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Ethan Rambacher | 06.27.2019

Men's Outdoor Research Adrenaline Mitts specs

  • Weight: 5.7 oz / 162 g (men's large)
  • 266 g EnduraLoft insulation
  • Ventia insert
  • AlpenGrip LT palm material

Where to get it

$50 • Amazon | Backcountry | Outdoor Research

The Bottom Line: The OR Adrenaline Mitts are great-value, waterproof mittens with fantastic warmth, durability, and comfort. Although not as warm as expedition mitts like the Alti mitts, the Adrenaline Mitts offer enough warmth to stay comfortable while camping in zero-degree weather. Although they sacrifice a few features like a soft nose wipe and a zipper pocket, they are extremely comfortable, packable, and waterproof.

 


Donning the Adrenaline mitts, a functional and economical option for winter excursions, on an icy day in the Adirondacks. Ethan Rambacher.

I was tired of my hands getting cold on winter hiking and camping trips, so I splurged on a nice pair of ski mitts. I am very glad I did, as these have saved my fingers a few times already.

The OR Adrenaline Mitts are no-frills, functional ski mittens that are warm, waterproof, and comfortable. I found my hands getting cold only around zero degrees as long as I was doing some sort of activity. When camping in zero degrees, my hands got a bit cold unless I did a few jumping jacks every once in a while to stay warm, but I was still comfortable. At only 5.7 ounces, they are a great backup plan for winter hiking, lightweight enough to stay in the pack in case someone's gloves get wet or the weather goes south.

The mitts are very comfortable with a soft, non-removable inner liner. I find the finger box to be fairly large, which is actually quite useful for warming up snacks or camera batteries quickly or for stuffing in hand warmers. There's enough room to wiggle your fingers and also to fit the thumb into the main finger box. In sub-zero temps, sometimes I noticed the palm grip material getting a bit stiff, but not uncomfortable.

The wrist of the mitten has an easy cinch strap that helps trap warmth in the mitten. There is also a large gauntlet that is easy to fit over a jacket and easy to open/close with one hand. Because the mitts have a fair amount of insulation, they sacrifice a lot of dexterity, but this is kind of expected on any pair of mitts.

I've abused the mitts a few times on mountaineering trips, and they are holding up very well. They are very durable and well built, living up to Outdoor Research's good reputation for high quality products.

For $50, these are highly functional, warm, and comfortable mittens. At that price, you miss out on a few features like touchscreen compatibility, soft nose wipe, zipper pockets, and wrist leashes. But if those features aren't important for you, then I'd highly recommend the OR Adrenaline Mitts.

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