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PossumDown Gloves and MLD eVent Rain Mitts

January 14, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

I have long sought a light glove and waterproof shell combination which does not let me down even when temperatures reach -10 degrees centigrade. I have now found just such a combination which weighs a total of only 63 grams!

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1. PossumDown gloves
These gloves offer an unbelievable weight/warmth ratio. A pair in size L weighs only 38 grams and keeps the hands considerably warmer than any other glove in this weight category of which I am aware. This glove has its origins in New Zealand and has been distributed for some considerable time in the USA by Backpackinglight.com. It is, however, also available in Germany via “Shop New Zealand”. The only difference with the latter model is a leather patch which is easily removable (saving 3 grams).

2. Mountain Laurel Designs eVent Rain Mitts
I have found MLD eVent Rain Mitts to be an ideal supplement to the PossumDown glove. The Rain Mitts are waterproof, offer good breathability and weigh only 25 grams in size L. Even though the MLD website indicates that these have only been designed as 3-season gloves, many people probably also have them in full winter use. In my case, no signs of wear and tear are in evidence even after a number of trips. Care needs to be exercised when using the gloves near campfires or other sources of heat, since the eVent membrane may become damaged.

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The Shell Mitts are available via the Mountain Laurel Designs Shop in the USA.

Links:
Shop New Zealand: www.geschenkeausneuseeland.de
Mountain Laurel Designs Shop: www.mountainlaureldesigns.com

Comments

3 Responses to “PossumDown Gloves and MLD eVent Rain Mitts”
  1. Dingo says:

    I found Possumdown at a store in Virginia: http://www.thecameleer.com

  2. Rob McKay says:

    I found the MLD eVent mitts NOT waterproof. Ron gave me a pair to test when he first developed these. I also seam sealed mine on the insides. Last w/e coming off Mt Taranaki in full storm gear my possum gloves were soaked after about an hour. I think these mitts are good for wind, but not heavy rain. I am surprised you report these as waterproof

  3. trailblaze says:

    Hi Rob,
    I used them in rain also with no problem, but perhaps it was not that heavy rain you had. Thanks for your comment.

    Johannes / Trailblaze.

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