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
- Q & A
Warm, but no dexterity
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Small
- Height: 5'6"
- Weight: 130lbs
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.
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.