Love the warmth of mittens, but feel the need to use the full dexterity of your index finger? If so, the Celtek Trippin Mitten might be just the socially acceptable mittens you’ve been looking for! Well, at least they won’t ruin your dating life.
Now I’ve tried mittens, and I love fingered gloves, but I absolutely can’t stand not being able use my index finger for unleashing my boots from my bindings, helping a friend with theirs, or pointing at the camera while floating 540’s in the park. Some people call them lobster gloves, others call them trigger mittens, but whatever you call them you’re probably wondering, do they live up to the hype? For the most part, yes!
Celtek rates the Trippen Mitten as an eight 8 out of ten 10 on their warmth scale, and I can tell you they are plenty warm—I mean, negative-temperatures-dead-of-winter warm! The mittens are made with a 15K/15K StormDry insert, a polyurethane debossed palm (for sticky grip on your board) and a DWR treated nylon fabric for water resistance and warmth. With all this integrated anti-ice/anti-snow technology, these mittens are definitely too warm for spring.
Luckily Celtek has also made a Trippin Pipe Mitten and Pro Mitten; a hybrid glove for every occasion and with prices to fit every budget. The Celtek Trippin Mitten on average will run you around $50, and won’t break the bank. So, the gloves are warm and cost feasible. So, what?
These gloves aren’t just warm, they can be super comfortable. The gloves have a long fitting wrist, and when worn properly slip nicely under the cuffs of my coat. I wear a size medium, and for the most part they are true to size. I usually prefer grenade gloves, and to compare the two, I’d say that the Grenade Trigger Gloves fit better (almost too tight), but aren’t nearly as warm.
The Celtek Trippin Mitten’s might feel a little big, but I’d rather have a slightly bigger glove with warmth, than gloves that fit tight and aren’t very warm. Even so, the gloves might just be a tad on the big side, so if you’re looking for a second skin with a natural tactile feel, you might want to look elsewhere. On a positive note, the glove’s size leaves room for your wrist gaiters, or even possibly another set of liners (which there’s really no need for) and comes with removable wrist leashes to make sure you keep your gloves on you at all times!
This hybrid glove/mitten implements the use of a tricot liner, which is designed to feel as if you’re putting your mitts into a regular five fingered glove. The only problem with this design is subtle, yet after cramming my hand into the gloves on the fly, it’s obvious and can be uncomfortable. The design of the glove makes it look like you are dividing your fingers into three slots, but if you’re not paying attention you might be cramming two fingers in one slot (only in the larger mitten compartment).
This caused me some slight discomfort and momentary confusion. This design can be a slight problem, but it’s not a deal breaker.
Needless to say the Celtek Trigger Mittens ($49) are quite functional and stylish, including artwork by Matt French. The trigger/lobster mitten’s hype really speaks to its new wave popularity and it speaks true. I found the glove usable, wearable, and super warm. The tricot liner may provide some difficulties, but if I just take the time to put my hands in my gloves properly, it’s a no-brainer! These hybrid mittens will bring you back to tropical island days in the midst of a bitter cold winter. Aloha, bra!