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Though we cannot confirm the issuance of each pair of mittens, they appear to be unissued and remain in excellent condition, far from the end of their service lives. Many of the mittens even appear to be brand new and show no signs of wear whatsoever. Those looking for an inexpensive alternative to designer gloves that provides excellent protection and extreme warmth need look no further than our Dutch military mittens.
Each pair of mittens features a triple-layer construction, with an outer shell that is fashioned from a cotton/polyester blend, a soft inner lining made from fleece and a Gore-Tex membrane sandwiched in between. Together, these three layers provide for enhanced warmth as well as a mitten that is simultaneously waterproof and breathable. The real draw, however, is not in their warmth or breathability, but rather the inclusion of a protective layer of leather on the areas that are most vulnerable to wear and injury. The palm of each glove, along with the entire thumb and fingertips, has an added layer of full-grain leather to protect the most sensitive parts of the hand from dangerous elements that may be encountered during various types of labor. Additionally, the gloves extend several inches past the wrist for increased protection of the lower forearms. Another interesting feature is the inclusion of locking clasp that ensures you will never be searching for a single missing glove.
The Dutch military mittens also feature a unique camouflage pattern known as Disruptive Pattern Material, or DPM. This particular pattern is a copy of British DPM and was originally used by the Netherlands in the early 1990s. The camouflage is marked by its swaths of black, chocolate brown and olive disruptive shapes set on a tan background, which provide for good cover in wooded environments. This pattern remains in service with the Royal Netherlands army to this day.