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  1. steve
    February 11, 2013

    I too love these mitts.

    Another Dachstein item that is also extremely warm is their ‘alp hat’. You won’t see many of these because they are hard to find and usually out of stock. I got mine from bradleyalpinist. I have no affiliation with this company–and had to wait several months to get one. My only complaint is the ‘scratchy’ feel of the wool on my head. This is easily mitigated by using a thin scarf or bandana as a liner.

  2. Andrew Mazibrada
    February 11, 2013

    I tested Hestra boiled wool mitts this year, alongside Hestra insulated gloves and insulated mitts. All in the same -20?C temperatures in Norway. Of course, the Hestra insulated mitts were best but I was stunned at how good the boiled wool mitts were. Dachsteins are famous among climbers but relatively unknown among hikers. They are relatively cheap too, as the technology is not particularly new. They will definitely be on my list for winter hiking. I use Buffalo mitts normally which are much lighter and do much the same thing but perhaps not in such cold temperatures. Mitts are definitely the warmest thing to put on your hands in winter – if your hands are already cold, they warm them up far more swiftly than gloves and they keep them warm. Consider my epiphany complete!

  3. Paul
    February 11, 2013

    I am a huge fan of these mittens and have used them for years. Their is a US online retailer, Sweaters International. In addition to the mitts the socks work very well. They are very warm and wear well.

    • Earlylite
      February 11, 2013

      Finally found the site a few days ago and ordered a pair of the dachsteins. Limited sizes available and its hard to tell what you’re going to get from the photos on their web site. Still at $36 it worth the gamble, I guess.

      • Paul
        February 11, 2013

        I think you will be please. Good stuff at a reasonable price.

  4. Uncle Tom
    February 11, 2013

    I still have my antique Dachsteins, along with my Sierra cup, and my Trailwise pack.

  5. Tim
    February 11, 2013

    How is the fit of the thumb? I find most mitts the thumb is too small or short and restrictive, cutting down circulation leading to two cold thumbs.

    • Earlylite
      February 11, 2013

      Roomy. Really no problems on that front.

    • Uncle Tom
      February 11, 2013

      Wow, I thought it was just me. Even with expedition mittens, wool or synthetic linings, my thumbs get cold, and I often need to withdraw them into the core of the mitt when I can. I’m a big consumer of chemical heat packets.

      • Paul
        February 11, 2013

        You may have had frost bite on your thumbs as a kid. Once damaged, it remains sensitive to the cold.

  6. John Whynot
    February 11, 2013

    Unlike Uncle Tom, I no longer have my Dachsteins, Sierra cup, or Trailwise pack. Wish I still did.

    When I still went winter backpacking, I used Dachsteins, with Army surplus wool gloves for liners. EMS used to sell a 60/40 shell with leather palm that went over the combo. Toasty warm…

  7. romney
    February 14, 2013

    $50 for felted mittens?!

    If you know a knitter or crocheter these are incredibly quick and easy to make. The pattern is simple (try Ravelry for many free examples). Wool will felt and shrink (25%) in a normal washing machine cycle with no effort (in fact, sometimes its hard to stop things felting!). Just look for something thats pure wool and NOT superwash.

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