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Sometimes you need a mitten. Sometimes you need a glove.

A mitten will always be warmer than a glove made of comparable materials because your fingers share heat with one another in a mitten. The main drawback is a lack of dexterity, but with its modular design that features an insulated glove liner under a Gore-Tex shell, the Outdoor Research Mt. Baker Modular Mitten allows you to expose your fingers when you need a little added dexterity.

  • Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane is guaranteed to keep you dry in brutal storms and allows evaporating sweat to pass through as you work up a sweat
  • PrimaLoft One insulation traps in warmth and shields your hand from temps as low as -15 degrees F.
  • An AlpenGrip palm provides solid grab on your poles or ice axe
  • Pre-curved digits and updated thumb articulation improves dexterity
  • 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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is the Hand-warmer Pocket in the liner glove or in the outer mitten?

5 5

Solid component of your hand warmth plan

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Purchased: Large

First a disclaimer: For any glove, warmth is subjective to the individual, and highly affected by the activity for which they are being used. Plus, one's level of exertion can affect actual and perceived warmth, and result in alternating periods of comfort, chilling, overheating, sweating, etc. When holding various gear, insulation compression combined with loss of heat through conduction can also have major impacts. Thus many reviews of gloves are biased by unthoughtful impressions of a bad experience where the user did not consider all of the impacting factors.
With that in mind, I recommend these gloves to be a useful component in a well thought out strategy for keeping ones hands warm in cold winter conditions. I live in the Adirondacks in NY state, and get out into the mountains for (sometimes multi-day) winter hiking, ice climbing, and ski-mountaineering, whenever I am not skiing in northern Vermont. The winters here are brutal, some of the coldest in the country, with temperatures often in double digits below zero, not factoring wind chill. With elevation, temps drop further and winds increase dramatically. I was out many times this winter on -40F wind chill summits. Then put an ice tool, ski pole, or cold aluminum ice axe shaft into your hand for a few hours, and you will find any pair of gloves seriously tested.
I've struggled for years to find the right glove combination, but have found a system that works through the variety of harsh conditions in my local ADK playground...and This OR Mt Baker Modular Mitt is an important part of it! Another component in my system is TWO pairs of Black Diamond Mid-Weight Glove Liners. They are made of Polartec Powerstretch fleece, dry fast and go for about $19. The final component is a pair of Hestra Primaloft Extreme Mitt Liners. They're supremely insulating, and can be had for $55 on sale. Final price of the whole system is about $210...pricey, but well worth it, and you will never be wanting in any situation. Thus your last glove purchase, ever. The versatility of this OR mitt is that the insulating glove can be separated out to leave a completely non-insulated seam sealed Gore-tex shell with very durable face fabric. This means that when/if your insulating layer gets sweaty, you can swap it out for a dry layer that gets inserted into a completely dry shell. Too many other shells incorporate their own integrated insulation that remains behind even after the inner layer is removed, meaning that moisture in the outer shell is something you'll have to live with, and also greatly decreases drying time, which can be critical for multi-day winter endeavors.
The insulating red glove in this OR Mt Baker Mitt has a generous amount of Primaloft on the back of the hand, and when stuffed inside of the shell is a very cozy combo for easy walking on an average winter day (-5F to 20F). There is no Primaloft in the palm, so conduction from an axe handle can be an issue. The grip patches on fingertips afford good dexterity to do most manipulations without exposing hands to severe weather.
In my system, I will use just the BD liners for mild conditions, or during heavy exertion. They are surprisingly warm, but the wind goes right through 'em. Solution: throw just the shell over the top to keep the wind out, greatly increasing warmth. Getting colder? Put on just the red OR liner, or red liner plus shell. You get the idea.
Now, when trying these gloves on, I fit comfortably snug in size medium, but I got a large. They're roomy enough to fit the BD liners into the red insulating layer, allowing extra layering combinations, both with and without the outer shell. And also adds a layer of bulk to protect palms from conductive heat loss when holding stuff. But the real beauty is in managing moisture. When one BD liner gets moist from normal skin transpiration I swap it with the second pair, clip to my backpack, 30 min it's dry. The Hestra Mitt inserts are the ULTIMATE insulation, and can be used with the shell and BD liners to -40F

3 5

Good features but still not warm enough!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

Like the design, the ability to pull out the insert gloves and the flexibility of the mitts. But when you use them to shovel, the warmth of the mitt gets cut off as you fold your mitt around the shovel. I found my fingers still got cold (for me it was 10 above zero). No pocket for hand warmer packets, which would also help.

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There is a pocket for hand warmers inside the liner glove (back-side). This is also mentioned in the last bullet in the description above.

1 5

Painfully cold skiing in 10F temps.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I just recently came back from a ski trip at Vail. The temperature on-mountain was 10° plus or minus 5°, as indicated by the thermometers at the lifts. My fingertips got painfully cold in the mornings even with glove liners and hand warmers, even though the advertised temperature range of these mittens is -15° to 15°. I had to take breaks to warm my fingers up and stop the pain. Around mid-day, after several hours of physical activity and the temperature warming up a little, it would be fine, but the mornings would suck. I am returning these mittens and will be getting the BD Absolute mitts. Hopefully they are better.

5 5

Versatility at its finest

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

The Mt. Baker mitts will keep your hands warm, dry and comfortable no mater what conditions the mountain throws at you. The ability to choose your layering makes these so versatile. The outer Shell constructed of bomber goretex is incredibly light, and rolls up into the size of a twinkie to jam in your pack while you hike the hills. When the time comes to ride down, I typically use a midweight liner with the shell. On super cold days, i always have the PrimaLoft liners stashed away for cold weather insurance.

Being a snowboarder, my hands are in the snow a lot, so its nice to have a durable waterproof mitt, with the option to use it in a wide range of conditions. From -20 blower pow days to spring time in the big mountains, this is one mitt combo that can do it all.

Versatility at its finest
5 5

Cold Hands Must Have!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

A friend of mine with chronically cold hands borrowed my Mt. Baker Mitts and hasn't given them back! After showing her the great system (you can hike with a small pair of liners and the outer mitten to guarantee dry hands and when you get to the top or ready for the descent throw the glove liners back in for big-time warmth) she thought she'd try them out. She wears them every day of the winter and knows she won't have to call it a day when the temps get extra cold. I want them back! Love these gloves because you're always prepared for anything. Moisture, cold temps, hiking, chairlift rides...nothing can stop your hands from skiing in these gloves.

5 5

great system

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I feel prepared for anything when I have these with me. My hands tend to be the reason I'll call a day short. They seem to get cold faster than average. These gloves are solid. The outers are very durable grippy and waterproof, while the inners are comfy and very warm. If you allow room underneath for some thin touchscreen compatible liners you'll have the best of all worlds. I usually throw the inners into my waders for when my hands start to get really cold. I just pull em out, and throw em on for like 5-10 minutes and presto! Warm! Haven't used these in the mountains yet, but gonna have these with me on Cotopaxi and I'll update accordingly.

Is the liner a glove or mitt?

Is the liner a glove or mitt?