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I’m making the switch (to mittens...)

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Budgiesmuggler, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    after years of complaining of cold hands I’m making the switch to mittens... eek!
     
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  2. Doonks

    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good move. I moved to Swamy Toaster mittens with a zip opening for convenience, about 7-8 years ago. I also use a thin fingered inner. Very comfortable

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  3. Normo

    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have been smitten by mittens for the last few years. Much warmer, particularly in the wet!
    :thumbs:
     
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  4. Tanuki

    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    After 20yrs I've gone through other way. I can recommend OR Goretex shell Mittens, they come with a lifetime warranty
     
  5. parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Mittens are for little kids
     
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  6. Doonks

    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Warm hands are for smart people
     
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  7. parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Keep your organs warm and your extremities will stay warm
     
  8. Tanuki

    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    My wife always has cold hands when skiing regardless of the gloves she was wearing or if it was Buller or Hakuba. She bought some Hestra Mittens as has been happy since
     
  9. Doonks

    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not if they don't have gloves/mittens/something they won't. What does it matter anyway? If my organs are warm, and I choose to wear mittens, and my hands are warm, it has no impact on someone else's day or the fact that Beef Ribs are better than Brisket and Pauline Hanson is still a ****tard
     
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  10. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    I swing both ways ;)

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  11. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ohhhhh those appeal to me in so many levels!!

    I have a pair of good leather mitts with the gloves inner built in. They’re absolutely fantastic - except I’m struggling to squeeze my hand in with a separate liner on and on a couple of days this season I’ve really needed it. DESPITE my core being warm. Keeping my hands warm helps keep the RA pain to a minimum.
     
  12. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    These are the ones I suggested a couple of Japanese seasons back, but earlier model with the slightly shorter cuffs. Best thing ever. They have a thick merino wool removable inner.

    Not always.... even if your core is super warm, if it's -15C and a strong wind blowing, the extremities can get cold very quickly.
    For example, my feet usually stay warm... but if I'm skiing powder for a couple of hours, my feet can start to get cold. (because I'm IN the snow, not on it)

    I'd agree that I don't need mittens in Australia though...
     
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  13. Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    Mitten Suckers
     
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  14. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Mittens with finger pockets for me. And often hand warmers and liners too. I always have cold hands and feet, even in summer. After being a Swany girl for years, Now have some of these, I prefer the shorter cuff as it tucks better under my sleeves.

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    My daughter has the same pair, and my son the Swany toaster mitts as above.
     
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  15. Harper11

    Harper11 Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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  17. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Not a mitten wearer.

    Don't suffer cold fingers, even in minus 25-30 at Lake Louise. Lucky I guess. My wife wears the Hestra three fingered mits 'cause she's a girl.
     
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  18. XTREMO

    XTREMO Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Mittens rock.

    IMO, mittens that separate fingers or incorporate a liner that covers each finger individually, defeat 50% of the benefit. The prime advantage of mittens is the fact that the fingers keep each other warm.

    No-one likes cold hands. Warm is good. I've also learned that there's such a thing as a happy medium when it comes to glove warmth. I have the triple goose down Burton Oven Mitts and they are so warm that I inevitably gets sweaty hands. Sweat = liquid which then turns cold and actually leaves me with colder hands.
     
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  19. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly Backwards to the future! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Mittens or gloves, my hands are usually warm to the point of sweating. Mittens have it all over gloves for being able to be turned inside out to air overnight.
     
  20. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    You ski at minus 30 ? :eek:
     
  21. Chondro

    Chondro One of Us

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    I also have these mittens.
    Swear by them.
    Mittens is the only way to go!
     
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  22. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Keeping the hands warm when operating machinery! Good!
     
  23. WaitAwhile

    WaitAwhile One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    For a lot of people, mittens are a obvious choice , and especially for those with poor circulation issues or in extreme cold , sometimes just adding an extra layer around the core can improve things ,even if the main body area does not feel cold , but the extremities will feel it first.
    Another way is to keep a pair of thin inner gloves in a jacket pocket all the time and use when required.
     
  24. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    We used to because nobody else was on the mountain. One or two runs then inside. That's the coldest I've ever skied.
     
  25. Ralph_Plow

    Ralph_Plow One of Us

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    Mittens with no fingers FTW!

    ESPECIALLY when in the backcountry, coupled with some inner gloves. When you need to faff with dexterity gloves cant give, at least a mitten will allow you frozen fingers to warm back up!

    -25 will do it!
     
