FlyLow Oven Mitt Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Tough, waterproof, warm, dexterous for a mitt
Cons: Sweats out easily, must apply Sno-Seal often to avoid soaking up water
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Oven Mitts are one of the more simple product designs we tested, but they hold up well for their price. The Primaloft insulation works well in cold weather but sometimes too well in warmer conditions.
The Oven Mitts were first tested in warm, early season conditions where they did not seem to be a good fit due to the inability to breathe well. These mittens sweat out easily when touring or resort skiing on days above 30F and take a while to dry. That being said, in colder conditions the Primaloft insulation performed great. These mittens are ideal for temperatures between 0F-20F.
The Oven Mitts wetted out fairly quickly in the ice bath/ submersion test, which was expected given their construction. However, they held up well in the ice portion of the test and kept our hands warm longer than some of their pricier counterparts, even when saturated.
As far as mittens go, the Oven Mitts were plenty dexterous. Gripping ski poles is where they stood out most due to the grippy pigskin leather and thin construction. Zipper adjustments were significantly easier with these than some competitors and getting them back under your jacket sleeve was as easy as it should be.
The pigskin leather is what gains the Oven Mittens all the durability points. A long-trusted material, the leather holds up extremely well against weather, ice, wind and sharp edges. Before one of our testers converted from the dark side (snowboarding) many years ago, these were the only gloves that did not rip from carrying a snowboard. Stitching is where the Oven Mittens begin to lose points as it seems to be a cheap, imported stitching job with the intention of moving product.
There isn't much to be said about the Oven Mitts' features because of their simplicity. The elastic cuff fits great on the wrist but the hands can feel a bit loose inside the mittens. This is because of a lack of insulation filling up space, which also contributes to its above-average dexterity.
The Oven Mittens do their job well for their price and are a great option to have in the quiver if you switch out gloves often. They are carried in most ski shops so they also make for a great impulsive buy if you realize you forgot your gloves and don't want cold hands from a cheap alternative.
The Oven Mittens are no award winners but they are a great product that can be trusted for backcountry, sidecountry, and cold-weather resort skiing.
— Travis Poulin