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The Best Heated Ski Gloves Of 2021 Helpful Guide

best heated ski gloves

Many people suffer from cold hands while skiing. Some days you just can’t seem to keep your hands warm no matter what you do. Cold hands are not fun and we want to have fun while skiing. Fortunately, heated ski gloves are here to save the day if you have cold fingers. They can provide hours of heat to keep your hands warm for a day of skiing. We are here to help with our review of the best heated ski gloves of winter 2020/2021.

Below are our top 3 choices for best heated ski gloves for those in a hurry. Keep reading below for our more detailed reviews, guide, and FAQ for those who want more help.

Editor’s Choice

Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Gloves

Top Pick

MOUNT TEC Explorer 3 Heated Glove

Best Value

VELAZZIO Thermo1 Battery Heated Gloves

Top 5 Best Heated Ski Gloves

Editor’s Choice

Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Gloves

  • Locking Zippered Compartment for Batteries
  • Wind and Waterproof
  • ALTI Heat Battery-Powered Heat Technology with Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery

Summary

The Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Gloves make a great set of gloves for the coldest of days. They are very warm to start with thanks to their Enduraloft insulation. They are waterproof and breathable using a Goretex lining.

The heating power on these gloves is excellent. They get warm quick on high power setting. You won’t need high more than a couple of minutes. Medium and low are good enough for most conditions for most people. Battery duration is a very good 5 to 8 hours on medium and low.

Charging time is 6 hours so you need to remember to hook them up before going to bed. You can’t do a last minute charge before heading out.

These gloves have thick insulation and a lot of seams. This makes the fingers a bit stiff.

These gloves do great at keeping your hands warm. The powered heating is very strong with enough battery life to last an entire day skiing. This makes them our top pick for best heated ski gloves.

Specifications

  • Battery Life – 2.5 hour high, 8 hour low
  • Touchscreen compatible – yes
  • Waterproofing – Goretex
  • Insulation – Enduraloft
  • Heating area – back of hands, thumbs, and fingers
What We Liked
✔️ Goretex waterproof material
✔️ Enduraloft insulation
✔️ Goat leather palms
What We Didn’t Like
High cost
Glove fingers feel stiff

Top Pick

MOUNT TEC Explorer 3 Heated Glove

  • 3rd Generation Micro-composite Fiber Infrared Heating System gives up to 8 hours heat time
  • 7.4V Lithium batteries & dual port charger included. Extra batteries available to purchase
  • 3M Scotchgard Waterproof Goatskin Leather & Riptech Nylon shell

Summary

The MOUNT TEC Explorer 3 Heated Gloves are a good option to keep your hands warm skiing. These gloves have above average construction and adequate heating.

These gloves heat the palm side of your hand and fingers. They do not heat the backside or fingertips. This works well for gripping cold objects. Your hands lose a lot of heat through the backside and it’s the most exposed while skiing. This can leave you with sweaty palms as well from gripping ski poles all day.

Heater duration is 4 hours on high and up to 8 hours on low giving you plenty of heat to make it through the average ski day.

The materials and construction of these gloves are very good. This combined with good battery duration and adequate heating power makes them our top pick for best heated ski glove.

Specifications

  • Battery Life – 4 hour high, 8 hour low
  • Touchscreen compatible – yes
  • Waterproofing – 3M Scotchgard waterproof goatskin & nylon shell
  • Insulation – 100g Primaloft
  • Heating area – palm and palm side of fingers
What We Liked
✔️ Good battery duration
✔️ Waterproof neoprene outer shell
✔️ Durable construction
What We Didn’t Like
 Heats palm side only of hands and fingers. Does not heat fingertips
 Palms can get sweaty

Best Value

VELAZZIO Thermo1 Battery Heated Gloves

  • GUARANTEED WARMTH – High capacity 7.4v rechargeable battery and built-in carbon fiber heating panel
  • INTELLIGENT CONTROL – 3 heating levels (high, medium, low) enable customized heating
  • WATERPROOF & BREATHABLE – Durable water repellent (DWR) out shell and moisture-wicking fleece lining

Summary

The VELAZZIO Thermo1 Battery Heated Gloves are a great value for winter ski gloves. They have 3M Thinsulate insulation to keep the bulk down and a breathable, waterproof membrane. They have a smart power save feature. They start at high power for 5 minutes and then automatically drop to medium.

