My Favorite Mittens - Ever

Favorite Features:

A long and wide gauntlet cuff.

This feature is a key one for me because it allows the mitt to fit easily over my jacket sleeve (even the puffiest of coats) to provide an overlapping layer of weather protection over my forearms and wrists. Keeping wrists warm is critical as they have no insulation of their own and blood vessels are close to the surface. When our brains sense our wrists are getting cold, survival mode kicks in and less warm blood is circulated to our extremities, which contributes to cold hands. To keep cold air (or snow) from entering the end of the gauntlet, cord locks easily snug up the shock cord. I can also cinch up the wrist area with the webbing and slider.

A wide and long gauntlet goes a long way to keep hands warm!

A roomy hand section.

The hand section is large enough that my hand and fingers are not constricted but not so large that I am trying to 'heat' extra space. The side band construction helps achieve this comfortable fit.

An anatomical curve.

Love this. The biggest advantage of this to me is that it reduces hand fatigue that can occur when you have to work too hard against the loft of the insulation to let your hand curve naturally or when you are doing an activity that requires you to grip something for a period of time (handlebar, shovel, ski pole for example).

A slight curve to the mitt is much more comfortable to

wear and reduces hand fatigue

Extra insulation over the back of the hand. 

I love this feature as well. While there is some insulation on the palm side, it is thinner than on the back of the hand. The palm side insulation also feels denser. The benefit of this is that although it is thin, it blocks heat/cold transfer well. The lofty back side is created with batting-style insulation and there is a PrimaLoft® tag confirming the brand. Can’t say for sure the specific style of PrimaLoft, but my educated guess is there are multiple layers because of its thickness.

Soft, thin and fast-drying liner.

 In the hand area, there is a thin brushed fabric/fleece while the gauntlet section is lined with a light nylon (for ease in sliding over jacket sleeves). Our Polartec Fleece Lining is a good choice for the hand area (fleece side against your skin). Moisture-wicking and fast drying is important to keep dampness from sweat at bay, especially if you are camping or don't have a good method for drying out your mitts after wear.

An inside that is soft and cozy for the hands and slides
easily over jacket sleeves

A pliable outer fabric.

As a disclaimer, I am an adult and I don't wear these mitts to dig around in gravely snow:) The outer fabric of my mitts is a very lightweight ripstop nylon and while I have not babied these mitts in the slightest, I have not used them for activities where they were subject to abrasive surfaces or conditions. The more pliable the fabric, the less hand fatigue. In other words, try to avoid very stiff shell fabrics as we are adding thickness/warmth with our insulation and too thick an outer fabric, will impact how easy it is to use your hands.

My final tip.

Wristlets! Known by many other names, wristlets are a fingerless glove designed to keep the wearer's wrist protected and warm and are a great addition if your hands are always cold. If your brain senses your wrists are getting cold, it reduces blood flow to your hands and your hands will be much harder to stay warm.

A couple of suggestions: Choose a cozy fabric with a smooth surface so your mitts and long-sleeves slide overtop easily. They should fit closely but should not constrict. Add a pocket on the inside of the wrist for a hand warmer - more convenient than bunched up in your palm!

Fabric Options

While there are likely hundreds of fabric combinations to try, here are a few to consider for making a VERY WARM pair of mitts:


This fabric provides protection from the elements so a technical shell is ideal. Click on product to see additional color options. 


In mittens, warmth is created by creating a thick enough barrier between your hand and the elements as well as a barrier that traps and holds your body heat. Batting style insulation works well for this application. Our options include:


Moisture wicking, fast drying with a cozy feel is ideal for comfort and performance. We mentioned Polartec Fleece Lining above and it's a great option. Some others include: