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UL waterproof mitten shells
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Leigh Baker

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
UL waterproof mitten shells on 05/10/2010 05:33:55 MDT Print View

I normally wear a very lightweight glove liner, but need a lightweight shell over them when it's raining. I've found some old posts but nothing recent. Any suggestions?

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: UL waterproof mitten shells on 05/10/2010 05:35:29 MDT Print View

MLD eVent mitts or if you don't mind ordering from Europe, Extremities Tuff Bags.

Johann Burkard
(johannb) - F

Locale: Europe
Re: UL waterproof mitten shells on 05/10/2010 05:43:15 MDT Print View

Haglöfs Gram. My size 8-9 weigh 54 g.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Haglofs gram on 05/10/2010 05:48:51 MDT Print View

Are these seam taped? Where you can you get them?

Edited by simplespirit on 05/10/2010 06:44:42 MDT.

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
MLD +1 on 05/10/2010 07:01:25 MDT Print View

I second Chris' recommendation of the MLD eVent mitts, I am happy with mine. If you want anything lighter, MYOG is the way to go.

nanook ofthenorth
(nanookofthenorth) - MLife
UL mittens on 05/10/2010 08:00:14 MDT Print View

OR Endurance shells - 4oz, seam taped paclite, grippy tough palm, durable shell

Phil Turner
MLD / Extremities on 05/10/2010 08:13:19 MDT Print View

I tend to use seamsealed MLD eVent mitts for (UK) three season use, switching to the heavier and more durable Extremities Tuffbags in the winter (where I'm more likely to be holding an ice axe, struggling with snowshoes/crampons and falling over more).

I like the system, you can stick on a load of thin layers under them if you want, though I find using them without any liner a bit of a moist experience in the summer.

Ike Mouser
(isaac.mouser) - F
gloves on 05/10/2010 09:10:54 MDT Print View

nitrile/latex works as well. I can ge tmore of my sleeve in a nitrile. Nitrile is alot stronger, latex is really too weak.

Edited by isaac.mouser on 05/10/2010 09:14:29 MDT.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Mountain Hardwear Epic gloves on 05/10/2010 09:28:28 MDT Print View

I've been using MH Tempest SL gloves that have a Conduit shell, reinforced palm and micro fleece liner. They are like rain shells for your hands and perfect for hiking in cold rain with poles. Of course they don't make them anymore, but they do have an Epic shell version. About 4oz.

Mitten shells do seem to be a great MYOG project--- trace your hand, sew around the perimeter, seam seal, and turn it inside-out. Ugly, but light.

I saw a guy riding a bike in downtown traffic in the rain one day, with bright yellow dishwashing gloves. Cheap and easy to come by! Playtex makes some disposable ones that are $4.5/30 --- not a fan of "disposable," except they must be lighter.

IMHO, Sealskinz are the best for really cold/wet wear.||~@c~@b|0|user|1,0,0,1|53|

Found them on sale in the US at I haven't dealt with this vendor --- got mine in a thrift store for $3 :)

Timothy Reynolds
(magrenell) - M

Locale: New England
Rain Mitts on 05/10/2010 10:56:21 MDT Print View

MLD eVent MItts are pretty awesome, I have to say.

Barbara Karagosian
(Barbara) - M

Locale: So Cal
rain mitts on 05/10/2010 15:32:05 MDT Print View

Also see Dynamic Endeavors:

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Silnylon on 05/10/2010 17:21:47 MDT Print View

I made myself a pair of rain mitts a few weeks ago with 30d silnylon and elastic wrists. Easy to do and 16g (0.6oz) for a pair.

Luke Moffat
(alaska_lanche) - MLife
Durable?? on 05/10/2010 17:39:41 MDT Print View

How durable are the MLD mitts?? I am looking picking up a pair for my wife and I, but just wondering how they might hold up to grabbing onto rocks in boulder fields or pulling on alders and what not. Do they come seam sealed? Are they easy to put a hole in. Ideally I would like to run some lightweight fleece gloves inside of these while its raining and cold. In theory they seem like a great ssytem, just qustion the durability of the eVEnt mitts. Hopefully they are fairly robust.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
waterproof mits on 05/10/2010 20:35:33 MDT Print View

Luke, others will have to comment about the MLD mitts.

If you want something burly, the OR Endeavor Goretex Mitts are very nice. Seam taped, and in my experience quite waterproof. They were great skiing all winter, and have proven themselves this spring for rainy hiking and while canoeing. The palm material in particular is holding up very well.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Durable?? on 05/10/2010 20:53:13 MDT Print View

...Do they come seam sealed? Nope. Turn them inside-out, stuff with newspapers to hold shape, and 'Do It Yourself'.

...just wondering how they might hold up to grabbing onto rocks in boulder fields or pulling on alders and what not.

These are lightweight shells, with naked eVent on the inside. I use them for XC skiing, and cold weather trail hiking with poles. I don't think they will hold up very long against granite. They might do OK for a season against branches etc.

I love my MLD shells for wet/cold protection. I just think bashing/scrambling will require something much more robust.

Jeff K
(jeff.k) - F

Locale: New York
Re: Re: Durable?? on 05/10/2010 20:56:34 MDT Print View


I just got my MLD Event Mitts and am about to seam seal them. You mentioned you turned them inside out, but the instructions on the MLD website don't mention this.

Did you do this a different way? Do you have any tricks? I tried to stuff them not inside out and the seems appears to buckle and it might be tough to apply an even bead of seam sealer.

Any tips would be appreciated.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: Re: Durable?? on 05/10/2010 21:06:28 MDT Print View

I didn't turn mine inside out. They now look absolutely horrible! (of course, I also did a lousy job of seam sealing them). Bought another pair when they were on sale and haven't bothered seam sealing them.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Re: Durable?? on 05/10/2010 21:10:40 MDT Print View

To avoid a hijacking, I sent you a PM of tips and tricks.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Re: Re: Durable?? on 05/10/2010 21:18:43 MDT Print View

I seam sealed mine according to the MLD instructions, and found it extremely difficult to get a good even bead of sealer. Bear in mind that I worked for years doing "Inside Trim" working massive amounts of caulking and silicone into long even lines. It's difficult, which is no doubt why they don't come pre-sealed.

That being said, it's merely an issue of cosmetics. I love the mitts, they're effective.

I do however recommend letting them sit for more than 24 hours, hanging apart from each other. Just letting them seal overnight as per the instructions, before putting them together in my pack for a hike, I ended up with seam grip stuck together on various points that made my seam job look even worse after prying them apart.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: Re: Re: Re: Durable?? on 05/11/2010 05:35:02 MDT Print View

I will second the OR Endeavor mitts. I use them skiing, 4 season backpacking, shoveling the driveway or to clean the gutters. Can't beat that combo in a durable 4oz mitt.