So as I wrote the other day, I was recently able to do a prolonged test of a Salsa Warbird Carbon. That bike was set up with 40cm Cowchipper handlebars. I typically ride 44cm bars, but with the flared ends of the Cowchippers, I was intrigued to see how they felt.
In a word, no.
I can see how these would be ideal handlebars for a lot of climbing. Short of that, they were not my jam.
Up on the hoods, they were too narrow. Trying to be on the hoods and out of the saddle was like taking me back to the first time I rode one of those terrifying “drop bar” bikes. You could get a good comfy position down in the drops, but man, it was a long ways down. And when you’re down there, you’re really way out there.
I like Woodchippers in the right application–a Fargo-esque bike set up for touring, etc. Cowchippers just don’t flip my burger.