Blivet Sports | Naska Lobe & Manni Gloves

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Blivet Sports is a Canadian company located in Québec City that develops and designs high-quality winter gear. Founded in 2018, Blivet’s primary focus is developing thermal protected and light weight products specifically for fatbikers.

During the height of the winter season Fatbike Republic had the opportunity to test some Blivet fatbiking gear:


And late in the fatbiking season I had the opportunity to try some additional items from Blivet Sports – Nasak Lobe skull cap and Manni Gloves.

Naska Lobe

Looking at the Blivet site you will see the Naska Lobe described as perfect for high intensity and low velocity sports such as: skiing, snowshoeing and of course fatbiking.

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This winter cycling skull cap has a four panel construction, with flat stitch seams and is manufactured from a stretchy nylon spandex material. For sizing it’s a one size fits most.

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The side drop design of the Naska Lobe actually covers your ears protecting them from old man winter. There is also a version for those with longer hair having an opening in the back for ponytails.

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And there is a reflective Blivet logo on the front that will help you be seen after the sun goes down.

Manni Gloves

What makes the Manni different from the other gloves in the Blivet catalogue is they are more multifunctional in nature with a focus towards warmer winter days.

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With an outer shell made from polyester, they are both windproof and waterproof. The interior velvet like lining is also windproof, with a polyurethane film that evacuates moisture.

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To combat the cold there is 40g of thinsulate insulation in the back of the hand, with the highly wear resistant palm having a printed silicone pattern to increase grip.

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Dropping them on the scale the size M weigh in at 70g which is significantly less that the Lofi 3 (without inserts) at 114g.

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The index and thumb material is phone sensitive, with an elastic band at the forearm to keep the snow out. Available sizes include XS, S, M, L and XL.

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Hitting the Trails

As mentioned previously, the Naska and Manni arrived at the tail end of the winter fatbiking season when temperatures were starting to warm up.

I normally wear a size large helmet, and I found that the Naska was snug but not tight. I wore it for several hours at a stretch and did not find it uncomfortable.

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I wore the Naska under the Blivet Koll – which has little venting - and under a regular helmet with significant venting and it felt equally comfortable under each.

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And while the ear flaps are meant to keep the ears warm, I was easily able to flip them out of the way when things got a little too toasty.

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The Naska was also suitable to wear heading to and returning from your favorite fatbike trail.

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Turning to the Manni, according to Blivet’s on-line sizing chart my hands measured as a size medium. I did find the elastic at the wrist a little snug when slipping on the glove. But once on . . . they fit like a glove. 

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Riding in single digit negative temps (Celsius) I found that the Manni gloves kept my paws sufficiently warm. And the silicone on the palms practically had them sticking to the bar grips.

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The index finger touch tip was useful as it allowed me to check my Strava without having to remove a glove.

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While the material was waterproof and kept my hands dry, I found it soft enough to take care of a runny nose – not sure if you would find that in any promotional material.

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I also like these gloves because they were slim enough to wear when driving to the trailhead or if you needed to drop into a shop to pick up some trail snacks. They are pretty versatile.

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Final Thoughts

Both the Naska and Manni faired extremely well in warmer winter fatbiking conditions. Both are a good options when coming out of the depths of winter, or creeping into colder temperatures.

The Naska was comfortable, kept my ears warm and felt at home under various helmets. The Mannis had a snug wrist to keep out the snow, were super grippy and kept my hands warm and dry.

If you find your current headgear and gloves a little warm for your winter riding conditions, be sure to check out the Naska Lobe and Manni Gloves by Blivet Sports.


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