I have been a fan of mittens rather than gloves for quite a few years now. Iâ€™m naturally quite cold, and like to stay warm on the lift rides so mittens are an obvious choice. My issue has been finding a pair which did not get too hot while riding on days which were not super cold. Having a combination of good insulation and good breathability to keep hands from getting sweaty is what I am looking for in mittens.
I have used quite a few different pairs from companies including Dakine, Armada and Oakley but these Pimp Hands were the first pair I have used with individual fingers inside the main body of the mitten. This particular model, the Benjamin features a 100% cowhide leather palm and has a 10k waterproof/breathable membrane. They have wrist loops, something I am a big fan of. I like to take my gloves off at the lift and loops make it really easy. Insulation is taken care of by a Thinsulate fleece liner. Overall they are a very well put together mitten and personally Iâ€™m a big fan of the look.
Luckily while testing Whistler experienced virtually every weather condition possible. We were hit by 3 sub-tropical storms, which soaked the entire mountain by some of the heaviest rain I have seen. I went up expecting to get soaked and was pleasantly surprised how well the gloves stood up. Water never got in and although the backs wetted out I did not notice any breathability issues.
A few days later the monsoon rain gave way to heavy snow and colder temperatures. In these conditions the Benjaminâ€™s were excellent. The individual fingers help keep the hand warm without having to make the insulation too thick. This means the gloves are pretty slim and very easy to move in. The leather palm is very grippy and so far has held up very well.
I have found that the Benjaminâ€™s regulate temperature very well. I am not finding Iâ€™m getting too hot after long runs but I have not experienced cold hands once even with some cooler temperatures in the mornings.
If you are looking for some new gloves this season Pimp Hands should certainly be on your radar. Along with these Benjaminâ€™s, they have a full range of gloves and mittens including a favourite of mine, the Darkness. I would easily put them alongside more established brands like Dakine and Oakley and the look is sure to be a hit with Newschoolers.
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