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heated gloves

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:51 am
by johnnash
A few years ago, I bought a pair of Heat-X battery-operated ski gloves. I've had a number of issues with them over the years, and now one of the rechargeable batteries has died and is outrageously expensive to replace, so I won't be doing that. Even though these were never quite satisfactory, I would try another brand of heated glove if I could get a good recommendation from a user. Has anyone had a good experience?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:18 pm
by billski
I know you didn't ask, but..
I buy a box of hand warmers at costco for $18 each year. I put one of them on the back of my hands inside the glove. Works perfect, pretty cheap!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:30 am
by berkshireskier
yea, I'm a huge believer in those hand warmers you can buy for about a buck for two and just put them in your gloves.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:45 am
by Tony Crocker
Speaking of Costco, the Head gloves they sell at this time of year are one of the greatest deals in ski accessories. They are waterproof/breathable, have Outlast for temperature regulation and also have a zipper slot on the back to insert a heat pack if needed. All of this for $16.99. Last year when I needed new gloves I bought 3 pair.

For warmth I'm also a big believer in glove liners, especially important when you need to take your hand out of your glove to retrieve something from a pocket, etc. Glove liners plus the Head gloves will take me comfortably down to zero F or so. Colder that I use mittens plus glove liners. I have not needed to use heat packs in gloves, though I rarely have to ski in the temps that some of the easterners and Canadians do. I have needed to use the adhesive heat packs on the toes of my boot liners a few times though.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:40 pm
by tcope
The problem I've always found with heat packs is 1) they don't work and 2) some need air to work and when inside of a glove, they don't work very well. Though I'd LOVE to find a good brand that works.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:51 am
by berkshireskier
tcope wrote:The problem I've always found with heat packs is 1) they don't work and 2) some need air to work and when inside of a glove, they don't work very well. Though I'd LOVE to find a good brand that works.

My experience is that they work very well, even inside a glove. The ones I use (and the brands vary - whatever I can buy at the cheapest price) stay very warm - and almost too hot at times - and last all day long. It's amazing to me that even when I take them out of my gloves at the end of the day, they are still very warm - and sometimes stay warm for 11 or 12 hours in total. I just put them right in the palm of my hand inside the glove - it feels a little awkward at first but becomes unnoticeable after awhile. I have gloves that have the zippered pocket on the top of the glove, but I find that putting the heat packs in there does not get enough warmth to my hands inside the glove. My experience with the toe heat pads is that they do not work as well, for some reason. The heat does not just last as long, maybe because they're much thinner?

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:40 am
by johnnash
Interesting to hear the somewhat different experiences with glove warmers. My own experience is that they are plenty warm to begin with, but they poop out by the late afternoon unless I open a new pair at lunch. I haven't ever paid much attention to the brand, figuring that with this kind of commoditized lo-tech stuff, brand doesn't matter, but maybe there are differences. My biggest problem with glove warmers, though, is that I like to be able to take my hand out of my glove (adjust the I-pod, answer a cell), and the warmers tend to fall out. Not a huge problem, but a nuisance. And like Tony, I use glove liners, which help keep the hands from freezing when the gloves have to come off. Still, would be nice to find heated gloves that work well ...

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:03 pm
by Marc_C
berkshireskier wrote:
tcope wrote:The problem I've always found with heat packs is 1) they don't work and 2) some need air to work and when inside of a glove, they don't work very well. Though I'd LOVE to find a good brand that works.

My experience is that they work very well, even inside a glove. The ones I use (and the brands vary - whatever I can buy at the cheapest price) stay very warm - and almost too hot at times - and last all day long. It's amazing to me that even when I take them out of my gloves at the end of the day, they are still very warm - and sometimes stay warm for 11 or 12 hours in total.

I'll second that - I find they work, and work very well. However, we are talking about tcope here; not the first time that something that works for everyone else somehow doesn't for him. 8)

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:23 pm
by berkshireskier
johnnash wrote:Interesting to hear the somewhat different experiences with glove warmers. My own experience is that they are plenty warm to begin with, but they poop out by the late afternoon unless I open a new pair at lunch. I haven't ever paid much attention to the brand, figuring that with this kind of commoditized lo-tech stuff, brand doesn't matter, but maybe there are differences. My biggest problem with glove warmers, though, is that I like to be able to take my hand out of my glove (adjust the I-pod, answer a cell), and the warmers tend to fall out. Not a huge problem, but a nuisance. And like Tony, I use glove liners, which help keep the hands from freezing when the gloves have to come off. Still, would be nice to find heated gloves that work well ...

Yea, losing the glove warmer when removing your hand from the glove is an occupational hazard. I've dropped a few off chairlifts when taking off my glove (are they biodegradable??) I always carry an extra pair or two in my jacket pocket, in case I do lose one or one of the warmers turns out to be a "dud" and not last all day. My experience is that the brand does not really matter. I've tried several brands - whatever is the cheapest - and they all seem to work about the same.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:20 am
by Tony Crocker
The Head gloves from Costco have a zipper pouch for the heat pack on the back of the glove. This seems to me a superior design because:
1) back of the hand is colder than the palm, needs the heat more
2) the heat pack is in its own compartment and won't fall out if you take your hand out of the glove.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:53 pm
by wolfer
I have been using the Head gloves from Costco for the last three seasons. They have kept my hands warm even at -30° C. Like Tony I bought several pairs because you can notice that they are not nearly as warm towards the end of the second season, something I can live with having paid less than $20.00.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:32 am
by karenmcgraw
I had used Grabber Battery Powered Heat Gloves this heated ski gloves uses a four double a batteries, you can adjust the warmth settings of the gloves to high or low.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:26 pm
by wyfwyf112
Recently, I used a heated glove from www.heatedshoe.com. It is very good experience for me of the temperature. That is really comfortable for me especially to my cold hand. I've used many brands of heated gloves and they don't have any warm feeling to me. But this new heated glove let me feel the "hot" in my hand in the winter.That was a great experience for me.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:42 pm
by Tony Crocker
I should weigh in again after having to deal with a -22F morning of cat skiing on Jan. 18. A few points:
1) Keeping the core warm makes it less likely that blood will flee from the extremities. Thus 4 layers under my ski suit.
2) No exposed skin to drain heat. Thus a face mask all day.
3) In general I have more issues with toes than fingers. The neoprene Boot Glove seemed to be effective, as it was for Adam some years ago. Particularly recommended if it's powder, where your boots are under the snow a lot of the time.
4) With all of the above I managed to keep fingers under control with mittens plus glove liners. Glove liners are very important when you have to take your hand out of a glove/mitten to get into a pocket.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:44 pm
by flyover
As someone who has spent a fair amount of time recreating in temperatures well-below zero (not this winter!), I agree with almost all of Tony's points (I have no experience with boot gloves).

These days, just about everybody understands that layering is an extremely useful strategy for dressing for cold weather. Many, however, neglect to apply this principle to their head and hands. On really cold days, I add a balaclava and neck gator under the helmet or hat. For gloves, I use of pair of tough, waterproof-breathable overmitts, over thick fleece mittens (currently, Black Diamond Mercury Mitts), over glove liners. If temps change, layers can be removed or added as necessary. Using this system, my hands are more-or-less never cold.

I'm not particularly prone to cold hands, but if I were, there are several steps up in overmitt-mitten burliness available on the market.