markvulture wrote (see)
Still looking for decent replacements that aren't 150 quid plus!!!!!!
How about a fraction of that price?
I've just brought a pair of mitts down from my loft... North Cape... size large... red Cyclone fabric with black palms... with good coverage well above the wrist and draw-straps that keep them tightly in place at the wrists. (These straps can be operated while wearing the mitts.) Black fleece lining, and because of their size, still room inside for another layer of protection for people with medium/small hands. Rarely used and in very good condition.
£20 inc p&p... via PayPal.
(I use Sealskinz gloves, which aren't to everyone's taste, so I no longer need the mitts.)
I suffer from cold hands and have gotten a pair of Montane Resolute Mitts. They have a thick inner glove and an eVent outer glove. Really warm and can be worn independantly of eachother so you can use the outer with other gloves too. One of the best pieces of warm winter kit I have! Plus, if you REALLY want to make it coasy in there, chuck in a hand warmer and your hands should be cookin'!
One more benefit is that they extend up over your wrists and part of your fore arm so stops wind coming up your sleeve and keeps wrists nice and warm too!
You could Dachsteins
Yup: Ortovox make super-toasty ones, and if you get them slightly oversized to take a liner underneath and pull a shell mitt over the top you'll be in fit-for-the-Poles territory.
The only real downsides are they're itchier than fleece and take a lot longer to dry out, but if you want warm they do that, even when soaking.
You could try something from either black diamond or marmot not cheap but can you put a price on cold hands and the discomfort it causes?
Problem with down mitts is in any Real Rain (TM) they can be hard to keep dry. Rain has a habit of running down in to gloves, and while you can get around that my making sure the entrances are under jacket cuffs, getting them under jacket cuffs while wearing a pair of bulky mittens with over-mitts while it's peeing down is a fairly tedious game, and you'll repeat it every time you want to do anything with hands that requires anything other than minimal dexterity.
And it's keeping hands that are prone to cold warm when it's around freezing and raining is actually the hardest job IME.
i'd firstly go along with what WPGB said. i use manbi wrist warmers
or subzero meraklonones. the add a tremendous amount of warmth to your hands by keeping the vulnerable forearm and wrist covered and warm. They are worth an extra pair of gloves in their own right.
dachsteins are excellent gloves/mitts and combined with the wrist warmers and some liner gloves should see off most cold. i have a pair of gloves with mitts to go over. they're WARM.
Suffer from Raynauds disease too and have loads and loads of different gloves - still looking for the right combination. Best so far, wrist warmers as suggested, pair of disposable hand warmers and a pair of large Buffalo gloves, size large, with a second pair of Bullalo's, size XXL to go over if things are really bad. Long jacket sleeves over the whole lot is also a help. Of course you can't do anything with your hands in that lot but the set up often keeps the hands warm enough to slip out of to do crampons etc
I'll have those gloves of your's Paddy if no one else wants them!
OK... these are the mitts... as described in my post earlier... with the addition of a foot-long (30cm) ruler for scale. First person to message me can have them for £20.
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