High power battery life claims to be 4 hours but users get closer to 2 to 2.5 hours. The gloves are warm enough for freezing temperature days on medium power. Even at high power, they are not quite adequate once you drop below the teens.

These gloves are good for most ski days in 10F to 30F range. They are a great value for their price. They don’t heat as well or have the battery duration of gloves costing hundreds more. They are far better than unheated gloves in their price range. This makes them our best value pick for heated ski gloves.

Specifications

  • Battery Life – 4 hour high, 10 hour low
  • Touchscreen compatible – yes
  • Waterproofing –
  • Insulation – Thinsulate
  • Heating area – back of hands, thumbs, and fingers
What We Liked
✔️ Smart power saving function
✔️ Low cost
✔️ Thinsulate insulation
What We Didn’t Like
 Only high and medium settings produce noticeable heat
 Bulky feeling battery packs

Warmest Heated Ski Glove

Black Diamond Solano Heated GORE-TEX Ski Glove

  • Black Diamond Gore-Tex Waterproof Solano Heated Gloves
  • 3-level warmth that is controllable via an integrated LED switch
  • 170 g PrimaLoft Gold Insulation

Summary

The Black Diamond Solano heated gloves are well made and very warm. They have thick insulation and excellent waterproofing thanks to their Goretex lining.

The gloves are very warm and the heat feature is only needed on colder days. Most conditions will only need medium to low power with a quick burst of high to warm up if you get especially cold. They heat the wrists as well as hands and fingers. Many gloves use similar batteries to these. All of them report that the batteries last about a year before their life per charge becomes too little to use.

The gloves are stiff and difficult to move your fingers in for any more than the most simple task. They get a little better after some breaking in. They never get to a soft and easy to move to feel.

The Black Diamond Solano gloves are great for warmth. They are one of the warmest gloves on the market. They suffer a little for dexterity.

Specifications

  • Battery Life – 2 hour high, 5 hour low
  • Touchscreen compatible – Yes
  • Waterproofing – Goretex insert
  • Insulation – Primaloft 200g-100g
  • Heating area – Glove back, wrist, and fingers
What We Liked
✔️ Goretex waterproof breathable membrane
✔️ Primaloft insulation
✔️ Includes international plug adapters for charger
What We Didn’t Like
 Low finger dexterity
 No wrist cinch strap

Best For Raynaud Syndrome

Volt Tatra Men’s Rechargeable Heated Gloves

  • BATTERIES INCLUDED: Includes two powerful 7.4v 2200mah rechargeable lithium batteries, and a dual charger
  • HEAT ON COMMAND: Four power level settings allowing you to select your desired heat output.
  • POWER HEATING: The gloves warm the entirety of BOTH sides of your hands, including each individual finger

Summary

The Volt Tatra Men’s Rechargeable Heated Gloves are a good ski glove with an okay heating option. The construction and materials feel better than average. They would be good ski gloves without considering the heating option.

The battery and charging mechanism are proprietary and not up to the quality and material level of the rest of the gloves. They feel cheap compared to the rest of the gloves. If the battery or charger stop working it is difficult to find replacements. They are not generic batteries you can buy anywhere.

The heating function works okay. On the higher power levels, it provides enough heat for the average ski day in the 20s. If you use high for warming up and medium level for maintaining heat you can get a full day out of the battery. This glove has heating elements on the palm side as well as the back side. This is especially good if you have Raynaud syndrome and need heat on both sides of your fingers.

The Volt Tatra is a good ski glove with an electric heater that could be better. They are an okay value for their price. This is the best heated ski glove for people with Raynaud syndrome thanks to heating elements on more than just the back of your hands and fingers.

Specifications

  • Battery Life – 2 hour high, 8 hour low
  • Touchscreen compatible – No
  • Waterproofing –  Nylon Zero Layer Heat System
  • Insulation – 150g premium insulation
  • Heating area – backside and palm side of hands and fingers
What We Liked
✔️ Heat back and palm side of hands and fingers
✔️ Waterproof breathable membrane
✔️ 5 power settings
What We Didn’t Like
 Difficult to adjust power settings
 Proprietary battery and charger that is difficult to replace

Heated Ski Glove Considerations

There are a few things to consider when looking at heated ski gloves. Insulation, waterproofing, heating power and battery duration are all important. A really good set of heated ski gloves will perform great at all of them.

