Imagine my surprise when I found a pair of Montane resolute mitts under the tree on Christmas morning. Ever since I saw them here I've been wanting a pair of these. WANTING you understand. Either Santa saw fit to grant my wish or he misplaced his own after taking them off to down the mince pie and glass of malt. I think the latter explanation is entirely plausible. Living at the North Pole I expect he knows a thing or two about gear for cold climates and these look like just the thing for high altitude winter slee rides! Either way, they're mine now, even if that means I'm off his list for next year.
So what about the mitts? Well, first impressions are good. Very good indeed. "But", I hear you say, "at £70 a shot they'd have to be". And you'd be right too. So what exactly do you get for your hard earned? Well, for a start, you get four gloves and that's two more than you get in a standard cash for gloves transaction.
Two of the four are lobster claw, pertex inners with heavy fibre pile insulation. Pertex/Pile, sound familiar? It should do, it's been around a long time! Buffalo clothing systems are built on the principle and anybody who's worn buffalo clothing will tell you it works. Pertex blocks the wind and the pile serves the double function of insulating and transporting moisture away from the skin. As long as you're active this stuff will still feel warm when wet. Still not convinced? I agree. In principle that's not enough to command a market value of £70, you can get seven buffalo mitts for that ammount. So what else do you get?