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The Best Heated Ski Gloves Of 2023 Test & Gear Guide

the 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 skiingor doing any other winter sport. 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 2022/2023.

Below is a list of all our top picks. We considered features, price, performance, and user feedback in making our recommendations. Keep reading below for reviews and heated glove guide.

1. Top Pick – Outdoor Research Prevail GTX

Outdoor Research Prevail Product Image

Specifications

  • Battery Life Published – 2.5 hours high, 8 hours low
  • Battery Life Tested – 3.0 hours high, 4.9 hours medium, 8.3 hours low
  • Touchscreen compatible – yes
  • Waterproofing – Goretex
  • Insulation – Enduraloft
  • Heating element area – back of hands, thumbs, and fingers
Outdoor Research Prevail on mountain

Overall Score

87/100
Insulation9.5


Heating Power8.0


Overall Warmth9.5


Dexterity7.0


Glove Construction9.5

What we liked:

  • Goretex waterproof material keeps your hands dry all day
  • Very warm gloves without the heat turned on
  • Enduraloft insulation makes the gloves warm even without the heat turned on
  • Premium materials and construction used throughout
  • Included wrist straps
  • Included international power adapters for the charger

What we didn’t like:

  • Very high cost for a pair of ski gloves
  • Glove fingers are stiff when grabbing ski poles

Bottom line:

Very heavy warm feeling gloves with Goretex water proofing. Enough heating power on high setting for very cold days on the mountain.

Summary

The Outdoor Research Prevail GTX 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 electric gloves is excellent. They get warm quickly on high heat setting. Battery duration is a very good with 3 hours on high and 5 hours on medium. One downside is that the gloves are a bit stiff due to the thick insulation and many seams.

We found that these gloves are very warm without the heat turned on. They are very heavy and stiff feeling. The stiffness does limit finger dexterity a lot compared to other gloves. They heat up fast on high setting on cold 20F days when the power is turned on. We could just barely feel any difference on the medium setting and could not feel any heat on the low setting. A 5 minute chair lift ride was usually enough to get my hands warm and I could turn off the heat for a while.

These gloves come with international power adapters for the charger for those who ski outside the US and Canada.

Outdoor Research Prevail what's included

2. Best Value – Venustas Heated Gloves

venustas heated gloves product image

Specifications

  • Battery Life  Published– 3.5 hours high, 5.5-hour medium, 8.5 hours low
  • Battery Life Tested – 3.5 hours high, 4.5 hours medium, 8.0 hours low
  • Touchscreen compatible – yes
  • Waterproofing – HIPORA waterproof layer
  • Insulation – 141g Thinsulate
  • Heating element area – 10 Fingers and back of hand
Venustas gloves on chairlift

Overall Score

83/100
Insulation8.0


Heating Power8.5


Overall Warmth8.5


Dexterity8.0


Glove Construction8.5

What we liked:

  • They are really warm on high setting
  • Heating elements surround all 10 fingers and cover the front and back of palms
  • Gloves have a large cuff to go over your jacket sleeves to keep snow out
  • Quality construction and materials throughout
  • Easy to use controls for turning on/off and setting power level
  • Ski pole straps don’t interfere with button
    Waterproof compartment for the batteries
  • Extra batteries are readily available

What we didn’t like:

  • They don’t have a chamois surface on the thumbs for wiping off goggles
  • There isn’t much to dislike about these gloves

Bottom line:

Warm gloves with Thinsulate insulation that provide enough heat on high setting for cold days

Summary

The Venustas Heated Gloves are a great performing set of heated gloves. They get surprisingly hot on high power and have 141g of thinsulate insulation. They would be a good set of gloves without heat. With heat, they are a great set of gloves. They will keep your hands warm on cold days. They have flexible graphene heating elements around all 10 fingers and palm. Medium and low provide enough heat more than enough for most people to use while skiing. High being reserved for when you really need to heat your hands up hot. They are soft enough to allow you to easily move your hands and fingers. The long cough covers your jacket for extra cold protection. Extra batteries are readily available from Venustas if you need extra duration.

Review

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3. Black Diamond Solano

Black Diamond Solano product image

Specifications

  • Battery Life Published – 2 hours high, 5 hours low
  • Touchscreen compatible – yes
  • Waterproofing – Goretex insert
  • Insulation – Primaloft 200g-100g
  • Heating element area – Glove back, wrist, and fingers

What we liked:

  • One of the warmest gloves available thanks to heavy insulation and strong heating
  • International adapters are included for the charger making them easy to travel with
  • Goretex membrane and Primaloft insulation keep your hands warm and dry
  • Wrist straps for hanging gloves from your wrist in life lines and on chair lifts

What we didn’t like:

  • Stiffer fingers reduce finger dexterity
  • Very high price

Bottom line:

Very warm gloves with bulletproof construction that can heat also. The only gloves we’ve tried that can also heat around the wrist area.

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. We haven’t tried these yet ourselves because they are forever sold out before we can get a set of size XL but were trying. Our Black Diamond Guide Gloves are the warmest non-heated glove we have ever tried and have similar construction.

