Expedition Mountain Climbing Gear Review & Gear Recommendations

 

 

 

   

 

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When you begin the physical training process for your first or next Mountain Climbing Expediton to one of the Continental 7 Summits or to one of the 13 or so 8000 meter global mountain summits, it's also the best time to start exploring and checking out the gear that you are going to take with you.  Once you have researched the critical gear items that you are going to be wearing most of the time during the extreme cold weather conditions, you should buy it and take it for a few test drives in as cold of conditions that you can find in your local geography if possible.

The worst thing you can do is to read someones gear review on the Internet about an item, buy it and then pack it for the trip without wearing it several times well ahead of time.  It is extremely important to put some wear time on the new mitts for example, so that you can get an inkling to see whether they are going to work for the thermal regulation system in "your" body.  This is important because well over 60% of people in the U.S. for example, have issues related to blood circulation and blood flow, caused by various reasons(i.e. herdity, age, disease and so forth).

As a manufacturer of 100% of the mittens that we sell, manufactured right here in the United States, our opinion of the most important factors for selecting a pair of Winter mitts are as follows:


Summary:

Winter Mitts constructed for enhanced "DEXTARITY" generally offer:

  1. POOR Conductive Heat Loss Protection
  2. POOR Overall Thermal Warmth because the Top Side is generally 2X times thicker then the Bottom Side of the Mitt.
The greater the "compressibility" of the Insulation materials built into a Winter Mitt, providing puppet show dextarity, provide:
  1. Enhanced dextarity
  2. POOR Conductive Heat Loss Protection
Winter Mitts built with "sheet thin" internal shell moisture wicking  fabric provide:
  1. POOR Overall Moisture Wicking Capability, which is easily overwhelmed leading to chilled hands - faster!
Winter Mitts built with Nylon characteristic type fabric materials provide:
  1. Generally excellent moisture/water resistance
  2. Average wind blocking capability depending on the pore structure of the fabric.
  3. POOR Breathability of the moisture build-up inside the inner shell layers of the mitt.
  4. POOR Convective Heat Loss Protection
Winter Mitts built without adequate equalization of insulation materials on both the top and bottom sides of the mitt provide:
  1. POOR Conductive Heat Loss Protection
  2. POOR Overall Warmth for the hand and fingers for any extended period of time

So the question that you should be thinking about before near the summit of an 8000 meter mountain with windchilled temperatures somewhere between -60F to -100F below,  "Was it more important to have a  flexible mitt on this trip that led to a couple "black colored" frost bitten fingers, or should I have gone with the better insulated, correctly designed mitts that allowed me to also use my gloves inside of them so my fingers are alway covered mitts from Technical Advantage Gear?

Technical Advantage Gear Recommendations:

 

Mitts - Mittens

Prairie Snowstorm G2 Hardfaced Mitts - Recommended User Range to -30F (-34C)below zero - Thermal R-Value of Insulation R-6.55

 


   

The second generation ("G2")of our Prairie Snowstorm Mitts builds on the great successes that we had with the original version release and with some well defined re-engineering now sets a new standard in the global market place for cold weather mittens.  The "New" G2 Prairie Snowstorm Mitts are built with technically advanced abrasion resistant thermal windblocking, DWR water repellent, breathable outer shells - a modified 5 layer top & bottom total layering system that also provides a further enhancement for conductive heat loss, about another 8% to 10% additional benefit - an approximate 10% enhancement to the bend flexibility and an increase of approximately 14% to the total length of the mitt allowing it to ride higher up your jacket sleeve.  Of course you also gain some extra length in the fingertips and length of the thumb, which further accomodates more uses with different finger & thumb lengths.  The overall thermal R-value for insulation rating on the G2 mitts is an approximate R-6.55 which is down ever so slightly from the original Prairie Mitts we introduced a couple of years ago.  However, we feel the further enhancement made through a technical material change to one of the internal layers, for even better conductive heat loss protection still provides an exceptional overall warmth package for the end user and we've yet to find a competitive mitt at any price point that comes even close to our standards and these remain the Number 1 choice for climbers going to the summit of 8000m peaks...  Click here for more information.....

