Displaying a beautiful floral beadwork design on the gauntlet, these mittens are named for the french climber Louis Lachenal. He was one of the first two mountaineers to climb a summit more than 8,000 meters. On June 3, 1950, along with Maurice Hezog, he reache the summit of Annapurna I in Nepal. Previously he made the second ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1947 with Lionel Terray. He died falling into a snow covered crevasse while skiing the Vallee Blanche in Chamonix. The mountain Pointe Lachenal in the Mont Blanc massif is named after him.
Astis leather mittens are hand-sewn in the USA from high-quality black suede leather with hand-stitched beadwork on the gauntlet and are lined with Polartec® Thermal Pro® High Loft insulation. Working directly with a tannery in the USA, we developed a suede leather, injected with silicon 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.