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Outdoor Research Alti Mitt - Women's Review

Built to wear on the tallest mountains and coldest places
Outdoor Research Alti Mitt - Women's
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Price:  $200 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Super warm, water-resistant liner, insulated shell, weather-proof
Cons:  Expensive, too warm and bulky (overkill?) for the average skier, large fit
Manufacturer:   Outdoor Research
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 18, 2019
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#3 of 13
  • Warmth - 25% 10
  • Water Resistance - 25% 10
  • Dexterity - 25% 2
  • Durability - 15% 9
  • Features - 10% 7

Our Verdict

If you're looking to climb to the tops of the world's tallest mountains, the Outdoor Research Alti Mitt has you covered. Even if you're not that extreme and you simply need a solid mitt that will keep your hands happy and warm this winter, it's a great option! Loaded with a combined total of 510-grams of Primaloft Gold insulation, it's one of the warmest options you'll find on the market. The double-glove construction allows any user the opportunity to wear just the shell, just the liner, or both as a whole. Use this glove on your coldest days or consider if you're seeking an expedition level glove. On the flip side, these mittens are expensive and overkill for many resorts and temperatures you might face in the United States. Also, the thick insulation comes with a tradeoff in dexterity. For the right climate and intended use, though, this pair is off the charts.

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Pros Super warm, water-resistant liner, insulated shell, weather-proofWarm, lightweight and packable, breathable, waterproof, single construction, dextrousVery warm, dexterous for a mitt, durable shell, waterproof, removable and water resistant linerWarm, versatile, dexterous for a mitt, touchscreen-compatible liners, excellent valueGreat price, breathable, warm, comes with liner glove
Cons Expensive, too warm and bulky (overkill?) for the average skier, large fitExpensive, won't fit super small handsLiner packs out after a season, split finger design leaves index finger cold, no leashes includedNot a lot of extra insulationNot fully waterproof, less durable construction
Bottom Line Built to wear on the tallest mountains and coldest placesThis unisex glove is off the charts for almost any adult, noticeably feeling different and excelling above other gloves on the market we have testedOur favorite all-around mitten for backcountry and resort skiingA mitten that is weather-resistant and dexterous at a reasonable priceA well-priced glove that'll work fine for your ski trips this winter
Rating Categories Outdoor Research Al... Arc'teryx Fission S... Black Diamond Mercu... Burton Gore-Tex Mitten Dakine Camino
Warmth (25%)
10.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
Water Resistance (25%)
10.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
4.0
Dexterity (25%)
2.0
10.0
5.0
5.0
8.0
Durability (15%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Features (10%)
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Specs Outdoor Research Al... Arc'teryx Fission S... Black Diamond Mercu... Burton Gore-Tex Mitten Dakine Camino
Waterproof Material GORE-TEX 2.5 Layer/Leather palm 84% nylon/16% elastane, Gore-Tex Pertex Shield Dry-Ride Two Layer & Gore-Tex Insert Nylon Shell (black part), Hoxton (75% nylon, 25% polyester) DWR treatment, Leather palm (water-resistant)
Insulation Type PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation 170g in shell, 340g in liner 200g PrimaLoft Silver and 133g Gold synthetic fibers 340-grams Primaloft Gold w/ high loft synthetic insulation ThermaCore Synthetic Insulation 110/350g high loft synthetic
Palm Material Pittards® Armortan® leather Goat leather Goat leather Leather, Sticky Icy Grip Palm Goat Leather
Inner Glove Material (if applicable) Moonlite Pile™ fleece Octa Loft High-loft fleece Fleece 150g tricot, 100% polyester
Double or Single Construction? Double Single Double Double Double
Gauntlet or Cuff Length? Long cuff (shell) Guantlet (liner) Medium Cuff Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet
Special features Kevlar stitching, carabiner loop, removable wrist leash Unisex fit, kevlar stitching, removable wrist leash, carabiner loop Nose wipe, trigger-finger liner, carabiner loop, no wrist leash, foam padding on knuckles, kevlar stitching Nose wipe, leashes, warmer pockets, wrist cinch Google wipe on thumb, touch screen compatible liners, removable wrist leash
Sizes (Women's) S,M,L XS, S, M, L, XL XS, S, M, L XS, S, M, L XS, S, M, L
Fit Fits large Fits large (unisex sizing) True to size True to size A little smaller, size up if you're unsure
Treatment Required? No Yes No No No
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime 1 year Lifetime Lifetime

Our Analysis and Test Results

This mitten features a bomber double-glove construction that offers a wide range of versatility in its uses. It's super warm and built to take on just about anything that winter throws your way. If you want the best in warmth, this is the one to check out.

