Expert Review: Flylow Oven Mittens

Published on 10/15/2022 · 3 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the mittens, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2020.
Andrew Cressman, Ski Expert
By Ski Expert Andrew Cressman

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

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.

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

Comfort
5/5
Durability
5/5
Ease of Movement
5/5
Waterproofing
5/5
Warmth
4/5
Breathability
3/5

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.

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 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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