re: NEPA weather and gloves
Originally Posted by mtnbiker64
My friend and I rode fatbikes all last winter in NEPA. We rode mostly at LSP but the conditions would be similar. I had great luck with skiing gloves made by North Face but I do not remember the model name. It is likely that I will be buying another pair this year for I could not find them this past weekend while getting out my winter stuff. I had bought them at ***** for about $20 IIRC.
Last winter was pretty mild but there was one weekend where my car thermometer was reading 17 F while at 7 Tubs. That day I was riding alone and ended up going back to the car for a heavier pair of ski gloves with a gauntlet style cuff. Other than that weekend, the North Face fleece gloves worked fine. It is easy enough to get a heavy pair of gloves but combining the need for dexterity and a non slip grip on the handlebars can get tricky.
BTW, I would strongly recommend carrying an extra pair of gloves if riding in the winter. Last March I fell in the creek down in the Dark at Moon Lake and it seemed like a really long wet and cold ride back to the main gate to the car. Luckily, I had an extra pair of gloves and a baraclava that had stayed dry in my camelbak despite the fall. My clothes and feet were soaked but the dry gloves and headwear made a huge difference. Another good trick is to carry each other's extra stuff so that if one person falls into the drink at least their extra clothing is sure to be dry. Obviously its not practical to carry full sets of clothing but I would recommend head wear (Underarmour baraclavas work great for cold days) gloves and socks as a backup.
I wear neoprene socks on the coldest days but I had used cheap wool socks for most of the winter without issues. Luckily I had the neoprene socks on for my Moon Lake dip and it proved to me that they really do work even if your feet get soaked.
Hope that helps.