Good snow gloves or mittens are essential for a good day on the slopes during winters. And nothing squashes a morning faster than what feels like frostbite. Choosing the right pair of gloves for snow sports can be the difference between a fun-filled, comfortable outing and a miserable trip with frigid fingers.
I recently went on a winter trip to Lahaul in Himachal and carried Blue Bolt Yeti Mitts with me. I was a product tester on this trip and used Yeti Mitts in extreme temperatures such as -23 degree Celsius. I can safely say its a magical product cause I have used other gloves in the past for my winter adventures and had almost lost my fingers to frostbite.
I’m sharing my honest experience with you all so that you know what factors to consider before buying winter gloves and buy the right pair of gloves or mitts for your hands.
Before jumping in, I think it’s good for you to know the difference between gloves and mittens so that you can take an informed decision.
Gloves, with their individual fingers, offer better dexterity than mittens and are ideal for activities where you need to frequently handle gear, adjust boot buckles and zip zippers.
Mittens tend to be warmer than gloves because your fingers generate more heat when they’re not separated from each other by fabric, as they are with gloves. They aren’t as dexterous as gloves but they can still serve you well when you’re holding ski poles, carving down the mountain on a snowboard or heading out for a hike in frigid temperatures.
I got my hands on Blue Bolt’s Yeti Mitts cause I was heading to Lahaul where temperatures drop to -30 in extreme cases, and we also indulged in a hike to a monastery on top of a mountain, hence picking up mitts were my goto choice rather than gloves.
When I received the mitts, I realised it’s a wonderful innovation of dexterity and enhances the ease of use. I simply loved the product, it is a culmination of wonderful features that makes Yeti mitts stand out in the current market scenario.
Here’s why I think Yeti Mitts will be the perfect hand in glove companion for all your winter adventures.
Yeti mitts comes in 2 layers, one is the water-resistant insulated mitts and second is the weatherproof overmitts.
Warm & Dexterity go hand-in-hand
Yes! You heard it right. Mitts and dexterity aren’t known to be friends before, but with Blue Bolt Yeti Mitts, that is their major USP. Best part about using this product is for once, we will never have to trade off dexterity for warmth or warmth for dexterity.
How did they achieve this?
For warmth, they have used Climashield Apex insulation, which is the lightest weight and most thermally efficient continuous filament insulation in the market today. This ensures warmth to your hands in extreme weather conditions.
They have achieved dexterity by providing fold-back flaps and a zipper to open and use your fingers for clicking pictures, taking the bottle etc. The magnetic snaps ensure the flaps are folded back and doesn’t hinder the fingers from use. Once done, you can always insert your fingers back into the mitts and zip it up for immediate warmth.
I can first-hand vouch for this from my personal experience. The day we went on the hike, we started it around afternoon and reached the top only by sunset. By then the temperatures had dipped to an easy -12 degrees. It was mind-numbing cold, and I had to record the whole experience on my cam, the fold-back flaps were what helped during that time considering I didn’t have to remove the entire mitts to take a picture. It was quite handy at the same time provided warmth to my palms. As soon as I finished the shoot, I covered my fingers with the mitts and within seconds my hands felt warm and normal even when I was in out in the freezing weather.
Hand Warmer Pockets available for extra warmth
This is another brilliant feature of the product. They have a separate zipped compartment on the top portion of the mitts where one can put the hand warmers for extra warmth.
Nose wipe layer on the thumb
The outlet layer of the thumb is exclusively made for wiping nose and forehead while hiking or trekking in snow. This is such a thoughtful feature to have in a product as it comes useful in most scenarios. While we were on the road from Keylong to Dharcha, the temperature and wind condition became stronger and stronger. I got down from the car and walked about 200m to take in the scene, the winds were so strong that my nose turned red and started dripping. This was a feature that quite literally saved my nose and helped me deal with otherwise awkward situation.
Vegan & Eco-friendly
Yeti Mitts is 100% vegan and environment friendly. The mitts are made of silicone leather, a sustainable alternative to animal leather. It is completely recyclable and environment friendly product. I feel great joy in picking a product that’s not just good for us but also good for the environment.
The second layer is more useful while skiing, snowboarding or pursuing some snow sports. It’s waterproof, weatherproof and comes with adjustable wrist cinch so that the mitts can fit in your hands perfectly and avoid snow from entering your hands.
Made In India
It’s a home grown brand and is developed by an Indian company Blue Bolt Gear. The product I could safely say is at par with top notch brands from the west. Supporting a product made in India not only helps brands grow in our country but also motivates and re-assures Indian minds that are capable of such splendid innovations.
What I like about Yeti Mitts
- It’s a well-thought out design and the fit is perfect
- Fold-back flaps were a magical feature and helped me click damn gorgeous pictures in sub-zero temperatures without losing my fingers
- It’s recyclable and made in India
What Could Be Improved:
- The mitts felt light while wearing but by the looks of it, it looked bulky. So the people I met during my hike assumed I’m wearing a heavier mitts but only after I explained and they tried the product, they understood that it feels lighter than the way it looks.
- Comes only in one colour right now which is black and the outermitts in deep blue. Atleast one more colour option can be added to the product catalogue
With this, we come to the end of my review. Overall, I loved using the mitts and can’t wait for you all to experience it. I look forward to the official launch of the product (at the time this article is published, the product is yet to be launched) in the market so that Yeti can accompany you on your winter escapades. For the ones who are booking it prior to the launch can get a discount of 20% on the retail price. Sign up for the product launch and get this kickass product at a lesser cost.
No matter what type of snow activity you indulge in, making sure that your extremities are cared for is essential to your safety, and more importantly to your fun. Check Quechua shoes review and Tripole Rucksack review here