When deep cold strikes, your regular gloves or mittens might not cut it against the freeze. Extremities get numb and nothing is worse than cold hands and cold fingers, especially out on the ski slopes or scaling an icy mountain. Fortunately in the never-ending world of innovative outdoor products, there are electric heated gloves – the digit-warmers of today and the future.
1. Best Heated Gloves Overall
The warmest in a very warm line of gloves, the Capstones enable two battery use to double the heat output when winters in Canada turn bitter. Waterproof GORE-TEX inserts shut out elements awhile allowing hands to breathe. Synthetic insulation means heat is trapped effectively even if it gets damp with sweat. Plus a long life goat leather palm will last many winters to come.
2. Best Heated Mitts overall
For those who want the coziness of mittens, take a long look at the Lucent Mitts by Outdoor Research. The originals were so popular they weren't updated for five years - but they're new now, and the warmth around the hand is unparalleled. The GORE-TEX insert is waterproof, and the gloves are touchscreen-compatible. They even come equipped with a fleece lining in the palm—a sign of people who know winter.
3. Best Budget Heated Gloves/Mitts
To be frank, heated mitts or gloves are definitely on the higher range of the mitten and glove price scale. Once there, however, the prices can vary - and Outdoor Research wants everyone in from the cold with the Gripper Gloves. It's a windproof, water-resistant grip glove with triple-layered GORE Infinium fabric and rechargeable batteries to boot. They are built lightweight and breathable, and as an entry-level heated hand product, indispensable.
4. Best Heated Work Gloves
Premium leather? Check. Waterproof membrane? Oh yeah. Synthetic insulation? You got it. The Kombi Warm-Up Gloves are so versatile, you might just end up working in them. Adjustable heat means you get the heat level you like. Wrist leashes mean slipping the gloves off when handling finer details but not worrying about storing them. Comfort in every aspect.
5. Best Heated Ski Gloves
The Solano Gloves pack a bit of everything into a premium construction. Like nothing else, they heat your hands perfectly on the slopes and off. Everything is waterproof and breathable, with hands protected and heated as you need them. The zips and cuffs also shed water. Lined with a GORE-TEX insert and with extra Primaloft insulation, these will prove invaluable on the slopes.
6. Best Thin heated gloves
Sometimes you need a glove that's a bit lighter and offers more mobility while providing the same charged heat. Enter the Stormtrackers, with city-friendly features like touchscreen-compatible leather index and thumbs and brighter settings. It's a soft-shell thin heated construction with total protection from the wind. Go from climbing mountains or ski touring to commuting in comfort in these.
7. Best heated fatbiking gloves
Fatbiking is quite the sport visually. Things get big, brash and bulky - and there's no difference for the gloves. Lobster Power has a name so good these gotta be great - and they fit the bill for fatbiking. Multi level heating, ten hours of heat, and of course the dexterity having the index finger loose from the rest of the hand is the all-important touch. Enjoy!
Heated Gloves Q&A
Q: Are heated gloves worth it?
A: The first thing that will jump out at you is the price. These are not your bargain-bin throwaway woollens here. However, you get what you pay for—and with heated gloves, you get a lot.
These are nothing if not versatile and can usually be used for many things, like skiing, ski touring, alpine and ice climbing. Of course, you can also use them for long walks with the dog and shovelling out your car after a blizzard. They are built rugged, warm, made to last, and are one of those things you’ll wish you had them when you really need them. You’re investing in warmth for now and the future.
Q: How do heated gloves work?
A: What might seem complex is actually quite simple in the field, providing you’ve prepped correctly. These come with rechargeable batteries that store in their own compartment attached to the gloves. When charged, attach them onto the heating wire and zip them back into their compartment.
There are controls so you can regulate the level of heat or switch them off when engaged in high-output events like skinning up a mountain. Control layouts and features vary between brands, but most offer lighting for better visibility in snowstorms and the dark.
Q: Are heated gloves safe?
A: Yes! The heating coils in the gloves are encased in a protective coating and won’t cause shock. The battery packs shut off in the event of a short circuit. As long as you follow the instruction manuals for both the batteries and the gloves (never wash them in the washing machine!), you’ll be fine and your hands will be warm all winter.