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    Expedition-grade mitt system to slay the towering peaks, giant crevasses, and monster glaciers on your bucket list.

    When the temperature outside is so brutal that spilled coffee crystallizes before it hits the ground, the time has come to bust out your Outdoor Research Men’s Alti Mitten and its Gore-Tex shell. Constructed for high-alpine mountaineering, arctic expeditions, and other pursuits into the frigid kryosphere, the Alti Mitten blends waterproof Gore-Tex membrane with a removable PrimaLoft-insulated liner to provide digit-saving protection from the ungodly cold elements.

    • Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable membrane is guaranteed to keep you dry in brutal storms and allows evaporating sweat to pass through as you work up a sweat
    • Hefty doses of PrimaLoft One insulation traps in warmth and shields your hand from temps as low as -40 F.
    • A tough leather palm grips your poles or ice axe, and the pile fleece lining wicks moisture and adds extra comfort.
    • Updated thumb articulation improves dexterity
    • KEVLAR® stitching along the palm adds durability
    • Long gauntlet locks out snow, wind, and cold
    • Item #ODR0813

    Tech Specs

    (shell) [shell] 40D nylon ripstop (2.5-layer), [palm] Pittards Armortan leather, (liner) [shell] 100% nylon ripstop
    Gore-Tex membrane
    (shell) [back of hand] PrimaLoft Gold, (liner) [back of hand] PrimaLoft Gold
    Removable Liner
    gauntlet mitten
    SuperCinch, elastic cuff
    Palm Grip
    Claimed Weight
    (pair, large) 12.8 oz
    Recommended Use
    alpine & expedition, climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    Very Warm

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

    These seem to run a bit large, I bought it as a gift for an ice climbing partner, they're very warm and work well at belays to keep your hands warm between pitches.

    Best mittens I've tried so far

      I have always had problems keeping my hands warm in cold weather, especially my thumbs. I first tried RAB Endurance Down mittens; there were useless in keeping my hands warm in near zero temperatures, no better than my $20 mittens. Then I tried Outdoor Research Alti mitts. I have not tried them in below zero weather, only below freezing. I found that my fingers stayed warm but not my thumbs. With heat pads in the mittens, thumbs stayed a little warmer but not as warm as I hoped. I will not get another chance to use them in sub zero temps until next winter. The mitts are bulky but work well for snow blowing and shoveling . Quality is excellent and material soft on the skin. Customer service at Back Country was great.

      Best mittens ever!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have cold hands and feet due to Raynaud's disease. I just went skiing in these mittens in about 3 degree weather and my hands never got cold. In 50 years of skiing I have never owned mittens that could do that. They are not too bulky to ski in. If it is over 20 degrees they are too warm and my hands were sweating too much. A simple solution is just take the inner liner mitten out. They have a very handy wrist strap so if you pull them off on the chair lift and accidentally drop them they probably won't fall to the ground. I wish I would have bought these mittens a long time ago!

      Almost to good.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought these gloves to use while snowboarding and snow shoeing in Colorado. I have to say there a bit overkill for me most of the time however the inner liner is easy to take out and stuff in my pack when only the shell is needed. These things are fantastic and keep my hands warm on the lifts and deep in the back country on even the coldest of mornings. idd highly recommend them . If you have a hard time keeping your hands warm these gloves will do the trick.

      suuuuuper warm glove

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

      Bought this glove as a gift for a friend who doesn't enjoy being outside if hands are cold. These gloves did not disappoint and I am happy to have my friend outdoors with me!

      Excellent Cold Weather Glove

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

      This is a follow up review of the Hestra Army Glove that is a great glove but isn't that warm.( I purchased these mittens specifically for skiing on cold days (below 20 degrees F). I had a chance to use them this week in single digit weather. They are very warm and I'm happy with my purchase. First first day in them was a pretty cold day. The type of day that hands out of gloves got extremely cold after 30 seconds. When I put the gloves back on I balled my hands up in the large part of the mitten and they were toasty within 30 seconds. I put my thumb back in place and I was good to go. I was worried that the glove would be too bulky to get a ski pole strap over them. That wasn't a problem. First impression was this is a well made glove, waterproof, and very warm.

