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Friday, 4 January 2008

Sunday 30 December 2007 - Trek Mates Paclite Mitts

I bought these rather expensive Gore-tex mitts from Bob and Rose some time ago. They have been lurking in my day sack, and yesterday’s hail was the first weather to trigger their retrieval from the depths of that bag.
Putting them on, one of the elastic wrist straps (bottom right in the picture) immediately came adrift. That was slightly annoying, but I was pleased to find that on my return home, with the aid of a pair of pliers, the tag could be re-fixed. The wrist straps are to be treated more gently in future, though.
That aside, these gloves were excellent. They tucked easily under the cuffs of my Paclite smock and my gloves underneath these mitts remained perfectly dry. It was the sort of weather when wet gloves mean cold hands, and I had to restrain my smugness when looking at the soggy gloves worn by the others.
I’ve had trouble over the years finding gloves that don’t leak. Unfortunately these mitts, despite being the large size (of which I see Bob and Rose have now sold out), won’t fit over my winter gloves and mitts, but they were fine over the medium weight gloves I wear in normal conditions. Based on this first brief test these gloves are a worthwhile acquisition. I would have reservations about using them without another pair of gloves underneath, unless the conditions are warm.
Postscript
I tried to get more of these mitts in April 2008, but Bob and Rose at backpackinglight.co.uk have been unable to re-stock them.

2 comments:

David A said...

I used my 'Tuffbags'(same Packlite, different company) on their own, all day in pouring rain on the WHW long haul from Bridge of Orchy the last week of October '07 to Kinlochleven and found them sufficient to keep my hands both warm & dry. In colder weather I wear a windproof glove and put the bags on top if it is wet.

Phreerunner said...

David
I may try the gloves on their own, but they feel more 'waterproof' than 'warm' if you see what I mean, so they will usually be overmitts, especially at this time of year.