The Ultimate Pogie Guide
* Full disclosure: the ladies at ShredWorthy haven’t had personal experience with each and every one of these pogies (hopefully someday we will), but we have scoured the internet to compare user reviews with brand specs. We even braved MTBR fatbiking forums, which as you may have noticed, is mostly populated by overweight, passive aggressive straight men in the midst of midlife crisis mansplaining to each other and complaining about their wives. Yeah, it was scary, and yeah, it required a lot of wine. So, if you will, please get stoked to learn way too much about pogie options without the added misery of spousal complaints!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: our number one piece of recommended winter riding gear is the handlebar pogie.
A lot of riders who have never tried pogies might try to convince you that pogies are “dangerous,” “unnecessary,” “make braking difficult,” or our personal favorite, “If you actually shred singletrack, these will impede your ability to catch yourself when you fall.”
We call BULLSHIT! Those of us who use pogies know that they make winter rippin’ safer, warmer, and all around better. That’s because inside the pogie is a super warm air pocket that keeps your digits from going numb, so you can go gloveless (or with a thin liner glove). That means you don’t have to brake and shift through a bulky bunch of fabric. For this reason, pogies make you a more controlled rider. And, for what it’s worth, we’ve personally never had a bad wreck because we couldn’t get our hands out of a pogie. That being said, if that’s a concern for you, look for pogies that have a wide opening around the wrists and arms.
Cold hands make for miserable times, so accordingly, there is an overwhelming amount of pogies out there on the market. Not all are created equal. The list we’ve created below is NOT comprehensive. But it contains, from what we’ve learned, the best on the market. What we love is that a lot of these companies are small and US-based. Depending on where you live and what conditions you see most often, you’ll find there is definitely a pogie out there made for you, just waiting for your hands to slip inside and never want to leave. Weird.
Let’s get started.
Casual and Light
These pogies are great for milder temps, short rides, and/or the shoulder season.
$100.00 | Singletrack Specific | Minnesota
These are the sendiest pogie on our list. Designed specifically for rippin’ singletrack in the cold, these pogies are made to pull your hand out of conveniently. If you ride a lot of singletrack or techy groomed trail, these might be your jam to cover your toast.
Another feature we’re interested in is their quick install/remove feature.
This probably isn’t your pogie if you ride a lot of snowmobile trail, live in a brutally cold place, train for ultra endurance events, or bikepack in the winter.
Here’s what people are saying, edited for clarity and sanity:
Collar part of the pogie has a zipper so it can be folded back
Great for singletrack
Easy to get hands out of; no “trapped” feeling
They have a really nice bar plug that makes it super easy to attach
shock cord for the bar end cap keeps coming undone
They are warm but not super warm
They are a bit on the small side for hand clearance inside
Expected them to be warmer
$120.00 | Multipurpose | Alaska
While we haven’t tried these personally, we know Revelate makes dependable products.
This is one of the burliest pogies in the casual list. With a zippered vent, a 3 layered design, and a quick install feature, these pogies seem like a good option for anyone who wants a no BS pogie for 25-0 degrees F (per Revelate’s recommendation).
Easy to use
Love the zippered vent in the front.
We couldn’t find much chatter about the Williwaw, but based on their design we see two potential issues:
They could be too warm for some climates
They appear tight, making them less than ideal for stuffing with snacks
$105.00 | Night & Road | Alaska
We love that these pogies have a strip of reflective tape. If you ride a lot at night or on snowmobile trail, these might be your pogie.
$85.00 | Multi, Commuter | Colorado
Another simple design from a US company. Named after red limestone walls commonly found in the southwest, these pogies look as warm as the place they come from.
$75.00 | Multi, Commuter | Nevada
We’re interested in Bar Mitts simple design. Marketed for mountain biking, we think it’s best purpose is for commuting around town. You’re more likely to bike around town if you can do it in comfort, so get that bar bike some pogies, too. At such a decent price point, ya might as well!
These are the pogies that you can trust with your digits in crazy low temps. They are the pogies used by winter bikepackers and ultra racers. While they might be overkill and make your hands sweat in 40 degrees F, these things are ideal riding gear in temps below 0 degrees F.
