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plb100258478 wrote a review of on October 15, 2011

2 5

I use these goggles for walking and light hiking in the northeast during the winter. They are not used for skiing. In this application they do fog up during certain weather conditions. If there is a strong wind they won't fog. Otherwise, they do. I honestly can't tell the exact weather conditions in which they fog or don't fog. It's sufficiently annoying that we're trying other goggles (Smith I/OS and Smith I/O) which a BC gear expert says do better at not fogging and are even more reliable and better performing than the Smith Phenom goggles with a fan.

I will say that other than (!) the fogging, the vision is great and the adjustment to light conditions works very well. So for downhill skiing applications where you have a strong breeze to create ventilation they may be great. But not for walking or light hiking.

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plb100258478 wrote a review of on October 15, 2011

2 5

My wife uses these goggles for walking and light hiking in the northeast during the winter. They are not used for skiing. In this application they do fog up during certain weather conditions. If there is a strong wind they won't fog. Otherwise, they do. I honestly can't tell the exact weather conditions in which they fog or don't fog. It's sufficiently annoying that we're trying other goggles (Smith I/OS and Smith I/O) which a BC gear expert says do better at not fogging and are even more reliable and better performing than the Smith Phenom goggles with a fan.

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plb100258478 wrote a review of on December 20, 2009

5 5

I use these mittens and other gloves in "regular" outdoor use - running errands, doing snow removal, etc. Last year I bought a pair of Black Diamond Guide gloves. They are very good although I found that even when used with a pair of liner gloves my hands got cold when outdoors doing an hour + of snow removal. So I bought the Alti mittens to try. As other have said, they do the job. My fingers stayed warm the entire time.

There is no need to use glove liners underneath although you can. One note, though. I tried using glove liners. They fit easily. But when removing the Alti mittens the glove liner pulled the thumb of the Alti's inner mitten out from the Alti outer shell. I had to put that back in place before putting the Alti back on. I decided to not bother using the extra glove liner. The Alti's inner mitten and outer shell are plenty warm.

My hand is sized in between the recommendations for Large and Extra-Large. The Backcountry folks said if I prefer a snug fit to go with L and if I prefer a looser fit then the XL. I chose the XL. It does have a loose fit, which I find very comfortable. But if you prefer a tight-fitting mitten then order down one size if your hand measures in between sizes.

The mittens are quite long. End to end, the XL mittens measure 15.5 inches. They extend back over the coat sleeve. There is a pull cord to easily snug the mitten against the coat.

They really are great mittens. I still use the Black Diamond gloves when I won't be out for extended periods and/or it isn't too cold. But the Alti is my choice for the more-severe conditions.

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