Rated 4 out of 5 by Mackmom Parts of the Whole
I purchased these mitts with the intention of using them as my "mega mitts" for winter hiking in the White Moutains. Lately I have been troubled by cold hands and I thought I would give these a try.
I used them on a 10 to 20F degree day and they performed well with handwarmers in between the glove and outer shell. I also used them on a -5 to 10F degree day. That was too cold for these mitts for my liking. My fingertips got a chill and never warmed up. I ended up swapping out mitts with my hiking partner to try and recover some warmth.
I am still giving this product 4 stars because in the right conditions, they are great and the construction is excellent. I have started using the outer shell over a different pair of lighter weight mittens I already owned and presto - I had the combination for below zero windy summit hikes. The shell mitt seems to be indestructable. The inner liner glove has been tossed into my collection of shoulder season gear for now.
February 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by AmatureOutdoors Mt Baker Mitts
I bought these during a cold snap, they are great at temperatures below 20 Degrees F, and have kept my hands warm all day ice fishing at temps down to -4 F, they are very warm, and I do pull them off often. They are really too warm for temps over 20 F.
I find the fit a bit typical for glove sizing, my hands work well in the XL size, but I would love to see an XXL size to allow for more room for those of us that prefer looser gloves.
The outer mit is a heavy duty Gore-Tex shell that is abrasion resistant, and is wearing well. There is no insulation in the outer mit, which is what I would expect. The wrist cinch works well with the other gloved hand, as do the gauntlet cinch cords and the carabineer cord. On the whole the mits work well with all the work gloves I have used them with, and a good assortment of Fleece, Wool, and medium warmth insulated gloves that I have lying about. I can get full sized winter gloves in them, but getting them out is not easy.
The inner lining is Bright Red, and I don?t expect that I would wear it on its own ever. They are not designed for high dexterity or rough work, just keeping your hands warm, the outer material on the inner glove is not abrasion resistant, although the finger tips (just the tips) do have a rubberized surface to aid in grip. The well placed hook and loop areas keep the inner glove in place unless intentionally removed (Great Job OR!) I haven?t used the ?heat pockets? and don?t expect to, but they are inside the liner, on the back of the hand, and are not noticeable unless you are really looking for them, which is a bonus, since they won?t bother you if you aren?t using them.
Used as purchased, these are a good value. I am using them as a part of a system that changes as the season does, and am very happy with the quality. I expect that when I do some ice climbing later this year, I will either keep the inserts as spares, or use them with the mits as a very warm alternative to the gloves I use for active climbing.
January 24, 2013