Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts

2 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   2
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



This mitten "system" (outer shell + removable liner)…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Fabric: fleece/PU coated oxford cloth
Fill: ?
Price Paid: ~ $45

This mitten "system" (outer shell + removable liner) by OR has been a hand saver in many cold conditions in which I've used them.

The overall quality and build of the finished product is excellent - I found no stitching errors, loose threads, etc.

The ergonomics of the design are exemplary - I have no problems operating the wrist lanyards and cinch straps (tightening or loosening) once my hands have become "crab claws". Additionally, it is very easy to maintain grip on standard trekking pole handles wearing these mittens.

The inner mittens are fleece, and feature fold back finger and thumb covers which lock into place by two pairs of small but powerful magnets. To remove your right hand with the liner on it from the outer shell, simply grab the tip of the outer shell with your left hand and pull your right hand out (the liner is held in by two short sections of hook-and-loop material). After choosing your position for camp and clearing away the snow, this fast access to your fingers is absolutely critical to get the 4 season tent up quickly.

The liner feature is also very helpful in maintaining the correct body temperature - as you heat up, shed the outer shell, fold back the liner flaps and expose your hot skin for a little bit. The outer shell is very heavy duty and appears to be made of heavy coated oxford cloth (typical pack material) and thick rubberized cloth over the palms, inner fingers and inner thumb area.

I have never had any issues with my hands getting wet from external water sources in these mittens (I have even tested the waterproof design in the kitchen sink and have found no leaks whatsoever). As far as warmth is concerned, OR's Meteor Mitts have never let me down. My latest venture included exposure to about -45 F temps with wind chill, and my hands remained very warm even while standing around for a bit. I should add that I have notoriously cold hands, so I actually need more than the average person to keep my hands warm.

I broke a half a star short of the full five star mark for these only because the fleece liners appear to be getting a bit nappy with age (I think this is due to the position of the hook-and-loop tabs that mate the liners to the shells - basically taking you hands in and out eventually "scuffs" the fleece). Note this hasn't detracted from the functionality of the system, just bugs me a bit.

Overall a fantastic set of winter hand protection! I would absolutely recommend these to anyone, and I am satisfied that there is nothing better for the money out there!


The flip top liner is unique. Instead of revealing…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50?


The flip top liner is unique. Instead of revealing a fingerless glove (to the knuckles), the bottom is just like if you cut the mitt in half. This makes the fingers warmer with the top on or off.


  • Flip top liner


  • Magnets can reverse polarity of compass
  • Inner part of the shell can pull out, hard to put back in.
  • Inner is not sold separately

This mitt is similar to other mitts I have bought for Nordic skiing, some from OR. The main difference is removable inner mitt's top can be flipped back to let you use your fingers. You can retract your fingers into the bottom part for warmth, like between bites of food, rather  than putting the top back on and off. Since the bottom of the fingers are together they are warmer than similar fingerless (half) gloves with a mitt top.

I removed the magnets, the top stays open enough without them. They can throw a compass off , even permanently reverse the polarity. They also stick to pots while cooking.  This is easy to do just cut open the small patch that is sown over the magnet. For me this was easier than removing stitches, and cutting the patch will not damage the fabric of the main mitt.

These mitts are not warm enough for downhill skiing where you use a firm grip on the pole. I would not use them for Nordic skiing either at anything like 50 below.

The only other problem with these mitts is the inside of shell can pull out , which means you have to stuff it and the liner back in, including the thumb part. I have found this can be a real problem if one has to take your gloves off in awkward places, like after a fall between trees.  I tried sewing this fabric at the top of the mitt. But this would effect its water resistance.

The shell can be hard to squeeze your hand into, even if you cut off the outside strap to tighten this even more.

The size large shell and medium mitt works better for me if I remember right.

The shell or liner can be used separately. Despite the negatives, I have bought several pairs of these, after the shell wore out in the first pair.

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Manufacturer's Description

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Built strong and tough with waterproof breathable Venta Dry fabric, the Outdoor Research Meteor Mitten is a versatile, three-in-one system that's ideal serious fun in the snow. And whether that fun brings you to the slopes at your local resort or to the top of an untracked line in the backcountry, the Meteor delivers the warmth, versatility, and dexterity you need to stay comfortable and in control.

- Backcountry.com

On Sale. Free Shipping. Outdoor Research Meteor Mitt FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Meteor Mitt Durable Waterproof Breathable Wicking Removable Liner Pre-Curved Box Construction SuperCinch Gauntlet Closure Ladder-Lock Wrist Cinch Heat Pack Pocket on Back of Liner Flip-Top Finger and Thumb Cover on Liner Magnetic Flip-Top Retention Points Pull Loop SPECIFICATIONS of the Outdoor Research Meteor Mitt Weight: per pair: (L): 10.3 oz / 291 g Ventia Dry insert, 100% nylon shell Alpen Grip LT palm 100% polyester 300 weight fleece liner This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw

If your old OR mitts are looking a little shabby, replace them with the same tried and true mitten perfection of the Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts. These snow mittens are waterproof and breathable to keep hands dry during long blissful days spent skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. The removable fleece liners keep fingers toasty and help them dry quickly when you hang em up at the end of the day. The liner glove includes a pocket for disposable handwarmer packets and has a fold-back flap that frees fingers for detailed work around the campsite. The wrist cinch and cuff cinch block out snow with a double barrier of pow-stopping security and the wrist lanyards are removable if you trust yourself enough not to drop them from the chairlift.

- Altrec Outdoors

Description of Outdoor Research Meteor MittsThe waterproof Meteor Mitts have what you need for long days on the snow and cold evenings at camp. The removable liners are made of a warm fleece with flaps that can be pulled back to free your digits for tasks around the campsite. This mitt system offers ultimate versatility allowing you to wear the pieces together as one unit or separately depending on the amount of protection you need.FeaturesAvg. Weight oz.g 9.2 261size large

- US Outdoor Store