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trdjohnwrote a review of on December 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Overall a nice under mitt. My palm/back of hand usually stay warm in any kind of glove/mitt down into single digit F temps, but fingers are usually very cold in gloves by low 20s even if active. So I like mittens for anything under 20 deg F. I've tested the Oven mitts in 17-18 deg F overcast, mildly windy 15 mph weather the past few mornings on easy walks and they're plenty warm, and expect them to be good down into the single digit F temps without any liner. The Oven mitt is much warmer than Burton Gondy mitts & goretex under mitten with synthetic leather palm. I'll prolly put thin liner for anything below zero F temps. Sizing. I have shorter fingers, Burtons have longer fingers compared to other brands. I currently have small Gondy glove/Gondy mittens, but wound up going with the medium Oven mitt. The small Oven mitts were slightly shorter in the fingers and much more narrow across the hand than other small Burton products. To me there is a balancing act between too snug and too big. Too snug and the warm layer of air in mitt conducts too easily out of the mitt, too large and fingers never build up enough heat to warm dead air in the mitt. These mittens also have dividers in the fingers giving a glove like feel, and that's probably why they seem much more narrow and tight across the hand. With the medium size Oven mitt I can get a thin liner on without feeling cramped, couldn't get thin liner into small Oven mitt. My only gripe about the mitt is the touch tec leather is very sparse on an expensive mitten (even on sale). The majority of the palm on the mitt does NOT have touch tec, it's only a thin strip covering finger tips between the fabric on back of hand and the main leather palm. The less expensive Gondy mitt has a large section of touch tec covering 1/3 of fingers. Pull up pics of the 2 mitts, you'll see. The Oven thumb has decent amount of touch tec to tap characters/scroll pages, but can't swype in Oven, however I swype easily in Gondy.

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trdjohnwrote a review of on November 26, 2007

5 5

Mainly use it for running & other highly aerobic activities. Wicks well, highly breathable. Can wear it a few days in a row for running, has little odor (unlike cheap brands). I haven't had a problem with stink setting in & lingering after tossing it in the laundry, always comes out fresh. Light weight zip neck doesn't get in the way & fold of fabric keeps zip from rubbing. Works well in the upper 40s to 50s w/ little breeze & on windy days w/ a Marmot Ion its perfect. Wouldn't use it as baselayer under pile fleece as it tends to hang on pile, would use a smooth silkweight like capilene 1 instead.

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trdjohnwrote a review of on November 5, 2007

5 5

Ion is a great wind & light rain jacket. Definitely for the active sports of running, hi-tempo riding, & XC skiing. Don't try & sit in it at a December Chicago Bears game. I'm 5'10" & ~ 165lbs, it has a technical fit, but never feels restrictive. My Men's medium weighs 4oz. For those windy days or rides, its a very versatile piece when you choose to layer it w/ various weights of wicking base layer. I found mid 50's w/ capilene 2, 40s w/ capilene 3, & powerstretch for the 20-30s to work best for me. I know its cliche, but it really does work & keep the wind out w/ its tight weave. It moves body moisture well, haven't had condensate on the inside at all. Haven't had long enough for durability issues, but I wouldn't run into thorn & bramble patch with it, nor would I rock climb in it. Has a soft hand, drapes well, matte color (not shiny) packs into its chest pocket, tech fit eliminates need for waist cinch cord, has longer tail, has funky foam hood drawcord (keep wgt down?), hood rolls inward to become part of collar w/ strap that snaps. If you already own tons of various weight baselayers, this maybe right to keep winds off, but if you already own Marmot DriClime jacket/wind shirt this may be a redundant piece.

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trdjohnwrote a review of on March 1, 2007

5 5

Have had the LS silkweight for 9 mo. now & the shirts have held up very well. i have not had any lingering stink problems like I've had with other cheap dept. store brands. The shirts always wash out fine even after 3 days of use, stains release too. Haven't snagged yet, but I was inside out every time. Wicking properties are great. Does fit a bit small, would order next larger size next time.

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