the screen under Navigation.
The type I make are pair/sets are made from my own pattern that I designed for our own use on our own bicycles. They work well on Mt Bike Type Handlebars and are especially nice on cold, windy and or snowy days. There is a reason I do not have all the different types of Pogies made up yet. I don't sell items I do not design patterns for and use first. I do hope to ride other types of bicycles so that I can get an idea of how the Pogies could be best made up and used.
We call them
FAR OUT POGIES. Not only because they are "Far Out", we live Far Out and Ride Far Out. We have websties at www.FarOutLiving.com as well as www.FarOutGuns.com
The Pogies of Pogies go onto your bicycle with the Reflective Strip side facing out away from the rider. (unless you are using them in a Bug Out Situation, or are Hunting and don't want to be seen, then turn them around so that the Reflective Stripes are facing the rider). The Tie Down Strap end goes around/wraps your handlebars, over your everything (you might want to leave your reflectors showing - I also leave my odometer out/showing). The strap can be left a bit loose to let air in for warmer days, or when your hands are getting too warm. I normally use my thinner fingered Bike Gloves when riding with Pogies on very cold days and they have worked for me very well.
The Pogies fit the Handlebars big so that you can get your hand in and out of them easily. I have and do make these in many colors and fabrics but have found that Cordura seems to work best for the stiffness to get your hands in and out easily as you ride, as well as being windproof and water resistant/proof. Cordura is Heavier than the Rip Stop and the Rip Stop does work well, at least on my own bicycle.
Pogies are great for cold and especially windy days. Our Winter Wind here, in NW SD, is not even mentioned in the forecast on TV unless it is 55 MPH or more.... Winter = Wind here. Anyway, I love my Pogies! Deron tried my first pair out on a cold windy ride and wanted a pair too. We have used them on Mickelson Trail as well as out here, NW SD, on the open Prairie the Winter of 2014 with snow and high winds and the Pogies were so wonderful to have on our handlebars over our hands.
I like to use the bright colored Pogies so that vehicles can see us well as we ride near, on, or crossing Roads. I also like that I can see Deron and other riders in a flash when they are ahead of or behind me on the trail. And if needed, Emergency Help could find us quickly too. For many of the sets I make that are more of a dark or camo color I usually line inside in a color you can/could turn inside out and be used as a flag so that you would be found faster if needed.
I had to laugh at some of the designs I had seen on the Internet. Some close at the wrist. They tighten down and hook. Tell Me? Did the person that designed those every USE them? The items that I make and sell are offered because people saw ours, the items we use/have used for ourselves or our animals.....and they wanted the items to use for themselves or their animals too.
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