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From the top of Everest to wind-swept Antarctic ice fields, the waterproof and ridiculously warm Absolute Mitt is designed for the world’s harshest environments. READ MORE
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From the top of Everest to wind-swept Antarctic ice fields, the waterproof and ridiculously warm Absolute Mitt is designed for the world’s harshest environments. Learn More


Our warmest and lightest expedition mitt that will keep your hands warm and dry with minimal weight (and can also serve as a really lightweight packable stash mitt for emergencies). Imported.

  • Removable liner with a 100% waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex insert with XCR Product Technology
  • Reinforced thumb for working with fixed lines
  • Woven nylon, abrasion-resistant shell with 4-way stretch
  • Absolute Mitts outer shell - 340 g PrimaLoft Kodenshi
  • Absolute Mitts inner shell - 200 g PrimaLoft Kodenshi
  • Goat leather palm with Kevlar® stitching
  • Imported

Tech Specs

Weight Per Pair :   [Size M] 424 g (15 oz)
Temperature Range :   -40/-28 °C (-40/-20 °F)


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Absolute Mitts is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Initially Great, Liner Thining Bought these mitts 3 years ago, looking for the warmest possible for the cold MI winters. Initially, these mitts were great and kept my fingers toasty warm in season 1, then in season 2 and now in season 3 the liner material continues to thin quickly and is failing along the fingertips and palms loosing the warmth of that first season. Always air dry so not sure why the liner material is matting down and failing so bad. Guess for $220+ I was expecting a longer lifespan for the investment. Just sorry that the interior materials will not stand up like the quality of the exterior materials. Too bad, as it is almost a great product. Bummer.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a True Mitten I purchased these after having the Mercury Mitt last season in hope of finding a true mitten to keep my hands warm while backcountry skiing and mountaineering on cold days. After receiving these I was disappointed to find these also have split index finger slot. I will be returning them. Note that it is not mentioned in the description that the absolute mitten has a split finger liner. Hopefully I can find a true mitten out there, or has everyone forgotten that that the idea of a mitten is that all your fingers are in the same space for warmth?
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm but lacking dexterity I bought these for my wife who has small hands and they are always cold. She had the Mercury Mitt prior to this. She just could not grip her ski poles properly. They were warm as advertised in 4 degree weather in VT. We are returning these and are hoping black diamond will accept them and exchange them for a new pair of Mercury mitts. I'm still giving a 5 star because the product seemed very well made and functioned properly for warmth. If you do not require the dexterity and just need the warmth this is the perfect option for you. If you need the dexterity and a little less warmth then the Mercury mitt would be a better option.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Warm! I purchased these mitts for myself for when the weather in northwest territories is very cold many times below -30 or -40 degrees Celsius. They are very well made and hold up in all kinds of conditions. I really liked that they come up high on your forearm and prevent any snow from blowing in on snowmobiles, wind from hitting any exposed skin and keep you dry. All around a fantastic product. They are definitely too large to run a chainsaw, or other equipment but are fantastic with a small pair of mitts underneath, you just slide them off and with the drawstrings they hand on your arm until you're done what you're doing then you can slip them back on. All around great!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very warm, huge These mitts are enormous, and enormously warm. Having said that, they are surprisingly tactile and hold ski poles and skidoo handles well. I am not a big fan of the BD need to separate the trigger finger in the liner. Lobster mitts are available and guess which finger takes the longest to warm up. My arctic pals use liner gloves inside their mitts for brief on/off fine motor skills work and this system does not work very well in fingered liners. I have had my liner resewn.
Date published: 2013-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MEGA Warm For those trying to decide which one of several mitts you want to buy, let me give you a bit of personal experience with three BD mitts, each of which I own and use for different types of trips. I work in the mountains of Western Canada and spend a lot of time in the Canadian Rockies (renowned for the occasional arctic/polar outbreaks in winter, especially this winter 2016/17 where we have already experienced a 21 day cold snap with more to come)! The Mercury mitts have been my backup pair in my pack for a while now. They are not too bulky and you still maintain a reasonable amount of dexterity for those cold days at the resort or the unexpected chill while ski touring. They are the lightest and least pricy of the three pairs of BD mitts I own and are a suitable choice a huge proportion of the time. I recently stepped up and bought a pair of Super Light Mitts. WOW! They seem a bit warmer but that may be a function of my Mercury mitts being a bit older now. They also pack down nicely and I am thinking that they will replace the Mercury in my pack for all of my backcountry outings, whereas the Mercury will be kept for cold days at the resort. I can't speak to the longevity of the Super Light as I haven't used them much, but for warmth they are certainly a thing of Beauty! They are more expensive than the Mercury but I think the warmth justifies it for me as I hate cold hands. For expeditions I would suggest that the Absolute mitts are the ticket. They are 50 percent heavier than the Super Lights and a lot bulkier and expensive but they are MEGA warm. I also bought a pair for Christmas for my brother in law who works outdoors in Security. Yeah baby! Bring on the cold! The bulk makes them impractical for a day to day mitt but the next time I go for a week onto the Columbia Icefields I will tuck these babies in the bottom of my pack. No more suffering while melting snow for drinking water on those frigid mornings. (Note: I have posted this review under all three mitts so don't bother reading it three times!)
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Warm And Comfortable My wife gets cold VERY easily and she's constantly looking for a way to stay warm enough to enjoy the outdoors during wintertime. I purchased these gloves for her and ended up getting a pair for myself as well. They are very well made and comfortable. Although a little on the large size, they aren't overwhelming when you consider what they do. These are warm gloves that take the bite off of really cold days (0 degree range.) We use them mostly for snowshoeing and hiking in the winter where you generate a lot of heat going uphill but then cool off coming back down. I would not wear them for a climb because how warm they are but they really make the 10 degree and colder days more enjoyable. Easy to pack as well!
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really a mitten system! Unlike with the Mercury mitten, where the outer shell is just leather and nylon, without insulation, in the Absolute mitten the outer mitt is extensively insulated. Indeed, the Absolute outer mitt by itself is, in my opinion, a warmer mitten than the Mercury complete. You needn't buy both. Further, since the Absolute outer mitt is so commodious, you can wear one or two glove liners, or most any not-too-thick glove, inside it, letting you whip off the outer mitt and obtain dexterity but still some warmth. And, of course, when it gets really cold, use the Absolute inner mitt. The only functional problem with the 2013 version of the mitt is that the gauntlet cinch takes two hands to operate, unlike the Mercury one which uses the one-handed pull system. Wonder why they didn't put that in the Absolute?? Can this be retrofitted? Style-wise, I prefer the deep weaving in the Mercury nylon, and the much larger BD logo to the flat nylon and small logo in the Absolute. The larger reflective logo is safer if you use it on streets. But those are just nits.
Date published: 2014-01-14
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