Once considered the height of uncool (for more on that, read Pingu’s assessment of modern snowboard fashion), the humble mitt is now found on the hands of the great and the good, from Finnish street rails to Alaskan helicopters.
The main benefit is that by having your fingers together, your hands are more likely to stay warm. The obvious disadvantage is that you lose the dexterity that comes with having free-moving fingers. If you’re not sure what’s more important, you can compromise by going for a ‘trigger mitt’ with free index finger.
Given the larger, uninterrupted surface area, mitts tend to boast some of the more out-there designs and graphics – although some opt to keep things simple, especially if they’re heavy on real leather. There’s all sorts in our top picks for 2015/16 – take a look:
Scroll through the list to your heart’s content, or skip to your favourite brand using the links below.
Bro! | Burton | Celtek | DaKine | DC | Grenade | Howl | Level | Oakley | Poler | POW | Quiksilver | Roxy
All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi
Production: Ed Blomfield / Mike Brindley / Andrew Duthie / Sami Tuoriniemi