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OR Verglas Mitts : Mountain Tough

A good overmitt can be a savior in windy and wet conditions...especially when experiencing those conditions while climbing a major peak.

When I climbed Mt. Rainier for the first time last summer, I wore my Verglas mitts over a pair of liner gloves (OR's Gripper Glove) to protect my hands from the wind, cold, and the type of falling snow that is really white rain. In all cases, the windproof material and the glove configuration kept my fingers toastly warm.

Even in 50 mph winds, the soft fleece liner provided warmth while the weatherproof material at the palm did an excellent job of keeping rain, snow, and ice from penetrating. Thanks to the combination's wicking properties, my hands never got clammy from sweat, either. Thess mitts also provided good gripability, a critical feature since wearing a mitt can make it more difficult to hold poles, axes, etc.

The Verglas mitts are easy to put on and take off for fast temperature moderation. I typically keep mine in an outside pack pocket for easy accessibility while skiing or snowshoeing. The designers were obviously aware of the dexterity issues that go along with hand wear, and have created features that allow for smooth adjustments. The wrist can be tightened with a simple pull on a cinch strap or loosened by lifting a buckle to allow more airflow. I find this a big improvement over Velcro enclosures which always seem to catch unwanted twigs (or my hair, or the hem of my favorite sweater) or collect so much snow that they won't close. A second cinch strap at the end of the mitt tightens it around the arm of my jacket and provides a tight barrier to keep out snow. I’m endlessly amazed at the clever workings of this gauntlet cinch. Pull one side, and it tightens; pull the other, and it loosens. Way cool.

Bottom Line: Of course, the best feature for those of us less than skilled at keeping track of our gear is the grownup version of mitten yarn through your sleeves. Just keep the handy loop attached to the mitt around your wrist and you’ll have these great mitts for years to come.--S.M. (Nov. '05)

Price: $79

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.

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