Aspen Times Weekly: Thumbless Kid Mittens
January 15, 2016
Dexterity comes second to warmth for small children playing in snow. A new thumb-less mitten concept from Veyo offers a simple covering from the cold.
The mittens are sold under the name "Mittyz," and with designs that range from tiger paws to dinosaur heads, they roll with a youthful aesthetic.
My kids love them so far this winter for sledding and tromping through the ice and snow.
Any parent knows the pain of putting mittens or gloves on squirming kids. Then, outside playing, you pray the handwear will stay in place.
Based in Utah, Veyo launched its take on the kid mitten design to solve some of these common concerns. The mitts are easy to put on with a big cuff opening.
They fit around bulky coats or snowsuits, cinching in place halfway up the forearm and sealing off to keep snow from coming inside.
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A simple design, the Mittyz use a synthetic fleece material inside and out. They are waterproof thanks to a non-permeable material sandwiched inside.
However, the soft face material absorbs water on slushy days. (The mitts flip inside-out for drying at home.)
They come in sizes to fit kids 6-months-old to about 6 years. All cost $39.95, and the company has five kid-friendly designs, including
penguin, butterfly, and "snow princess" motifs.
Arctic mitts these are not. But they work for temps down to about 15 degrees F, depending on a kid's activity level and tolerance for cold.
The thumb-less design gives kids a kind of "paw," and motor skills required for things like gripping shovels and molding snowballs are somewhat compromised.
But my boys get enough purchase to pat down a snow fort or hold onto the side of a sled, their warm hands a small price for mediocre dexterity while enjoying comfort on the ride down.
Stephen Regenold writes about outdoors gear at http://www.gearjunkie.com.