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gear review: when hell freezes over, you’d better be wearing these mittens

January 9, 2010

My apologies to everyone out there who could care less what I think of my mountain gear — just ignore this post.  One of the things I want to do with this blog is occasionally post detailed reviews of gear that I love, because nothing frustrates me more than looking for gear and not being able to find anything beyond the tech specs and two one-sentence reviews.

On to the mittens!  I have a pair of Black Diamond Mercury Mitts that are a few seasons out of date (I almost always buy my gear out of date, because it’s way cheaper that way).  Retail price new: $85.

Black Diamond Women's Mercury Mitt. Made of magic.

I.  Love.  These.  Mittens.  I love these mittens.  I cannot say it enough.  When I set out to buy new gloves last year, after discovering the power of the Colorado winter, I had two criteria in mind: must be waterproof/windproof, and must be warm fluffy mittens.  I have pathetic circulation in my hands, and my fingers get cold even in the plushest gloves I’ve owned.  These have more than met my goals.

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