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Anna N.

Anna N.

Anna N.

Anna N.wrote a review of on January 4, 2018

4 5

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

I wanted waterproof outerwear rather than the more common waterproof liners 'cause my hands, even though dry, would get cold when the outer surface got soaked. Hopefully these shells will do the trick. Be aware, though, that these mittens are not sized for their intended us, i.e. as a shell to go over gloves or mittens. Using Backcountry's sizing chart and measuring the width of my bare hand, I would have needed a small. I then measured the width of my hand with the double-knit wool mittens I will wear under them. The chart then said I would need an extra large. I usually wear a men's large. I figured these must run big, so I ordered the large. It was very snug over my mittens; these shells are quite narrow. I had to return them and get the extra large, which felt only a little larger than the large. Bottom line, measure your hand with your undermitten or gloves on, then use the chart. If you're in between sizes, order up. As another reviewer said, the thumb is disproportionately long (I have long digits and still there's an extra 1.5" in the thumb of the mitten), but that doesn't impact me for what I need these for. I like the long cuff. The front of the mitten at the wrist is slightly elasticized but not the back side. The end of cuff has adjustable elastic all the way around, but to release pressure on the toggle that serves as a stop for the elastic (hard to describe) takes three hands...or your teeth. Overall, they look well constructed, which they better be for the price. I haven't had a chance to check if they're truly waterproof yet. The warranty says they're warrantied forever but it doesn't say for what. If I wear a hole in them, will they replace them?

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