I’m an enormous advocate of layering with winter gloves and mittens. My go-to winter mixture is a fleece glove for heat and dexterity mixed with a water-resistant/breathable mitten for heat and wind safety. The 2 insulate effectively when it’s chilly and the mitten shells are straightforward to take away if you happen to really feel your arms getting beginning to perspire. You can too regulate the diploma of heat through the use of a thinner or thicker fleece glove.
The issue is that winter gear producers don’t promote standalone, uninsulated waterproof/breathable mitten shells and in the event that they do, they insulate the shells or bundle them with Primaloft liners which are too heat to put on in something besides probably the most excessive chilly.
Except for Ragged Mountain Tools, a small cottage clothes producer in Glen, NH, simply outdoors North Conway. They make a number of totally different grades of Gore-Tex mitten shells for a fraction of the worth of mainstream producers.
I just lately bought a pair of the Ragged Mountain’s Gore-Tex Path Mitts, that are barebones waterproof/breathable mittens shells which are good for winter climbing and solely value $19.50/pair! These are very fundamental mitten shells with Cordura palms for enhanced grip. They weigh simply 3 oz per pair and they’re 14″ lengthy in a dimension XL, in order that they lengthen well past your wrist and up your arm for higher warmth retention. The seams aren’t taped, however they’re tight sufficient to forestall snow from melting by way of. They don’t have fool cords or wire locks on the ends, however the again of the hand has an elastic collect to maintain them from flopping round.
When my arms get chilly, I pull these Path Mitts over my fleece gloves to retain extra heat and forestall the wind from chilling them. And vice versa if my arms really feel like their overheating and perspiring. The breathability is kind of good and I don’t really feel any perspiration buildup inside them once I’m working laborious.
Whereas Ragged Mountain Tools makes actually distinctive clothes for hikers, skiers (XC, backcountry, and downhill), and climbers they’ve a sucky web site that doesn’t record many of the clothes or snowboarding gear they promote of their brick-and-mortar retailer. If you happen to’re within the space although, I like to recommend stopping by and trying out their males’s and ladies’s clothes in addition to these Path Mitts. They’re a remarkably good worth and kind the premise for a extremely purposeful however comparatively cheap winter glove and mitten system.
Disclosure: The creator bought this product.