Expedition-grade mitt system to slay the towering peaks, giant crevasses, and monster glaciers on your bucket list.
- Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable membrane is guaranteed to keep you dry in brutal storms and allows evaporating sweat to pass through as you work up a sweat
- Hefty doses of PrimaLoft One insulation traps in warmth and shields your hand from temps as low as -40 F.
- A tough leather palm grips your poles or ice axe, and the pile fleece lining wicks moisture and adds extra comfort.
- Updated thumb articulation improves dexterity
- KEVLAR® stitching along the palm adds durability
- Long gauntlet locks out snow, wind, and cold
- Hand-warmer pocket keeps your heat pack close to your hand when the temperature really drops
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Super warm, surprisingly versatile
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
These mittens are MEGA warm. No surprise there, but I have found them to be surprisingly versatile too. My hands are always cold. When I use them in full double mitten mode it solves this issue, but also creates dexterity issues that are just a fact of life when it comes to mittens. What I often do is take out the liner mitten and wear a pair of soft shell gloves with the OR outer mitten on top. Gives me the warmth I need but also easy to take the outer mittens off to adjust ski buckets, tension a tent fly, etc. The outer mittens have plenty of room to use your own solution on the inside. I wear a size large which fit me perfectly for the double mitten, but they still provide plenty of room in the outer mitten when I want to use my own options inside as a liner. For me, this is a huge versatility advantage. Love these mittens!
The warmest Mitt
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
Well worn these on another cold Expedition temps in the teens Gloves are SO warm I had to switch back to gloves. Anyone on here saying these are not warm have never worn these or just a web troll .
Gloves are bomb proof and I have personally tested in -60 . To be honest there is so much filler on the front and back my hands were soaked at around 0 degrees . Sound warm? I get very cold hands and use these as an insurance policy in the pack just in case .
They Fit perfect with any heavyweight liner though you won't need one . Pic of me and the gloves rocking 80mph winds temp below zero hands were toasty :)
Poor thumb fit; not as warm as hoped
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I really wanted to like these mitts. The build quality is excellent. They are great in terms of functionality. I just couldn't get them to fit me well, and they left me a little disappointed in terms of warmth.
Fit: Ordered both the Medium and Large sizes of the mitts. Spent a long weekend with the Large, decided the 1-3" of extra space at the ends of the fingers made it impossible to do anything with my hands. The next weekend, I took the Medium pair. The excess length at the end of my fingers was reduced. But in the medium, I found the cut of the fabric at the joint between my thumb and pointer finger was too short. My thumb couldn't all the way into the glove (tried both the inner and outer glove separately...same story).
Warmth: On both weekends the temps went down to 25F/-4C. On both weekends, my hands were a little chilly around camp.
Can you guess what finger?
Can you guess what finger I am holding up? These wouldn't be the best if you are a person who likes to express yourself with finger gestures. I am amazed how warm they keep your hands. They aren't that thick, but they sure do the trick. I don't feel I have been in extreme enough conditions to really put them to the test. Yet.
When do you expect to get...
When do you expect to get more black XL?
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have Reynaud's, which means my fingers loose circulation when it's cold out, and go numb. It's painful and irritating. So I'm always looking for warm gloves.
If my fingers get wet when it's cold out, it's goodnight feeling. So my gloves have to be warm AND waterproof.
The AltiMitten does the trick. With the removable liner, you have adjustment options to accommodate a wide array of weather conditions. The Goretex outer shell is waterproof--and I mean WATERPROOF. IT's great. Truly great. The inner glove is roasty-toasty warm.
I would not recommend using the inner liner by itself...it is not built heavily enough to use solo. But as a combination, or with the outer shell alone, they're great.
After some hard days skiing and hiking, they've held up incredibly well--no signs of wear or tear. And my fingers are thankful for the warmth. Sizing is true to the listing above...measure twice, buy once.
