Our Ski Mittens
The Cornelia James possum lined ski mitten promises ‘No more cold hands, ever’. In a mitten your fingers are cosily moshed up together and there is less external surface area allowing naturally generated warmth to escape.
The possum comes from New Zealand where it is regarded as a pest which is steadily munching its way through the available flora. The fur of the possum is composed of very fine, hollow strands, trapping air and providing excellent insulation, an attribute shared with the polar bear. Polar bears don’t feel the cold and nor, in our possum lined mittens, will your hands.
In between the possum and the leather outer shell is a P355 membrane and the leather outer itself is made from Pittard’s own WR100x. WR100Xis part of the tanning process - the benefits are permanent - not just coated on - making the gloves extremely water resistant without impairing their natural breathability.
Pittards WR100X Performance Leather
Pittards have been tanning leather in Yeovil, England, since 1826 and have been at the forefront of tanning innovation since then. So when were searching for leather for our ski mittens, it wasn't a hard choice. WR100X Performance Leather is comprised of the highest grade Ethiopian hairsheep (known as "Cabretta") with treatment deeply embedded during the tanning process to make a leather which is durable, water resistant and highly breathable while drying quickly and remaining supple.
About Possum Fur
Our mittens are lined with 100% pure New Zealand possum fur. Why possum? In New Zealand the possum is regarded as a pest because there is no natural predation and the growing possum population is steadily munching its way through the available flora and fauna. The fur of the possum is composed of very fine, very soft strands of hair, each of them hollow, trapping air and providing excellent insulation. This is an attribute that the possum shares with the polar bear. Polar bears don’t feel the cold and nor, in our possum lined mittens, will you