Extremities Mountain Mitts
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High specification waterproof Gore-Tex Misano mitt designed for the severest conditions
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Extremities Mountain Mitts Reviews
Reviewed by Roger K (London) on 2006-06-13:
General comments: My Extremities Mountain Mitts were either on my hands or in my pack throughout the winter. It only takes one freezing day wearing cold damp ski gloves to change your opinion that these are overpriced mitts only suitable for Everest assaults or Lottery winners. The advantages of wearing a mitt allowing you to warm your fingers, and even tuck your thumb over your palm if just walking, should not be forgotten both on the UK hills and the Alps. Having spent around twenty days icefall climbing this season, I hung my pair from the harness to re-warm my hands during belays after having climbed leash less in thin dexterous gloves. The clever hang loop prevents them filling up with snow whilst on the harness. Elastic at the wrist prevents the mitt from rotating around your fingers and the elastic cuff enables a good seal over your soft shell or gore-tex jacket. The industry standard of one hand operation of toggles is also used effectively. The palms and thumb are covered with hardwearing material, which although it may hamper breath ability, should be robust enough to withstand the odd abseil. Finally, and all important, the black and orange colour scheme looks stylist and, apart from matching my jacket, has enabled me to wear them skiing in minus fifteen degrees over Christmas without looking like a crusty mountaineer.
Pros: Very warm. Hang loops prent mitts filling with snow. Waterproof.
Reviewed by Samantha Lawton (North London) on 2008-01-14:
General comments: I have a pair of these mitts and they are in my rucksack on all my Scottish winter daywalks, as I find them an essential piece of kit for cold and wet days in the mountains. I like the peace of mind they give me, the security and the fact that I can rely on them entirely. My mitts have never failed me, and I either wear them with a thin glove or a larger fleece liner, if the weather is really cold - this gives the mitts an added versatility in my opinion. The mitts have a hard-wearing, grippy palm, so are great to use with trekking poles or ice axe, and the fastening toggle can easily be operated with one hand, which is extremely useful on the hill in a gale!
Pros: Great fitting mitt, well-made with an easy one-hand toggle closure.
Cons: These mitts, in my opinion, do not really have any bad points. They are pricey, but you get what you pay for and they will provide years of use.