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Mountain Laurel Designs, eVENT Rain Mitts

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Mountain Laurel Designs, eVENT Rain Mitts

Mountain Laurel Designs, eVENT Rain Mitts

Greetings Hikers,

In the world of hiking rain mitts, there are very few that really stand out to me. Without a doubt the one at the very top of my list is the Mountain Laurel Designs, eVENT Rain Mitts.

I have been using these rain mitts from Mountain Laurel Designs for a few years and absolutely love them.

There are actually very few rain mittss on the list of UL/SUL rain mits these days. The ones off the top of my head are the Mountain Laurel Designs, eVENT Rain Mitts, the Black Rock Gear Overmitts, and the ZPacks WPBCF Rain Mitts. The Black Rock Gear ones are the lightest ones out there (13.6 grams) but also the ones most prone to suffering damage because of their use of 0.34 cuben fiber and they are also the least breathable ones. The ZPacks WPBCF Rain Mitts are mid-weight (23 grams), and are 100% made from WPB CF so their breathablity is better than the ones from Black Rock Gear, but nowhere near as good as the (36 gram) eVENT ones from Mountain Laurel Designs.

As I have written so many times over the last few years, it is always my goal to go as light as possible, yet also strike a balance between weight and usability. This is one of those times when the additional 10-20 grams of weight are put aside for the fact of usability – specifically breathablity.

Cuben Tech has never released what the breathablity stats of their WBPCF is, but from testing results I have received (from numerous and nondisclosable sources) the breathability of their material is “significantly less” than eVENT.

For a piece of outerwear that I might be wearing for hours and hours at a time – I do live in the middle of a rain forests – the ability for a piece of outerwear to keep me dry from the inside (that is: breathability)  is potentially just as important as it is to keep me dry from the outside.

Storage & Use:

I bought my mitts in size large, specifically so that I could wear them over my PossumDown gloves and/or any other inner mitts that I might happen to be wearing, and because I have a long fingers and I wanted a little extra wiggle room.

I have carried a single pair for a couple thousands miles and used them for a few hundred miles, probably close to 400 miles or so. Here recently I got a new pair (the ones in the photographs) and already put them to use this winter. Because of where I tend to hike, I encounter lot of blackberry bushes and 6 foot tall ferns, and these two plants have destroyed thousands of dollars worth of my gear. The eVENT Rain Mitts gloves from MLD have held up longer than just about any other piece of gear that has suffered the abuses of blackberries and ferns. I could still use my original pair for another couple hiking seasons, but as I have said in so many of my articles, when you are out there pushing the miles, you need to have your gear in top condition, and this next hiking season I will be putting myself into the most high-risk regions of California I have ever been to.

When I store mine within my backpack I first roll up my two NRS Wet Socks, whatever amount of Gurney Goo I am carrying, and the second glove, and stuff all of that into one of the two gloves. Chances are pretty good that if I need to put on my gloves, my feet are probably going to be cold at some point in the near future, so I usually slip on the WetSocks to keep my feet warm within a micro-climate.

Mountain Laurel Designs, eVENT Rain Mitts

Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Rain Mitts, a pair of NRS WetSocks, and some Gurney Goo.

Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Rain Mitts, next to two ProBars to show their size.

Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Rain Mitts, next to two ProBars to show the size of the mitts rolled up.

 

Seamsealing:

The MLD eVENT mitts do need (well, should be) seam sealed as Mountain Laurel Designs does not do this on their end.

It is a very easy process and takes very little time to do – I did it while sitting around watching a tv show and was done before the show was over.

There is a good video on youtube that shows just how easy it is to get your gloves sealed and do so in a clean way.

 

Final Thoughts:

For me the verdict/decision is simple: the Mountain Laurel Designs, eVENT Rain Mitts are my go-to mitts for hiking. The breathability of eVENT is unmatched these days, and I want a pair of rain mitts that are not going to sweat-out when using them for hours at a time. Their long cuff length make it nice to make sure no rain enters between them and my rain jacket. Their weight (36 grams / 1.27 ounces) is acceptable considering the high value of a pair of rain mitts. Their quality and construction are top of the line, as every piece of gear I have ever owned from Mountain Laurel Designs has been.

+John Abela

In accordance of USA Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255: I hereby declare that the products mentioned within the content of this article were not supplied to me in exchange for services. All products mentioned within the content of this review, with the exception of Black Rock Gear products, are free of endorsements between myself and the manufacturers and meets all FTC 16 CFR.255 compliance requirements.

Updated: March 10, 2013 to include the seamsealing section of the article, which I neglected to include.

Written by John B. Abela - HikeLighter.Com

February 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

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  1. Nice article John. I have a pair of these as well as the ZPacks, and now carry the ZPacks over the MLD ones simply because they are lighter and I don’t really wear them very often at all. These are one of those items that ride in my pack a majority of the time, so in this light, the lighter ones win out. The ones I have now are a second pair since I sold the first ones and reordered another pair, asking them to make them slightly longer so I could get a better fit. I will wear these over my OR PL150 gloves, and they fit very well together.

    Anyway, what size did you get the second time around? I also have the large pair and they are way too big. I have often considered selling them and buying another pair in medium, however, I am not keen on selling them at a loss, then spending more for another pair, and not really use them. The only reason I hang onto them now is so that I can use them when my wife goes with me. (I let her carry the ZPacks ones since they are smaller and lighter.)

    These were also my first seam sealing job. It was easy enough to seam seal them, but what got me is that I didn’t powder them after. I let them sit for almost 2 days, but when I stuffed them back together, the SilNet was tacky and stuck to itself. The next time I pulled them out it destroyed the seam seal on it. I learned that when using SilNet, to powder it after letting it cure and this will remove the tackiness…

    Anyway, good article. Thanks for sharing.

    ~Stick~

    Stick

    February 26, 2013 at 10:37 am

    • Hey Stick,

      I went with size large both times. Yes, they are rather large huh. I probably could have gotten away with a medium/regular size as well, but there is always that rare chance that I will have one a big pair of winter gloves – I could probably buy a pair of those “Ortovox Boiled Wool Arctic mitts” that Philip Werner was talking about earlier this month and still put on these ‘large’ size MLD eVENT mitts.

      So other readers will know, what did you use to powder yours?

      John B. Abela

      February 26, 2013 at 10:43 am

  2. I have the MLD mitts as well. I do mostly weekend or extended-weekend trips and only carry them if we’re expecting a lot of rain. Because of that I’ve only used them a few hours in the 4-5 years that I’ve had them.

    I do have a question for you: I use trekking poles and am wondering whether it makes the most sense for my jacket cuff to go over the MLD mitt gauntlet or if I should have the mitten on the outside. The goal is to minimize the chance for water to seep into your “system” and I can’t figure out if my hands are, on average, higher or lower than my elbows.

    Maybe the easiest thing to do would be to raise my trekking poles a couple of inches when it rains so my hands are always higher than my elbows and then to leave the mitts on the outside. Thoughts and comments are appreciated.

    Kevin Babione

    February 26, 2013 at 11:49 am

    • did you weight them ?
      i had 2 pairs of them, the lightest one was 41g before seamsealing.

      Alan

      March 2, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      • Mine, pre seamsealing are 39.73 grams for the pair.

        One is 19.93 grams, the other is 19.80 grams.

        John B. Abela

        March 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm

  3. […] should probably consider buying (if you do not already own them – and you should) a pair of Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT rain mitts as […]


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