Picture of Wizard's Sleeve Ski Poagies
Some people do very well with their hands at cold temperatures when skiing and other people do poorly--buying a variety of heavy mittens and gloves but never finding anything that keeps their hands truly warm. Mountain bikers who use their bikes on snow have made "poagies" which go onto the ends of their handlebars to accommodate their hands for steering. They are essentially large bags that are insulating and windproof that allow easy access to the control surfaces with hands not encumbered by gloves. I have adapted this scheme to the tops of ski poles which allows you to grab onto the handle without trying to jam a huge glove or mitten into the strap. This ski poagie can be used for both x-country and downhill. For me it has been wonderful to ski for hours at -10 and never be bothered by cold hands. I was one of those people who tried everything and thought I would have to give up skiing because of my hands' intolerance of cold temperatures, but now I just place my bare hand into the sleeve and am totally comfortable.

The poagies are made of windstopper fleece material that is cut from a pattern and sewn together on a sewing machine. The poagie allows just enough room for your arm and the ski pole to enter and not allow air movement. The design depends somewhat on the size of the ski handle and the amount of insulating layers you want to use and should be modified accordingly.
aklookout6 years ago
Awesome. Can't wait to try these out.
steve_c6 years ago
Great! You might get more traffic if you spell it "pogie" which is about 17:1 preferred, according to www.googlefight.com