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  26. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    Black Diamond Mercury Mitts
     
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  27. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’ve skied LL at minus 35. One or two runs and then in to warm up. I’m good with that.
     
  29. StuckinQld

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    When i worked at LL only Sunny TBar was open on those mornings. It was crazy to see the number of people doing tuns on that T bar just becaue they could. I never knew thelifts couldn't open below a certain temp until I was there. On topic... I used gloves back then, possibly MTB reusch leather? Now I'm loving my 3 finger OR mittens. So much easier for keeping the fingers warm and they they have glove liner if I choose.
     
  30. Chillybin

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    I’ve been looking at these. I’ve tried many brands and still get cold. What’s the insides of these like? I can’t stand the mittens where you can make a fist or move your whole hand. I need the liner inside
     
  31. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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  32. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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    Trigger finger mittens are a good compromise between warmth and dexterity and you can always [ like the BD Mercury mittens] always add another shell layer over the top. I really like my OR High Camp 3 finger gloves for this reason
     
  33. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Due to recent events this thread is now even moar helpfull.
    :)
     
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  34. try hard

    try hard Hard Yards

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    Does anyone know where the hell in Australia I can buy Black Diamond womens Absolute mittens?? I had a pair but lost one and I love them to bits. Never been cold in them but I can't for the life of me remember where I bought them (here or O/S) and want to get a replacement pair before heading to Switzerland in a fortnight.
     
  35. climberman

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    email Sea to Summit, the importers.
     
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  36. try hard

    try hard Hard Yards

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    Thanks Climberman, I've sent an email but thinking maybe there is no one at the wheel given it's just after Christmas and a lot of businesses tend to downsize for a couple of weeks.
     
  37. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don't see Black Diamond but may ha 've alternative that t works for you.
    http://www.bogong.com.au/outdoor-clothing/gloves-mitts.html
     
  38. Bluebird

    Bluebird One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I made the switch a few years ago, I don't regret it.
     
  39. Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've got the opposite problem. I'm often in spring gloves when everyone else is complaining about cold hands.
     
  40. try hard

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  41. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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    Peter at Snow & Mountain in Wodonga had some on sale last season Why not give him a call and see if he has a pair in your size.
     
  42. PMG

    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I know Snowbound in Chatswood, Sydney sell BD Mercurys. Not sure if they sell the Absolutes.
     
  43. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    done. will be here next week
     
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  44. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Don't forget the Japanese (Australian) brand Oyuki. They are making some very nice gloves now. Check 'em out.
     
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    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    hot off my email, a write-up in Outside
     
  46. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Have their mitts and really like them. Swapped to my down Reutsch mitts for today’s chill.
     
  47. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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    Have I posted pix of my old Helly-Hansen Arctic mittens before?
    These refused to die so I rebuilt them even warmer using the palm of an even older climbing mitten shell and some windproof stretch fabric. Despite being so thick they are still flexible and can be used to grab stuff like a ski pole.
    I made them larger by simply turning them inside out and then I added in a thin polyester liner from another set of mittens to which I had laminated a layer of Vilene Mid-loft insulation.
    Warm mittens ROCK!
     

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    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Some feedback.
    Just had 2 weeks in Niigata / Nagano.
    Recent amputations to tips of two of my fingers had me bit concerned how I would manage.
    Temps only got to 9 below plus a bit of wind chill so.....
    These where soo good TW. Thx for the lead.
    To the point of being possibly too warm at times....
    Most days I started in gloves then I'd swap to these for the arvo sesh.
    You do compromise dexterity of course but when it's about keeping the digits warm they are the bomb. IMO.
    More than happy , and well worth paying full freight at the last minute.
    Cheers.
     
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  49. sourmash

    sourmash One of Us

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    I have these, but they are seriously over engineered for anything above -15deg...

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  50. weerab

    weerab One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I bought a pair of Mountain Design mittens during their end of season (STS) sale. I must admit I had a lot of trouble getting them on, might have been the humid weather, but they look and feel pretty good, will report back in a few months.

    I also bought a pair of OR overmitts at end of season last year so should have all bases covered. I bought the overmitts after getting a pair of RAB gloves soaking wet after a bit of rain at Buller last year. It kind of put my days skiing to a grinding halt, did not have any spare gloves on me, they were in the car down below! The 50 foot vis did not help either but we enjoyed a nice lunch at (can't remember the name but old school lodge/restaurant). Buller is great but not so much when you can't see where the hell you are going!