Displaying a beautiful beadwork pattern on the gauntlet, these leather mittens are named for George Ingle Finch. Finch was a chemist and mountaineer. A member of the second British expedition under General Granville Bruce to Mount Everest in May of 1922. Finch and Bruce reached an altitude of 27,300 feet on the north ridge before retreating. Finch fell out of the Everest Committee after 1922, but his pioneering work on oxygen remaind crucial to future expeditions. In the Alps, Finch was on the first ascent of the North Face Diagonal or 'Finch Route' on August 2, 1923.
Astis leather mittens are hand-sewn in the USA from high-quality light tan suede leather with hand-stitched beadwork on the gauntlet and lined with Polartec® Thermal Pro® High Loft insulation. Working directly with a tannery in the USA, we developed a suede leather, injected with silicone during the tanning process for further waterproofing, that is extremely durable yet retains great dexterity. The length and cut of their design allows for a jacket to slide fully inside without bunching while providing a close fit that protects the wrists and hands from snow in the heaviest of powder days.
As each leather mitten is hand-sewn and uses natural materials, each leather mitten will possess slight variation in the look of the leather, beadwork, and fur trim. Astis embraces these subtle differences and views them as unique mittens more akin to works of art.