The gloves are very warm and the heat feature is only needed on colder days. They heat the wrists as well as hands and fingers. The gloves are stiff and difficult to move your fingers but get better after some breaking in. They use the same heating system and batteries as the Outdoor Research Prevail gloves. We expect high heat to give 2-3 hours of heating power. They also include international power adapters for the charger.


4. Hestra Power Heater 5 Finger Gauntlet

Hestra power heater guantlet product image
Hestra power heater guantlet product image

Specifications

  • Battery Life Published – 2 hours high, 4 hours medium, 8 hours low
  • Touchscreen compatible – no
  • Waterproofing – czone
  • Insulation – G-Loft
  • Heating element area – Glove back, wrist, and fingers

What we liked:

  • A very warm glove without the heat turned on
  • Better finger dexterity than other heavy insulated gloves
  • Controls that are easy to use with gloves tucked inside jacket sleeves
  • Heavy duty durable construction
  • No touch screen compatible surfaces on fingers

What we didn’t like:

  • Very high price
  • Heating does not get as warm as other gloves

Bottom line:

A very warm and durable glove with better finger dexterity. The heating gives an already warm glove a boost.

Summary

The Hestra Power Heater 5 Finger Gauntlet Gloves are one of the warmest gloves available without heat. The addition of heat just makes them better. They have all the features of the popular Hestra Army Gloves with built in heat. They have warm G-Loft insulation. These gloves have better finger dexterity than other heavily insulated gloves.

The heating controls are on the back of the wrist for people who like tucking gloves into their jacket. The heater produces enough heat to keep your hands warm. It doesn’t get as hot as some other gloves. With their very good insulation, it isn’t really needed.

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5. Savior Heated Gloves

Savior heated gloves product image

Specifications

  • Battery Life Published – 2.5 hour high, 7 hour low
  • Battery Life Tested – 2.5 hours high, 4.4 hours medium, 7.9 hours low
  • Touchscreen compatible – yes
  • Waterproofing – HIPORA waterproof layer
  • Insulation – Cotton peel insulation
  • Heating element area – back of hands, thumbs, and fingers
Savior heated gloves on mountain

Overall Score

78/100
Insulation7.0


Heating Power9.0


Overall Warmth7.0


Dexterity7.5


Glove Construction8.5

What we liked:

  • 1 touch button makes it easy to switch on and off and adjust the power setting
  • Low cost
  • HIPORA Waterproof layer keeps your hands dry in wet weather
  • Similar construction to other non-heated ski gloves with decent insulation and water proofing.
  • Adjustable wrist straps and bungees around the cuff

What we didn’t like:

  • They could use more insulation to retain heat when the heater is turned off
  • Need to use high power to be able to feel any heat on cold days
  • Sizing runs small
  • Fingers are on the stiff side

Bottom line:

These are average construction ski gloves with heating added. They generate okay amounts of heat on high power.

Summary

The Savior Heat Gloves are one of the most popular ski gloves on Amazon. They have HIPORA waterproof membrane and a lambskin and polyester outer layer. High power battery life claims to be 2-2.5 hours and we got about 2.5 hours of run time when testing them. The gloves have construction similar to most $20-$50 ski gloves and have good enough insulation for use down to about 25F. Below that and my fingers started getting cold without heating. These gloves had the hottest feeling heating elements when tested at home.

The construction of these gloves is on the stiffer side and sizing runs small.

On the mountain on a 20F day we could not tell the difference between off and medium and low settings. We tested with a glove turned off and one turned on. With medium and low we couldn’t tell the difference. On high setting we could feel the heat around on our back of hands and a little bit on our fingers. To use these on a colder, under 20F, ski day you would need an extra set of batteries to be able to run them on high all the time.

Savior heated gloves what's included

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6. Okaso HG10 Heated Gloves

Akaso heated gloves product image

Specifications

  • Battery Life Published – 2-3 hour high, 6-8 hour low
  • Battery Life Tested – 3.0 hours high, 4.5 hours medium, 5.8 hours low
  • Touchscreen compatible – yes
  • Waterproofing – Water repellant nylon
  • Insulation – 141g Thinsulate and cotteon insulation
  • Heating element area – back of hands, thumbs, and fingers
Okaso heated gloves on chair lift

Overall Score

76/100
Insulation7.0


Heating Power8.5


Overall Warmth7.5


Dexterity8.0


Glove Construction7.0

What we liked:

  • Low cost for heated gloves
  • Good heating power on high setting that can warm hands up quickly
  • Thinsulate insulation
  • Adjustable wrist straps
  • Bungees around the cuffs

What we didn’t like:

  • Could use more insulation for colder days
  • Generic waterproofing
  • Need to use high power to feel any heat on colder days

Bottom line:

Cheap ski gloves with thinsulate insulation and heating power. Warm enough for cold days using high power.

