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    23 Reviews


    Spark Mitten

    Getting first chair on a powder day requires some dedication. Just getting to the resort can be challenge in and of itself, and waiting in the lift line while ski patrol does avy control can get seriously cold. The Black Diamond Spark Mitten keeps your paws insulated against the cold with PrimaLoft Gold insulation and a fixed fleece lining for comfort. Internal finger slots offer additional dexterity, while the BDry insert delivers waterproof protection once you finally get submerged in all that deep powder.

    • Get deep in these powder-ready ski mittens
    • Waterproof and breathable BDry insert keeps snow out
    • PrimaLoft Gold insulation is water-resistant and breathable
    • Durable goat leather construction withstand wear and tear
    • Internal finger slots provide some extra dexterity
    • Padding on back of hand protects from tree branches
    • Item #BLD00OQ

    Tech Specs

    BDry insert
    60g PrimaLoft Gold
    Claimed Weight
    [pair] 5.6oz
    Recommended Use
    all-mountain skiing, all-mountain snowboarding, freeride/powder skiing, freeride/powder snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Hope You Have A Drying Rack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I initially was quite happy with these mittens, but after two years (~35 days) of use, their flaws have become apparent. Time to break the bank for some Hestras!

    The main problems
    1. Poor Insulation Life
    2. Porous Insert
    3. Awkward Cuff Design

    At first, the insulation seemed to be more than adequate. It has now packed out significantly, and they feel more like a shell than an actual insulated glove!

    Even worse, because these are all leather, water easily penetrates the outside and gets past the porous insert, removing any warmth and requiring hours of heating to get back to dry. Unless you plan on re-applying sno-seal to these after every wet day, I'd limit them to days without precipitation.

    Finally, the cuffs are so tight that getting your hands into these is a struggle, and unless you have a rubber band, you'll have no chance keeping your hardshell over these and preventing snow from getting in. Once that happens, these things are goners. Stick with a cuff that goes OVER your jacket sleeve or avoid contact with the snow altogether!

    Hope You Have A Drying Rack

    Cool looking, but not very warm

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'm surprised by the number of people calling these warm and toasty. I've been very disappointed by how cold my hands get in these mittens, and I'm not a person who typically runs cold.

    The whole point of mittens is to conserve heat by containing your fingers in one compartment, but these are barely warmer than my Outdoor Research Storm Tracker gloves, which I love, but mainly use on spring (or relatively warm) ski days.

    I got these mittens to replace an old pair of burly Dakine Ski gloves because my hands were getting cold on the really cold ski days. These mittens are worse. I don't know if it has something to do with the built-in "finger slots", which function like a glove liner that you can't remove, or just a lack of insulation.

    If you just want some cool looking mittens and don't plan on being out in really cold/windy weather, then these are great. If you want to stay warm at altitude on cold windy days, then get some real mittens.

    Disclaimer: I got mine over a year ago, so I can't guarantee that they haven't been updated since then.

    Toasty Mitts!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great mittens with good dexterity so you can still grip some ski poles, even it gets towards the bottom of the thermometer. Black Diamond makes some of the best stuff, and these gloves are no exception.

    Perfect Fit

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

    These gloves are great. They are super slim and well fitting. The velcro for the wrist is great because it helps keep the snow out as well as tuck it under my jacket sleeve.

    Perfect amount of insulation!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are excellent mitts! Not so much insulation that they feel bulky, but enough to keep your hands toasty on cold days. The dexterity is great and the finger slots are a nice touch!

    Wamer than expected.

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Accidentally Purchased without realizing they had the internal finger slots, but to my surprise them kept me pretty warm. I was worried about the finger slots making my hands colder, but haven’t noticed a difference between the two.

    One of my favorite pair of mittens

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is my second pair of these mittens and I’ve only purchased the second pair in order to be able to wear another color. My first pair is on season three and still feels as warm, dry, and protective as day one. These gloves are true to fit. I wear a medium and the fit is very natural. The design is simple but attractive with a velcro strap at the wrist and extra padding on the top of the hand that offers a little additional protection from grazing branches and trees. These gloves are warm, therefore they could offer a little too much insulation for a warm sunny spring skiing day.

    Best all around mitt you can get!

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

    Got this mitt to replace an old pair of non leather mittens and I can now say I will never go back to a regular style mitten! This fit super well and are awesomely warm!

    Perfect fit

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

    Finally a mitten that fits! I have small hands and normally have way too much wiggle room, but these fit perfectly (I purchased size small). Haven't taken them out for skiing yet, but I'm impressed with the quality.

    Decent pair o mitts

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These BD Spark mitttens do the job! I would consider my hands large hands so I got the XL, great fit. I use these gloves for skiing and snowboarding in Utah and they keep my hands warm and dry even in single degree temps. They are leather on the outside, with a neoprene cuff that is adjustable with the velcro strap to seal out the snow. On the inside is a fleece liner with finger slits. They feel pretty light and easy to move in compared to my old gloves (backountry wasatch gloves). I've used them for maybe 10 days on the mountain. The only negative I can see with these is that the snot pad on the thumb can get covered in snow rendering the feature useless. These gloves are great and I would still recommend these to a friend or anyone who wants to spend all day on the mountain.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Absolutely love these gloves. Ended up buying these strictly for pow days and cold weather and boy do they do the job. They keep my hands warm and toasty even in the toughest conditions . Would highly recommend!

    Tough mitts

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Wore these on a 6 day heli-ski trip to BC. Daily temps were usually in the mid/low-20s F* with rigorous conditions -- skis on/off, bundling and loading into the machine, handling packs, boots, etc. They worked great and I never had cold fingers. There were a few days where the leather looked pretty saturated in spots late in the day but my fingers inside were dry and warm! Quick dry overnight and the Sparks were ready to go next day.
    Always had a backup pair in my pack but never needed to pull them out.

    Low Profile Warmth

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you are looking for mitten that will not break the bank, will keep you warm and keep the bulk to a minimum the Spark is a great choice. The Bdry insert and the 60g of Primaloft gold work together to keep you hands comfortable and dry. I have used these on spring days where the temps are warm and the snow is wet and and on frigid powder days where other gloves would fail. All in all I give these gloves two thumbs up. Be aware though that they do tend to run pretty big. I usually wear a size large in gloves and can comfortably fit down to a small, although the medium fits the best by far. The cuff is nice and keeps the snow out and transitions well into the jacket with its narrow tunnel. The leather is also built to last and stands up against rope work and the daily abuse of life on the mountain.