The Coldlap. The original cold-weather ropetow glove designed using suffering Minnesota kids.
- Thick rubber grip on the proven synthetic palm patch
- Tough leather finger wear strip
- Pigskin front
- Breathable synthetic back
- Chairlift bands
- Insulation that will make you wish they sold cold packs
Born out of frustration at ropetows eating 6 pairs of mitts per season, the journey to the perfect durable vs comfortable combination brings us to today.
The design originated on a sewing machine at my mother-in-law’s kitchen table in 2015. We bought leather from SR Harris in the cities, traced out mitts that we liked, and tweaked the style until we had a mitt that was pretty decent. That got sent to a factory in China, where they recreated it, and we went through 8 versions before the first mitt was finally produced for the 16/17 season.
The Ropelife was our first shot at the problem, made of cow leather with a synthetic palm. The short story is that cowskin is not very durable – pair that with not enough rubber printing on the palm to grip. They got ate up no matter how you rode them, and we took it to a designer friend from a major sports company.
The Coldlap came the next year (17/18 season), and the basic pattern hasn’t changed much since. The major changes were a long cuff and a tough wear strip on the fingers. They were our biggest seller by far, keeping the USPS pickup guy in shape.
18/19 was about the same but with an attempt at a more durable palm. It ended up losing rubber too quickly and we weren’t too hyped about it. BACK TO THE FAKES. The palm, I mean. It sticks, it grips. Our designer had been pushing for a synthetic back as well and we went for it. Through testing, the 19/20 Coldlaps stayed drier overall, dry out faster when needed, and have the same patch style we loved in the 17/18 season.
With help from all your feedback, we knew what we wanted this year. And dang we like these mitts.