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Columbia Sportswear Gathering Storm Omni-Heat® OutDry® Mittens - Waterproof, Insulated (For Men)
Closeouts. Columbia Sportswear's Gathering Storm mittens deliver outstanding warmth and precise grip. The hybrid construction features supple stretch soft shell fabric at the back of the hand, an OutDry® waterproof breathable membrane and Omni-Heat® thermal technology.
Reviewed by Vanchocstraw from New York (Manhattan) on Saturday, January 25, 2014These are pretty good. I've biked the six miles from work three times in 6 degree (Fahrenheit!) and they kept my hands mostly warm - my thumbs got cold as they're obviously isolated from the main chamber holding the heat and by hanging below the handlebar they' get the wind directly. If I were to adapt them for biking I'd reinforce the tips and thumb with a further outer layer, but any of the products available on the market would make the mittens look terrible and peel off eventually. As these were "closeouts" I doubt Columbia still makes them, but they'd be the ones to improve them. For now I'll cut of the thumbs of some thinner, unwanted pair of gloves and put them on while biking in very cold weather. I plan to be using them for skiing. I still think they were a good buy. If they are still available I offer this caveat: my hands measure 7 1/2" from wrist to tip of my middle finger and the medium size just fits - barely. It's difficult, biting on the tip of the glove's thumb "socket" and pulling the thumb back to insert in the main part - so I can warm it up! - well, it's
a very tight squeeze. I thought the large size would be too large for my smaller than average hands for a man my size (5'10", 160 lbs.), but I'd be very interested in trying them on.
Reviewed by GottaLoveColumbia from New Hampshire on Friday, January 3, 2014Be sure to order a size larger than what you would normally wear. I needed XL. Snug fit around wrist; size large was too tight and I felt like my circulation was being cut off. Long cuffs can be tightened down to help keep wind and cold out. Omni-Heat is simply the best for keeping warm. We are having single-digit and below-zero temps here in NH, and these mitts are doing a fine job at keeping my hands warm. Be sure to read the cleaning instructions--do not wash, do not dry clean, only wipe down with a damp cloth; line dry in shade.
Reviewed by Adirondack Ace from Northernmost NY State on Monday, April 8, 2013I ordered these mitts in anticipation of next winter's hikes. It's already too warm now to really put them to the Cold Test.
I ordered XL even though I have somewhat skinny fingers so there'd be room for wool liner gloves, and maybe poly liner gloves beneath them.
But there may be a problem: When I put them on my bare hands, I feel some constriction at the base of both thumbs. It's cut or sewn just a little tight there. That could mean circulation problems-->cold--->numbness next winter.
Product description says closeouts rather than seconds, but STP has to rely on the Mfg's word to some extent.
I need to contact STP to ask about this and whether this is a quirk with this particular pair, or if they're pretty much all made this way.
At the same time, I also bought the gloves with the identical model name except for the last word being "gloves" rather than "mittens". The glove thumbs had no feeling of constriction.