A Canadian company has invented the 'BarBra' to keep your hands warm in extreme cold

The weather in the UK might not be as cold as in Canada, but we do often experience freezing conditions. Hands and feet are often the first to feel the cold when it starts to bite, but the provocatively named ‘BarBra’ aims to make frost-bitten fingers a thing of the past. And to demonstrate the BarBra in action, the makers have produced a handy Youtube video.

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BarBra claims that its product “is aerodynamic and collapses as the wind blows over it at higher speeds.” While we would question the aerodynamics, there is no doubting that it would shelter your hands in extreme conditions.


Looks warm to us

According to BarBra, “your hands are mostly immobile so blood flow is slow. This effect is compounded by the blood that is drawn to your legs and to your core. Even with gloves on, many riders find that their hands feel colder than any other part of their body. The BarBra creates an extra barrier between your hands and the cold wind. The BarBra is even more effective in protecting your hands when it is raining. Keeping your hands dry reduces wind chill.”

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Here it is in action

The BarBra is not currently designed for drop bars, but would you use something like this while commuting in extreme cold? In true Dragons’ Den style, let us know if you are in or out…

For more information head over to www.barbra.ca.

  • Regular “better gloves” don’t cut it – your fingers are isolated and immobile and will quickly freeze in chilling wind at lower temperatures, even with extremely bulky gloves (like alpinist gloves with triple goretex and inside of pressed wool). You need bulkiness of Bar Mitts to provide enough warmth for temperatures down to like -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit – like I’ve had this winter).

    While BarBra is not as closed as Bar Mitts (and thus might be a little less warm), that also means it leaves your hands much more mobile in case of emergency. They should also avoiding moisture condensation, while still stopping windchill and trapping warm air (which is what actually keeps you warm) just fine.

    Of course if you have warmer weather and it never gets below say +5C (41F), you probably won’t need anything but light to medium winter gloves.

  • Declan Bowler

    This sort of things already been invented, you could just wear better gloves? As i believe Sean Kelly said “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad equipment”

  • I have a pair of Bar Mitts for the drop bars on my winter road bike, but they’re neoprene, and the BarBra doesn’t look like neoprene. Bar Mitts do keep your hands warmer than gloves alone, although a simple GoreTex shell as an outside layer of your gloves or lobster claw mittens might achieve the same effect. I haven’t tried Gore outers yet.

  • dj

    Video would have better if it demonstrsted ease or difficulty of freeing hands in an emergency.

  • Dean Langan

    What’s wrong with gloves?

  • Cameron

    just need a larger cup size for drop bars! 😛