These are the only mitts in the test, so it’s no surprise that they are (ahem) hands down also the warmest. Insulating the hand as a whole is much more efficient than enclosing individual fingers, but the trade-off with any mitt is dexterity. For me these are overkill when active on all but the very coldest days, but there were a couple of trips on the Cairngorms last season when windchill and an overnight camp meant I was very grateful for every gram of cosy synthetic insulation that’s packed into these. The lack of down means they suit our cold, damp climate too, although would really come into their own on a polar or big mountain trip. Inside, there’s a pebble fleece lining and enough room to wear a liner glove. Outside, there’s a textured, slightly rubberised grip that helps with walking poles and axes, straps at the wrist to cinch tight against spindrift and very useful wrist leashes. Weight per pair 260g.
VERDICT: Extremely warm and somewhat bulky glove for extreme conditions.
BEST FOR: Polar/high mountain.
Review by David Lintern @