Why we chose the Black Diamond Spark Johnny Mitt: Warm, waterproof, affordable
Price: £80 / 80€ / $100
Let’s face it: we all want to be like Johnny Collinson. Luscious blonde locks, chiseled abs and an Instagram account that questions why you’ve not yet blasted out 100 pushups before 07:00 – and that’s before we even get onto his silky smooth ski style. But, let’s be real, we can’t all be like Johnny. Carbs are underrated anyway, right?
“Thanks to Black Diamond, we can at least own a pair of gloves he’s designed”
Although we can’t exactly be Johnny Collinson, thanks to Black Diamond, we can at least own a pair of gloves he’s designed. These gloves, the Black Diamond Spark Johnny Mitt, take the classic Spark Mitt (a previous favourite of Johnny’s) and put the Collinson stamp of approval on them with a tweaked design and a few handy features that Johnny was after.
Black Diamond Spark Johnny Ski Mitt Features
Bringing the mitts together is goat leather which provides a durable water resistant finish that, in our opinion, feels much better in the hand than a traditional fabric glove. The full waterproof seal has been given through a BD.dry liner that sits below the leather. Your hands are usually the first point that may start to let water in (particularly when ski touring), so it’s great to see BD address this with a full waterproof insert.
The goat leather outer has long been a feature on the original Spark Mitt, but Johnny has looked to further reinforce it for his signature mitt. This has been achieved through EVA padding on the back of the thumb and knuckles to provide impact resistance for when you’re charging hard, especially though tight tree lines.