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New G2 Hand Sizing Matrix Made Easy

 

         

Step 1:  Finger Length            Step 2:  Hand Width                      Step 3:  Thumb Length

Sizing made easy for the G2 Mitts.  First measure the length of your fingers starting at the crotch or base of the thumb, up to the tip of the middle finger as pictured.  Next measure the width of your hand from the crotch or base of the thumb, across to the outside of the hand.  Last, you may want to cross check the length of your thumb, measuring from the crotch base of the thumb up to the tip of the thumb, also as pictured above.  Proceed down to the chart below and select the size that is best for your specific hand dimensions.

Mitt Size

Step 1: Max Finger Length Step 2: Max Hand Width Step 3: Max Thumb Length
X-Small: 5.75"- 146mm 3.5"- 88.9mm 2.8"- 71.1mm
Small: 6.0"- 152.4mm 4.0"- 101.6mm 3.2"- 81.3mm
Medium: 6.5"- 165.1mm 4.75"-120.7mm 3.4"- 86.4mm
Large: 7.0"- 177.8mm 5.25"-133.4mm 3.6"- 91.44mm

To further your thought process, why not "click" on the following link to read:  "Gear Weight vs Actual Outdoor Element Performance"

"IMPORTANT:  Always Determine Your Hand/Mitten Size from the Cart Above Before Ordering"

Price per Pair:  USD$107.50 - XSmall G2 Mitten

Dimensions:  Size X-Small

Prairie Snowstorm G2 Hardfaced Mitts - Size X-SMALL Sku#:  10210PSG2XS

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Price per Pair:  USD$107.50 - Small G2 Mitten

Dimensions:  Size Small

Prairie Snowstorm G2 Mitts - Size SMALL Sku#:  90409PSG2S

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Price per Pair:  USD$107.50 - Medium G2 Mitten

Dimensions:  Size Medium

Prairie Snowstorm G2 Mitts - Size MEDIUM Sku#:  90409PSMG2M

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Price per Pair:  USD$107.50 - Large G2 Mitten

Dimensions:  Size Large

Prairie Snowstorm G2 Mitts - Size LARGE Sku#:  90409PSMG2L

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Extreme Element Arctic Thermal Mitts - Hardfaced Outer Shell Layer - Temp Range to -60F (-51C) + below zero - Thermal R-Value of Insulation R-9.3


 

We designed these mitts with the purpose of enhancing the gripping bendability over our original version of Extreme Element Mitts, which we did by about 15% to 20%.  We also enhanced the abrasion resistance substantially by utilizing a hardfaced technical outer shell material, all without sacrficing much in the way of our standards for thermal insulating values built into both the top & bottom sides of our mitts.  These mitts are built using 12 total layers (6 top/6 bottom) and still pack a second to no one thermal insulation value of R-9.3.  The hardfaced outer shell layer has a soft to the touch feel, but still thermally blocks out the cold piercing winds and the next layer inside provides "Certified 100% thermal windblocking protection".  The outer shell is also DWR water repellent and has very good moisture vapor breathability and the inner most layer provides the highest level of thermal moisure wicking and transfer of any mitten on Planet Earth!  To learn more about these great mitts.... Click here for more information>>>

 

Sizing Information Extreme Mitt Series

 

To further your thought process, why not "click" on the following link to read:  "Gear Weight vs Actual Outdoor Element Performance"

 

Price per Pair:  USD$195.99 - Any Size Extreme Element Arctic HF Outer Shell Mitts

    

Dimensions:  Size Medium - "NO" Detachable Thumb Loc Straps

Approximate Overall Outer Length:  13" - 330.2mm

Approximate Outer Hand Area Width:  6.35" - 161.29mmApproximate

Width of the Hand Opening Area:  8 1/2" - 215.9mm

Ext Element Arctic HF Outer Shell Mitt - Size MEDIUM Sku#:  12512EEMHM

Price Per Pair:  USD$195.99

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Dimensions:

Approximate Overall Outer Length:  14 1/2" - 368.3mm

Approximate Outer Hand Area Width:  7.0" - 177.8mm

Approximate Width of the Hand Opening Area:  9 1/2" - 241.3mm

Ext Element Arctic HF Outer Shell Mitt - Size LARGE Sku#:  90609EEMHL

Price Per Pair:  USD$195.99

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Dimensions:  Size X-Large

Approximate Overall Outer Length:  15" - 381mm

Approximate Outer Hand Area Width:  8 1/2" - 215.9mm

Approximate Width of the Hand Opening Area:  10 1/2" - 266.7mm

Ext Element Arctic HF Outer Shell Mitt - Size X-LARGE Sku#:  71513EEMHXL

Price Per Pair:  USD$195.99

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Neck Gaiters - Straight & Drop Pad


