Gear Review: Black Diamond Superlight Mitt

Warm doesn't have to mean weight.


Winter warriors have long accepted heavier gear as the price of keeping their toes and fingers. But these beefy mittens bust the warm-must-be-weighty myth. Their secret? A wispy-yet-tough 15-denier ripstop Pertex shell encases a Gore-Tex liner and a fluffy dose of PrimaLoft fill, which combined to keep our tester’s digits toasty and dry while ice climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park. Rated to -25°F, they were the warmest for the weight he’d ever used, and they stuff to softball size. Bonus: “I still had enough dexterity to manipulate ’biners at the belay,” he says. Credit the supple, tacky sheepskin leather palms (with Kevlar stitching for excellent durability). A wish: a clipping loop for hanging them on a harness. $180; 10 oz.; (unisex XS-L);