I personally like mittens, however I see you are from Australia (I grew up there) 90% of the time I found my hands getting reeeaaalllyyyyy hot and I ended up riding bear hands and slipping them on when I got to the bottom or something.
I almost never go to the snow here in Australia
. Normally go to Canada or Japan. For the last 3 or so years I've been using some Dakine mittens + inners which were great (although got a bit too toasty quite often). However they finally gave out earlier this year and I'm now in the market to get something new.
I'm thinking I'd like to get a pair of gloves and mittens simply because mittens are not appropriate 100% of the time. But that makes choosing even more difficult, twice as many products to look at.
I was not aware Hestra are made in China, that kind of makes me question the quality a bit...