Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts
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- Shell: 100% Nylon Liner: 100% Polyester
- Super Cinch Gauntlet Closure
- Magnetic Flip-Top Retention Points
- Heat Pack Pocket on Back of Liner
- Flip-Top Finger and Thumb Cover on Liner
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The waterproof Meteor Mitts feature everything you need for long days on the snow and cold evenings at camp. The removable liners are made of a warm 300-weight fleece with fold-back flaps to free your digits for tasks around the campsite. Offering ultimate versatility, the Meteor Mitts allow you to wear the shell and liner together as one unit, or separately depending on the weather conditions and the amount of protection and insulation needed.
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A better solution is to combine a pair of Fox River Single or Double Ragg Mitts with a pair of Outdoor Research Revel Mitt shells. The shells are just that, shells. You wear them over a pair of gloves or mittens. If you like this idea then order the shells 1 size larger then the liners. I guaranty that your hands will be warm.
They keep my hands warm in the cold, even when out in in sleet. The shell kept the wet out and the insulation kept my hands toasty.
In fact, when I took them off, I realized my hands had been sweating. Despite that, my hands didn't get cold like they would have with other gloves or mittens where perspiration quickly turns cold.
My only complaints are the following:
1) The liners shift around too easily and tend to bunch up in the area where my fingers go. It takes a bit of shifting of my hand and fingers to get things to lay right.
2) There are elastic draw strings for the cuffs that are quite simply far too long. You can see them in the product photos. They extend a good 4-5 inches even when the cuffs are fully open. The result is, whether tightened or loose, those draw strings snag on literally everything that you can imagine: door knobs, the works of a snowblower when clearing jams, tools while pulling out a shovel, the gear shift on my truck. Everything. They should be built so when the cuffs are fully expanded, the drawstrings would be fully retracted. Instead, they're like little lassos that want to grab onto anything close by. Further, there is no breakaway on the loops, so the potential for getting snagged on something that might take you hand with the glove is there. I can imagine someone getting one caught in a winch or some other running machine and only needing one mitten as a result.
Other than the above, the gloves work great. It wouldn't be too hard to solve the loop problem by shortening it loose end and reattaching it with a breakaway clip. I had to take off a star for it, since there's no reason for it.
The liner issue is a product of a removable liner. There's really no way they could keep it from shifting and still allow it to be removed from the mitten. I didn't take off the star for that.
I have other mittens that came with a standard glove liner, which makes it very nice for photography. Just throw your mitten off and you still have some protection from the extreme cold while having good dexterity for holding a camera and taking photos. I thought this would be even a better set up, having folding mitten liners instead of standard glove liners. But in practice, it just doesn't work as smoothly. These liners are held in place with velcro, which is fine, until you want to remove the outer shell quickly. You can't do it quickly.
Worn by themselves, I do like this folding mitten liner from O.R. better than other folding mitten\gloves that I have. The biggest difference is that these have no fingers underneath the folding mitten. They are basically a mitten cut in half, which I prefer to a glove that is cut in half. It's less restrictive and warmer. These also overlap further than others I have, especially on the thumb. Great job O.R.
So the outer mitten shells are great. The inner mitten liners are great. But together, as a system, it doesn't work like I had hoped. These are not really designed to be able to quickly remove the liners and have instant use of the fingers. This may or may not matter to you, depending on your needs, but for me, any mitten that uses a liner as part of the system, ought to be quickly removable in order to have quick use of the fingers.
Other than this, the only other con I have with these is with the magnet, which I thought I would like. It feels like a coin bouncing around on top of my fingers. I don't like it. I have other fold-back mittens with magnets, but you can't feel the magnet from inside like you can with these. I would prefer velcro over this design, or more material between the magnet and the fingers.
For super cold weather, when I know I will need quick use of my fingers for photography, etc., I will probably end up wearing standard glove liners in these, and use these inner folding mitten liners by themselves in fall weather. By themselves, they will make excellent photography mittens.
As far as warmth goes, I just tested these up against my Dakine Scout mittens which were close to the same price. The temperature was 12 degree F. Wind chill factor was -7 degrees F. To avoid any inaccuracies due to the possibility of one hand having better circulation, or due to any slight changes in wind\temperature from wearing one brand to the next, I wore each brand at the same time, on different hands of course, and then swapped hands after there was a clear winner. Same results for both hands. After about an hour of doing nothing more than guiding a snowblower, these were much warmer than the Dakines. My hands did not get cold at all with these, but they were getting very cold with the Dakines. Based on this test, I would say the rating on the package is accurate, which rates them down to zero degrees F.
Now to the not-so-good. The liner mitten is a great concept but OR used an absurd gimmick in the form of the magnets that supposedly hold the flip-back portion of the mitten in place when open. It's a dumb and unnecessary idea but worse, the magnets on the thumbs especially make it utterly impossible to wear these comfortably. They're placed in a way that makes them a constant irritant, which you can see from other reviews and answered questions. The reason I'm still giving three stars is that it's easy enough with a sharp knife or scissors to cut the magnets out of the mesh patches that hold them in place and discard them. The other not-so-good aspect is just false advertising- contrary to the manufacturer's description there's no handwarmer pocket on the liners so if you're a handwarmer user then these aren't for you.
So the final word... potential greatness spoiled by a couple of stupid design errors.