Why name a mitten after a mountain that spews fire I thought – do they explode? Fortunately, no – it’s because they are without doubt, the warmest gloves I’ve ever used. They immediately feel like a boxing glove when slipped on, but they are comfortable and snug and surprisingly flexible, even when brand new. The separate finger sleeves inside the main section feel tight around the ski pole, with the sheepskin palm really aids grip – surprising considering the thickness of the glove. With the Gore-Tex outer material and PrimaLoft Gold Down Blend insulation, the weather proof features are top notch. There’s even a pocket for a heat pack, but unless you’re thinking about skiing Antarctica in the winter, then I can’t see when it would be needed. Features abound; a study wrist band, inner storm cuff and heat reflection lining – for anyone who suffers from cold hands or spends a lot of time in the mountains at temperatures below minus ten degrees then they are more than worth the investment.
► Verdict: Seriously warm gloves for seriously cold days.
► Best for: Skiers who suffer from cold hands and anyone considering a ski trip to Antarctica.
Review by Rob Stewart