XWick 3.4TRH Expediton Windblocking Thermal Wicking Straight Neck Gaiter - Hardfaced Outer Shell Layer -  Recommended Temperature Range to -80F (-62C)+ below zero


 

The XWick 3.4TRH Expediton Series Neck Gaiters are the hottest thing on the expedition and mountain climbing gear list of things to pack with you on your next trip to the summit.  These neck gaiters are designed for high physical exertion activities where you require windblocking protection during the adventure, but you also need warmth during the rest periods and superb moisture wicking and transfer during the entire climbing segment or activity.

We build these units with a 3 layer technical fabric system, with the outer shell layer consisting of a soft feeling Thermal Windblocking Hardfaced abrasion reducing, DWR water repellent and breathable technical fabric.  The mid-layer is a moderate mid-range synthetic polyester fabric that provides warmth without being overly hot.  The inner layer next to the face and skin is a superior thermal wicking technical fabric that helps to moderate the overall warmth, yet does a great job in transfering the breath moisture away when the unit is pulled up over the mouth and nose.

 

 

The XWick 3.4TRH Expediton Series Neck Gaiters pack a combined thermal insulation value of R-3.4, perhaps the highest thermal value for neck gaiters in existence, but the combination and function of each of the three layers together allow it better regulate the heat, especially when your day is consisting of 70% or better of physical exertion as your climbing to the summit.

With the interesting stretch of the 3 technical fabrics and the design cut, we have been able to configure this as a "one size fits most unit".  It also comes with our top edge pull tight built in shock cord and cord loc, for allowing you to lock it into any desired position on your face, while also sealing the heat in.  How many major climbs to the summit will these units be taken on, we don't know for sure, but we're guessing many from different expeditions located around the globe.  Click here for more information>>>>>

 

Price Each:  USD$30.99

Sizing:  One Size Fits Most

 

Dimensions Laying Flat:  
- 9" - 228.6mm vertical up & down Tall
- 11"- 279.4mm outer width at head/neck opening edge
- 10 1/2"- 266.7mm inner width diameter at head/neck opening edge

One Sized per above Dimensions - Black Sku#:  20080408XWENG

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XWick 3.4TRH Expediton 1.4 Windblocking Thermal Wicking Drop Pad Neck Gaiter - Hardfaced Outer Shell Layer -  Recommended Temperature Range to -80F (-62C)+ below zero


 

We've stretched the design and innovation limits with our latest entry of neck gaiter designs.  In this case, we have further revolutionized the drop pad neck gaiter with our Expediton Series XWick 3.4 TRH Expedition 1.4 Windblocking Thermal Wicking Drop Pad Neck Gaiter, which is yet again in a class by itself.  The XWick 3.4 TRH Expedition 1.4 is designed for the user that is under physical exertion better then 70% of the time in face biting cold temperatures, where you need to stay warm and protected from frostbite, but you also need better moisture transfer from the area around your mouth.

 

 

 

The 3.4 TR is the combined thermal insulation value of the entire gear unit, which is a Thermal R value of 3.4.  The final alpha component of H again stands for the Hardfacing abrasion resistant finish on the outer shell layer fabric that we use for this neck gaiter. Although the outer shell fabric is hardfaced, it does have a soft feel to the hand and it does help to reduce the amount of blowing snow that could stick to it.  The Expedition is the rating that we have given to this item based on how it regulates the heat, transfers moisture and protects the user from the extreme elements while under physical exertion.  Finally, the 1.4 is the Drop Pad configuration on this gear unit, which is (1) one full drop pad in the front and an approximate 40% length drop pad in the rear.

