Keep the stoke high.
Keep your powder-grubbing paws warm this winter with the Black Diamond Women's Spark Mittens. Made with a full goat leather construction, the waterproof BDry insert keeps your hands comfortably dry through the season's deepest days, while the lightweight PrimaLoft Gold insulation serves up furnace-like warmth when temps plummet. The fixed brushed tricot lining has individual fingers for enhanced dexterity, and the neoprene cuffs defend against the entry of unwanted snow when you're getting the goods.
- Keep your hands warm and dry this winter with these mitts
- Waterproof and breathable BDry insert keeps moisture out
- PrimaLoft Gold insulation provides breathable warmth
- Durable goat leather construction with padding on back of hand
- Internal finger slots deliver added dexterity
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- Q & A
Tested them all - these WIN
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I did a bit of a product test on my end. I ordered a slew of mittens trying to find the perfect ones. These ones win and I bought them in both colors! I tested the Hestra Fall Line, the Gordini DT Leather Mitten, and the Gordini Paramount Mitten. Here are my findings on all:
Black Diamond Spark: These won on so many categories. First, the soft fleece interior has individual finger spots which means warmer hands and better movement and grip inside the glove. When I make a fist, my mitten moves with me. These are insulated and warm, and the real bonus is that they are already treated with a waterproof treatment, which is hard to find in leather gloves. All around winner. Price point sealed the deal and I purchased a small in both colors.
Hestra Fall Line - these are sooo luxurious. But the leather just felt too soft for heavy mountain use. One grip on a tow line and these things would be toast. But the look, feel, and even smell is superb. They have the individual finger slots like these Black Diamond ones, but they don't feel as insulated, and they also are not pre-treated with a waterproof treatment - you have to do that work on your own.
Both Gordinis (combining into one category because they are so similar): These are both good mittens, but they just didn't match up to the BD Spark. I didn't like how my hand felt inside them. Whenever I would make a fist, my fingers would actually move inside the mitten and the mitten would stay stationary. In other words, not having the individual finger slots like the two above turns out to be bulky and rigid. They do have wrist straps which is nice when removing on the chair. They feel warm, but neither are completely waterproof, meaning you'll have to treat these on your own with a waterproofing treatment, which is a pain and can leave a mess on your other clothes.
Trust me - buy the Sparks. You won't regret it.