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Absolute Zero™ Mitt

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Engineered to brave the world’s most extreme cold weather conditions, the Absolute Zero mitt is standard issue for those venturing above 8,000m. Loaded with our highest quality Q.Shield® DOWN 700-fill, shielded by a waterproof, windproof OutDry® membrane so your hands stay warm and dry in the soft, high-pile fleece liner (not removable). Two-stage cinching system locks out both wind and snow. Durable leather palm.
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  • Waterproof Technology - -
  • Weight: - 10.9 oz / 310 g -
  • Reviewers rated this product: - Fits Slightly Large -
  • Good For: - Alpine Climbing -


Engineered to brave the world’s most extreme cold weather conditions, the Absolute Zero mitt is standard issue for those venturing above 8,000m. Loaded with our highest quality Q.Shield® DOWN 700-fill, shielded by a waterproof, windproof OutDry® membrane so your hands stay warm and dry in the soft, high-pile fleece liner (not removable). Two-stage cinching system locks out both wind and snow. Durable leather palm.



  • Fabric Body: Sensor 22D Poly Ripstop
  • Insulation: Q.Shield™ DOWN 700-fill
  • Insulation: RDS Certified Down
  • Fabric Palm: 75D Poly Flat Taffeta
  • Bag Shell: Sensor Ripstop


  • Apparel Fit: Accessories
  • Weight: 10.9 oz / 310 g


  • Athlete-tested on the world’s highest mountains
  • Q Shield™ DOWN 700-fill resists moisture and retains critical loft even in damp conditions for consistent, dependable warmth
  • Extra long gauntlet fits over bulky jacket sleeves
  • Thick fleece liner keeps hands warm all day
  • Two-stage cinch system ensures a weather-tight fit
  • Carabiner loop for hanging gloves off harness keeps gloves dry when not in use
  • Pull-on webbing loop at wrist