Insulation

A good set of ski gloves for cold weather needs to have adequate insulation. Heating elements in the gloves won’t do a lot of good if there is no insulation and all the heat escapes. 100g to 200g of Primaloft or Enduraloft insulation will give you warm gloves even without heaters.

Waterproofing

When skiing, you will get your gloves in the snow. Whether it’s from a fall or from falling snow or if you get caught in the rain. Skiing is not a dry sport. Ski gloves need solid waterproofing to keep your hands warm. As soon as cold snowy water from the outside starts getting into the inside your hands will be cold.

Goretex is an excellent waterproof membrane that is also very breathable. It keeps the water on the outside while letting your sweat pass from the inside to the outside. Ski clothing made of Goretex is expensive but worth every cent on a wet day.

Heating power

To be considered for the best heated ski gloves, the gloves must have adequate heating power. Gloves that only heat the palm or backside of the hand are not really doing anything for people with cold fingers. Gloves are only worth buying if they heat the hands and fingers. No gloves are included in this review that do not heat fingers.

The Outdoor Research Lucent gloves have outstanding heating power. They are the standard for gloves that can make your hands hot.

Battery duration

The average ski day for most of us looks like this. A couple of hours before lunch and a few hours after lunch. A good set of heated ski gloves needs to have enough juice to last 4 to 5 hours of skiing. Most gloves only give about 2 hours at high power. This will degrade over time as the batteries age. Most gloves will give you 4 to 8 hours on medium to low power.

A good strategy is using high power for a few minutes only at the start of the day and if your fingers get cold. At other times leave them on medium and low.

group of skiers wearing ski gloves

Heated Ski Gloves FAQ

Q: Are heated ski gloves worth it?

If you are a skier who suffers from constant cold hands, then a pair of heated ski gloves will absolutely be worth it. If you suffer from Raynaud’s Syndrome they will be a necessity to be able to ski. Heated ski gloves come at a variety of price points. The best performers tend to cost a $200-$300. There are solid performers at lower cost.

Q: What are the best heated gloves on the market?

The current best performing heated ski gloves are made by Outside Research. They have the strongest heaters combined with heavy insulation.

Q: Are heated gloves safe?

Heated ski gloves are safe. The batteries are kept in waterproof pouches in the gloves. The batteries are small and the heaters only use a few watts of power. There is little to no risk of a short circuit or fire from a pair of heated ski gloves.

Q: What are the best gloves for Raynaud?

A pair of ski gloves for Raynaud’s Syndrome needs to have heating elements in the fingers as well as the hands. It is better if they heat the inside and outside surface of the fingers and fingertips. A pair of gloves that only heats the palm or back of the hands will not be adequate. To learn more about Raynaud’s Syndrome click here.

Q: Should winter gloves be tight or loose?

Ski gloves should have a nice snug fit. They should not be so tight that they are difficult to take on and off and cramp your fingers. They should not be so loose they won’t stay on and have lots of dead air space inside. Dead airspace is not efficient insulation inside your ski glove. The below video has some good tips for sizing ski gloves.

Q: How do I keep my fingers warm in gloves?

Here are a few tips for keeping your fingers warm while skiing.

  • Keep the core of your body warm. Your hands and feet have no chance if your chest is cold
  • Put your gloves on inside and don’t take them off outside
  • Keep your gloves dry
  • Don’t grab the chairlift bars and rails during the lift ride. Metal is a really conductive surface for heat transfer and sucking heat out of your hands
  • Keep moving. Your body generates more heat while it is working

The below video has a good tip for keeping hands warm on chairlift rides.

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About the author

My name is Doug Ryan. I am an adventure sports fan and an avid skier, sailor, mountain biker who also enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and travel. I take any chance I can get to get out in the snow or water.  I actively run an adventure sports meetup where I get asked many questions.  I decided to start Gear Craver as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for adventure sports their gear.

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