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Burton Gore-Tex Mitten - Women's Review

A mitten that is weather-resistant and dexterous at a reasonable price
Burton Gore-Tex Mitten - Women's
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Price:  $70 List | $34.98 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Warm, versatile, dexterous for a mitt, touchscreen-compatible liners, excellent value
Cons:  Not a lot of extra insulation
Manufacturer:   Burton
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 3, 2020
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  • Warmth - 25% 8
  • Water Resistance - 25% 8
  • Dexterity - 25% 5
  • Durability - 15% 6
  • Features - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Burton Gore-Tex Mitten will impress you for both backcountry and resort use. Its double-glove construction allows you to wear just the liner or the shell to meet the day's weather demands. We tested it while snowboarding in the mountains of Colorado, and it performs in both warm and cold weather. We appreciate the smartphone-adapted gloved liners, warm construction, and cute style. The durable leather palm is high quality, keeping out wet snow and water. It's not the warmest of all mitts, nor the most durable, but it will suffice for average skier and snowboarder needs. If you are looking for a high-value mitten that'll keep you warm through most winter conditions, this is the one to buy.

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Pros Warm, versatile, dexterous for a mitt, touchscreen-compatible liners, excellent valueWarm, lightweight and packable, breathable, waterproof, single construction, dextrousSuper warm, removable liner, durable construction, weather resistant linerSuper warm, water-resistant liner, insulated shell, weather-proofVery warm, dexterous for a mitt, durable shell, waterproof, removable and water resistant liner
Cons Not a lot of extra insulationExpensive, won't fit super small handsBulky, difficult to get liner back into glove, expensiveExpensive, too warm and bulky (overkill?) for the average skier, large fitLiner packs out after a season, split finger design leaves index finger cold, no leashes included
Bottom Line A high quality and fairly priced double-construction mitt that'll perform at any of your favorite winter localesThe best all-around unisex ski glove that you'll find on the marketA durable, warm, and comfortable gloveWarm and water resistant, it'll keep you protected on all cold-weather adventuresA versatile mitten with dexterity that's perfect for all types of winter activities
Rating Categories Gore-Tex Mitten Arc'teryx Fission SV Glove Black Diamond Guide - Women's Alti Mitt Black Diamond Mercury Mitt
Warmth (25%)
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8
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10
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Water Resistance (25%)
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8
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Durability (15%)
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Features (10%)
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Specs Gore-Tex Mitten Arc'teryx Fission... Black Diamond... Alti Mitt Black Diamond...
Waterproof Material Dry-Ride Two Layer & Gore-Tex Insert 84% nylon/16% elastane, Gore-Tex GORE-TEX waterproof insert GORE-TEX 2.5 Layer/Leather palm Pertex Shield
Insulation Type ThermaCore Synthetic Insulation 200g PrimaLoft Silver and 133g Gold synthetic fibers 170 g PrimaLoft® Gold insulation PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation 170g in shell, 340g in liner 340-grams Primaloft Gold w/ high loft synthetic insulation
Palm Material Leather, Sticky Icy Grip Palm Goat leather Goat leather Pittards® Armortan® leather Goat leather
Inner Glove Material (if applicable) Fleece Octa Loft Boiled wool and 200 g fleece palm lining Moonlite Pile™ fleece High-loft fleece
Double or Single Construction? Double Single Single Double Double
Gauntlet or Cuff Length? Gauntlet Medium Cuff Medium cuff Long cuff (shell) Guantlet (liner) Gauntlet
Special features Nose wipe, leashes, warmer pockets, wrist cinch Unisex fit, kevlar stitching, removable wrist leash, carabiner loop Nose wipe, knuckle padding, no leash, kevlar stitching Kevlar stitching, carabiner loop, removable wrist leash Nose wipe, trigger-finger liner, carabiner loop, no wrist leash, foam padding on knuckles, kevlar stitching
Sizes (Women's) XS, S, M, L XS, S, M, L, XL XS,S,M,L S,M,L XS, S, M, L
Fit True to size Fits large (unisex sizing) Fits small Fits large True to size
Treatment Required? No Yes No No No
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime 1 year Lifetime 1 year

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 superb price, this is our top recommendation and a favorite among our lady testers.

Performance Comparison


Whether you are backcountry skiing or hitting the resort, these...
Whether you are backcountry skiing or hitting the resort, these dexterous and warm mittens are a great choice for most conditions through the winter. Plus, they are offered at an affordable price.
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Warmth


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.

On this snowy day, temperatures dipped into the single digits. When...
On this snowy day, temperatures dipped into the single digits. When hiking uphill, we simply slipped off this ultra-warm mitt and on the downhill and put them back on. In all cases, our hands stayed dry and warm.
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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.

Warm and comfortable - even in these chilly sub-zero temperatures.
Warm and comfortable - even in these chilly sub-zero temperatures.
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Water Resistance


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 warm and 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 was still dry.

This mitten features a Gore-Tex insert that promotes breathability...
This mitten features a Gore-Tex insert that promotes breathability and proves to be water-resistant in both frozen and liquid water.
Photo: amber king

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.

Dexterity


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.

Easily stripping skins with this thinner mitten. Sometimes, when...
Easily stripping skins with this thinner mitten. Sometimes, when temperatures weren't too cold, we just took off the shell to get excellent dexterity with just the liners.
Photo: amber king

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.

We could easily press the pins on this avalanche shovel when getting...
We could easily press the pins on this avalanche shovel when getting ready to dig a pit in this shallow snow pack.
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Durability


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.

The leather palms are durable and designed to keep your hands...
The leather palms are durable and designed to keep your hands protected, even if you find your hands in the snow more often than not!
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Features


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 it to text, call, or simply surf social media while you ride up the lifts this winter.

We appreciate this pocket where you can easily stuff a hand warmer...
We appreciate this pocket where you can easily stuff a hand warmer or open it up for extra ventilation.
Photo: amber king

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 single pull cinches on the gauntlet are simple to use and smooth.
The single pull cinches on the gauntlet are simple to use and smooth.
Photo: amber king

The leashes are removable, and the handwarmer pocket fits chemical hardwarmers as expected. The thumb is also outfitted with a little extra fabric that functions as a nose or google wipe. Overall, we're happy with the well-thought-out construction and features it offers. No complaints.

Value


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. Our conclusions? Look no further if you want a high-value contender that'll look good, perform well, and go anywhere you ski or snowboard this winter.

Conclusion


Enjoy the Burton Gore-Tex Mitten whether you're slaying steep couloirs or riding the groomers at the resort. The versatile double-mitten construction features a smartphone adapted liner, water & windproof exterior, leather palm, and a stylish look. In our experience, it kept our hands warm and dry through cold weather while skiing, snowboarding, and simply sledding with the family. A stellar deal with exceptional performance that our testers expect to continue using in their personal pursuits.

Our main tester enjoys a few powdery turns early season with this...
Our main tester enjoys a few powdery turns early season with this excellent value mitten.
Photo: amber king

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