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Holy Awesome Mitt, Batman

I'd never bought any snowboarding equipment online before, so I didn't know what to expect. I bought these mitts on sale, and would now likely pay the full price for them, as they are excellent build quality. The stitching on the mitts are tight and strong, and the fittings are all great. I was worried my hands would be too small for the "large" size, (I usually wear a medium) but they weren't. They fit wonderfully! Just go by the sizing chart they provide online. When I opened the package and put my hand in the gloves, I was surprised to feel soft fleece, as I thought that's what the inner liners would be for. I thought the mitts would just be a shell, but they are indeed a complete mitt, with great insulation and nice dexterity. The inner liners included are a good quality, soft fleecy goretex mitten shaped liner, with some grip on the palm. And even without using the liners, these mitts are very warm. With the liner? You're talking Mr. Heat Miser! And that is precisely what you want when you board in the awesome, yet super cold Salt Lake Mountains. I'm not worried about the cold anymore, which will make for a nice season of comfortable boarding. The mitts themselves have a nylon waterproof outer shell, including a zipper for hand-warmers (I don't think I'll ever use them), a tough grip material on the palm, a soft velvet patch for wiping your shnoz on the thumb of the right mitt, and a plastic goggle scraper on the thumb of the left mitt. The powder skirt at the end of the mitt is a thinner material for going over your jacket and cinching tight with the elastic pull tab. They thought of everything. The inside of the mitt (without the liner inside) is a medium-thick fleece insulation and is very pleasant against the skin. With the liner, your hand feels snug, supported, and very warm with the doubled amount of insulation. I LOVE everything about these gloves, and I have no doubt they will last years to come. I'm recommending them to anyone who boards (I'll let the skiers freeze).