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What mittens to buy? (Calgary winters)

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  • Feb 2nd, 2019 3:37 pm
Aug 15, 2018
85 posts

What mittens to buy? (Calgary winters)

Hi all,

I bought gloves but they aren't very warm. I was told mittens are best.

Can anyone recommend a good brand/model that would work for very cold weather? Ideally 100$ maximum.

Thanks in advance,
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Oct 27, 2009
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I understand that Calgary gets very cold and that the streets don't get salted. I'd suggest insulated gloves (even work gloves for cold temperatures from Home Depot) because mittens (knit or fleece 1) don't grip things well especially if you are carrying plastic bags or totes of groceries and 2) are pretty useless on their own when it feels like -10C or colder! Gloves are better for when you have to haul yourself over snowdrifts or windrows left on sidewalks or helping someone push something out of snow or shovelling snow/chipping ice.

However, stretchy mittens over gloves give you about an extra 10C of warmth if you are facing -20C temperatures. Just the grip issue is a hassle (door handles are hard to grab with two fabric layers over your hands).
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Sep 15, 2018
86 posts
any suggestions for touch screen friendly gloves that are warm but does not sacrifice too much dexterity?
Jan 31, 2007
406 posts
Fellow Calgarian that rides his bike to work in the winter.

My Marks work wearhouse deerskin thinsulate ($35) mittens are warmer than my dakine goretex insulated ski gloves ($100+). This is for a 15-20min ride to work. Sure they’re not fancy, and a little bit of the deerskin fluff rubs off on my handlebars but damn toasty!
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Nov 1, 2009
1382 posts
You can check Costco, they've got Roots mitten 3in1. (about $24 I think)
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Jan 2, 2015
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I got some really bulky down ones at Costco, they were about $40. Much better than the cheaper $25 ones.

I really like the ones that have an inner liner, and then the heavy glove that goes on the outside. I use these for skiing and cold outsoor. I also have Costco head ones that I use for day to day. They are fine for a short walk or driving, but not sure if I would use it outside for a long time in -30.
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