Top 3 Best Heated Ski Gloves Reviewed 2020

by Simon Naylor | Updated On: January 3rd, 2020
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If you suffer from cold hands on the slope, a heated ski glove will make a difference. But choose the wrong glove and you’ll waste time and money and get uneven heat that won’t last (bad battery or materials). So to save you the hassle I have scoured the internet and compiled the BEST heated ski gloves on the market to buy this year.

Heated gloves are like normal ski gloves, but they use battery power for an internal heat-source to provide extra warmth to skiers who suffer from the cold or are skiing in extreme temperatures. All the gloves I’ve listed below have re-chargeable batteries packs which can be charged on any wall socket. The batteries are light-weight flexible and can be easily put in and taken out from a small compartment around the cuff.

If you want to extend the battery life, I’d recommend buying two sets of batteries -- if possible. That will give you all day warmth.

Comparison Table

Ski GloveNameAwardPrice
Outdoor Research LucentBest OverallCheck Price
Seirus HeatTouch HellfireWarmestCheck Price
ActionHeat 5VBest ‘Budget’Check Price

1. Outdoor Research Lucent

Quick Overview: 

Check Price on Amazon.

These gloves come with very high reviews. They score excellent on functionality, battery life, and durability, with awards from outdoor magazines and independent reviewers.

These gloves are specifically designed for skiers and other winter sports like snowboarding. They’re also great for cold-weather hiking, cycling and other outdoor pursuits in very cold weather.

Protection from the elements ❄️

They use the world-renowned Gore-Tex® membrane for the outer shell. This allows sweat and moisture to escape so the glove dries more quickly while blocking out snow and rain for a fully waterproof barrier. The breathable materials make this glove warm but not sweaty -- something that plagues many fleece lined gloves with low breathability.

Interior warmth 🔥

These gloves use a fleece lining for excellent warmth even without the heating element turned on.

Bonus: Video walkthrough
Using Outdoor Research Heated Gloves

The heating element🌡

These gloves come with 2x set of batteries (that are not pre-charged) and a wall charger with three wall outlets (US/UK & EU) which is handy for trips abroad without the need to use a separate converter. They use a heating system called ALTI heat which delivers 5.5 watts of power to heat each glove.

Battery life 🕒

It takes 7 hours to re-charge each battery. Once the battery is charged you have three options of heat power.

You can buy multiple batteries if you’re planning an extended trip or multi-day backcountry adventure.

Pros ✅
Cons ❌
Waterproof, windproof & breathable.Some reviewers feel the glove to be stiff.
Good battery life.Heat focused on fingers.
Excellent construction.
High battery charge time.
Lifetime Warranty.
Only come in black.
Durable materials.
Come with a carrying case.

How much?

These gloves are NOT cheap but they are a worthwhile investment if you want gloves that last. Check Price on Amazon.

2. Seirus HeatTouch Hellfire

Quick Overview: 

Seirus HeatTouch Hellfire Glove scores excellently in durability, warmth, and durability. The latest in a line of high-performance gloves from Seirus, this glove is exceptional; fully waterproof, windproof and very warm even with the electric heaters turned off.

To get the most from these gloves you can put them on a high setting for the first 20 minutes and then set them to low for a longer lasting battery life. The gloves will lock in the warmth and keep you comfortable even in very cold weather.

Protection from the elements ❄️

Unlike the other gloves in this line-up, they use leather as one of the main shell materials that is soft, flexible and hardwearing. You’ll need to spot-clean the surface with a damp towel rather than submerging them in water like you can with other gloves. Leather needs a bit more care -- but it will last many years. Leather as a glove material is not for everyone, some people don’t like the feel or grip and it’s not vegan as it comes from cow hides.

The gloves have touch-screen technology which means you can use a mobile phone or device with a touch screen without having to take your gloves off. A major bonus in the fight against cold when you’re halfway up a mountain.

Interior warmth 🔥

Inside the glove is 100% polyester lining which provides great insulation against the cold; 280g HeatLock™.

Bonus: Video walkthrough

Seirus HeatTouch™ Hellfire™ Gloves

The heating element🌡

These gloves are the latest upgrade in the line. They use a New 3000 Ultra Battery Flexible which is more powerful and more flexible.

The heatingFlexible Fusion™ element warms the entire glove and wraps around each finger for full hand warms.

Battery life 🕒

The battery tucks seamlessly into the cuff pouch, and are sealed in with a waterproof zipper that conforms comfortably to your wrist.

To operate press the button near the cuff for 5 seconds. Push to change the setting and press for 5 seconds to turn off.

Pros ✅
Cons ❌
Top of the range performance.Expensive.
Very warm glove.Leather not for everyone.
Wrap around heating.
Long battery life.
Wind & waterproof.
Flexible battery.

