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The 6 Warmest Mittens of 2020-2021

For folks that have cold hands, and overall warmth, there’s no substitute for some good winter mittens. Sure, the word “mittens” might conjure memories of too-big, soggy, knit mittens your parents made you wear to play in the snow, but good ski or snowboard mittens are a far cry from those mitts of old. Instead, modern winter mittens are much warmer than gloves, while still having enough dexterity that you don’t need to take them off too often throughout the day. In addition to the warmth upgrade, the warmest mittens are usually more waterproof than gloves - since they have fewer seams, they are more weatherproof.

Mittens are also the best way to keep your hands warm in the winter, whether you’re playing in the snow in your backyard, or skiing deep in the backcountry. If you find your hands getting cold during a long day of skiing or riding in regular gloves, the added warmth will pay off immediately. For those super chilly days, we’ve picked out this list of the warmest mittens we offer. These mitts can help keep even the most chilly of hands nice and toasty. If you need even more warmth than these, you can add liner gloves and handwarmer to make your digits feel like they’re on a tropical vacation. While we did want to choose the warmest ski & snowboard mittens, we also wanted to strike a balance, with mitts that provide not only the heat, but the dexterity and waterproofing for long days in the elements.


The North Face Steep Patrol

The warmest mittens of 2021
 

Historically The North Face’s “Steep” series uses their highest-end materials, technologies, and innovations to create high-performing gear for mountain guides. The Patrol Mitten is their take on a trigger style mitten for folks who spend all day working outside in the snow and wind. If they’re good enough for ski patrollers, they’re good enough for almost anyone. The Patrol combines a warm, insulated interior with a durable, water repellent leather shell, and a phenomenal fit that’s designed to help you get maximum dexterity for your hands.

The Patrol’s “lobster mitt” design helps with this. It offers most of the warmth of a traditional mitt, but leaves your index finger free, which makes it much easier to tie knots or open your pack without taking your mittens off. The Patrol isn’t the warmest mitten on this list, instead it’s designed to strike a middle ground of having plenty of insulation, while still allowing you to complete tasks that require fine motor skills. So if you’re looking for a mitten that can stay on all day long, regardless of what the mountains throw at you, the Steep Patrol mitten is a great choice.

WaterproofingInsulation Original Price
DWR Coating260 g PrimaLoft Silver$139

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Burton AK Oven Mitt

The warmest mittens of 2021
 

The Burton AK Oven Mitt is designed to keep your hands as warm as possible, full stop. With that in mind, they’re packed with insulation, with PrimaLoft used in strategic areas to reduce bulk, and classic goose down insulating other parts of the hand. If you have a tendency to get cold hands in other gloves or mittens, the Oven Mitt is your solution. You’re not going to find a warmer mitten outside of expedition-specific gear.

The Oven Mitt is much more versatile than bulkier expedition mittens, too. The cuff closes both with zipper, and a velcro strap. This makes the Oven Mitt easy to slip on and off, while still keeping it securely closed and free from drafts. It’s also got touch screen compatible panels, so you can still use your phone without having to take the mitten off. If you ski or snowboard somewhere that doesn’t get too cold the Oven Mitt may be a bit of an overkill, but if you often are dealing with sub-zero temps, and don’t want to worry about your hands ever getting cold again, the Oven Mitt is your magic bullet.

WaterproofingInsulation Original Price
Gore WindstopperPrimaLoft+Goose Down$149

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Oyuki Haika 3in1 Mitt

The warmest ski & snowboard mittens

Oyuki takes a slightly different approach with their 3in1 mitt. While other brands try to create mittens that strike a balance between warmth and dexterity, Oyuki has created a modular system to help allow your mittens to adapt to whatever situation you’re faced with. This makes the Haika 3in1 Mitt one of the most versatile options on the list.

The shell of the system is a goat leather mitten, complete with waterproof treatment, extra reinforcements, and wrist leashes. This shell is warm, and very durable. It can be worn on its own, for folks that want extra hand protection, and some insulation. Inside the shell is a glove liner that uses Gore’s Windstopper fabric, and has leather palm patches, and rubber grippers. This glove is designed to be used on its own for warmer days, or tasks that require more dexterity, like eating a snack or taking photos. You can then also wear the glove inside the mitten, for maximum insulation on the coldest days. This system makes a ton of sense for folks who plan on backcountry touring. The inner glove protects your hands while you work hard on the way up. Slip on the outer shell for the way down, and transition your skins and bindings without having to take off your gloves. So while the Haika may be a little more expensive than other options on this list, it more than makes up for that by being very versatile.

WaterproofingInsulation Original Price
Gore WindstopperSynthetic$159

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Dakine Baron GORE-TEX Trigger

The warmest mittens of 2021
 

Dakine’s Baron GORE-TEX Trigger mitt is a no-frills, no-excuses mitten. At a glance it seems deceptively simple. It’s got a traditional lobster or trigger mitt design, with the index finger free, it’s got an elastic cuff, and elastic wrist leashes, and a waterproof GORE-TEX liner. But there’s no hyped gimmicks or special features. And that’s sort of the point. If you’re looking for a nice mitten that gets the job done at a reasonable price point, the Baron Trigger is the mitten for you.

The Baron’s leather shell construction makes it very durable. Even for folks riding rough midwestern rope tows, this mitten will stand up to abuse. And Dakine has used PrimaLoft’s premium “gold” insulation throughout to keep it very warm, without compromising too much dexterity. It’s not quite as warm as something like the Burton Oven Mitt, but it’s a lot tougher, and a fair bit more affordable. So if you’re looking for a mitten that gets the job done without a bunch of extra fuss, the Baron Trigger is the mitten for you. Folks looking for that similar Dakine quality, but at a more budget-friendly price, the super warm Dakine Scout mittens are a great choice.

WaterproofingInsulation Original Price
GORE-TEXPrimaLoft Gold$100

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Black Diamond Guide

Warmest mittens of 2020
 

Black Diamond’s Guide finger mitten is a full-featured option for folks who spend a bunch of time in extreme environments. Like the Haika, the Guide is a 3in1 system, they come with an insulated liner glove, and a burly outer shell. However, the Guide takes it a step further, with a very insulated, over-the-cuff shell that’s closer to an expedition system glove than a traditional ski mitten. The Guide is designed to keep all the weather all the way out, and let you focus on the task at hand.

To that end, they’re not as dexterous as some other options on this list, instead, they’re a little bulkier, in order to keep your hands warmer and more protected. So you’ll probably be removing the shell and using just the liner gloves for some tasks. The liner is no slouch though, it’s insulated with boiled wool. If you need mittens that can handle the worst weather, day after day, without flinching, the Black Diamond Guides are some of the warmest ski and snowboard mittens around.

WaterproofingInsulation Original Price
GORE-TEXPrimaLoft Gold$169

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Oyuki Chika GORE-TEX - Women’s

The warmest mittens for women
 

The Chika is the warmest glove or mitten Oyuki makes, and it’s perfectly suited to long days on the hill. They’ve packed it full of high-quality insulation, with PrimaLoft’s special “grip” insulation in the palm and fingers to keep things from getting too bulky, while still offering plenty of warmth. Beyond its insulation, the Chika is a pretty streamlined mitten. It’s got a traditional under-the-cuff strap, and nice elastic wrist straps that keep the mittens close, even when you take them off for a moment.

The premium leather shell is very durable, and a GORE-TEX liner keeps water out. If you’re tired of dealing with cold hands, but don’t want to jump up all the way to a bulky expedition mitt, the Chika is the way to go.

WaterproofingInsulation Original Price
GORE-TEXPrimaLoft Gold$139

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