These hippo hands work great and are very well made. I look forward to many seasons of toasty warm hands :-) The product descriptions are accurate they are not hype they work very very well.
I ride a Suzuki DRZ 400S and was surprised to find little to no interference from the Hippo Hands, even when riding single track. At 40°-45° my hands were warm using a pair of light gloves
These saved my butt on a 9month trek exploring the USA. In 6 degrees my hands stayed warm. Greatful
These do what they need to, and easy and fast to mount /remove but for the premium price they fall short in a few key areas.
Why there isn’t an integrated Velcro strap to secure the Alcan to the bark buster is a mystery. Having to attach Velcro to my bar and then having to carefully position the Alcan is lust lazy designing.
I personally don’t want to be riding around without the hippo hands attached and having a piece of black Velcro showing on my white wind deflector.
Secondly the nylon gaiter feels pointless as it leaves a gap for the wind to enter regardless of how you attach it.
Again. Nice enough to justify purchasing but it could be so much better.
I bought mine after watching the Bret Tkacs video...but I think he gave them a pass on a few critical items.
Been using the adventure covers this fall. No heated grips, into the mid 20’s, Goretex winter gauntlets and very comfortable. I do use a heated jacket which I’m sure helps too. I find they easily add 10 degrees to whatever gloves I’m using. 40’s I can comfortably use unlined leather gloves. Very happy!
The Alcan model is wonderful on my bike. I bought them in the fall of 2019. I tried the smaller Rogues first, but they were too small to fit over the Kawasaki factory plastic wind guards. However, the Alcans fit over my wind guards very nicely. The Alcans stay open at highway speeds so the controls are easy to access. The openings are large so it's always easy to get you hands out and back in. They keep my hands so warm I can wear my perforated leather, short cuff, summer gloves and still have toasty warm hands. I haven't ridden in temps much below 50 degres Fahrenheit because my bike's electrical system doesn't support heated gear and my core just gets too cold. It's not my hands that get too cold, it's the rest of me. I recommend these to everyone. Heated grips only warm that part of your hand that's on the grips. These warm your whole hand without being too warm.
These fit perfectly on my 18 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R. I rode down to 28 degrees in summer gloves. These are awesome. I highly recommend these to anyone riding in cold/inclement weather.
Above review covered both models
These will be perfect for the winter rides in Switzerland. I’ve tried other brands before, which I always ended up getting rid of. Now for the Alcan: super easy install, don't hinder access to any of the controls, roomy enough that you never feel like you might get “stuck” in them, perfect protection against the wind, rain and snow, and... They look great too! Also, many thanks to the Hippo Hands team for the lightning shipping.
Good quality product, and very well made. Order was delivered fast but it was just not a good fit for my road glide. Return was easy and hassle-free.
I bought these to fit my dual sport I use for commuting to work. They have been a lifesaver on rainy days and when temps approach freezing. I got the small size as I have bar-end mirrors on my bike, and these don't go past the bar ends. Larger sizes would offer more protection from the elements, but these work well for my needs; just know you'll still need to wear full winter gloves with these for winter riding. I also use heated grips which I think is necessary with the limited coverage of this smaller size Hippo Hands.
My only word of caution is make sure you have hand guards on your bike! I tried installing mine without, and although they 'mostly' stayed in place, when you reach freeway speeds, these Hippo Hands will press against your front brake and clutch no matter what you do to prevent it. Do yourself a favor and make sure you can install the appropriate hand guards on your bike prior to ordering these!
Just installed them and I dont have heated grips. With winter gloves and the Hippo Hands, riding at about 38 degrees, no problem at all.
Met my requirements of no hardware or tools required for install. Super easy to put on/off as needed for weather conditions. Rode in 48 degree's for 2 hours and never had to turn on my heated grips. love them!
In short, Yes! Here on southern Vancouver Island in BC long lasting snow is unusual and as such we can ride all year. That said it still gets cold with temps hovering around freezing at times so when combined with the wind chill the fingers get cold especially if you ride with one or two fingers extended on each lever for quick braking or clutch work. Heated grips don't help in that situation. Now these mitts aren't inexpensive so like most cheap BMW riders I poured over tonnes of on line options including those for snowmobiles, ATV's and even some from entrepeneurs that likely have never ridden an MC. I finally decided to buy once for a solution that was made for motorcycle riders by motorcycle riders and am I ever glad I did. The memory of the cost of the mitts is many miles behind me still swirling around in the cold wind on the road. I had read that users could wear summer gloves with these mitts in conjunction with heated grips and they're right. I can now have warm hands along with the maximum tactile grip in the winter, I can't have the grips on the highest heat level as they now get too warm! Now the slightly lower profile Rogue with the 2" short 'sleeve' area was attractive to me however on the R1200GSA with VPS Barkbusters the fit would have been a tad tight so I went with the Alcan which has worked out just fine. If you're on a BMW with OEM guards the Rogue would be fine and you'll still end up with the same results. These mitts compress pretty much flat so storage shouldn't be an issue and the on/off takes minutes. I don't want to jinx myself but I do look forward to getting caught in a rainstorm on my next trip just so I can use these, have dry warm hands and not have to worry about changing to my dry spare gloves and wondering if the first wet pair will be dry later. We all love to ride and we only go around once here so why not maximize your time on the bike in comfort. My only regret is not having them sooner.
I’ve had a previous generation of Hippo Hands for my 1973 Honda CB750 for over 15 years and have wanted a pair for my 1999 Valkyrie Interstate. At first I thought I was going to have to send the Alcans back when I tried to put them on the left handlebar. Once I figured out that the slit for the mirror needed to go under the radio/com controls instead of over, it was money. A little tight, but works great. Well made and will definitely make a difference in the cold.
Been using the Alcan Hippo Hands and I’m very happy. They hold their shape better than the Watershed hand covers. One of my co-workers also bought a pair
I use it with my R1250 GSA and Africa twin
Great fit and functionality on my 2012 Road King!
Fit well on my R1150GS. Haven't tested rain yet but good down into the 20's F. Will definitely extend my riding in Wisconsin by a few weeks at beginning and end of year!
Work extremely well on my 2012 Multistrada! Only ridden in 20 degree F weather so far but only put my heated grips on low and that was plenty! This will help me get a few more weeks of riding in Wisconsin.
These are the product I ordered to replace the Rogue size (which was exchanged for free) on my KTM 1290 Super Adventure S. They fit pretty well, although the left mirror stalk still doesn't allow for perfect clearance over the cruise control switch. The coverage is great, and makes it much more enjoyable to ride in cold weather. I can use my heated grips and lighter gloves in cold weather, which is much better than dealing with heated glove wires or bulky winter gloves.
Recieved the hand covers and headed straight out. I’m not keen on winter gloves and these covers combined with heated grips meant I could wear my motocross summer glances all day everyday at temperatures as low as -3 without the windchill. Great product I highly recommend.
I finale got my HippoHands i have mounted them on my BMW R 1200 GS 2008 WHO has BMWs large handshields. HippoHands Allan fits like a glove and i have done a testdrive and are very satisfied! You can see them on my Instagram: @tommy_samuelson
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Rogue model had fine quality and the size will be fine for most bikes, even ADV bikes with full handguards. In the case of the KTM 1290 SAS, the Rogue did not have enough clearance to allow for open access to the left side control pod. Between the wider than normal handgrip combined with full handguards (stock), the Rogue did not provide enough installation flexibility for my case. The company was outstanding, and provided a free return label, and the Alcan model fits pretty good.