      Incredibly warm but kind of bulky

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 210lbs

      Wow these gloves are warm. I've used them in 0 degree weather and didn't even need the liners in. They are very easy to get on and off which is a huge plus. They did seem to run a little large and are a bit bulky, especially with the liners in. There is no doubt that they will keep you warm even in the coldest temps. The photo is from snowboarding but I have used them hiking and in sub 0 temps as well while not being active and they performed well in all situations.

      Incredibly warm but kind of bulky

      Cold Cold Weather Gloves

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'11"
      • Weight: 210lbs

      2nd pair I have owned. These are great for when the weather drops below -20°. Above that they will be too warm and bulky for use. I have used them during several winter camping trips usually during the night or sitting around the fire. I also use them for cold days ice fishing because they are very easy to pull on and off.

      toasty fingers

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: medium
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 160lbs

      I get very cold fingers, especially the tip of my middle finger, but not with these on. I bought them for a Rainier climb and they kept my fingers warm in single digits. Dexterity isn't great, but my fingers quickly warmed up again when I put them back on. They are always in my pack for any solo winter day trips just in case it turns into an overnight bivvy.


      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size

      The shell seems great. The interior liner-mitt, not so much. The liner-mitt provides very little dexterity and does not follow my hand motion. I'm opting for the OR mt baker shell (only $99) and getting a better mitt (such as the NorthFace Montana) to serve as the liner. The combo is less than the Alti.

      Outdoor Research Alti Mitten - Men's

        After too much research, I ordered these mittens. Based on reviews I ordered a large, instead of an extra large which is the size I have always needed. Two problems: large was a little small, and an extra large probably would have been too big. I wore them for one morning in 15 degree +/- weather, and my hands were not warm. I admit to having a real problem with cold hands. Main problem with this pair was that the thumbs were very tight (not conducive to keeping them warm), and I do not have thick thumbs. I don't know if a different "large" might have provided more roomfor my thumbs. There would have been plenty of room without the liners, but much less warmth. I returned the mittens. Back County has handled all aspects without a problem on its part. I have since purchased Hestra XCR extra large (size 11) (that size was not available at Back Country) which do not have a separate liner and no pocket for hand warmers, and I haven't tried them except for fit.

        Used on Cho Oyu (up to 7,800m)

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Not recommended for high altitude...

        These are surprisingly thin when compared to BD Absolute Mitts which were much 'puffier' and filled up (side-by-side comparison).

        Maybe it is my hands/fingers but I could not keep my hands warm in these so called expedition level gloves. Sadly my hand warmer packs also failed to activate and my fingers were painfully freezing. The outside temp was in the vicinity of -35C so it was pretty damn cold on summit night.

        Given my experience in seriously cold temps, I would go with a more insulated glove that is puffier. Down suits are very puffy to trap and heat the air from the body, and that is what is needed on the hands. Alti Mitts are way too thin in insulation and the Primaloft insulation by itself does not trap enough warm air (need some filler such as down).

        Even wearing an extra thick glove liner didn't help.

        I'll be looking for a new pair of high altitude puffy and thick gloves...probably the TNF Himalayan or BD Absolute Mitt.

        I agree... Not warm enough for below zero here in Colorado on my long walks. My hands get cold and a little clammy, maybe due to breathabilty issues. I think climbers and backcountry users should be aware of this when total reliability is needed. I purchased the TNF Himalayan and it is much warmer and seems to breathe better. I would like to try the BD Absolute Mitt also.

        Best Extreme Cold Weather Mittens Around

          I had to return the original pair of Large mittens for a pair of Medium mittens. They seem to run a bit large, at lest for my hands. The measurement taken indicated a need for Large size, but they were just too large. There was two extra inches beyond my fingers which would make it difficult to wrap fingers around a snow shovel. The exchange for a pair of Medium mittens did the trick. My fingers may be shorter than average. Thes Alti Mittens are all they are advertised to be! I'm diabetic, so warm hands and warm feet are a necessity so no problems occur. I wore these Alti Mittens outside in temperatures we aren't used to here in Ohio. The temperatures were 6 degrees below zero for a high! I worked outside moving snow for more than two hours, and never needed to come inside for a break to warm up! My hands and fingers stayed warm and never bothered me a bit! Although the price seems high, the quality and warmth these Alti Mittens provide, is worth every cent invested! I expect these mittens will last for 10 plus years of hard use, so at $20 per year cost, you can't go wrong! After all, your hands and fingers are pretty damn important! I recommend the Alti Mittens for anyone seeking the security of having warm hands after hours outdoors in extreme friged weather!

