Q. I would
appreciate your advice on expedition gloves or mittens. I usually
use thin silver streching gloves next to my skin.(Very warm but
they wear out very fast as the silver fall down and I think they
are discontinued.I used them for years.The best). Next I use "OR"windstopper
mitts and over them EMS Pinnacle Fleece Mittens plus my "OR" gore-tex
outer shell mittens. I am looking for an equal or more efficient
but simpler system. Thank you, Manuel.
A. Hi Manuel,
Boy, that's a lot of mittens and bulk on your hands, and to tell
you the truth, fleece is not the best insulator available. I can
think of two great mittens and some thin underglove combos that
will be equally warm if not warmer than your current setup. I would
start with a thin liner-type glove and use just one expedition Mitten
over the top. What I use is the Patagonia
Expedition Weight Glove Liner, or the Marmot Evolution
Glove as the my inner layer.
Over the top, go with the goose down North
Face Himalayan Mitt. These are the warmest mittens I have ever
used; my hands never get cold, even in -20 Alaskan temps. Another
good choice is the
Marmot Expedition Mitt, which has synthetic insulation, as opposed
to goose down. The reason I like this simple 2 piece system is it's
simplicity. I use the "idiot straps" to keep them tethered to my
wrists. When I need to handle gear or ropes or whatever, I slip
the Mitts off and have great dexterity with the thin liner glove.
I have used this system for years and swear by it. For warmer climates
I go with a 2 piece glove combo. Good luck and happy climbing!
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