With the interesting stretch of the 3 technical fabrics and the design cut, we have been able to configure this as a "one size fits most unit".  It also comes with our top edge pull tight built in shock cord and cord loc, for allowing you to lock it into any desired position on your face, while also sealing the heat in.  How many major climbs to the summit will these units be taken on, we don't know for sure, but we're guessing many from different climbing expeditions located around the globe.  Click here for more information>>>>>

 

Price Each:  USD$48.99

Sizing:  One Size Fits Most

 

Dimensions Laying Flat:  
- 15 1/2" - 393.7mm Total Front Length - Top edge to bottom of the drop pad
-10 1/2" - 266.7mm Total Rear Length - Top edge to bottom of the 40% length rear drop pad
- 11 1/4"- 285.75mm outer width at head/neck opening edge
- 10 3/4"- 273.05mm inner width diameter at head/neck opening edge

One Sized per above Dimensions - Black Sku#:  20080408XWEPG

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Hats - Thermal Windblocking


XWick 3.4TRH Expediton Windblocking Thermal Wicking Massif Climbing Hat - Hardfaced Outer Shell Layer -  Recommended Temperature Range to -60F (-51C)+ below zero


        

                                                  Front View                                         Side/Rear View                                Front View (helmet not included)           Rear/Side View (helment not incuded)

The XWick 3.9 TRH Expedition Windblocking Thermal Wicking Massif Hat has been updated for the 2014 climbing season and has been designed to wear solo, or in conjuction with a climbing helmet as pictured above.  This hat is built with a 3 Layer technical fabric combination that thermally blocks out 100% of the wind penetration, provides an excellent moderated heat or warmth feel when on the head and at the same time it provides superior moisture wicking to remove the sweat that builds up when chugging through the deep snow in altitude when you're heading to the summit.  The outer shell layer is also DWR water repellent, breathable and it is made from a Hard faced abrasion resistant technical fabric.  The lower edge has a built in shock cord and cord-loc system, that allows you to adjust it to the proper tightness for your head and we've tweated the overall fit for 2014 for a better fit to the top of your head on the inside and to the bottom edge of the hat that seats on the forehead area.  We've also tweated the next to the hair/head inside layer, by swithching to an even more advanced technical fabric that further enhances the thermal mositure wicking capacity, while also adding another 15% more to the overall thermal r-value of insulation.

So other then your baseball cap, this may be the only other hat that you will need to take with you all the way to the summit.  This hat is lightweight, weighting in at only 3.5 ounces and the combined 3 layer system of fabrics are only approximately 3/8 inch in thickness.  There is not another hat on the market "anywhere" that will provide you with a thermal insulating value "now" of R-3.9, with an engineered 3 total technical fabric layering system that provides anywhere near the same total "asset" value that this hat gives you.  So why not leave the woven chin tie hat, the one layered $30.00 windstopping hat and the balaclava at home next time and buy one of these Massif Hats and marry it up to one of our Neck Gaiters instead, for a better total performance system on your next summit climb?  Click here for more information>>>>>

Price Each:  USD$36.95

Sizing:  One Size Fits Most

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Windblocking Arctic Thermal Hat - Recommended User Range to -60F (-51C) plus below zero


 

Our Windblocking Arctic Thermal Hat, based on the feedback from our field testers and other users that have taken them on extreme cold weather adventures, claim that this "is" the warmest hat on the Planet.  We place a reasonable recommended user range of -60F plus below zero on this gear item, but quite honestly this hat will endure any extreme sub-zero temperature that you can physically stand and then some.  This hat is built with our innovative 4 layer technical fabric layering system and it will stop anything that Mother Nature can throw out at you while on a climb to the summit or venturing across the endless rough ice terrain on a polar expedition.

The outer shell is 100% thermal windblocking, breathable and is DWR water resistant.  This hat will not only out perform any nyloned shelled hat for thermally blocking out all of the wind, but it also minimizes convective heat loss and will take as much rain and mist moisture as the finest higher end technical nylon type fabrics can take and it still will keep the inner layers dry.  The inner layer that surrounds the head is also thermal and highly moisture wicking, which is a feature that few other Winter grade expedition hats ever offer.  This is an extreme temperature hat and it's designed to start wearing for the first time when the temperatures start dropping below zero, as warmer air temperatures and heavy exertion will probably cause your head to sweat.

The final caviot of this hat is that it will completely pull down over you ears and then the convective cold air flow can be sealed out with the pull tight shock cording and cord loc.  At the same time, the shock cording when adjusted tighter will also keep the hat from being wind gusted off of your head or picked off by a tree branch etc.  For those climbers that want a non-billed or brimmed Winter expedition grade hat, this is the one for you, bar none!  MAKE SURE THAT YOU MEASURE THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF YOUR HEAD BEFORE ORDERING.  Click here for more information....

