Extremities Tuff Bag Over Mitts  £45.00

8/10

Great over mitts for touring, mountain biking and foul weather commuting but work best with flat bar controls

Weight 88g   Contact  www.terra-nova.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   April 4, 2012  

Extremities tuff bag overmitts

Terra Nova Extremities Tuff Bag Over Mitts might be a mouthful to say but they're brilliant for tourists, commuters, mountain bikers and anyone else who carries on regardless through the wettest days. Near as damn it 100% waterproof, their textured polyurethane palms pack pancake flat and offer faultless grip in monsoon conditions but pairing them with gloves made from less sophisticated fibres impairs their breathability and they're a happier union with flat, as opposed to road Sti controls.

In essence these are featherweight (53g) gore-tex shells treated with a specialist coating designed to resist contamination from oils, cosmetics and everyday foodstuffs that might otherwise block the pores-impairing the fabric's efficiency. The coating seems to work too, accidental coffee spillages and ground in chocolate flakes haven't impaired technical performance. Cuff closures and adjustable wrist grips seem genuinely single-handed affairs-second nature intuitive, meaning they whip on and off in seconds for unexpected pannier rummages; although their slightly crinkly texture and 'Creature from the black lagoon' profiles take a little adjusting to.

Quickly forgotten when riding on the tops or hoods, gear changing required a more considered approach-especially cajoling the Univega's Ultegra bar cons along the block- it's much the same story with Ergo/STI shifters too. No such bother with retro thumbies or under-bar types and braking's totally unaffected. Purchase and control are excellent-whatever type or texture of handlebar covering you put your faith in. It came as little surprise to discover regular outings in wet, blustery conditions made no impression on the outer fabric and a very loose cuff was the only way moisture could encroach.

Taking this to their logical conclusion, I directed the garden hose at point blank range for five minutes without effect. Neutral black and blue are as tasteful as you'll find, lending themselves to generic outdoor duties. That said, I found the reflectives a little too discrete during the hours of dusk and darkness so slipped little blinkeys to the cuff closures for additional presence when signalling.

Verdict

Great over mitts for touring, mountain biking and foul weather commuting but work best with flat bar controls

road.cc test report

Make and model: Extremities Tuff Bag Mitts

Size tested: Black, Large

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

"Classic, simple over-mitt with a durable PU palm and thumb providing extra grip and better abrasion resistance". Does just this without fuss or fanfare.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

"GORE-TEX® Paclite fabric keeps weight to a minimum is highly breathable and pack down to a palm sized ball, making it ideal for backpacking trips, walking or even mountain marathons and adventure racing. The adjustable wrist and one handed drawcord closure keep the mitt secure on your hand and help prevent" water entering through the cuff."

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Seem to live up to their tuff moniker.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
9/10

A featherweight 53g by my scales

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

The Tuff Bags are superb foul weather over mitts that lock out the worst Mother Nature can hurl your way and come into their own with flat bar controls. However, changing gear with road Sti/bar cons takes a bit of practice and mounting little LEDs from the wrist grips accentuates nighttime safety.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Pretty much everything given their generic outdoor design brief.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing, although mitts per se work better with flat bar controls.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Quite possibly

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 38  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

 

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"accidental coffee spillages and ground in chocolate flakes haven't impaired technical performance"

Errr, what was the testing protocol for these then?

Are they designed for some new Omnium style breakfast/cycling challenge I've not heard about yet? Surprise Thinking Confused

posted by Matt_S [178 posts]
4th April 2012 - 21:42

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Just a quick update to say that Field and Trek and Sports Direct have these for sale at £22.00 at the moment. I picked a couple of pairs up for my partner and I on Sunday in Ambleside ready more for wet weather/winter walking, but a great deal all the same.

posted by jak001 [53 posts]
12th April 2012 - 11:58

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