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I'll add my vote for the NRS Toaster Mitts. I paddle surf ski year round (wet ride), so certainly have tried my fair share of cold weather gear. While pogies are wonderfully warm, I steer clear of them as, in case I come out of the boat, I don't need to pull my hands out to remount.
Up until this year, my 'go to' gloves were the old style Level Six Antifreeze gloves (They changed the grip surface last year, and the new version is nowhere near as good in this area-probably wears better, though, which was an issue with the older style.). I also tried the Kokatat version (absolutely terrible), and also, the Hydroskin 5mm. Titaniums, which are fine in temps above, say, 30 degrees, if a little stiff.
A friend gifted me the Toaster Mitts, and they are wonderful. In 14 degree temps (Then add windchill.), my hands were actually sweating. I might experiment with a silk liner or something to soak up the excess moisture, but here, a positive grip on the wing paddle shaft is important, so we'll see. They fit well-not too much bunching. I usually take an XL, but the large size affords plenty of room. Pulling them on and off requires a little determination, but I'd rather have this than the alternative. Although they don't offer the dexterity of a glove, I was pleasantly surprised how positive they do feel. The control of the paddle is easy, and remounts equally so. Great product. I'm curious to see how they wear, but at this stage, I'd definitely recommend them for anyone wishing to get out in extremely cold temps.
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