Celtek U Tube Mitten Review

Celtek U Tube Mitten (Spring/Summer Mitten)

Product Reviewed: Celtek U Tube Mitten Review
Color: Acid Wash
Size: Medium (hand width 7 3/4 inches)

Intended Use:  Snowsports in warm temperatures

Recommended for: Spring and summer use or for those who have warm hands and just want a thin shell to protect their hands from the elements with a mid range waterproof palm.

Mitten Details:
The Celtek U Tube Mitten is minimalistic with a neoprene Poly Urethane treated palm designed for warmer conditions like spring and summer snowboarding. The U Tube mitten is great for those of us with warm hands that don’t need the bulk of a traditional mitten but want the flexibility and movement provided with a mitten, rather than a glove, in spring and summer conditions.

Review Date: May – June 2017 in Colorado

Review:
Spring riding can change throughout the day, and when the days are warm, my hands tend to sweat, which leads to smelly mittens. My go to alternative was always a spring pipe glove, I don’t mind pipe gloves, but I’ve always wanted a spring mitten and I could never find any that I liked, until now!

The Celtek U Tube mitten is a great alternative on those days when it’s warm and you don’t want to wear your winter mitten, the U Tube provides the flexibility of a mitten with a thin layer of protection and waterproofing. This thin neoprene mitten has a waterproof PU (Poly Urethane) palm and has been in Celtek’s line up for a few years. It has undergone some changes, including adding a velcro wrist closure, rather than a slip on closure. The U Tube mittens are lightweight and easily packable into your backpack, gear bag or in a pocket, you’ll barely know they’re there and will come in “handy” when the temperatures on the mountain warm up and you don’t want to have stinky sweaty hands form your winter gloves.

These minimalistic mittens provide just enough protection from the elements to keep your hands dry and comfortable in warm spring and summer conditions. I am using the U Tube mitten in around 40 and above degrees Fahrenheit weather at the end of the season and into the summer months. Where my winter mittens would end up a hot sweaty mess, these have fit into my gear collection very well as a spring and summer mitten alternative. They have held up amazingly well and dry out quickly. So far I’ve found the Waterproof Poly Urethane palm to be great for keeping my hands dry, and they are comfortable, they are so lightweight you don’t really notice you’re wearing them. If the temperatures do reach up into the upper 50’s or above I did start sweating a bit in the neoprene, and with the slight waterproofing on the palm if you touch the snow often, these mittens will get a bit damp. They dry out quickly as I stated before, and so far I have not had the stinky hand syndrome I’ve experienced in the past, mitten stench no more!

Celtek offers several colors and sizes (from XS to XL) in the U Tube mitten and I would highly recommend adding this to your gear bag if you are going to ride well into the summer months.

Pros:

  • Fits a need for a spring/summer mitten
  • lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • waterproof palm keeps your hands dry
  • Fits as described (Medium worked perfect for me)
  • drys quickly
  • cost is ok ($34 retail)

Cons:

  • In higher temps, your hands will sweat in these (expected)

Rating:

Price: (4 / 5)
Performance: (4.5 / 5)
Design: (4.5 / 5)
Overall: (4.3 / 5)

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