Performance Comparison


The Alti Mitt is a perfect option for all types of weather...
The Alti Mitt is a perfect option for all types of weather conditions. Both layers function well on their own, and put together, this thing is seriously warm!
Photo: Amber King

Warmth


These are some of the warmest mittens you'll find on the market! Built to take on snow-covered peaks that tower into the sky, it is both super warm and breathable. It has a double construction and features the most insulation that we've seen thus far. It has many unique features that allow the mitten to breathe while insulating and protecting from the worst weather. Wear it while you lay low in a snow cave or while working to become a professional snowperson maker.

The double-mitt construction provides ample warmth offering...
The double-mitt construction provides ample warmth offering 340-grams of PrimaLoft insulation in the liner and 170-grams in the shell. This makes it one of the most versatile contenders, providing hand protection in all weather and climates.
Photo: Amber King

The key feature that makes this mitten better then the rest is the double mitten construction that features insulation in both pieces. The outer shell is constructed of weatherproof Gore-Tex, protecting from both wet and dry days in the winter. When you reach your hand into just the liner, you'll find a plush layer of high loft Moonlite Pile fleece (and 170g of PrimaLoft Gold insulation) that isn't only soft to the touch, but wicks if your hands begin to sweat. What's more is that this mitt offers a lot of space so you can move your fingers around, enhancing circulation and overall warmth. When we took this product to the sub-zero temperatures of Northern Canada, we were happy to learn that our hands stayed toasty and warm — even without an inner liner! What's more is you can throw a hand warmer into the body of the mitten liner, as there's plenty of room to accommodate one or two! The large and long cuff will cover even the bulkiest layers, while the cuff cinch helps to keep heat in when it's cold, and can be released to increase ventilation.

When the days warm up, we opt to wear just the liners. They are even...
When the days warm up, we opt to wear just the liners. They are even quite warm, which we take off for a moment on this skin into a hut based in Colorado.
Photo: Amber King

The next feature is the awesome inner liner. No other product offers a water-resistant liner mitten that functions this well on its own. The outer is water-resistant (not waterproof), and it has a velcro strap around the wrist to ensure a better fit. It is made up of 340-grams of PrimaLoft Gold insulation, offering sufficient warmth while skinning uphill, or for wear on its own on warmer days at the resort.

A look at the fleecy interior material of the water-resistant liner...
A look at the fleecy interior material of the water-resistant liner. As an added warmth feature, it has a pocket to fit a hand-warmer when you need even more warmth on your coldest mountain endeavors.
Photo: Amber King

The versatility in the level of warmth you can achieve with this mitten is not comparable. Wear both the liner and outer shell while adventuring into the coldest conditions you can think of. If you're encountering a sunny day and don't need extra insulation, ditch the liner and use just the shell. Or, if you're planning on hiking uphill for the day, use just the liner. This product offers versatility in a way that you get three mittens in one!

The long cuff fits nicely over even the puffiest of layers. This in...
The long cuff fits nicely over even the puffiest of layers. This in addition to the wrist strap does a fantastic job locking in warmth.
Photo: Amber King

Water Resistance


Weather protection is bomber with the Alti Mitt. With a shell constructed of a 2.5 layer, Gore-Tex shell with a 100% nylon 40-Denier ripstop material, you can assume wonderful wind and water protection. During our dunk test, water didn't permeate through any seams, and the leather palm stayed completely dry. In our field tests, we played in the snow, and even after several hours of making snowmen, our hands stayed dry and happy.

The water-resistant liner is not waterproof but functions well when...
The water-resistant liner is not waterproof but functions well when encountering snow or a little rain.
Photo: Amber King

Not only is the shell basically waterproof, but the inner liners are also pretty amazing. While they aren't waterproof, they are water-resistant. In our water tests, when we just ran water over the liner, it simply beaded up, repelling absorption. When agitating and squishing around the fabric, water eventually permeated the seams, saturating the fleece interior and making it a little wet. This took about 30 seconds of intense agitation. As a result, the liner is water-resistant, but don't expect it to be waterproof.

The waterproof shell is constructed of a high-quality Gore-Tex that...
The waterproof shell is constructed of a high-quality Gore-Tex that repels water... even after spending all day in the wettest weather.
Photo: Amber King

When both the shell and liner are put together, this mitten is seemingly weatherproof. Don't be afraid to wear it in the worst weather you can imagine! It's built to take on 8000-meter summits, and its fabrics' performance is a clear indicator of this.

The beefy OR Alti Mitt offers the best in water-resistant, providing...
The beefy OR Alti Mitt offers the best in water-resistant, providing great warmth throughout the day.
Photo: Amber King

Dexterity


Being a mitten with ample amounts of insulation, dexterity is sadly lost when all parts of the mitt are worn as one. Given that the fit is a little less precise (with the shell on), it's hard to perform even the most basic of tasks. You can definitely zip up a jacket, but trying to unlock your car might result in frustration. Thinking about fiddling with your bindings with the shell on? Don't even consider it — it's near to impossible.