How much?

Check Price on Amazon.

3. ActionHeat 5V Premium Heated Gloves

Quick Overview: 

These gloves are great for skiing, snowboarding, and other outside pursuits in cold weather. Fire up the onboard battery for a blast of warmth that travels along each finger and thumb.

Protection from the elements ❄️

Press touch-button to adjust the allows the wearer to easily switch between the temperatures.

Weather tight cuff seal in heat and block out cold air or snow from getting in during a fall.

Interior warmth 🔥

Thinsulate insulation to keeps in the warmth and is comfortable against the skin. These gloves may be sweaty in warmer temperatures.

Video walkthrough

ActionHeat Premium Battery Heated Gloves - TheWarmingStore

The heating element🌡

Thes gloves use a 3000mAH battery charger that heats to 43°C (110°F) for a full 5+ hours. Come with a dual battery charger kit that is rechargeable in a wall socket and via USB.

wall charger for heated gloves

Battery life 🕒

Press and hold touch-button control on the wrist for 3-5 seconds to turn off and cycle through the heat settings.

Overall rating: 9/10

Pros ✅
Cons ❌
3 Temperature settings.Medium battery life.
Very warm Thinsulate lining.
Fully waterproof shell.
Wall and USB rechargeable.
Good value.

How much?

Women’s Version: Check Price on Amazon.

Men’s Version: Check Price on Amazon.

The Women’s version is exactly the same and uses the same materials and battery, it’s just got a different cuff shape for more slender arms. and fingers.

How to choose the best glove?

1. know your budget

Heated gloves are not cheap and while there are some budget options, you’ll be sacrificing warmth, battery life, and workmanship. If the price is an issue you could consider investing in glove liners instead.

It can be more economical over the long run to pay more for a pair of gloves that will last you many seasons, rather than a cheap pair that only lasts one. That’s not to say you have to buy the most expensive gloves -- some may have features that you won’t use.

The best thing to do is to read the reviews and make sure it is the right fit for you.

2. Measure your hands

To get the right fit it’s worth measuring your hands with a tape measure so you can be sure that the glove proportions match up with your hand.

Gloves that are too tight will be uncomfortable and could cut off blood circulation making you even colder. On the other hand, gloves that are too big or loose will let in excess air and cold from the outside. They will also make it challenging to stay on during a fall or when holding your ski poles.

The best way to measure your hands is to wrap a cloth tape all the way around your dominant hand (either left or right handed) across the middle of the palm. This measurement is what gloves sizes are based on and the more precise a fit, the warmer your hands will be and the more effective the electric heating system.

3. Do You Need Extra Batteries?

Buying an extra pair of batteries for your gloves is usually worthwhile if you plan to spend extended outside in the cold or multi-day trips where you can’t recharge your batteries overnight.

Each extra pack of batteries will double the time that you can heat your gloves, extending them to a full 8 hours of use on the medium setting for most gloves.

It’s worth being aware of how long it takes for the batteries to re-charge. Some take much longer than others. From 2-8 hours which will affect how soon you can re-use the same batteries. The best gloves come with quick charging batteries that can reach 80% much quicker than the final 20% for a rapid pit-stop re-charge -- great for mid-day lunch breaks.

How to keep your hands warm?

While heated gloves will do the heavy lifting to keep your hands warm, here is what else you can do to extend their battery life and be comfortable all day.

Put gloves on, inside 

Putting your gloves on inside means your hands will stay warmer for longer and trap in warmer air. If you take your gloves of even for a few seconds while outside, be aware that it will take much longer for your gloves to conserve heat.

Don’t clench fists 

Many skiers will clench their hands without realizing, in an attempt to make their hands warmer. It actually has the opposite effect and limited blood circulation.

Keep your core warm

A warm core keeps your extremities warmer for longer as these are the first areas to lose body heat. Keep warm with fully breathable and waterproof outer layers, a warm fleece mid-layer and a base layer. You can drink warm drinks and bring a thermal flask in your backpack to stay warm and hydrated.

These tips were taken from my larger article; 11 Incredible Ways to Warm Hands While Skiing. & Skiers Ultimate Guide to Staying Warm

How to keep your feet warm?

If you want the full run-down, check out my article on keeping your feet warm.

Final thoughts

Heated gloves aren’t for everybody, but if you’re venturing into extreme temperatures or always suffer from cold hand -- (some people do get colder than others)  then a heated glove may be for you.

Now you’re armed with the right info, go forth and get the right glove for you.

If you need any more help, fire away with a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Simon Naylor, the founder of New To Ski, started skiing in 2005. He has continued to practice his skills and wanted to share his journey and knowledge with other new skiers. He launched New To Ski in 2018 to help first-time skiers have more fun on the slopes and get out and explore the mountains safely.