These are definitely the flashiest mittens on the slopes. And they happen to be functional, too.
Astis—the Cree word for mittens—makes suede mitts and gloves with elaborate bead designs and fringes. They look like nothing else on the market, and I’m stoked about them for a few reasons.
The company uses Kevlar threads to sew the beads onto the mitts, preventing the artwork from falling off after only a few uses. The products are all made from silicon-injected suede leather and lined with high-loft Polartec fleece—my hands stayed warm and dry even during the dreaded polar vortex.
I’ve found that I can’t make it through a lift line without eliciting compliments when I’m wearing these mitts. And you don’t have to take my word for it. Pro riders like them too—Kaylin Richardson, Colby West, Jess McMillan, Nick Martini, Mark Morris, and Katrina DeVore all sport Astis.
This year, Astis is moving its production to California. Rumor has it that by next season custom beading will be available. In the interim, Astis offers 39 different patterns and styles in short- and long-cuff gloves and mitts. Look for six new designs this fall.