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Let's talk more about mittens and take a poll! Hestra, Black Diamond, & Swany.

Poll Results: What mitten do you prefer to keep your digits toasty?

 
  • 22% (2)
    Black Diamond mercury mitt
  • 11% (1)
    Black Diamond 3-finger guide lobster mitt
  • 33% (3)
    Hestra 3-finger heli mitt
  • 0% (0)
    Hestra heli ski mitt
  • 0% (0)
    Hestra leather extreme mitt
  • 0% (0)
    Swany toaster mitt
  • 33% (3)
    Another choice not listed.
9 Total Votes  
post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

My fingers do not fair well in cold weather and need something to keep my fingers warm here in beautiful Colorado - especially on the slopes. From what I have read it seems that mittens will suit me best. 

 

I have my eyes on:

- Black Diamond's mercury mitt, guide lobster mitt

- Hestra's heli 3 finger mitt, hell ski mitt, leather extreme mitt,

- Swany's toaster supreme mitt.

- Burton's hover mitt.

 

Questions:

1) Will a 3 finger mitt perform "almost" as good as a mitten in regards to warmth? 

2) Does the 3 finger mitt provide decent dexterity to sacrifice the warmth of a mitt?

3) Is it true that the Hestra's (leather) will hold water after about 5 hours on the slopes?

4) For the Swany toaster - is there an advantage to be able to move your hand through the front zipper to allow the fingers to do whatever as compared to simply pulling off the mitt?

 

 

I'm not into paying for something like Hestra just because of the name - I am looking for quality, results, and practicality. Having a removable liner will help keep the glove clean so thus the Hestra XCR is not on this list. 

 

Any advice is appreciated including a mitten not listed here.


Thanks!


Edited by Glenn Davis - 1/6/14 at 11:48pm
post #2 of 4
If your concerned about cold fingers stick with a traditional glove. The 3 fingers are for people that need a little extra dexterity but I get along fine with regular mittens. All those zippers and folding things are gimmicks that let the cold into the mitten IMO.
post #3 of 4

I like Bergans and they're well priced, but I don't know if these are available in the US?

post #4 of 4

Swany Toasters are not as warm as the BD Mercury Mitts (although thumbs still get cold at -20).  Mittens are intrinsically warmer than gloves because more warm air is captured around the digits.  Haven't tried the others.  If you're concerned about wet leather, apply Sno-Seal (beeswax) with a hair dryer.  It seals the leather very well.

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