$115.00 | Bikepacking | Minnesota
The CobraFist is by far the most featured/comprehensive pogie on our list, and one of the warmest. Yet, it’s the least warmest on this list. That might me a plus for you, depending on your needs. From what we’ve seen, it’s the most widely used pogie by ultra-endurance fat bikers in the Midwest. We both use this pogie.
It’s many features include both upper and lower vents and mesh storage pockets for snacks and handwarmers.
You’ll likely have to modify the foam donuts to fit around your brake cables, but that’s no big deal. We’ve both had great success with using a razor to hollow out the foam around the cable. If you’re headed out into extreme cold (below -10 F), we recommend taping the gaps in the donut insert using electrical tape. Works like a dream.
To see a ShredWorthy review, click here.
Here’s what other people are saying:
I am blown away by the Cobrafists - often, they allow me to ride gloveless in temps as low as 20 F
My Cobrafists have kept my hands warm down to -10 degrees F. I suspect that with the right glove, they’d be comfortable at even lower temps
Despite their bulky appearance, these pogies are super easy to pull your hand in and out of
Plenty of room to stash snacks
My hands were almost too warm, wearing very lightweight winter gloves
Really solid design
Love the cinch cords on the openings, the ventilating zippers and the small pockets on the inside
Had to modify the foam donut to fit around my cables
The only issue I am having is that the interior donut is apparently messing with my rear d cable - since installing them, I am now ghost shifting at times (usually at the worst times, including while climbing)
Molly: To be honest, it sounds like you just don’t have them set up right, especially considering you think modifying the donuts for your cables is a con. Sounds like the issues are the same there.
I had to move my grips and shifters inboard on their handlebars to accommodate the 5mm of space the pogies take up on the outside of the handlebars.
Michelle: I expect a lot out of these pogies. So far, I only have one, measly complaint. Despite the cinch straps around the wrists, it’s very difficult to keep snow out of the pogie. If you’re an avid winter bikepacker, be aware that you’ll need to cover these pogies while you sleep.
$135.00 | Cold Weather Riding | Alaska
From what we can tell, this pogie is meant to keep your digits warm in Alaska. That’s a tall order. It’s minimalist design means that it has fewer seams for heat to creep out of. No vents, no zippers, and no bar-end locks. It’s lightweight design allows it to collapse when your hands aren’t inside, keeping snow from falling in.
One huge (IME) advantage of the Dogwood pogies is their ability to be "rolled up"/turned inside out. This means when your hands start getting hot, either because you are working hard or the temp is only a bit below freezing, you can roll them up to expose your gloves, regulate your heat, and keep your fingers dry.
Many of the others like Revelate, 45N, etc., are all far more rigid and do not allow you to adjust nearly as well for warmer temps. This flexibility acts as an extra safety-net when it's slightly warmer and you may want to ride with only thin gloves.
The Dogwoods are versatile and suitable for most situations. Some of the heavier duty pogies like the Revelate Expeditions make sense when you know it's going to be well below -20F and possibly much colder consistently throughout the season. The coldest I've ridden the Dogwoods was about -20 F. How was it?
I hate how they just flopped down when you removed your hands
ShredWorthy: this isn’t accidental—it’s a way to keep snow from getting inside the pogie while bikepacking.
Every year before winter I cut out some foam to jam into the openings where the pogies cinch down on the cables/controls to give it a little bit more of a seal and to give it a backbone of sorts
$225.00 | Bikepacking, Extreme Cold | Alaska
Revelate’s Expedition Pogies are marketed as the ultimate pogie for subzero, multi-day excursions. For their price point, we expect they are the warmest pogies on the market. If you’re bikepacking in Alaska, these might be the pogie for you.
The fleece liner is removable, increasing their versatility. Revelate also includes a set of foam plugs that further insulate your hands.
Unparalleled insulation in arctic temperatures
Limited to a very cold temperature range
Did we miss your favorite pogie? Tell us about it in the comments and we’ll add it to our list. To submit a gear review of your own, click here.