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Are sheepskin mittens a good idea?

3:07 p.m. on November 21, 2011 (EST)
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has anyone ever use sheepskin mittens on a hike?

3:26 p.m. on November 21, 2011 (EST)
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gkm09 said:

has anyone ever use sheepskin mittens on a hike?

 Hi gkm09 and welcome to Trailspace,

"Are sheepskin mittens a good idea?"

Seeing as though  I raise sheep, I thought I’d go out and ask them what them what they thought, the consensus was "Not for the Sheep!"

All kidding aside. Are the sheep skin mittens your only choice? I can see no reason that they would not be a good choice when hiking or back packing esp. if your using a glove liner so that when you have to take the mittens off to do things that require finger dexterity you still have some kind of protection in the cold.

3:48 p.m. on November 21, 2011 (EST)
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I am assuming you actually are refering to sheepskin and not wool. Sheepskin is very similar to a traditional leather. Leather gloves work just fine for mittens and gloves, though not always the best choice for just hiking. I tend to only use leather gloves of an sort when working, choping wood, etc. Otherwise I use a goretex shell mitten, much lighter, and more comfortable IMO.

That being said, you can certainly use them, and they will work fine. But I do recommend having some sort of liner glove, your exact weather conditions and temps expected would determine how thick of a liner you need. I prefer a thin wool glove liner, and also have a thicker wool liner for the colder temps.

6:35 p.m. on November 21, 2011 (EST)
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While sheepskin mittens would work in dry, cold weather, they are not waterproof and would quickly absorb water. They were(and are fine) for unheated aircraft cockpits. I still have my father's two finger mittens that he used in WW 2.

11:55 p.m. on November 21, 2011 (EST)
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Erich said:

While sheepskin mittens would work in dry, cold weather, they are not waterproof and would quickly absorb water. They were(and are fine) for unheated aircraft cockpits. I still have my father's two finger mittens that he used in WW 2.

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