The Kestrel Knives Facebook page recently posted a picture of a guy glassing with what look to be some kuiu down mittens. He's also wearing a down beanie but I can't tell whether or not it's kuiu... However, every other piece he's wearing is so I can only assume. Anyone have any info?
Just saw that too. Mittens without a doubt. Beanie doesn't look like it. I can't make out the logo, but it sure doesn't look like Kuiu to me. Hopefully we'll get official word pretty soon on new products in the clothing end of things.
I've suggested a number of times that KUIU should consider making us a genuine cold-weather head system. We already have a thin merino beanie, and a Guide beanie. Craft a down beanie, too. Create an outer hat shell specifically designed to utilize the beanies (incorporate them) and provide extreme protection in cold weather. The outer hat should have a short flip-up/down bill, and warm/soft fleece up/down external ear flaps with neck coverage.
Black Rock is doing just about the ultimate down beanie right now, and they are often out of stock. I own a Hadron-S for hunting. I bought my son-in-law a Nobul for everyday winter wear. If you haven't tried a down beanie, you are missing the ultimate in lightweight warmth and convenience.
Flip-Mitts or Glo-mitts: I generally dislike them as they don't fit snug or have some other bad trait. I waited until Black Rock made a pair of all-black ones in my size and got them. Holy-wow are these things good! No air gaps...snug wrists...very anatomic shaping...plenty of loft ...they stuff tiny...and I can shoot my longbow with both mitts on. I can even get my entire (very XXL) hand & thumb out through the slot without a struggle. There isn't much perfect gear in the hunting world, but I'm calling these Flip-Mitts functionally perfect for me.
Kevin, I too own the Hadron S and my wife the Nobul. Both awesome hats for a lot of warmth with little weight and size packed down. I love it for glassing, or anytime I am stationary for a bit I take it out and instantly my head is warm. Great pieces of gear. I was debating to get the mitts as I wanted something to have as a back up for some real warmth on the hands when needed. They look awesome to wear and I too shoot a primitive bow (recurve) so am excited to hear your feed back on shooting the long bow.
Do you just have the regular fabric in the mitts or did Blackrock use the water resistant fabric?
***Also a huge agreement on the need for a KUIU hat like this, with a brim and ear flaps, gotta stay warm and the head is the first place to start. Actually surprised it hasn't come out yet; if KUIU can nail the hats and gloves for staying warm as well as function, we have some winners for sure. The current market really lacks a do all hat system, and IMO the current beanie & guide just doesn't cut the mustard for a specialized system.
I really don't know which fabric my mittens are made with. I ran some water across them a few minutes ago and it beaded off easily. That said, I don't see myself ever needing these under wet conditions. They are really warm! Sometimes the simplest and purest design wins the award, and the Flip-Mitts are indeed simple. I'm just amazed at how simply and nicely they are designed and made.
I usually keep my BR beanie wadded in a pocket somewhere. It will stuff easily into a zippered chest pocket, inside pocket, handwarmer pocket, etc. When I stop or my head gets cold, I put the down beanie directly on my head. I have also put it on over the 185 merino beanie. They are made to fit closely (not tight) and hold warmth against the head. After the beanie, it's a matter of preference what goes on next. Just keep in mind you don't want to compress it a lot or you give up warmth. My favorite cold weather hat is the Sitka Gear Incinerator Hat, and I still think it's as good as it gets for cold temps. I can adjust to fit my XL head with the BR beanie on, and some serious warmth is happening!
I'm serious. If you haven't tried a down beanie (I mean a really good one, made with 900 wt goose down) you can't imagine the warmth and convenience they offer.