Cold days can be dreamy when you’re skiing or snowboarding, but it’s no fun if you’re uncomfortably frigid. And that’s where heated winter gloves and jackets, essentially space heaters you can wear, come in handy.
They’re ideal for those of us who work outdoors and every parent has had to suffer through sitting on the sidelines during a cold sporting event, or wear winter boots to see them play hockey on a frozen rink. The following heated gear keeps all your most important areas nice and toasty so you can enjoy the bounties of winter.
Not only do you stay warm, but your phone stays charged as well. That's right. This jacket can recharge your mobile device up to four times to keep you connected all day.
Pros: Cold? What cold? This jacket heats up your back, chest, and pockets. You control your internal temperature and will never again be the victim of erroneous weather reports. Plus, it’s chic and lightweight.
Cons: The battery doesn’t necessarily last as long as promised, in some cases.
OK, it's not technically a jacket, but this heated vest is still a great warm to stay toasty.
Pros: This vest comes with five different heating zones, two of which align with pockets on the front so you can keep your hands toasty too. The battery can keep you warm for 10 hours and charge your phone in a pinch.
Cons: It’s a vest that leaves your arms out in the cold and, weirdly, the smallest size it comes in is medium.
If you suffer from chronically cold feet, slip on these rechargeable heated socks. You get three temperature settings, so your toes will be oh so happy.
Pros: These are ideal for all your cold weather pursuits, including hiking, hunting, and skiing. The sockc come with two rechargeable batteries and a charger.
Cons: The socks don’t get hot enough for some customers.
The absolute best solution to chronic cold toes on the ski hill is a boot with a built-in heating system. Enter the X-Pro Custom Heat.
Pros: There’s no compromise in skiing performance here: The boot is the same Twinframe 2 shell construction you would get in the standard X-Pro. It’s a crowd pleaser of a boot that provides all the stability and stiffness to rail turns on groomers or pound through fresh snow, but it doesn’t torture your foot with a crazy-tight race fit. The heat comes in form the Custom Heat Connect liner system. That provides up to 18 hours of warmth that can be controlled via Bluetooth app on your phone. The boot is an absolute game-changer for anyone who can’t focus on skiing due to frozen toes.
Cons: It takes the battery up to 8 hours to charge fully.
Don’t want to give up your favorite ski or snowboard boots for expensive heated models? Make sure they are warm when you put them on (which not only feels cozier but also makes for a far easier fit than wrenching your feet into frozen plastic. No longer.
Pros: This heated boot bag will plug into a wall outlet or the 12V spot in your car and keep those boots warm until you slip them onto your feet. You can heat up two pairs on boots in the roomy bag or just one pair of boots and your jacket and the rest of your gear. Plug it in while you are making breakfast and/or during the drive up the hill and you will never battle with those stiff, frigid boots in the parking lot again.
Cons: Some wish it had a higher heat setting.
Each of these gloves is actually two gloves: an inner layer that has the heating element and a waterproof outer layer. You can wear either or both, and the versatility of these gloves is hard to beat.
Pros: Both glove layers are touchscreen compatible, so you don’t have to take them off to use your phone. The battery pack is located near the wrist, a placement the gloves’ designers said would keep it out of the way and your gloves comfortable.
Cons: These gloves are pricey, with styling that isn’t anything to write home about. They last up to six hours on the lowest setting but just two and a half if you want to crank them up on the coldest days.
Heated gear does not have to be solely for extreme pursuits. Take this stylish heated jacket, that’s just at home on the city streets as it is out on snowy trails.
Pros: Heated back and chest patches area godsend when the weather changes between the time you went to work (or perhaps the pub) and when you come home, as well as when the sun goes down during a big snowshoe jaunt. There are three adjustable heat settings.
Cons: The heat can be inconsistent, and not as high as many would prefer.
With heat pads on the thighs and butt, this supercharged polyester base layer provides such welcomed warmth everywhere from the ski lifts to cold bleacher seats.
Pros: Founded by a woman who was tired of being constantly cold and missing out on family fun, Gobi gives you three settings in these hot pants and the control is easy to operate and read even when you are wearing gloves.
Cons: The only con seems to be the rather high price.
These heated gloves are made of soft sheep leather; they're water-resistant and are made from windproof polyester on the back. And they're fleece-lined.
Pros: The touch sensors on the index finger and thumb promise to work on your iPhone and other smart devices. And these gloves include rechargeable lithium polymer batteries with three heat settings.
Cons: Again, some had issues with the lack of heat in these gloves, and the battery life. Or lack thereof.
Cheap and effective this cushion keeps you most important part warm when you sit on the cold ground to watch a ski event, game, or just stop for lunch.
Pros: Seriously, your butt is essential when it comes to heat loss. Sit on cold ground and conduction causes that heat to go from your body to try to warm up the earth. This happy fanny pad comes with three settings, ramps up to a toasty 130 degrees, and lasts about five hours on a charge.
Cons: You may want something firmer, or conversely, softer, depending on your needs.
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. It’s smart for parent to stuff a pocket full of these inexpensive and quite effective hand warmers in a pocket before you head out for winter adventures.
Pros: Activate them by crushing the packet and then insert it in your kid’s glove or mitt. No reason why parents can’t use them either. There are toe warmer options that you can fit, with some work in a winter boot, but the tight fit of ski boots usually means they are not a viable option when riding the lifts. They claim to give 10 hours of heat: Count on a half day of skiing. Since most of the heated gear on the market is built for adults—rather than to fit kids who grow out of expensive stuff—these inexpensive life savers are often your best option.
Cons: They’re disposable, and not reusable, which isn’t a great thing if you’re eco-minded.
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