Kappa Mitts

Primaloft-filled mountaineering mitts. Confidence and warmth in cold and wet conditions.
For clothing, weight is for size: M. For sleeping bags, weight changes with selected length/width. N.B. there may be some variation in the weights of finished products.
150g / 5oz
Kappa Mitts

Many thanks for the mitts – they feel great ... once again thank you to all the staff at PHD for going that extra mile in customer service."



  • Primaloft Gold® insulation for cold and wet conditions
  • Water-proof HS2 outer fabric (untaped for lightness)
  • Abrasion resistant Tempest fabric on the palms
  • Pre-bent shape to improve grip
  • Tape and buckle adjustment at the wrist
  • Black inner for easy drying
  • Lycra cuff edging
  • Idiot loops for secure attachment
  • Stuff sac (10 x 18cm)*


* Please note: we make our stuff sacs big enough to allow fairly easy stuffing rather than reducing clothing to the tightest minimum.


Redesigned for 2024 with buckle and strap wrist adjustment.

With an HS2 wind-resistant breathable outer and synthetic Primaloft Gold® insulation the Kappa Mitt offers warmth when conditions get cold, wet, and windy.

Lightweight and packable, with a wind-proof outer and deep Primaloft insulation, the Kappas provide very effective protection in demanding conditions.

They come with articulation to improve grip, Lycra cuffs, removable idiot loops, and tough Tempest fabric on the palms.

The wrist cords (idiot loops) provide a flexible, light, and detachable system to reduce the chance of these light mitts being blown away by the wind.

Primaloft Gold®

Primaloft Gold® is the ideal microfibre insulation. Ultrafine fibres produce an insulating core that is incredibly soft, lightweight and water resistant. In our experience it absorbs water much more slowly than other waddings, a marked advantage in wet-cold conditions.

The nearest of the synthetics to the feel of down, yet tougher than you would expect. Primaloft Gold® offers the best warmth/weight performance in the Primaloft range

Waterproof HS2 outer fabric (weight: 88 gsm)

HS2 is a 2-layer laminate, a high-spec option for the outer layer of our insulated gear. This ripstop fabric strikes an excellent balance between lightness and durability. It is light enough for our Belay tops and tough enough for expedition use in our Omega clothing, while the Kappa clothing makes full use of both its qualities. HS2 is completely waterproof (when the seams are taped) and offers excellent breathability. (Weight: 88gsm).

Tough waterproof Tempest outer fabric (weight: 160 gsm)

A technically advanced waterproof breathable material. 100% Nylon. Good abrasion and tear resistance, yet offering high flexibility for such a tough material.

"I have used a pair of PHD Kappa Mitts for many trips into the Scottish mountains in winter. In even the coldest conditions, these mitts have kept my hands and fingers superbly warm. They are a great design, very comfortable, light in weight, good to use with poles and ice axe. Even when wet they give good protection plus they dry quickly. These are the best mountain mitts that I have ever had. Well done to the PHD team for a great piece of kit."
Ian Gauntlett.

"Many thanks for the mitts – they feel great ... once again thank you to all the staff at PHD for going that extra mile in customer service."

"I had the Kappa Mitts in my backpack when I climbed Mont Blanc last august. On the last ascension it was cold, –18C. I chose a pair of thick winter gloves because I thought they would be better when I had to use an ace axe and a pole. Half way up I was freezing so much on my fingers that I replaced the gloves with the Kappa Mitts. After some minutes, I had recovered the heat, and the mitts were kept on from then on.

I did a 5-day ski tour this winter where I used the Kappa Mitts. The first day it was –24C, and the other days not so cold. I used the Kappa Mitts and kept the others as spare. The last two days it got hotter, and I just took the mitts off and used a pair of thin gloves instead. Perfect.

I have learned that I can trust the Kappa Mitts. With them on, or in the back sack, I’m safe. They are so light that the weight doesn’t matter. So now they are in my backpack the entire year when I do mountaineering.

Concerning the design, they are perfect. They are long enough, and fit very well."

Kjetil Tveranger, Norway

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