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    Hippo Hands

    Hippo Hands were mentioned in another thread and I am curious as to whether the original ones are still being sold. Great product in the 70s. The standard which other manufacturers aimed to achieve and improve upon.

    What type of this protection are yall using this winter ? Would love to hear first hand experiences.

    Im in the market. Im using a $20 pair now and it proved that I would like to have better ones. Much better ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72r60/7 View Post
    Hippo Hands were mentioned in another thread and I am curious as to whether the original ones are still being sold. Great product in the 70s. The standard which other manufacturers aimed to achieve and improve upon.

    What type of this protection are yall using this winter ? Would love to hear first hand experiences.

    Im in the market. Im using a $20 pair now and it proved that I would like to have better ones. Much better ones.

    Charlie
    The pair of Hippo Hands I have were purchased about ten (10) years ago, so I don't know if they are still sold. I still use them, but less than I used to. Now that I have more experience (an old man), I find I ride in cold weather less each year. They were always the best weather protectors for a rider's hands, I think. The heated grips on my BMW are pretty useless below about 30 degrees; all they keep sorta warm are the palms of my hands, but the backs of the hands are the parts that get cold. FWIW, the same "sorta warm" comment applies to that almost-useless heated seat; my parts that do get cold do not include my butt.

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    Hippo hands, bar none, are the best protection there is, as far as I am concerned. Had a pair of the original lace up and when they came out with the Velcro closures I got and used those. Dont know if they are still made by the original outfit but they are still out there. Dont let anyone tell you that they get in your way turning or stopping. NOT TRUE. They just rotate with the bars and anyway, when you turn, do you actually turn those bars????......Get em and RIDE......Dennis

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    Been using these for a few years. Can switch to other bikes in 2 minutes. Hand guards are required for this particular model. They are awesome !


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    When I was commuting to work, 20 was my go/no-go temp for the bike. 19 and I wimped out and took the cage. I used a pair of Hippo Hands, low heat on the grips and light gloves. There was no need for heavy winter gloves. I had no problems reaching any of the controls either. Great product!


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    I use the Wunderlich ones because they have the transparent window to enable seeing the many handlebar switches. They seem to raise your hand temperature 30 degrees in cool weather. I could probably ride down to about 20 degrees F with these (with the grip heaters, and I also have heated gloves.)

    http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mot...e/8110360.html

    Even with the transparent window I still have trouble with some of the switches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post

    I bought these last year. Work great especially in conjunction with the grip brush guards on the GS. I usually keep the grip heaters on low and wear summer gloves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigjv4 View Post
    I bought these last year. Work great especially in conjunction with the grip brush guards on the GS. I usually keep the grip heaters on low and wear summer gloves.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jkjohnson View Post
    I use the Wunderlich ones because they have the transparent window to enable seeing the many handlebar switches. They seem to raise your hand temperature 30 degrees in cool weather. I could probably ride down to about 20 degrees F with these (with the grip heaters, and I also have heated gloves.)

    http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mot...e/8110360.html

    Even with the transparent window I still have trouble with some of the switches.
    I tried the Wunderlich version on my F800GS. They were excellent quality but the Velcro attachment straps ran across the starter button. It was an easy return with Wunderlich.
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    I purchased my first pair of Hippo Hands in the early 80s during my winter college commutes on my trusty Honda 350. They did a good job of keeping my hands protected from the winter wind chills. I remember that they had a strapping system and were not particularly easy to get on and off. They always presented a bit of a challenge in operating the handlebar controls and didn't maintain their shape with speed.

    Fast forward to 2018, I purchased the current generation of Hippo Hands for a winter trip from New Jersey to South Carolina. The morning temps were in the 20s and with the wind chills at interstate highway speeds it had to be below zero. The Hippo Hands worked great. I wore mid season gloves with the heated bar grips at the low setting, and was comfortable all day. They mount using velcro that attaches to the GS hand guards (velcro hadn't been invented back in the day of the originals) and my hands were easily able to manipulate the controls and move freely without restriction. They also maintained shape at speed, are easy to take on and off and they have added a reflective strip on the front of the covers. I just used them on a similar trip this year with similar success.

    IMHO, worth the money.
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