I have a pair of fleece ones I use around town a lot when it’s fairly cold. I like them. I find them almost as warm as regular mittens and considerably warmer than gloves with, of course, the added dexterity when necessary. I do have another pair for use as liners in some heavy duty OR mittens but tend to use gloves as liners in those rather than mittens.
This topic reminds me of an odd "layering" scenario. Often I start my walks with glove on, but eventually my hands get hot. They're too hot to keep wearing gloves, but too cold without. Somehow carrying a glove in each hand is just right. I wonder if anyone notices that I walk around like that and thinks it's strange.
I have a pair of these. Love them. I find them extremely warm. If needed, I'll wear a thin wool liner glove underneath. Love them for winter walking. Being rag wool, I can't wear them shoveling snow as they'd shred quickly.
I've tried everything under the sun, including many convertibles. Ice fishing, winter construction, winter biking, mountaineering, winter steelheading, BTDT. Best so far for me is not convertible. I use as light a glove as I can for dexterity,then put a heavy glove over it. I have oversized Marmot mountaineering gloves over Stryker WP fishing gloves. Stryker makes a good convertible for ice fishing that I use, but the fold back function is cumbersome and catches on everything in other uses. They are WP, which is why I use them icefishing and snowblowing.
Post by rangewalker on Jan 4, 2022 18:07:31 GMT -8
I have a pair of more than four decades old Ragg wool flip top style mittens. They are paired with a nearly old OR Cordura (tm) mitten shells and in my winter emergency bag that lives this season in the trunk of my car. I first bought them from REI when I was in my early 20's and doing my first snow hiking and venturing out of Arizona. They used to live in my bug out pack but a better set-up trickled down from my hiking gear. the extra thickness of the flap makes them hard to manipulate. I had co-workers, mostly Texans and Cajuns, who would bring them to Montana and North Dakota and frostnip their finger-tips with their dandy LL Bean versions.
Insulated mittens just do not work for me. I spent the better part of my adult life walking about outdoors and found out quickly that for my hands, gloves were it, though it in extreme cold and wet, good gloves paired with wind and waterproof mitten shells made the best combo.
one time ago "blue_sage" in previous forums. Bighorn Mountains, Powder River, and Big Horn River to the Yellowstone.
When I was much younger, I liked snow camping and these were from that time in my life.
I don't snow camp anymore either. I've still got a pair of fairly heavy OR mittens I've used in the past for snow camping. They flip and have little magnets to hold the flipped over ends in place, so they aren't flopping around. The only trouble was that, when I was trying to cook with them, the magnets kept sticking to the metal pots and utensils.
I've never liked flip-tops. When closed, I don't think they're as warm as they should be and, when open, the tops always seem to either get in the way or flop over at inopportune times. My warmest mittens are a thick knit alpaca pair and a pair of super puffy down ones from OR. On very cold days when I know I'll need to take them off, I wear lightweight wool liners (150g jersey knit merino - I think they're Icebreakers) under them.