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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 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As Good As It Gets! Nothing warmer--these were my go-to for cold, windy days when gloves just wouldn't cut it. Outer material was strong enough to stand up to rope work and snow abrasion.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my hands were sweating in -31C weather!! :) at -18 on a bike, my hestra heli mitts leave my hands numb and cold. at -31 these mitts had my hands toasty and slightly sweating. these are way warmer than even a $600 pair of OR heated gloves, a lot warmer!! 11/10
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely warm! I purchased these mittens for my husband as a Christmas present. These are his second pair. We went skiing yesterday and despite the cold and wind, his hands stayed warm and dry. I highly recommend them. They are a little costly but worth every penny.
Date published: 2018-01-05
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 2 out of 5 by from save your money Bought them last year for walking the dog. My hands end up in my coat pocket. Not worth $20.
Date published: 2017-11-12
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 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 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
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