We know, we know, gloves? It’s almost March. Mother Nature has been pretty stingy with the winter weather in New England this year, but we got out there when we could and reviewed our favorite choices for keeping our digits warm!
Black Diamond Women’s Mercury Mitt: These mittens are great for winter hiking, and I found that the dexterity of the gloves would also make them ideal for skiing, mountaineering, and ice climbing. The Kevlar goat leather palms allow for durability and dexterity; I have seen them reviewed by others as standing up well to repeated rope work and rappelling. I was able to remove the liner and keep the waterproof outer mitten shell, which was great for keeping my hands dry and well ventilated on warmer days. I’ve also used these with a thin wool glove liner for extra warmth. These mittens are definitely warm-I did not hike the entire time in these gloves, but rather used them when my fingers needed extra wind protection and warmth, especially on the summits of higher mountains above tree line. As for fit, they feature a women’s specific fit in a range of sizes from XS to L. For reference, my middle finger (from knuckle to tip) measures ~10 cm and I got a size S, which fit well without excess fabric.
Consider these if: you need a warm glove with good dexterity and a removable inner liner.