if you're already prone to whacking the ends of your bars on trees, the only thing the sort of hooks you're talking about will do is guarantee that you wind up in the dirt when they hook onto the smaller trees that you're already hitting.
Thanks for the reply. Perhaps my description was lacking, as what I am looking for are almost like those Togs things, but on bar ends instead of thumb-side, more curve, just enough to shield the pinky. Not the big bar ends from decades ago that were terrible tree grabbers. I really just need about a half inch to 3/4-inch of protection. My hand placement is right at the ends of my bars (I have single clamp lock-ons, so the grip profile goes right to the end, and my hands feels good there) and it's only ever my pinky that is getting into trouble. I.e.; I am just barely clipping stuff. To clarify rarely does it lead to full crash, but yesterday it did, hence my post.
Do a search on hand guards. You'll come up with a bunch of options. One may work. Otherwise, we'll just be recommending stuff and your response is likely to be, "no, that doesn't work for me". Something like a GP2 will just catch the tree and cause carnage.
I have searched hand guards in the past, and it really only yields the moto-inspired full hand shields or actual moto hand shields. And from what I can tell, those things would still leave my pinkies susceptible to the described issue. I apologize if you think I should not have created a post, but I was hoping to reach a broader audience the than few folks I bike with and the few local shops to me. In using these great internet forums I have found a suggestion can spur-on a creative solution that may not be the direct rigid answer given but the growth of idea which could solve the problem. Also sometimes someone drops the golden egg...and problem solved!
I am not a smart man but I would say you need skinnier bars or protective gloves
Skinnier bars would definitely work for this issue, but would suck in general. My bars are just shy of 780, which feels perfect, and I don't think those are even that wide these days. I wear gloves all the time, and that helps with the abrasion part, just looking for smooshing/smash protection. Not sure if the current padded mtb gloves would help with that issue, but that's a decent thought, and I'll start searching for a pair that have protection on the outside knuckles while not being hot as hell.