If you tend to have cold hands but enjoy winter sports such as snowshoeing, skiing or snowboarding, heated gloves might increase the fun of your outing. These gloves vary in their style and pricing, but all feature some kind of battery-operated heating element. Wires sewn inside the gloves run along the palms, backs and up each finger and thumb, distributing heat. You can adjust the heat to several different levels between low and high.
Rechargeable lithium batteries are built into the gloves. Battery power lasts longer if you keep heat turned to low. The highest level of heat will gobble all power within two hours. So keep the duration of your winter activities in mind while setting the level. A whole day on the slopes? Keep the heat low. Some gloves include batteries you can recharge 500 times.
Pick a waterproof pair of heated gloves so you don’t ruin the wires inside. Never put your heated gloves through the washing machine or dryer. These gloves can be especially valuable for those who suffer from painful hand conditions, such as arthritis or Raynaud’s Syndrome, a condition where fingers and toes lose circulation and go numb. If you're headed out for a ski or snow sport vacation, remember to pack the charger so you can keep those gloves heated up.