Summary

The Okaso HG10 Heated Gloves are another popular heated glove on Amazon. They are one of the cheapest heated gloves available. They have an easy to use 1 button control to change settings. They use the same batteries and controls as the Venustas gloves but do not have the warm-up function that changes from high to medium after a few minutes. The heat settings are different than other gloves. They go High, Low, Medium instead of High, Medium, Low.

The base of these gloves is a $25-$40 set of ski gloves with thinsulate insulation and generic waterproofing. They are warm enough on their own for days in the 30’s and upper 20’s. We tried them out on a 20-25F day and was wishing for warmer gloves while the heat was off. With the heat on high power they warmed up quickly and did a good job of keeping my hands and fingers warm. On medium and low power I could not tell the difference between a glove that was turned on or off. We did several ski runs turning one glove off and leaving one on.

We got just over 3 hours using high power. If you plan to use these gloves on days below the mid 20’s I would get a second set of batteries. Use one for the morning and one for the afternoon.

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Heated Ski Gloves Summary Table

Outdoor Research Prevail GTX Venustas Heated Gloves Black Diamond Solano Hestra Power Heater Gauntlet Savior Heated Gloves Akaso Heated Gloves
☆Top Pick☆ ☆Best Value☆
Cost $$$$ $$ $$$$ $$$$ $$ $
Overall Rating
 
 
 
 
Bottom Line Very heavy warm feeling gloves with Goretex water proofing. Enough heating power on high setting for very cold days on the mountain. Warm gloves with Thinsulate insulation that provide enough heat on high setting for cold days Very warm gloves with bulletproof construction that can heat also. The only gloves we've tried that can also heat around the wrist area. A very warm and durable glove with better finger dexterity. The heating gives an already warm glove a boost. These are average construction ski gloves with heating added. They generate okay amounts of heat on high power. Cheap ski gloves with thinsulate insulation and heating power. Warm enough for cold days using high power.
Insulation
 
 
 
 
Heating Power
 
 
 
 
Overall Warmth
 
 
 
 
Dexterity
 
 
 
 
Glove Construction
 
 
 
 
Tested High Power 3.0 hours 3.5 hours 2.5 hours 3.0 hours
Tested Medium Power 4.9 hours 4.5 hours 4.4 hours 4.5 hours
Tested Low Power 8.3 hours 8.0 hours 7.9 hours 5.8 hours
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About our ratings

Ratings for heated gloves are based on the following factors. The overall rating is a combined average of the individual ratings. All factors are given equal weight for heated gloves.

  • Insulation
  • Heating power
  • Overall Warmth
  • Dexterity
  • Glove construction

Insulation

How effective is the glove insulation without heat turned on. Good insulation is the foundation for good performance for any set of heated gloves. Without it, the heat just goes out the glove. The Outdoor Research Prevail gloves have very heavy insulation and are very warm before the heat is ever turned on. The Okaso and Savior heated gloves are not that warm when the heat is turned off.

Thinsulate is a good lightweight insulation that has good flexibility. It is used on ski gloves that are designed for use around freezing temperatures and a little below. Gloves designed for very cold temperatures will use Primaloft, Enduraloft, G-Loft, Wool or other heavier insulations. The downside to heavier insulation is that it makes the gloves less flexible and your fingers get harder to move.

Heating Power

How much heat do the gloves generate. The Savior gloves felt the warmest when sitting inside. The Outdoor Research had the coolest feeling high setting. The others felt similar.

Overall Warmth

How warm are the gloves when used outside on the mountain on a cold day. The Outdoor Research Prevail gloves had the best insulation that combined with heating produced the warmest feeling gloves on their high setting. The Savior gloves which felt the warmest when sitting inside had heat that only warmed the hand a the fingers a little. None of the gloves produced noticeable heat on their medium or low settings outdoors on a cold ski day.

Dexterity

How easy is it to hold a set of poles and do things while wearing gloves. 2 things can cause downgrades here. The most common is very stiff construction that makes it hard to bend your fingers. The Outdoor Research Prevail was an offender in this category. Bulky oversized soft glove fingers that make it difficult to manipulate things are the other. None of the gloves we tested had this problem when they were the correct size.

Glove Construction

How well made are the gloves? Do they use quality materials and stitching? Do they have good waterproofing layers. Do they have extra features like wrist straps and elastic pulls on the cuff?

Other things to consider when looking for heated gloves

Some things fall outside our ratings but are also important to consider. Let’s take a look at some of the other things you should look at.

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. For skiing or snowboarding only consider a waterproof heated glove.

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.

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 battery pack ages. 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. If you need to use high power all the time get an extra battery or 2 so you can make it through an entire ski day.

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Kate Roberts
Staff Writer | Skiing

Kate is from Taiwan and came to the US after meeting her husband Craig. She enjoys skiing almost as much as he does. (maybe a bit more but don’t tell him that). She frequently beats him to the bottom of the run. She loves the joy of skiing long perfectly groomed runs and occasionally ventures off into the alpine. Kate’s favorite summer activities are hiking in the woods, kayaking on the rivers and lakes in South East Michigan, and going to the beach.

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