Also of note...the mittens are open inside...there are no finger dividers. I strongly prefer the open design, as it helps my fingers stay together and stay warmer.
Outdoor Research Alti Gloves and Mitts
Outdoor Research® Climbing Ambassador Shingo Ohkawa shares why he loves the Outdoor Research® Alti Gloves™ and Alti Mitts™. These expedition-grade mitts are built for winter mountaineering and ice climbing. Lightweight, waterproof GORE-TEX® protects from the most brutal conditions while keeping weight and bulk to a minimum. Moonlite Pile fleece and PrimaLoft® One synthetic insulation keep your hands warm on 8000m peaks, and Pittards® leather palms and Kevlar stitching weather the punishment of major climbs.
These mitts truly are worth the money and you will notice the first time you have them in a cold weather situation. I don't do any climbing, so I can't testify to the durability, but the palms are made of leather. They also fit true to size with the liner, if you take the liner out they will be a little big, but that is expected.
I mainly use these when I won't be moving a lot in the cold, i.e. ice fishing and dog sledding. Once you start moving, your hands will begin to sweat with the provided mitt liner. To counter this I take out the mitt liner provided and put in a lighter weight fleece glove and that works great.
The only time my hands got cold with these mitts on was sitting out on the ice (not moving) with 40mph winds in 0 degree F temps. They weren't a frost-bitten cold, but still cold enough to restrict dexterity.
All in all, this is a great mitt from a great brand! I would recommend.
Note: I have the 2009 model
Alti Mitten vs. OR Masherbrum
I was looking for a very warm mitten for use in the high mountains, and was having a hard time figuring out which models/brands were REALLY toasty. I went to the 'recommended gear' sections of a couple guiding services (Whittaker, Alpine Ascents) figuring that they'd have a good read on it. Both had the OR Alti Mitten on the list and AAI had the Masherbrum too. So I got the OR Alti Mitten and the MtnHard Mashrbrum and tried them both out. First, the Alti Mitt is notably lighter than the Masherbrum. Both had a leather palm, but the leather on the back of the Masherbrum clearly added weight. The Masherbrum also had a thicker liner. While I haven't taken these into the cold yet, it was that perception of the Masherbrum as a warmer mitten that got me most of the way to a decision.
Fit was similar, though there was more room in the Alti Mitt. I wear size M, and my hand measures 3.5 inches across at the widest point. With the OR mitten, I had a bit more room for a liner. With the Masherbrum, I think I could have a silk-weight glove inside, but nothing thicker. Another note on fit: the thumb on the Alti Mitt was too long for me, and I can easily imagine that the consequent loss of dexterity would be a negative.
how this compared to firebrand glove and...
how this compared to firebrand glove and firebrand mitts?
While the Alti Mitt doesn't have a large series of liners that work with it similar to the Firebrand, the Alti will be warmer. Also, in comparison to the Firebrand Mitt, you'll have a better dexterity--the Firebrand tends to be bulky to accommodate so many different liners that they tend to be less dexterous...
Worth the money
If your playing out in -40F weather, these are a most have......the only mitten my hand has never gotten cold in....and my hands get cold easy..
Worth every penny!!
Bought these for a camping trip to VT to hike the long trail.. Got there on the coldest day of the year so far.. Temps were -27 with a wind chill of -56... These mitts are by far THE BEST period.. Hands were toasty warm for every second of the trip!! The removable liners are perfect for tasks that require some dexterity and the outers are strong as steel.. Would definetly recommend to everybody..
WARMEST ON THE MARKET
I have tested these at Mt washington in Dec on a night climb .
The temp was around 0 with a wind of 70 - mph. Every part of my body felt like it was going to fall off . I had on gloves with liners but 5 mins into the climb my
fingers were blocks of ice . I put these on and in about 20 mins I had the feeling back in the hands. If you get cold hands or just looking for plain old survival mitts
these are the best I have ever tried AND tested .