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Mercury Mitts


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Mercury Mitts

Manufacturer: Black Diamond

Your Opinion: 
 - 4 Votes


Page By: JB99

Created/Edited: Oct 27, 2009 / Oct 27, 2009

Object ID: 6536

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Product Description

Designed for the coldest days in the mountains, the super warm Mercury Mitt has a trigger finger liner that gives greater dexterity and extra abrasion protection.


Removable liner with a 100% waterproof BDryTM insert

Woven nylon, abrasion-resistant shell with 4-way stretch

Combination 284 g (10oz) PrimaLoft One® and Polartec ThermalPro® high loft insulation

Goat leather palm with Kevlar stitching

Liner has trigger finger

Personal Experience

I almost didn't buy these mittens when I tried them on in the store purely because of the trigger finger. Ironically that has become one of my favorite things about them. It allows you to have a lot more dexterity than a mitt without it. These are also very warm yet not too bulky which is nice when using an ice axe or even just trekking poles. Compared to the OR Alti Mitt these are probably not quite as warm but I have worn them comfortably for a full day in single digit temps. After a year of use they haven't lost any piling and are just as soft and comfortable as when they were new. I have used an REI branded mitt that was great initially but quickly lost its loft and softness after a few uses. These are also a lot less expensive than some comparable mittens like TNF Himalayan, OR Alti, Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero etc. To sum it up these are my first choice on all but the coldest (subzero Fahrenheit) winter days. Then the OR Alti Mitts come out. A+.


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rggAlmost good enough for the Andes

Voted 4/5

I bought these in 2009, for my first mountaineering trip in the Andes. For most of the mountains, they performed well, but on a few very cold and windy days I wished I had a warmer pair. Not that there was any chance of frostbite, I just had cold fingers. So, almost good enough.
That said, for future trips to the Andes I don't plan to buy new ones. I can manage the occasional cold day. But if I ever go to colder regions, I'm going shopping again.

Update (Nov 2011): I've been to the Andes two more times, the second trip lasting several months, so my mittens got a lot of wear. They did all right, but the isolation is getting a bit thinner. I'll need new mittens even for the Andes now.
Posted Nov 29, 2010 9:35 am

asaking11Super Warm Mitts

Voted 5/5

These gloves are super warm. I wear these all throughout the Idaho winters, and they always keep my digits plenty warm and dry. By far my favorite pair of gloves. They're flexible enough to grab onto a trekking pole, and an ice axe.
Posted Jan 2, 2012 11:08 pm

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