Expert Review: Flylow Oven Mittens

This review is my honest opinion of the mittens, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2020.

A skier standing at the top of a snowy run.

Stormy day at A-Basin at the top of the Zuma lift in January 2020. All photos courtesy of Andrew Cressman

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About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the mittens, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2020.

My take

The Flylow Oven Mittens are a great option for anyone that is looking for a budget-friendly mitten that will work effectively in just about any conditions on the mountain.

Back of the Flylow Oven Mittens.

About the mittens I own

  • Model: Flylow Oven Mittens (Natural)
  • Size: Medium

About me

  • Height: 5’7”
  • Weight: 147lbs
  • Experience: 20 years of skiing

Test conditions

  • When I bought them: January 2020
  • Days used: 60
  • Weather conditions used in: Super cold stormy days, bluebird cold days, spring skiing
  • Where I’ve used them: A-Basin, Loveland, Monarch, Keystone, Colorado
  • Terrain: Resort and backcountry

How they perform

Ease of Movement

What I was looking for

I wanted a simple pair of mittens that I could wear skiing from opening day to close. They had to be waterproof, comfortable, and not take up a ton of room in my backpack.

Why I chose this gear

The price and style of these mittens are why I went with them. I also chose these because Flylow is a Colorado-based company, and they checked all the performance requirements for me.

Minor wear on the Flylow Oven Mittens.

Right palm minor wear

What I love about them

  • Fit: These mittens fit well and the cuff extends up the wrist enough without being bulky.
  • Comfort: The inside lining is nice and soft on the hands.
  • Ease of movement: I can move my fingers freely inside to keep warm and easily work my zippers, buckles, etc without taking them off.
  • Warmth: These are warm enough to wear alone on most days. However, I most often wear a thin pair of gloves/liners underneath these on very cold days, mostly to soak up sweat. On warmer sunny days, when I wear just the mittens, my hands start to sweat. So I take them off between runs.
  • Waterproofing: The waterproofing is excellent. Admittedly, I haven’t applied sno-seal since buying them and I should, but even still they are waterproof.
  • Weight: They are light and can be stuffed inside a pocket or backpack without even knowing they’re there.
  • Conditions: These mittens are perfect for almost any winter day. If it is especially cold, it helps to have a layer underneath, but it is not always necessary.
  • Features: These are basic waterproof mittens. They have a soft inner liner and loops to attach wrist cords.
  • Quality: The leather is soft and the natural color looks awesome.
  • Durability: Having not applied any sno-seal since I have owned them, they are holding up very well. There is some wear on the palms and thumbs, but they are still waterproof.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Breathability: In my experience, these mittens do not breathe well on the mountain. During runs, my hands felt fine, but when I got back to the lift my hands would be pretty warm; on warmer days, I would take them off while riding the lift.
  • Touchscreen compatibility: These do not work with a touchscreen.
Left palm of the Flylow Oven Mittens showing minor wear.

Left palm minor wear

Favorite moment with this gear

My favorite moment with these mittens was on New Year’s Day 2022 at Monarch Mountain. It was a stormy day with about eight inches of fresh snow and they kept me warm all day long. I especially liked that I’m able to open my zippers and adjust my boots/goggles without taking them off. My hands stayed dry and warm from the first chair to my final run.

Value for the money vs. other options

I don’t have any specific other mittens to compare these to, but for the price, they are hard to beat. These are just as warm and waterproof as gloves that I have used in the past, and the Oven Mittens are a third of the price. They are a great value, and I would absolutely buy these again.

Final verdict

For the price, these mittens perform exceptionally well. They are durable, waterproof, and look sick.

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I have been skiing for over 20 years, starting out at small resorts in PA and western MD, then making trips up north to Vermont and out west to Utah. I'm currently out in Colorado skiing as much as I possibly can and loving every day! My parents are both great skiers and they really had an influen...

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