 

 

SIZING:  Maximum circumference measured around your forehead to be comfortable of 22.0" - 558.8mm or less.

Use for USA Hat Sizes:  6 1/2 - 6 5/8 - 6 3/4 - 6 7/8

Size SMALL/Medium - WHITE Sku#:  20070406HSM

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SIZING:  Maximum circumference measured around your forehead to be comfortable of 22.0" - 558.8mm or less.

Use for USA Hat Sizes:  6 1/2 - 6 5/8 - 6 3/4 - 6 7/8

Size SMALL/Medium - BLACK Sku#:  20070406HSMBK

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Size:  Small/Medium - Red

SIZING:  Maximum circumference measured around your forehead to be comfortable of 22.0" - 558.8mm or less.

Use for USA Hat Sizes:  6 1/2 - 6 5/8 - 6 3/4 - 6 7/8

Recommended average temperature ranges for wearing:  +10 F to -80 F (-12C to -62C)

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SIZING:  Minimum circumference measured around your forehead to be comfortable of 22.0" - 558.8mm to 23.5" - 596.9mm.

Use for USA Hat Sizes:  7 - 7 1/8 - 7 1/4 - 7 3/8

Size Large/X-Large - WHITE Sku#:  20081008HLXLW

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SIZING:  Minimum circumference measured around your forehead to be comfortable of 22.0" - 558.8mm to 23.5" - 596.9mm.

Use for USA Hat Sizes:  7 - 7 1/8 - 7 1/4 - 7 3/8

Size Large/X-Large - BLACK Sku#:  20070406HLXL

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Size:  Large/XL - Red

SIZING:  Minimum circumference measured around your forehead to be comfortable of 22.0" - 558.8mm to 23.5" - 596.9mm.

Use for USA Hat Sizes:  7 - 7 1/8 - 7 1/4 - 7 3/8

Recommended average temperature ranges for wearing:  +10 F to -80 F (-12C to -62C)

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SIZING:  Minimum circumference measured around your forehead to be comfortable of 24.0" - 609.6mm to 26.0" - 660.4mm or slightly greater....

Use for USA Hat Sizes:  7 3/4 - 7 7/8 -- Size 8 ++

Size XXLarge - BLACK Sku#:  20081008HXXL

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Size: XXL - White

SIZING:  Minimum circumference measured around your forehead to be comfortable of 24.0" - 609.6mm to 26.0" - 660.4mm or slightly greater....

Recommended average temperature ranges for wearing:  +10 F to -80 F (-12C to -62C)

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Size: XXL - Red

SIZING:  Minimum circumference measured around your forehead to be comfortable of 24.0" - 609.6mm to 26.0" - 660.4mm or slightly greater....

Recommended average temperature ranges for wearing:  +10 F to -80 F (-12C to -62C)

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Well, these are our top choices for gear items that will get you to the summit and will also bring you back down again with a minimized amount of frost bite, assuming they are worn and used correctly.  We list other items within our Products Tab that will also work in keeping you warmer -longer, however the above listed items are our to suggestions for items that were especially designed for cold weather - high exertion activities such as Mountain Climbing Expeditions.  It would be ashamed for the amount of money that a major expedition costs today if you by-passed the opportunity to buy some of our Technical Advantage Gear, that is unique in design and manufacturing process and actually built to work, just because you think that you already have that "should do the job".  Why not purchase some gear that "will do the job" and was extensively tested before we decided whether or not to make it available for sale.  Our mission is simple....we engineer, design and test our gear to set new standards and designs for the World of outdoor adventures, extreme or otherwise and only build and sell it because it "actually works" and it works better then anything else out there on the Planet.  If the competition builds something with one layer of some fabric, we probably use two layers of the highest quality technical fabrics that are made in the World.  If they use two layers, we probably use three or four and if they use three layers depending on the item, we my use five, six, seven or eight layers of fabrics.  We're not looking to be the biggest gear accessory company in the World, manufacturing the product in the Far East so that we can market and sell to the masses, rather we are looking to build unique gear designs that actually work better then you anticipated for the money you invested and we gladly accept one new customer at a time.  Will you be one of them?

 


 

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