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Outdoor Research Alti Mitten - Women's

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Alti Mitten

The warmest and most versatile modular mitts that OR has on offer, the Outdoor Research Alti Mitten is made for bagging snow-covered peaks, Arctic adventures, and seriously cold endeavors. Featuring a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex shell and and lofty synthetic insulation, this mitten shields your digits from extreme winter conditions and ensures that your ice-axe wielders stay comfortable throughout those frigid ventures. Pittards leather palm provides a reliable grip on ice tools, ski poles, tent poles, or anything else you work with on the mountain, and it's far more durable than any synthetic .

  • Hardcore mitts for 8000-meter peaks and arctic expeditions
  • Gore-Tex with fully sealed seamed ensures waterproof protection
  • Long gauntlets shield you from sub-zero wind, snow, and ice
  • Synthetic insulation defends well against cold, wet weather
  • Leather palm provides a durable, reliable grip on hand tools
  • Kevlar® stitching on shell palm stands up to brutal winter treatment
  • Pre-curved boxed construction gives you a more natural fit
  • Item #ODR0814

Material
[membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex (2.5-layer), [face fabric] 40D nylon ripstop, [lining] Moonlite Pile fleece,
Waterproofing
Gore-Tex
Insulation
170g PrimaLoft One
Removable Liner
yes
Style
gauntlet mitten
Closure
drawstring
Palm Grip
Pittards Armortan goatskin
Claimed Weight
11.8oz
Recommended Use
all-mountain skiing, all-mountain snowboarding, mountaineering
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

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>Rating: 2

Seem warm but run very large

Fit:
Runs large

I got these in women's M for my wife, who wears a size M in other gloves. They seem like good quality but are huge! They actually fit me, a 6'2" male that usually wears Men's L in gloves

>Rating: 2

Really wanted to love but WAY too big!

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
S

I really wanted to love these mittens - I have Raynaud's and needed something to wear to just be outside for walks or playing in the snow with my child in NE winters without being in pain and these seemed to be the best of the best. But as I've read in other reviews elsewhere, the women's small is just way too big to be remotely functional. I knew ski mitts (especially these ones) would give me warmth while sacrificing dexterity, but this was ridiculous. My thumbs didn't even fill half the space for the thumb, and bending my hand just resulted in my hand bending fully inside the mitten with no movement to the mitt itself. I could maybe push a stroller in these, maybe build a snowman....and maybe that would have been enough, but I felt like I needed to at have a little bit more ability to use my hand. I decided to go with BD Mercury Mitts instead, which hopefully will still be warm enough but at least allowed me to open a door or pull on a zipper. I would consider these again if they made an XS, and having a liner that has fingers with touch screen capability instead of the mitten liner would be a plus. For reference, my hands are 7" around the knuckles and 7" from the bottom of my palm to the tip of my longest finger.

>Rating: 3

Warm, but no dexterity

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 6"
Weight
130 lbs

I usually get cold fingers while skiing and got these mitts primarily to combat this. The mitts kept me warm on a windless 4 degree ski day and on a windy 23 (without wind chill) degree day. Major downside: Zero dexterity. I ordered a small and they are way too big. A women's small fits me great for the OR Adrenaline mitts, but a small in the Alti is a joke. I was ready to exchange for an XS, but they don't come in XS. It takes time to get the bulky extra fabric at the top of the mitt into and out of my ski pole loops. I never get a truly good grip on the poles. The extra fabric also gets caught between my skis when I carry them. Forget about buckles, zippers, etc. Fortunately, they are super warm, so I can slip out my hands, buckle, etc. and then shove them back into the warm mitts. If you are a size small in other OR mitts, I would skip these completely and go with a brand that actually makes a small true to size.

Hi there, thanks for writing. I am wondering if you did end up getting the women's and not men's small by accident. I have used these and find these mittens to be true to size. I wear somewhere between a medium and large usually, and I took a medium in these mitts. Also, these mitts are not designed as ski mittens. If you would like a ski mitten, try the OR Stormbound Mitt. Unbeatable. I think one of your issues with dexterity has to do with the fact that this is a system mitten, designed for high altitude mountaineering. It doesnt mean you CAN'T use these for skiing, but we have other mittens that will do a better job at skiing than these mittens. The dexterity issue is in part that it is a) a system mitten, b) not the ideal mitten for your use and c) too big for you. They are the warmest mitten (without battery power) that we make. The down side is that with loft = warmth, so to get them so warm, they are big (too big to easily get in and out of your straps easily). Sorry that this wasn't the right mitten for your use. It's a great one. Try the Stormbound for an awesome ski mitt. Leta OR Rep

Hi Leta- Thanks for the reply. I did double check the size since there was such a difference between the Alti Women's Small and the Adrenaline, but the tag indicates the mitts are a women's small. I'll check out the Stormbound, although the higher cuff on the Alti is a nice feature.

>Rating: 5

Super cold fingers no more

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

I have Raynaud's syndrome and in cold environments my fingers will become completely white and numb, taking a long time to warm back up again. As a dedicated winter camper and climber/hiker, I have been through lots of gloves and mittens. These are the only ones that keep my hands warm all the time. This is my second pair, I bought a size too big initially and wore them for a couple years before passing them on to my fiance as his "emergency winter camping mittens". Yes, they are bulky. I usually wear a small in womens gloves and the small is roomy without enough space to layer a glove liner or thin mitten inside. Don't order a size up if you're on the fence, order down. It took some practice to be able to buckle my pack, put on snowshoes, etc without taking them off and for some tasks I really need to remove them. They work great for gripping poles or an ice axe but not good for tying a rope. I usually wear the mitten without the insulated inserts in temps between 15 & 30f while moving and add the insert and/or a glove liner if it's colder than that. When sitting still I use the insert and an additional glove liner or cashmere mittens inside. At any rate when it's cold these go in my pack, whether I expect to use them or not.

Thank you for the review! These mitts are fantastic! Enjoy, Leta OR Rep

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Alti Mitts