Absolute Zero™ Mitt is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love These Black Mittens I am on the National Ski Patrol which means that I am out in the cold for a long day. These mittens are fantastic for those of us whose hands are always cold. I had a pair of orange mittens when that was the only color I could get. Yeah, I know it didn't go with my red ski patrol coat; however, staying warm and comfortable is more important to me than what looks good. Yahoo, Mountain Hardwear came out with black ones which fit both categories, warmth, and black goes with my ski patrol jacket. Love these mittens!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Time Tested Mitt, However Room For Improvement This is a solid, warm, and overall well thought out extreme cold weather mitt that I have used down to -10 F and definitely know it can go further, but there are some points I'd like to see MHW improve on considering the cost. The wrist cinch is nice, but the threads connecting it to the mitt are not very sturdy and I've heard of them breaking off - a reinforcement there would be a good decision. Also, either a removable liner or a handwarmer pocket would be nice. The reason being is that sometimes handwarmers "leak" the contents, and I would hate for that to happen onto a fixed fleece pile liner. Overall though, these mitts are very warm and use very nice materials. The size is perfect (technically a little large) and allows a liner glove and handwarmer without issue. They have been used for many 8000M expeditions, and I have no issue recommending them to someone looking for a trusty emergency or extreme cold weather mitt.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Toasty! After experiencing my fingers going completely numb after riding two miles in 20F temps, I decided my normal Columbia snow gloves weren't cutting it. Decided to give these bad boys a go. These things are WARM! In fact, if it's not close to or below freezing, I won't wear them. They're just too hot when the temp is in the 40s. I'm talking instant hand sweat. These things are HUGE! Like oven mitts. I was surprised by this, having only looked at them online. Luckily they're just small enough for me to still operate my bike controls (twist shifter, brake levers) while wearing them.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very COZY but not the most functional... These mitts are silly warm! The fleece inside the mitt is really nice and lofty, providing excellent insulation with the down. However, the down weight makes the mitts very plush and so it is difficult to grasp an object, pole, rope, dog leash, etc. Yes, they are extremely cozy for very cold weather but 'form doesn't match function' with this particular gear. I haven't tested them in wet rainy weather but I'm certain they will shed water, ice, sleet or snow without an issue. Well constructed is as typical with most MH products.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mitt Hands will be warm and toasty with these bad boys! I live and play in the Chugach Mountains outside of Anchorage, these mitts have proven to do exactly what they are designed to do.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big and warm These mittens are very warm and very big. Trying to drive the car with these on causes either the turn signal to come on or the wipers to come on. You can't maneuver the wheel without hitting the switches. Buy these if you spend extended periods of time outside. If you are just a wuss, like me, and you buy them to drive with, it is overkill.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out-Flipping-Standing!!! These are easily the best hand protection from the cold I have ever had. Of all the MountainHardware products I have, these are my favorite. I have had their Bazooka gloves that at $150 I thought might be overpriced...until I used them. Worth every penny....just like these. I use them for skiing & snowboarding and get cold hand, especially when I'm constantly having to go barehanded to adjust gear for myself or my kids. Not any more, finally! These are the best mitts I have ever found for skiing! As with all mitts ( and even gloves for that matter) I would strongly suggest Leki ski poles with Trigger grips. They wrap around the hand and make holding the pole almost effortless. I now only use these and bought them for both of my kids. Using these two together is the best! The down in these mitts will deflate ( yet be warm enough) so that you can grip and swing the pole with ease. My son can take cold, but not on his hands. Every year we try liners, glove warmers, new gloves ( the best REI or the ski shops have)....anything to make it better and it's always the same. I decided that since both of my kids needed new gloves I was going to buy them exactly what I loved, Absolute Zero Mitts. "Nooo, we don't want mitts! No they don't feel right! No, mitts aren't cool (like freezing hands are?) No,no,no!" My wife was like "You are spending how much? Are you crazy? Heck no!" I was like " Too bad, I don't care if it costs that much... it ruins our time at the mountains when no one is happy and we spend how much on skiing tickets?! I'm putting my foot down! You try them! If you hate them, I'll send them back." The box arrives and the kids ( 15 & 12 years old) try them on. You should have seen their faces! "It like putting your hand into fluffy clouds with fur lining! " All smiles! No more cold hands! The top of Whistler is freezing and we are getting blown around, no cold hands! Would have never happened before. No other mitts from any other company at even twice this price can touch the comfort, fit and performance of these! So my son, daughter and I all have these mitts have never been happier with our hand protection. My son can actually take his hands out and adjust things and not be cold because for the first time in 6 years his hand will heat back up! (This will encourage snowball fights that are epic! Lots of smiles and fun trash talk and that alone is worth the price.) I bought a boot/glove dryer to use at the end of the day so that they are perfect for the next day. These really are that good! p.s. They do fit on they larger side. I went down a whole size and so did my kids.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Warm! These are NOT ski mitts or even everyday "Walk Around Mitts". What makes them so warm, is what also makes them limited. They are bulky, filled with a large amount of down which makes them toasty, but WAY to bulky to use with ski poles. Note that they are not modular-you cannot remove the liner, although with the Outdry system, you won't need to do so. These are well made and incredibly warm, but limited to hiking/ climbing in really frigid temperatures-say less than 10 degrees, and they really shine at 10 below or colder! I have the Orange color, which match my fantastic(!) Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero parka. I'd have preferred a leather patch on the palm.
Date published: 2016-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expedition Mitts Needed to replace an old pair of Grandoe down mitts for alpine skiing. These are true expedition grade mitts better suited for winter camping than for alpine skiing. Difficult to slip your hand through a ski pole strap and gripping the ski pole. Great mitts for cold mid-western winters.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Living in Alaska and spending time around glaciers and backcountry skiing these gloves are a must! I spend a lot of my time as a photographer and using thin gloves or no gloves at all to handle a camera. It's nice to have a warm glove that traps the heat real quick! They pack small for saving space in your pack for long days touring or walking ridge lines. They make for a nice change when you slow down and need something a little warmer to slip on.
Date published: 2016-03-20
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