Backpacker - - Gloves -

OUR TAKE Th­ese mitts felt like ex­pe­di­tion puffies for our hands— only with­out the bulk. Made of su­per-tough cowhide that’s baked and waxed for wa­ter­proof­ing, the Smit­tys are stuffed with Pri­maLoft Sil­ver Eco in­su­la­tion, enough to keep one tester’s hands toasty whether he was tour­ing in Nor­way or rid­ing the chair­lift in Col­orado in 25¡F weather. “They’re thin enough to stash in my pants’ cargo pocket, though,” our tester says. The Smit­tys’ full-leather con­struc­tion meant they held up well over a full sea­son. Nice touch: Foam on the back of the hand helps pro­tect against scrapes with branches and ice.

TRAIL CRED “Mit­tens are of­ten too bulky for me to re­ally feel my poles, but the Smit­tys are low-pro­file enough that dex­ter­ity was bet­ter than ex­pected,” one tester says. $95; 7 oz.; XS-XL; fly­

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