Superior Calfskin Leather Extreme Cold Weather Gloves Mitt with Removable Liner and Fleece Cheek Warmer, Work, 17" Length, Black (Size Large)
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Superior Snow series deluxe winter mitt. They were designed with cold Canadian arctic winters in mind, and the result is a multi-layered, high-tech glove in a beautiful, deluxe, black calfskin leather package. The outer glove has a sidewall construction, which allows ample room for the removable liner and is elasticized at the wrist for a snug fit. All seams are fully welted for durability, and the extra-wide, double-layer nylon gauntlet cuff is 6.5-inches, while the overall mitt length is 17-inches. They fit easily over snowmobile suits and parkas, with straps for tightening and adjusting. A removable BOA pile wiper/cheek-warmer completes the exterior. The big story, however, is in the removable liner. Simply, it is the best we have ever designed, consisting of four separate layers of material that provide incomparable warmth. The two layers in the middle are cut from a Thinsulate fabric that is 400 grams of Thinsulate per square meter. These are then sandwiched by a foam-to-fleece laminate, while the whole liner is easily removed using velcro, allowing for easy drying. We truly believe it is the world's warmest glove.
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So why a five star review? Well, they did the one thing that I wanted them to do far better than I hoped. My hands get cold very easily, so I wanted something that would be warm. Mittens, You have one job.
Mission accomplished. These are by far the warmest mittens or gloves that I have ever had. I wore them yesterday in five degree weather and last night below zero. And my hands were not just warm, they developed a very light sweat. The size issue sucks, but I can live with it if I can stay outside for a couple of hours and not worry about frostbite or even discomfort. And at the price, well, I was blown away.
So, I guess for you there may be another drawback. If your hands stay warm pretty well, these mittens may be too warm.
I will say that these really are reserved for cold, cold weather. If you wear them in the 20's your hands will sweat with any sort of physical exercise.
I brought these way up north in MN during a cold spell with close to -30* F readings at night as well as a fortuitous wind howling through our lakeside camp. It hurt to have my hands outside of the mitts for more than 30 seconds. The mitts didn't let any cold in what so ever. They were the warmest part of my body that evening (unless I took the mitts off of course). In the morning there was a -29*F windchill reading and my hands are toasty (see pics)
They don't have a great deal of dexterity but they get the job done.
The gauntlet cuff that a number of reviewers have complained about can be mitigated by flipping the shells inside out and using a stitch puller to remove the zig zag elastic strip that is sewn into the wrist area (see pic). I did this and it has stopped my jacket sleeve from bunching up. It also allows more breathability with the mitt which in turn reduces moisture build up. The cinch strap on the cuff is not particularly well crafted and it doesn't pull as well as some other higher end model mitts, but it works.
The white faux wool patch on the top of the glove is removable. I actually like it because it makes a good nose wipe (see pic)
The mitts are made in China and the quality of crafting is decent. It's not spectacular.
The leather palms are a plus in my book since most human made materials start to disintegrate after a few years of constant use.
I recommend these mitts for anyone who has been let down by other would be cold weather mitts but doesn't want to spend a lot of money for an expensive name brand or Scandinavian import.
The only downside I see is their sizing. I bought a LARGE based on what I normally buy in gloves, and I probably should have gotten a MEDIUM. They seem to run big, and so you aren't surprised by the gauntlet, it goes almost up to my elbow. (5'10" - 185lbs). But regardless, they keep me warm, they're pretty well-made for being made in China (like everything else...), and for the price you just can't go wrong.
The Bad: The Wrist opening is long. Probably 2 to 2 1/2 inches above my wrist. and the base of the gauntlet cuff is narrow. No cold weather coat will fit into this gauntlet cuff without the sleeves being pushed up at least 3 to 4 inches up your arm.
Having said that I will keep these as I still think they are a good value, Very warm and thats what I need. I spend a lot of time outside and don't want to be cold. I'll just have to pack my sleeves tightly into the cuffs.
If they redesign the wrist area to allow more room for a coat these will be an excellent buy