The Rab Expedition 8000 Mitts are the ultimate in lightweight and insulated cold weather hand protection. Designed for the extreme cold but they are also suitable for those who really suffer with cold hands in more usual winter conditions.
The outer is constructed from a lightweight Pertex Quantum Pro fabric which has been DWR treated and Nylon reinforcements on the outer enhance durability in high wear areas. The mitts are insulated with 850 fill power European Goose Down on the backs of the hands and thumb areas providing excellent protection and warmth. Hydrophobic down is used to provide better performance in damp conditions. This down is NOT waterproof, but it will retain its loft for longer if it gets damp, and it will dry faster. In the palm areas there is a dual layer of Primaloft Gold Insulation where down would be more likely to get compressed and wet, so by using a synthetic fill here, it is far more practical. For internal wearer comfort the liner is a soft and heat retaining pebble fleece.
To assist with grip the mitts palms are textured leather. To keep warm air strapped inside the mitts they feature adjustable wrist straps and have elastic drawcord pulls on the wrist hem closures. To prevent the mitts being dropped they have adjustable wrist leashes which are removable if you don't require them. At only 280g the mitts are really compressible making them easy to stow away in your pack.
For more information on down please read Down Fill Power Explained.
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