Seeing as how fatbikes are often used in very cold, snowy conditions, hand covers or pogies are a popular accessory when the mercury drops. 45NRTH has made their name by offering high end, purpose built products specifically for the winter cyclist and the new Cobrafist Pogies and Bergraven gaiters certainly fit the bill. Taking the common pogie and gator, 45NRTH has created what they call Technical Fatbike Gear – advanced gear to help you go further on your next arctic expedition.
Go Cobra Commander on the snow after the break.
Stick your hands into the 600 denier wind resistant shell with 400g Primaloft Eco insulation and pull the draw strings tight to keep out the elements. You can also use the draw strings to close the pogies when you’re not using them to keep out snow, and keep them as warm as possible on the inside. Polyurethane reinforced panels provide additional protection from mother nature and improve the durability of the Cobrafists. Inside, you’ll also find two zippered pockets for additional storage of food or gear.
Just what makes it “technical fatbike gear?” Well, the Cobrafist has a number of features that take them past the traditional pogie. Top left is the bar end plug attachment which secures the Cobrafist to the bar with an expanding bar end plug. This allows you to adjust the angle of the pogie, and once you tighten the bolt it will stay there rather than flopping down. Above right is a zippered vent that is found on both the top and bottom of the pogie, which will allow you to air things out if they get too steamy. The zippers are found on both sides on the pogie so you can unzip them from the inside or out. Finally, the whole point of a pogie is to keep your hands out of the elements so these little oval foam donuts help seal the area around your handlebar where the pogie seals. The slot is for your cables, the hole for the bar, and then the pogie’s stretch neoprene bar collar seals around the donut keeping the cold air out.
Cobrafists are shipping to dealers now, and will retail for $125.
The Bergraven is a technical gaiter designed specifically for the Wölvhammer winter boot.
Built with 100g Primaloft insulation, the Bergraven offers knee high protection from deep snow while also offering additional warmth for your ankles and lower legs. Thanks to 100mm wide bottom bracket shells and wide cranks, fatbike q-factory isn’t typically gaiter friendly, so the Bergraven features a kevlar medial panel to keep them in one piece.
The toe hook clips directly to the Wölvhammer, and uses a ladder lock buckle at the tread and an adjustable buckle at the calf to keep them in place. Bergravens are being shipped to dealers currently in two sizes, medium for shoe sizes 38-43 and large for sizes 44-50, and will retail for $85.