I must admit that I’m not the biggest fan of mittens. I like to have my fingers for dexterity, and often they are way too warm for me. However, if you’re looking for a seriously warm mitten for cold days on the mountain, the Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts have you covered.
Warmth: The Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts have a 70D nylon shell and a 300g removable fleece liner. This combination is warm. For someone like me who run really warm, the shell is perfect for mild days, and the liner is warm enough for most other days. Put them together and you have a seriously warm glove. If that wasn’t enough, the inside liner has a pocket for hot hands to really help heat things up.
Waterproofing: The Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts have a waterproof Ventia shell. I have never had experience with the Ventia shell before, but they seem to shed water pretty well, but without a better insert I fear that the gloves could wet out if you’re in wet weather for a really extended period of time. I’d like to spend a bit more time with this glove, or another Ventia glove, and see how they hold up in a light rain or heavy wet snow.
Breathability: This is always an interesting thing to test out with really warm gloves. Chances are that if you’re wearing really heavy mitts, you’re not extremely concerned with breathability. What I mean is that if you’re into backcountry sking or hiking to your favorite stash, chances are you’re not going to need an extremely warm glove. For these types of activities, you’re going to want something that’s a bit less insulated, and better at moderating your hand temperatures as you’re working hard to earn your turns. That being said, the Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts are just a bit too warm to really feel breathable. As long as the temperatures are really cold, you probably wouldn’t have issues with moisture build up on the inside. Once it warms up a bit, then you’ll probably be better off taking the Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts off.
Fit: The shell of the Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts fit really well, but the 300g fleece liner feels bulky and slightly small. I’d probably size up for a better fit. Plus the liner feels a bit uncomfortable in certain areas (thumb).
Durability: I’ve had a lot of experience with Outdoor Research gloves and have been pretty happy with how well they hold up. The outer nylon shell feels rugged and after several season with the Outdoor Research Axium (A Similar material glove), they have help up really well.
Other Features: My favorite thing about the Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts is the removable liner. I like being able to use the mitts as a shell, liner, or all three together. The liner itself is very heavy and warm, but it’s designed to allow you fold over the finger “flap” and expose your fingers for better dexterity (and to cool them off). The flab is held with magnets, that seem to hold well, but they can feel a bit weird when you first put the liners in the shell. The gauntlet style cuff is roomy, but cinches down well. A drawcord on the cuff closes out the cold and snow and is quite easy to use with one hand. The wrist leash works well.
Mittens are definitely not my favorite, but I think many people will love the warmth the Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts provide. The liner is seriously warm, and with a pocket for hot hands you will stay warmer longer.
Size Worn: XL (Hand Circumference: 8.5 Inches, Hand Length: 7.5 Inches)
What I look for in a glove: My hands run really warm, so I like a glove that isn’t too hot! I really love gloves that have removable liners so I can use them together on really cold days, or use just the shell, or just the liner. I also really like to have dexterity when skiing. I don’t necessarily need a glove that allows me to use my phone, or other small electronics, but I definitely want to be able to buckle my boots, zip my jacket, etc…