You've mentioned Outdoor Research's Mutant Modular Mitt in the past as a nice compromise between mittens and gloves, but unfortunately OR stopped making them. Do you know of any other similar mitt/glove compromise? I've got a pair of OR shell mitts, but I'd really like the added dexterity. Daniel Halifax, Vermont
Yeah, there are some other choices now that the Mutant Modular is no longer with us. Outdoor Research makes what it calls the Index Mitt ($45; outdoorresearch.com), which is a mitten that can be peeled back to reveal partially gloved fingers. Worn with glove liners, youd have quite a bit of hand protection under all conditions.
Outdoor Research Index Mitt
Pearl Izumi also makes a true lobster glove, called the AmFib Lobster Glove ($65; pearlizumi.com). It's a very good glovesynthetic insulation, Pearl Izumis proprietary AmFib waterproof/breathable shell, and Pittards leather palm for grip. The cuff has AmFib material, but could be a little longer for really hard winter use. Still, I like these gloves a lot.
Another choice is the Manzella MicroMesh Windstopper Glove ($30; manzella.com). Its a lobster-style glove thats really just a windproof shell with a very light fleece liner. You can wear whatever you want for an under-glove, depending on conditions. I havent used this particular glove, but I have Manzellas fantastic regular Windstopper gloves; theyre light and surprisingly warm even without glove liners.
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