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post #1 of 12
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Hi all. I need to get new mittens for my bride. She doesn't like gloves. I'm looking for particularly WARM mittens. Any recs.? (especially from you fems who may suffer from cold hands) Thanks
post #2 of 12
There are several brands of goretex down filled mittens. Waterproof & warm. Prices from $40.00 from Gordini to $120. from Backcountry. A variety in between. Sometimes you can find a felted wool mitten also but those are more for snowball fights.
post #3 of 12
Even though I'm a guy, I ski with mittens because my fingers get cold easily. I've learned not to put anything too tight around my wrists because that reduces circulation to my hands and fingers.

I like the following mittens that I got at REI...

http://www.rei.com/product/739825

The liners can be removed so that if they get moist or wet during the day, they can be pulled out of the shells to aid in drying at night. Removeable liners are nice for periodic washing, too.

Note from the picture that the shells on these are a little bit long so that they wrap around the sleeves of the ski jacket to help keep snow out. The mittens also have the "loops" that you put around your wrists so you can take the mittens off on a chairlift without worrying about dropping them.
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by SnowEel View Post
I'm looking for particularly WARM mittens. Thanks
I also have a pair of these. TOO warm, so I haven't skied in them, yet. (I'm in the Pacific Northwest).

http://www.backcountry.com/store/BLD...ml?id=ov5ZpvZP

All the same features of the mittens from REI in my post above.
post #5 of 12
I'd suggest separate thick fleece glove liners inside the mittens. Mittens with lanyards that loop around the wrist can be dropped off the hands, adjustments to gear made wearing the glove liners, and the mittens slipped back on. Down mittens are OK if you're in dry snow areas. In wet areas, get synthetic filler, even with goretex...expect the seams to leak after a time.
post #6 of 12
Removeable liners are great for drying the mitten shells and liners overnight.

I think the biggest disadvantage to mittens can be putting on pole straps and taking them off but Leki has a strap system that solves that problem. I love there Ventrex Ultra poles.

dt
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by 911over View Post
There are several brands of goretex down filled mittens. Waterproof & warm. Prices from $40.00 from Gordini to $120. from Backcountry. A variety in between. Sometimes you can find a felted wool mitten also but those are more for snowball fights.
During winter my local TJ Maxx store often has decent mittens in the category described above for only about $20. Very serviceable if she's just an occasional recreational skier. Even a modest priced pair of mittens are often warmer than an expensive pair of gloves, but you sacrifice some dexterity.
post #8 of 12
I'm not generally a mitten person, but Marmot makes some fantastic heavy duty warm gloves, their mittens should be just as good:
http://marmot.com/fall_2007/mens/glo...randonnee_mitt

Hestra also makes very high quality leather gloves and mitts - can be rather pricey though, but makes a nice present and I'm sure she'll like them. Here's their mitt (also comes in a combo 3 finger - thumb, index and all the others, which is nice for dexterity, and still keeps things warm): http://www.hestrausa.com/prod.php?p=HES3503&k=58990
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by DT View Post
Removeable liners are great for drying the mitten shells and liners overnight.

I think the biggest disadvantage to mittens can be putting on pole straps and taking them off but Leki has a strap system that solves that problem. I love there Ventrex Ultra poles.

dt
I completely agree that it's difficult to put on pole straps with mittens. Been thinking about putting a small amount of glue on my straps to help hold them open.

Didn't know that Leki's strap system solves that problem. That's good info.

Also, REI is now selling the Black Diamond Mercury Mittens. The following is a better picture than the backcountry.com picture: http://www.rei.com/product/726069
post #10 of 12
Just duct tape your fingers together.
post #11 of 12
I got my daughter the Marmot Expedition mittens and her hands haven't gotten cold since.

I also got her some boot heaters, because girls who get cold hands also get cold feet.

She's much more eager to go skiing since I got her the boot heaters.

Also, she wears a helmet because it's the warmest hat you can get.

I got her the Hot Chilli long johns, I think the heaviest weight.

With all that, she's pretty toasty. I still carry some hand warmers for her, just in case.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks everybody. This should make me look like a hero.
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