While the leather palm provides a little more friction to grab your...
While the leather palm provides a little more friction to grab your ski poles and other accessories on the mountain, because of its bulky design, it's not very dexterous.
Photo: Amber King

One nice thing is that dexterity isn't completely lost and is made up for when the shell is taken off. The liner (that has protective features) mitt provides a much better option for dexterity, as it is thinner and less bulky. When we went out splitboarding in the backcountry, we could easily remove a pair of skins and put them on, without taking off the liner mittens. When we first attempted with the shell on, it was near to impossible. Overall, like all mitts and products with more layers and bulk, dexterity is lost while warmth and performance in other metrics remain strong.

Features


It comes with all the bells and whistles! It has many features that we love, making it an incredibly versatile mitten. Starting with the double mitten construction, the water-resistant shell on the liner provides protection and can be worn on its own. This means multi-faceted use for wear at the ski resort, backcountry touring, or while mountaineering.

The shell is constructed with a super long and wide cuff that will fit over even the puffiest of layering set-ups. The cinch cord around the cuff has a single-pull mechanism that is big enough to be pulled easily. There is also a simple release mechanism if you need to vent moisture and heat.

The cinch and release pulls are large enough to be operated easily...
The cinch and release pulls are large enough to be operated easily, even with the Alti Mitt's less dexterous design.
Photo: Amber King

The removable leashes are tied to the interior of the mitten and can be removed if you're not a fan of them.

A look at the removable leashes that fit nicely over bulky layers.
A look at the removable leashes that fit nicely over bulky layers.
Photo: Amber King

If you plan on mountaineering or ice climbing in the mountains, taking off the shells and clipping them to the harness is easy. On the top of the outside of the shell is a carabiner loop. This allows you to simply clip the mitt to your harness when you don't need the shell… think while you're climbing a pitch of ice (after sitting at an icy belay stance) or while hiking uphill and the sun begins to beat down. Last but not least is the big loop attached to the interior of the cuff that allows you to pull on the shell with ease.

The carabiner loop is conveniently located on the top of the glove...
The carabiner loop is conveniently located on the top of the glove so you can attach it to your harness cuff down. This ensures that snow can't get inside when you need a little more ventilation as you explore.
Photo: Amber King

The liner is a little more barebones, offering little to no features, but great insulation. It doesn't have a huge cuff and instead features a gauntlet construction. It is minimalist and lightweight with a water-resistant outer. The liner stays in place in the shell with the use of a velcro attachment point. When worn on its own, this same velcro attachment point is used to cinch down the wrist of the mitt for a better fit.

The awesomely functional internal liner that is water resistant...
The awesomely functional internal liner that is water resistant, warm, and can be worn as its own mitten.
Photo: Amber King

While this mitt is not smartphone compatible, you can certainly purchase a liner that is compatible. The inner mitt is large enough to accommodate another layer underneath, especially one that might offer compatibility with your touchscreen device.

Durability


Constructed of a bomber Gore-Tex outer with 40-Denier ripstop fabric, this mitt is super durable. Its palm is made of Pittards Armortan leather, adding additional protection where it's required the most.

A bomber leather palm coupled with high-quality Gore-Tex and kevlar...
A bomber leather palm coupled with high-quality Gore-Tex and kevlar stitching makes this a durable product that will last you for years to come.
Photo: Amber King

Even after skiing for several days, digging snow pits, and lounging around on ski lifts, we see little to no signs of any durability issue. Only a single stitching fly-away on the liner. Even after washing both the shell and liner, we didn't observe any performance loss in either the weather protection or insulation. Overall, this is a wonderfully durable product that should last you for many years to come.

A look at the single stitching fly-away that we found. As a result...
A look at the single stitching fly-away that we found. As a result, it's not perfect, but pretty darn close.
Photo: Amber King

Value


If you have the money to spend on it, it's a great value. It features a 3-in-1 construction and super warm construction. For the amount of warmth, this mitt is quite a bit much for the average resort skiier. There are other mitts out there with awesome warmth for a much lower price. However, if you're heading to the top of an 8000-meter summit really cold places, you'll find the performance worth the cost.

Crush the powder on your favorite ski run with the warmest mitten...
Crush the powder on your favorite ski run with the warmest mitten out there. This mitt is suited for the coldest weather in the world, but you can wear it wherever you'd like with all of its wear options.
Photo: Amber King

There are many online deals. Take a look around to find the best deals out there. You could score an awesomely versatile mitten for a little less than retail.

Conclusion


This versatile glove earns a notable mention for its stellar water resistance, warmth, and versatility. It has a wide range of thermoregulation and all-day wear comfort. It's built to take on 8000-meter peaks, but can be used for so much more than that. The double glove construction is completely weatherproof while the liner is water-resistant, making it a great option for hunkering down in a snow cave or while hiking uphill.

The Alti MItts dry out amoungst other gear during a hut trip in the...
The Alti MItts dry out amoungst other gear during a hut trip in the high mountains of Colorado.
Photo: Amber King

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