Alf looks into POC's park mitten - developed for park and pipe riders looking for warmth and comfort.

PRICE: £90


WHAT THEY SAY: "The Park mitten is developed with the park an pipe rider in mind, also taking snowboarders need in consideration. The Park mitten includes a goatskin palm and a stretch fabric which improves durability and simplifies taking the mittens on and off. The Park mitten has one interior compartment for improved circulation and comfort and the Thinsulate insulation and WBm, POC ́s breathable water and windproof membrane, ensures that hands stay warm and dry. A goggle wipe is included on the thumb to clean goggles and maintain good visibility. The Park mitten has also been designed to provide a particular flat fit for better mobility, especially when riding without ski poles."

WHAT ALF SAYS: As the name suggests the Park mitten is specifically aimed at park and pipe riders and as such has a ‘flat’ fit which allows your hands to move more readily within it. And as we all know, mitts generally keep your hands warmer than gloves since your fingers can cosy up next to each other, so they’re also a good option if you feel the cold.

Thinsulate insulation and POC’s own WBm waterproof and breathable membrane keep the elements at bay, and I liked the durable feel of the reinforced goatskin palm. The leather extends over your fingers on the back of the mitt, above which there’s a stretch fabric.

The cuffs are quite short, only just covering your wrist, and snow and wind are kept out through a mix of stretch fabric and Velcro fastening. You’ll need to wear the mitt cuff under you jacket cuffs, which personally I don’t like as it’s more of a faff to get them on and off than with a large bellows cuff, but I do know plenty of skiers and boarders who prefer this.

Elasticated wrist loops ensure the Park mittens stay attached to you, and all in all this is a stylish and utilitarian way of keeping your hands warm in the park.

FOR: Plain good looks and design

AGAINST: Short cuff won’t appeal to everyone

Alf Alderson is an award-winning freelance ski journalist who will be working on gear reviews throughout the 2016/17 season for the Ski Club of Great Britain.