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I'm looking to replace my five year old gloves w/ a pair of mittens or gloves that will keep my fingers from frostbite. I like skiing for long periods and I'm strugling with the tips of my fingers freezing up. Any recomendations?

post #2 of 19

Black diamond mercury mitts, plus Odlo liner gloves inside of them.

post #3 of 19

HESTRA Heli-Mitt. 

post #4 of 19

I really like my Swany X-Cell II Glove.  Leather so it's not a wet snow glove, but it is super warm.  If it gets even colder you can put hand warmers in the top zipper compartment.

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I highly recommend the Marmot Lobster mitt. Although I've only used them twice so far, it has been bitterly cold here in Summit county the past 2 days and they have performed incredibly well. In the past, I've used Swany gloves or Grandoe two pound mitts. The Marmot lobster mitts kept my hands toast all day yesterday with wind chills approaching -20 F at Copper Mountain and I'm going to trust them again today at Keystone. If only my feet could stay warm enough, I'd be a happy guy.
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Seconded. Wore them in below-zero temps yesterday, added a hand warmer, and didn't get close to cold.

 

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Black diamond mercury mitts,

post #7 of 19

I've had good luck with both BD and Marmot Guides (both with XCR), have owned several Hestras, find them good for moderate temps, begin sucking when it's below 15 or so. If you're talking serious cold, as in consistently below 0, then you need either mittens with liners, or gloves with over covers. 

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I'm looking to replace my five year old gloves w/ a pair of mittens or gloves that will keep my fingers from frostbite. I like skiing for long periods and I'm strugling with the tips of my fingers freezing up. Any recomendations?

 

Keep your core temperature up and your extremities will follow.  That's not meant to dissuade you from getting new gloves/mittens, but you should think about your base layer as part of the  solution too.

 

As for glove/mitten recommendations, just like everything else clothing related your best bet for hand covers is a flexible system of layers rather than a one-size-fits-all.  Get a pair of waterproof/breathable mitten shells with removable liners (or no liners) -  gloves/mitts with non-removable liners get wet and never dry completely, and with a removable liner you can swap out heavier or lighter liners depending on the temp.  Look for units with a nice big gauntlet so your entire wrist is covered. 
 

My system is a pair of OR endevor mittens - http://www.altrec.com/outdoor-research/mens-endeavor-mitts - supplemented with a variety of soft gloves depending on the temperature. I also carry a thin pair of 100% wool glove liners in my pocket in case it gets cold.  This works for me down to 35 below.  YMMV,. 

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Originally Posted by timo View Post

I'm looking to replace my five year old gloves w/ a pair of mittens or gloves that will keep my fingers from frostbite. I like skiing for long periods and I'm strugling with the tips of my fingers freezing up. Any recomendations?

 

Keep your core temperature up and your extremities will follow.  

 

Look for units with a nice big gauntlet so your entire wrist is covered. 
 

 

With the goal of keeping the core warm, remember that the most important source of heat loss is the head, so keep the head covered and warm. The second greatest source of heat loss is at the wrists. Except for my light spring gloves, all my gloves have a full gauntlet that goes well up the forearm. It is surprising how much difference it makes, with the gloves unchanged in position, to cinch up the elastic strings at the cuff when I feel that my fingers are a little cold. I swear by the Hestra three finger or "lobster claw" gloves; I'm on my second pair.

http://www.epicski.com/products/hestra-heli-3-finger-glove/reviews#1602 

The free index finger retains the dexterity needed for most boot and zipper tasks. I only use mittens for the most frigid of days.
 

post #10 of 19

+2 Black Diamond Mercury Mitts!!!! We each have a pair and my wife has Renauds, (circ problem in hands), and these really work. We do use hand warmer packs with liners and we're talking TOASTY!!

post #11 of 19

I've always liked my Grandoe leather mittens but that's just me.

 

Even have a new set for when these wear out that I picked up on the cheap.

post #12 of 19

Hestra 3-finger plus an additional good thin liner. Good compromise - almost as warm as mit and almost as convenient as a glove. The additional liner will pick up most of the moisture so it's easier to get them dry during a short lunch.

post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks, I ski mostly at Breck. Good to hear your experience.

post #14 of 19

 Breck earlier this week was below zero air temps with gusty winds, so wind chill was WAY below zero.  I was out all the two coldest days and kept the hands warm with Level overglove mitts over my regular Smartwool gloves.  The Level mitts have a thin layer of insulation and are windproof, so they keep whatever heat usually escapes from your gloves trapped inside.  When you take them off, they're thin enough to fold up and put in a pocket.

post #15 of 19

When it's really cold, I like the Black Diamond Mercury Mitts. I wear them with either an Outlast or Polartec Power Stretch liner glove.

post #16 of 19

Choppers & wool liners.

post #17 of 19

I have to second the bd mercury mitts, nothing is warmer

post #18 of 19

I have also had luck with the BD patrol mitt, not as warm as the mercury...

post #19 of 19
I liked my BD patrol mitts until someone swiped them.

From a low budget perspective I really like the all leather insulated Kincos mitts + sno seal + hand warmer packs if it really get cold. Hard to beat a $20 pair of indestructible mitts. Find them at the hardware store.

http://www.kinco.com/products.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images.tpl&product_id=188&category_id=7
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