Gear Guide: Winter mitts, tested |

Gear Guide: Winter mitts, tested

Stepehn Regenold

When it’s too cold for gloves (generally around 10 degrees F), a good pair of mittens is crucial to enjoying wintertime activity. Sure, you sacrifice a bit of dexterity for cozy digits, but that’s the price of warmth in the rock-bottom cold months of the year.

There are many mittens to pick from in the outdoors market. These three mitten models are some of my favorites, including two high-end options and a budget choice.

Black Diamond Mercury Mitt ($110)

I think of these mitts as cocoons for the hands. They’re stuffed with PrimaLoft insulation for warmth and have leather on the palm. A “trigger finger” that separates your index finger from the rest increases dexterity.

Marmot Expedition Mittens ($115)

These mega mitts are wonderfully warm and made for Mount Everest climbers and South Pole scientists. They are puffy, PrimaLoft-stuffed mitts that have kept our hands toasty in extreme temps as low as -30 degrees F.

IceArmor Mitten ($40)

Looking for a mitten that won’t break the bank? Then you need to check out the IceArmor Mittens. A favorite among ice fishers, these mittens offer a roomy fit and are easy to get on and off.

Click here to read the full review of all three mittens.

Stephen Regenold writes about outdoors gear at

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