Burton Gore-Tex Mitten - Women's Review
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Burton Gore-Tex Mitten - Women's
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|Pros||Warm, versatile, dexterous for a mitt, touchscreen-compatible liners, excellent value||Extremely featured, warm, Gore-tex insert, good deal||Great price, breathable, warm, comes with liner glove||Inexpensive, warm for price, stylish||Incredibly affordable, durable leather, no-frills design, decent dexterity|
|Cons||Not a lot of extra insulation||Could be more dexterous, stitching located in some high stress areas||Not fully waterproof, less durable construction||Not very water resistant, not very durable||Not super warm, absorbs water, unisex and limited fit, few to no features|
|Bottom Line||A mitten that is weather-resistant and dexterous at a reasonable price||This quality ski glove impressed us with its high-end performance and reasonable price||A well-priced glove that'll work fine for your ski trips this winter||The bare bones mittens are a good option if you prioritize warmth at an inexpensive price||This pigskin glove is perfect for the penny-pincher looking to explore the mountains in generally dry, warm conditions|
|Rating Categories||Burton Gore-Tex Mitten||Outdoor Research Wo...||Dakine Camino||REI Co-op Guide Ins...||Kinco Pigskin Leather|
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|Specs||Burton Gore-Tex Mitten||Outdoor Research Wo...||Dakine Camino||REI Co-op Guide Ins...||Kinco Pigskin Leather|
|Waterproof Material||Dry-Ride Two Layer & Gore-Tex Insert||Gore-Tex waterproof insert||Nylon Shell (black part), Hoxton (75% nylon, 25% polyester) DWR treatment, Leather palm (water-resistant)||Leather outer||Leather outer|
|Insulation Type||ThermaCore Synthetic Insulation||EnduraLoft 100% Polyester 100g, removable merion wool liner glove||110/350g high loft synthetic||Polyester||HeatKeep Thermal Lining (polyester)|
|Palm Material||Leather, Sticky Icy Grip Palm||Water resistant goat leather||Goat Leather||Goat leather||Grain pigskin leather|
|Inner Glove Material (if applicable)||Fleece||Merino wool||150g tricot, 100% polyester||Polyester shearling fleece||n/a|
|Double or Single Construction?||Double||Double||Double||Double||Single|
|Gauntlet or Cuff?||Gauntlet||Gauntlet||Gauntlet||Cuff||Gauntlet|
|Special features||Nose wipe, leashes, warmer pockets, wrist cinch||Touchscreen compatible liner glove, nose wipe, removable leash, glove clip, carabiner loop, cinchable gauntlet||Google wipe on thumb, touch screen compatible liners, removable wrist leash||Nose wipe||None|
|Fit||True to size||True to size||A little smaller, size up if you're unsure||True to size||Fits large (unisex sizing)|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Burton Gore-Tex Mitten comes at an exceptional value, offering warmth on the slopes and in the backcountry. The double mitt construction utilizes a pair of smartphone savvy liner gloves with a myriad of applications. If you seek a warm mitt with great features at a fair price, this is our top recommendation and a favorite among our lady testers.
This mitten is warm, keeping hands comfortable on cold ski lifts and throughout most days of winter. During our testing, it helped to keep us warm when days dipped into the single digits. While it certainly is warm, it's not built for the coldest days as it has only an insulated shell and thin liner glove.
For resort skiing, this mitten allows fingers to wiggle and articulate, which inherently generates more warmth on cold days than any glove. However, the gloved liner prevents the fingers from huddling together to keep them warm inside the insulated shell, as is common with traditional mittens. We appreciate the fleece liner on the main part of the glove, which wicks away moisture to keep hands dry. The exterior pocket offers great breathability when it gets warm and will easily fit a hand warmer when the mercury plummets. The thumb is heavily insulated, which also promotes excellent warmth. We didn't notice our thumb getting super cold, even in single-digit temperatures.
The interior glove is a simple liner glove that offers just enough warmth for most winter days. However, this mitten isn't nearly as burly as expedition-style gloves, which incorporate insulation into both the liner and exterior glove. On ski tours, we appreciate that we can take off the glove's shell and use the liners for skinning uphill when it gets cold. Another plus is the liners are touch-screen compatible, meaning that you can text friends your location while on the chairlift without exposing your bare hands to the cold. Overall, this mitten is warm in comparison to other gloves in this review, but it's not the warmest out there—a great companion for nearly any resort season, backcountry skiing, or simply building a snow family.
