Expert Review: Burton Men's GORE-TEX® Mittens

Published on 07/26/2022 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the mittens, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
By Snowboarding Expert Dylan Kobriger

All photos courtesy of Dylan Kobriger

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the mittens, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.

My take

When I first picked up the Burton Men's GORE-TEX Mittens, I was shocked at how light and “airy” they felt. Expecting something that felt thick and heavy, I had to double check that they were actually the gore-tex editions. The real test came the next day when I wore them for one of the stormiest days of the year and they crushed it! Considering how weightless they felt, these mittens blew me away with how cozy and dry they kept my hands. These mittens aren’t the top warmest choice out there, or the most heavy duty with bullet-proof stitching, but for the price point, comfort and quality, these mittens are an awesome option for the daily pair to wear in almost any condition.

About this gear

  • Model: Burton Men’s GORE-TEX Mittens
  • Size: Large

About me

  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 175 pounds
  • Experience: 25 years of snowboarding

Test conditions

  • When I bought them: January 2022
  • Days used: 60 days
  • Weather conditions used in: I wore them in conditions from sunny spring days to whiteout blizzards in the Rocky Mountains. Have not used them during rainy wet days.
  • Where I’ve used them: Vail, Colorado. Copper Mountain, Colorado. Snowbird, Utah.
  • Terrain: Resorts, backcountry splitboarding and backcountry snowmobiling

How it performs

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

What I was looking for

I was looking for a quality pair of mitts to wear on a daily basis. I can wear just the liners for extra warm days, or just the mittens when it’s cool but not freezing cold out, or all of it when I need to stay nice and toasty.

Why I chose this gear

I chose these mittens based on the quality and price point. I have a lot of experience with Burton products and I trust that these would fit the need and they certainly did. I had looked at a few different companies, but in my searching I found products that were either way more heavy duty and expensive than I needed, or else too cheap and not great quality. These mittens were that middle ground of high quality, but basic enough for the daily shred.

What I love about it

  • Fit: These mittens fit true to size. I chose the large size for these mittens and they fit comfortably snug.
  • Comfort: These mittens are lightweight and airy, like you are wearing little, warm clouds on your hands.
  • Ease of movement: Since I was used to more dense, stiff material, I almost forget I am wearing mittens with these! They are super light and flexible.
  • Warmth: The thermacore insulation is awesome and keeps me toasty on most days, but these would not be my top choice for a long, cold day in the backcountry where I need something bulletproof and extra warm to rely on in an emergency situation.
  • Breathability: I don’t understand how they make these mittens so breathable, yet so waterproof, but I was pleasantly surprised with how they performed in that aspect.
  • Weight: These mittens are featherweights, like wearing little, toasty clouds on your hands.
  • Conditions: These mittens thrived in everything from cool, sunny, spring days, to dumping snowstorms in the Rocky Mountains.
  • Touchscreen compatibility: I was shocked when I learned these mittens have touchscreen “Screen Grab” tech in the synthetic leather palms and fingers. What a game changer!
  • Features: They have a detachable wrist leash, polyester thumb nose wipe panel and a heater/vent pocket.
  • Quality: The DRYRIDE two-layer fabric shell and thermacore insulation team up for a killer mitten you can count on.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Waterproofing: The only issue in the waterproofing quality is the wrists don’t always cinch the best. Therefore, if you let snow or water on the interior of these mittens, they soak it up and are difficult to dry out. Keep these mittens dry for maximum comfort!
  • Durability: For the daily rider, these things are plenty durable. But keep in mind that this faux leather is pretty soft, so they aren’t bulletproof tough. If you are going to beat these mittens up, like bringing them in the backcountry and grabbing the occasional rock ledge or boulder, they might not be the best choice.

Favorite moment with this gear

The next day after I received them, we had one of the stormiest days of the year. I was second guessing bringing out gear I had never used before in that weather, but they crushed it! Considering how weightless they felt, these mittens blew me away with how cozy and dry they kept my hands.

Value for the money vs. other options

These are the ultimate daily shred mittens, especially for the price. If you are typically riding in numbing, frigid temperatures, you may want to step it up to Burton’s GORE-TEX 3L Hover Mitt, but unfortunately that would be over $100 more. So, if you are like most of us out there riding in “tolerably cold” temps, these are the best bang for your buck.

Final verdict

After comparing all sorts of mittens and searching for one main pair I can rely on throughout the bulk of the season, I was stoked to find these bad boys. They are the perfect “all around” mitten and come at an absolutely killer price point.

Dylan Kobriger, Snowboarding Expert
Dylan Kobriger
Snowboarding Expert
Growing up in the middle of nowhere USA, I took to studying magazines and snowboard films to try and catch any glimpse of what life could be like living in a ski town. That lifestyle seemed so far out of reach, like I was reading some fiction book about life on another planet. Real or fake, I studied these people that were living my dream, all the while taking laps at my tiny local ski hill in Wisconsin that no one has ever heard of, dreaming I was in the mountains. Finally, when I was old enough, I chased the dream hard and never looked back! After working a number of classic ski bum gigs, I started instructing snowboarding and found my calling helping others find the same passion I've found! As a proficient rider with a love for snowboarding and it's culture, I quickly worked my way through the heinous coaching examination process. I studied and studied, from funamentals to technical maneuvers to gear assessment, and now find myself as a Head Coach in the Vail competitive program, training athletes in superpipe, slopestyle, boarder cross, and big mountain - a key part of that being assessing every bit of each rider's gear, making sure everything is dialed in to the specific style and performance needs. As a student of snowboard, I love helping people find the gear that fits them best so they can be empowered to have the most fun possible! From beginner to pro, using my expertise to help people discover the same passion I've found is what I do. Hit me up and let's talk snowboarding!
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Dylan Kobriger, Snowboarding Expert
Dylan Kobriger
Snowboarding Expert
Growing up in the middle of nowhere USA, I took to studying magazines and snowboard films to try and catch any glimpse of what life could be like living in a ski town. That lifestyle seemed so far out of reach, like I was reading some fiction book about life on another planet. Real or fake, I studied these people that were living my dream, all the while taking laps at my tiny local ski hill in Wisconsin that no one has ever heard of, dreaming I was in the mountains. Finally, when I was old enough, I chased the dream hard and never looked back! After working a number of classic ski bum gigs, I started instructing snowboarding and found my calling helping others find the same passion I've found! As a proficient rider with a love for snowboarding and it's culture, I quickly worked my way through the heinous coaching examination process. I studied and studied, from funamentals to technical maneuvers to gear assessment, and now find myself as a Head Coach in the Vail competitive program, training athletes in superpipe, slopestyle, boarder cross, and big mountain - a key part of that being assessing every bit of each rider's gear, making sure everything is dialed in to the specific style and performance needs. As a student of snowboard, I love helping people find the gear that fits them best so they can be empowered to have the most fun possible! From beginner to pro, using my expertise to help people discover the same passion I've found is what I do. Hit me up and let's talk snowboarding!

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