Page Type Gear Review
Object Title McKinley
Manufacturer Ortovox
Page By desainme
Page Type Oct 26, 2003 / Jan 20, 2007
Object ID 839
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Boiled new wool mittens-4 threaded designed for extreme conditions. Wool is called lanatex
Remarks from Ortovox:
Extra strong, four threaded knitted mitten for extreme conditions. Thanks to the special boiled wool finishing by thermal crimping of the wool fibers the mitten provides improved wind and water protection. In addition, they continue warming even when wet.


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desainme - Oct 26, 2003 9:49 am - Voted 5/5

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Kept me warm for a 6 mile walk in a blizzard-but just Oxford Ohio- It was 10 degrees F.

Stuart Buchanan - Nov 18, 2003 9:54 am - Voted 5/5

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You can always spot people new to winter climbing in Scotland - they tend to use expensive gore-tex gloves which get trashed in only a couple of climbs.

Pretty much everyone else uses Dachsteins / McKinley mitts (Dachsteins are the old name for them here in the UK), unless you're climbing something real hard. They are cheap, pretty robust, and quite warm when wet. I tape the thumbs with gaffer tape, as that part tends to wear out first.

Personally, I use them all the time. The only thing better than a pair of McKinleys, it two pairs!.

The only time when they are not good is when there are very dry, windy conditions, when the wind can get through the wool. In those conditions, a pair of goretex overmitts solve the problem. This is a very rare occurance in the UK though!

tiefenthaler - Apr 26, 2004 3:46 am - Voted 5/5

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Pro's: Robust, warm even when wet and inexpensive. Has been the "standard" for winter mitts in the Alps for decades.

Con's: Need relatively long to dry once wet. But then, they are quite warm even when wet (see above).

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