FlyLow Oven Mitt Review
Compare to Similar Products
FlyLow Oven Mitt
|Price||$49.95 at Backcountry|
Compare at 3 sellers
Check Price at Amazon
$64.95 at Amazon
$49.95 at REI
|Check Price at Backcountry|
Compare at 3 sellers
|Pros||Tough, waterproof, warm, dexterous for a mitt||Warm enough, weatherproof, reasonable price||Warm, great features, comfortable, inexpensive||Very dexterous, breathable, great fit, fair price||Tough, windproof, durable|
|Cons||Sweats out easily, must apply Sno-Seal often to avoid soaking up water||Poor dexterity, slightly tight fit around the knuckles||Not dexterous, bulky and cumbersome||No wrist leash, soft-shell construction can wear out quickly, overall durability||Bulky stitching, not very warm, not waterproof|
|Bottom Line||A tough, trendy, and affordable choice for resort or backcountry skiing||A warm and fully featured ski glove for a great price||A quality mitten that is super warm, comfortable, and relatively inexpensive||A more dexterous but less durable deviation from hardware store leather gloves, this model is an OK choice for resort, side-country and short backcountry missions||Trendy and stylish, but lacking in key aspects of versatility for skiing, these gloves are solid winter work gloves, so don't hesitate if you're looking for that utility|
|Rating Categories||FlyLow Oven Mitt||Gordini GTX Storm T...||The North Face Mont...||REI Co-op Guide Ins...||Flylow Ridge Glove|
|Water Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||FlyLow Oven Mitt||Gordini GTX Storm T...||The North Face Mont...||REI Co-op Guide Ins...||Flylow Ridge Glove|
|Double or Single Glove||Single||Single||Single||Single||Single|
|Gaunlet or Cuff?||Cuff||Gauntlet||Gauntlet||Cuff||Cuff|
|Palm Material||Pigskin leather||Polyurethane||Synthetic leather||Leather||Cowhide leather|
|Waterproof Material||SnoSeal beeswax||Gore-Tex||DryVent||None||SnoSeal beeswax|
|Insulation Type||Spaceloft Micropuff||Megaloft||Back of hand: 250g Heatseeker Eco
Palm: 160g Heatseeker Eco
|Polyester fibers||Spaceloft Micropuff|
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 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 simple construction and lack of a waterproof membrane. 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 with 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 mittens that did not wear out prematurely from carrying a snowboard. Stitching is where the Oven Mitts begin to lose points. It does not appear to be up to the higher standard of more expensive options.
There isn't much to be said about the Oven Mitts' features because of their simplicity. They are simple leather mittens, after all. 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.
Should You Buy the Flylow Oven Mitt?
The Oven Mitts don't stand out in any of our performance metrics. Overall, they are very simple and basic, but they are also affordable. If you're going for the mitten look and want a decent level of dexterity at a reasonable price, these may be a good fit.
What Other Ski Gloves Should You Consider?
If you are a dedicated mitten-wearer, you can get the much better The North Face Montana Ski Mitt for just a little more money. If you want the warmest mittens that money can buy, the Black Diamond Mercury Mitt is super warm, waterproof, and durable. If you aren't committed to mittens, we like The North Face IL Solo Pro for a lightweight pair of ski gloves that excels in a variety of conditions and is great for the backcountry.
Ad-free. Influence-free. Powered by Testing.
GearLab is founded on the principle of honest, objective, reviews. Our experts test thousands of products each year using thoughtful test plans that bring out key performance differences between competing products. And, to assure complete independence, we buy all the products we test ourselves. No cherry-picked units sent by manufacturers. No sponsored content. No ads. Just real, honest, side-by-side testing and comparison.Learn More