Built with a Gore-Tex and a Dry-Ride membrane, this glove has been waterproof for us during our testing. We dug snow pits and got out in warm conditions where snow eventually turns into water. We also tested this mitten in our water absorption tests. Its construction, so far, seems to be water-resistant, with minimal maintenance required. Just another reason it's a great option for winter resort skiing.
We had our hands intermittently in the snow for a few hours during our field tests, digging snow pits and assessing backcountry snowpack conditions. The temps reached well above freezing that day, warming up the snow, making it quite wet. During this entire period, the Burton Gore-Tex Mitten resisted saturation and staved off moisture. After this period, the exterior fabric was a bit damp, with the leather palm of the glove still dry.
In our water-resistance tests, we immerse each glove in the water and weigh it before and after. This pair only absorbed 2.2-oz of water. The water stayed concentrated to the outer fabric, and our hand stayed nice and dry, even after squeezing and agitating the material for over a minute. Overall, we deem this a water-resistant mitten that'll keep hands warm, even on wet days.
For mittens, we appreciate the dexterity that allowed us to transition from tour to ski mode easily. While it can't perform fine tasks, you can pull off the shell and use the liners to text, tie your laces, and other fine-motor finger tasks. For a mitten, it's surprisingly thin, which still allows you to perform several tasks that you couldn't normally do with a bulkier mitt or glove.
We typically perform a myriad of tests to look at dexterity. This includes slipping on boots, stripping skins, transitioning from tour to ski mode on our splitboard, driving a car, tying shoelaces, and even making a cup of coffee in the snow. All of these tasks we could complete with these mittens on. Some tasks, like tying shoelaces, took longer, but we could still do it. For most fine motor tasks, if the temperatures weren't too cold outside, we'd simply slip off the shell of this mitt and use the liners underneath.
The thinner construction allows you to perform a series of tasks that you couldn't normally do with a super thick or heavily insulated mitt. In fact, because the liners are glove-style, we were able to perform more tasks than we would with thicker gloves, packed with insulation. Overall, we are impressed with the dexterity of this product. For a mitten, it features excellent options that'll keep your hands warm, even when you need to fiddle with your gear.
So far, over our few months of testing, we've witnessed little to no wear and tear. The materials are still intact, even after several days of riding in the backcountry.
The leather palm and Gore-Tex construction look to be solid. As we test it throughout the seasons, we'll report back if anything changes. But as far as we can tell, this mitten seems to be durable with next to no maintenance—perhaps some waterproofing on the leather each season, but that might suffice.
This mitt has all the right features you need for backcountry touring, resort skiing, sledding, and pretty much any winter outdoor activity.
Starting with the liners, they are smartphone compatible, so you can easily use them to text, call, or simply surf social media while you ride up the lifts this winter.
The double-glove construction makes this mitten very versatile as well, allowing you to use the liners or the shell separately. It comes with a one-pull adjustable gauntlet that's easy to adjust to keep the wind out or to promote ventilation.
The leashes are removable, and the handwarmer pocket fits hard warmers as expected. The thumb is also outfitted with a little extra fabric that functions as a nose or goggle wipe. Overall, we're happy with the well-thought-out construction and features it offers. No complaints.
Should You Buy the Burton Gore-Tex Mitten?
If we were to suggest a high-value mitten to any of our friends, this is our top recommendation. It is well-priced, well-built, and exceeds our expectations for the price. Our testers boast about its versatility, functioning for both backcountry and resort riding. Plus, it comes in a variety of great looks suited to any lady's style preferences. Look no further if you want an affordable mitten that'll look good, perform well, and go anywhere you ski or snowboard this winter.
What Other Women's Ski Gloves Should You Consider?
Maybe you're looking for a high-value glove instead? The Dakine Camino is a very affordable model that gets the job done for most days on the ski hill. Seeking the warmest option for the coldest days of the winter? The Black Diamond Mercury Mitt costs a bit more, but provides the most warmth of any model we tested, while also being super water-resistant and weatherproof.
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