Lightweight and breathable.
The Mountain Equipment Randonee Mitten is made with weather-resistant Schoeller softshell, which is highly breathable and stretchy. A water-resistant finish keeps moisture at bay, while a hook-and-loop cuff makes sure your mittens secure, so your hands don't freeze solid when you're moving fast through cold winter environments.
- Schoeller Dryskin fabric
- 3XDRY water-resistant finish
- Pittards Armortan goatskin palm
- Hook and loop closure
- Nose wipe on thumb
- Q & A
Seriously, seriously warm
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
These are some of the warmest mitts for their weight on the planet. I got a pair for my girlfriend and while she initially intended to use them as emergency backup mitts in the winter she's ended up using them regularly as her primary winter handwear. Despite that there's no signs of wear apart from the pile lining which has bedded out to provide a custom fit. She now swears by them and uses them on every winter outing. Highly recommended.
Two other friends own pairs: we were on expedition above 6000 m and they had to take their mitts off as they were too hot. Everyone else in gloves, even big BD Specialist gloves, had cold hands, myself included. I got jealous indeed...
Walk it out.
The definitive touring mitt
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Over the past couple seasons, my hardshells have been mostly relegated to the rack by the door when it comes time to go ski touring. Softshell just makes more sense for active snow pursuits, and I've found the same with my mitts.
Schoeller across the body of the mitt keeps it breathable, cuts down on overheating, and helps the mitts dry more quickly than their hardshell cousins. Meanwhile, the fiber pile inside is toasty warm even when it gets soaked, which I've managed in a few days of inbounds storm skiing. The leather across the palm is dextrous, grippy, and durable, and it hasn't shrunken after being soaked like so many other leather mitts I've used.
I prefer to chinch my jacket sleeves over the cuff of my mitts, and that'd definitely the case with these. If you're looking for the reverse, a larger gauntlet would be key.