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Gear Review

4 5

great, but nut sure if they are worth the extra income spent.

i have a love/hate relationship with these. These are the only gloves I could find fitting me needs-
1. Moderate warmth-300 to 400 grams of insulation.
2. Full leather palm
3. Under 8 ounce weight
4. Shorter cuff length than full mountaineering mitt.

The construction of course is exceptional-very burly and robust build. Dexterity is phenomenal for a mitt. But the just cost to much money. In comparison to clothing, where I feel arc'teryx is obviously vastly superior to most other outdoor brands-i dont feel these are that superior to hestra, Black diamond etc. That being said, when I went to buy these I tried on north face nuptse mitts, and many others. Compared to the Nuptse, the Nuptse felt vastly inferior and honestly flat out cheap.

the shell is a stretchy softshell material-its a tight weave that feels and has proven very durable. But i've felt similar construction with other mitts.
The Mitts are great-ive used them rapelling and belaying for ice this year and they function great.

Pros: Love the construction- Love the leather carabiner hanger. The desterity is far superior to many others.

Cons: Im not a fan of the construction of the thumb tip-its rather boxy with a bit of excess leather and when I go to "pet the dog" when boarding I am always scared I will blow out the tip like other thumbs have.

Overall-I dont know if id buy them again-id be very tempted to save the thousands of pennies and buy the BD virago mitt or something similar. My review may change with time though.