          Bombproof! (my solution to cold hands)

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
          • Fit: True to size

          I don't get cold very easily... except for my hands. I tried different glove and liner combinations but my hands/fingers were never warm enough in temperatures below 25 degrees. So this season I finally decided to try mittens.

          I looked closely at comparable mittens from Black Diamond and Marmot but ultimately decided upon these Outdoor Research Alti Mittens because of my familiarity/satisfaction with other OR accessories. I have been very pleased with the fit and attention to detail of my OR Remote Gloves (for me, they've been perfect for temperatures above 25 degrees).

          I have worn these mittens in single digit temps with 20+ MPH winds and blowing snow. My hands are now the warmest part of my body. I swear by the OR Alti Mittens.

          Aside from the radical warmth factor, my favorite features of these Alti Mittens are:

          *Extra long gauntlet

          *Removable inner mitten

          *Wind and waterproofing

          *Lanyard (AKA: wrist loops or "idiot straps")

          So far, I've note two potential cons with these mittens:

          *No cinch around the wrist of the outer shell (I'd like to have it for a bit tighter manual adjustments)

          *The description says these mittens have a "hand-warmer pocket" but I can't figure out where it is... (not that I have really needed it - these gloves are pretty toasty by themselves)

          In short, I have been very pleased with the purchase and recommended them to my other "tall" friends who suffer from perpetually cold hands while up on the mountain.


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

          These mittens are out of control warm!! the full coverage is amazing. The liner is basically a complete separate mitten in itself. I tried them out for the first time in -9 degrees and they were MORE than enough. I do wish they came in size XS since they are supposed to be unisex. I'm a female and the small's are kinda big. I'm actually considering getting a tighter fitting liner to swap out the one it comes with on warmer days. These mittens are seriously OD. They are for extreme conditions for sure but PERFECT for powder days!!

          OR is the balls!

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times
          • Fit: True to size

          Probally one of the greatest outdoor companies ever. These things are perfect for their intended use. I prefer primaloft over down for anything that I wear on my body, and these have a lot of primaloft. Leather palm is great. The gore tex shell is insulated with primaloft and I love to use them as an over glove when it gets real wet or cold. OR kicks ass! Would not change a single thing about these gloves. They are perfect!

          Super warm, surprisingly versatile

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
          • Fit: True to size

          These mittens are MEGA warm. No surprise there, but I have found them to be surprisingly versatile too. My hands are always cold. When I use them in full double mitten mode it solves this issue, but also creates dexterity issues that are just a fact of life when it comes to mittens. What I often do is take out the liner mitten and wear a pair of soft shell gloves with the OR outer mitten on top. Gives me the warmth I need but also easy to take the outer mittens off to adjust ski buckets, tension a tent fly, etc. The outer mittens have plenty of room to use your own solution on the inside. I wear a size large which fit me perfectly for the double mitten, but they still provide plenty of room in the outer mitten when I want to use my own options inside as a liner. For me, this is a huge versatility advantage. Love these mittens!

          How many grams of primaloft gold are in the back and palm of this mitt?

          Straight from OR's website: PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation 170g in shell, 340g in liner. Now, we specifically do not put Primaloft in the palm, because it makes it slippery to grab tools. No Bueno! So we use a dense "moonlight" pile in the palm that insulates without slip. Hope that helps!


          OR Rep

          Will these mittens work well for snow skiing also? Just concerned about being able to grip poles. Will these mittens keep my hands warm in very cold temperatures? My hands run very cold and I need the extra warmth. Please let me know what you think. Thank you!

          Hey Craig! If your hands tend to run pretty cold, these puppies will do the trick! The Primaloft insulation and mitt liner will keep you warm, even when the temps dive below Zero. And there shouldn't be any issue holding on to your poles, with the leather palm grip. shoot me an email or give me a call if you have any other questions! (801)619-7477

          how this compared to firebrand glove and...

          how this compared to firebrand glove and firebrand mitts?

          Best Answer

          While the Alti Mitt doesn't have a large series of liners that work with it similar to the Firebrand, the Alti will be warmer. Also, in comparison to the Firebrand Mitt, you'll have a better dexterity--the Firebrand tends to be bulky to accommodate so many different liners that they tend to be less dexterous...