Stronghold Mittens Custom

1.35 Ounces
Ships in 5-7 weeks | Made In Winona, Minnesota

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When you need to keep your hands warm in the cold, look no further than the Stronghold Mittens. Built using our ultralight fabrics and continuous filament Climashield APEX synthetic insulation, Stronghold Mittens boast packable warmth and great all-weather performance. It’s also easy to wash your synthetic mittens of dirt, sweat, and oil.

The mitten palm is constructed with durable 70D ripstop nylon, and the outer fabric is ultralight 20D ripstop nylon with a water repellent finish. The gauntlet cuff features a thin shock cord and cordlock to secure the Stronghold Mittens on your hands and lock out cold wind and snow. When you’re not using them, the Stronghold Mittens pack down small to fit just about anywhere in your pack.

  • If using the 6oz. APEX, you may want to size up to compensate for the increased insulation.

Important Note: Custom orders cannot be changed after order placement. Returned custom orders (or custom orders cancelled after production has started) will incur a 20% restocking fee. No exceptions.

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    • Adjustable shock cord at the wrist keeps warmth in and drafts out
    • Mitten palm is constructed with 70D ripstop nylon for durability around camp
    • 20D ripstop nylon outer fabric has a DWR finish and offers great wind protection
    • Climashield APEX insulation performs better than down in wet and humid conditions, dries quickly, packs small, and is easy to clean
    • Built with no sewn-through seams, to eliminate cold spots
    • Ultralight nylon fabric has a DWR finish and has been customized for comfort
    • Fabric colors may appear different from images shown due to rendering and monitor differences. Read more about our Fabrics.
    • Handmade in Winona, Minnesota.

CLIMASHIELD™ APEX weights may vary +/- 10% due to production variances.

We accept returns of new and unused items with all tags attached, within 30 days of shipment. Returned custom orders, or custom orders cancelled after production has started, incur a 20% restocking fee. For more information, check out our policies.

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18 Reviews

Jim 14th Feb 2020

Stronghold in the Rockies

EE Stronghold Mittens Custom, Insulation: 6oz APEX, Medium, No Flip Tops, 20D/10D Out/In

Overall, the EE mitts are a tool in the toolbox.

Modest MET exertion: 3 mi RT, 500' ascent/descent, Rockies, no wind, dark, before sunrise, clear sky, no wind, 8°F outdoor temp, no liner gloves. Kestrel DROP2 data logger used, separate days.
Measured internal mitt temperature:
35°F EE “Stronghold” 1-1/4oz $70
44°F RBH “Hybrid” (VBL) 4-1/4oz $175
58°F BD “Mercury” 6oz $110
Considering that the EE mitts weigh 1-1/4oz ea. the EE mitts offer a 10oz/pair advantage over the warmest mitt. The EEs are not really suited for exposed, harsh conditions. The nylon shell and lining is permeable to winds in exposed conditions, further compromising hand warmth. The 70D ripstop nylon palm does not offer sufficient grip on ice axe, marginal grip in poles. However, for sheltered conditions below treeline, the EE mitts will offer sufficient warmth, with outdoor temps in the single digits. Near-zero temps with wind will challenge the EE mitts.

I was a bit disappointed that no provision for "idiot cords" were offered on the EE mitts. With a mitt weight of about 1oz, any wind will certainly catch and loft the EE mitt. I used the loop in the EE logo tab for anchoring my DIY idiot cords…not too swift!

Durability…not granite-friendly. Already got a tear in the 70D palm, first season’s use. Several years of use with the leather-faced palms of the compared mitts. EE, very light-duty mitt.

So a tool in the tool box....great mitts for a walk in the woods like the NCT, with single digit temps, cost effective at $70 vs $110/ $175. Lightweight make them a great backup pair to carry in your pack. And…made in USA.

Leif 16th Jan 2020

Very happy with these mitts

First, these are not "work mittens." I wouldn't wear them stacking firewood, working on heavy equipment or any other rough-use activity. That being said, for their intended purpose, they have served me very well. They are warm and super packable. I wear them walking to work and also pack them as a back-up on biking and camping trips in case the temperature drops or I get my gloves wet. I keep them on my fat bike when I ride in the winter. I usually wear light gloves under my pogies, but when my hands come out of the pogies I have these handy. I haven't left home without them since I bought them. If I lost them, I would re-purchase immediately.

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