Arcteryx Alpha SV Mitts if you are cool, mittens if you aren’t. The leashes are removable and I love the gauntlet tightening slash loosening mechanism, it works like a charm. These are sturdy but not clunky mittens worthy of the Alpha designation.
I don’t know who I like better, UPS or FedEx. They are both great companies and I am always excited to see either truck rolling in hot with loads of gear goodness. A truly awesome day is when they show up at the same time. It’s like a date with your two favorite woman on the same night and they are both totally cool with it. That happened twice this week, the UPS FedEx thing not the two chics, and one of the packages contained a brand new pair of Arcteryx Alpha SV Mitts.
Holy cow are they nice. From just a design standpoint I think they are the best that I have ever seen. Idiot straps, adjustable wrists, removable liners made of double thickness Polartec Windpro, leather palms and an exterior fabric featuring a highly durable Gore-Tex called N80p-x. Best of all, they fit like they are supposed to and they feel like they were made to work hard in cold snowy weather.
These are the high loft Polatec Windpro liners removed from the shell. They will do nicely most of the time but it would be nice to have a goose down liner option for the super chilly dog situations.
As with all Arcteryx products and especially the Alpha line these are made with best in class materials and the very highest craftsmanship. That is what you expect for your money and that is what the dead bird continues to deliver.
Add these to the other Arcteryx SV gloves and the Hanz Nomex liners that are in my system and I think my hands are covered about as well as they could be. That is a good thing because I still need all my fingers for counting.
My size large pair weighs 9.3 ounces.
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