Don’t let cold fingers ruin your next ride
Heated snowmobile gloves are a godsend for snowmobilers. When temperatures dip far below freezing, your extremities are among the first bits to feel it. How are you supposed to maintain tight control over your sled’s speed and direction when your mitts are freezing?
A pair of well-insulated winter gloves might suffice on short rides, but if you’re going to be out riding for an extended period, or it’s especially, brutally cold outside, heated gloves are a great option. They’re constructed with embedded heating elements powered by batteries – typically of the rechargeable lithium-ion variety – so that your mitts have a helping hand when it comes to keeping warm. Almost all come with multiple heat level settings, so that wearers can choose the right heating level for the conditions.
To help you keep your fingers warm on your next ride, we thought it might be worth taking a look at the some of the best heated gloves available for snowmobilers.
FXR Recon Heated Men’s Battery-Powered Gloves
A trusted brand in snowmobiling gear, FXR offers these lithium-ion-powered heated snowmobile gloves with a selectable three stages of heating and nylon laminated shell construction. Riders can expect up to 5 hours of life from the included lithium-ion batteries, and even without power, these gloves are seriously warm; FXR rates these gloves a 10 out of 10 for warmth with the heating elements on, and an 8 out of 10 with them off. They’re a bit on the pricey side at $250, but you know the old adage; often, you get what you pay for.
American Mamoth Heated Gloves
At $80, these unisex heated gloves from American Mammoth are great value for the money, with built-in zippered pouches for credit cards, ski passes, and whatever else you can fit in there. The included 7.4 V 1100 mAh lithium-ion batteries provide between 2.5 and 5 hours of heat, depending on which of the two heat levels is selected, while a pair of compatible 2200 mAh batteries (not included) can supply between 4 and 8.5 hours. The heating elements are designed to cover the entirety of the wearer’s hands, meaning even your fingertips will be kept warm in these gloves.
MOUNT TEC Explorer 3 Heated Performance Mitten
The only pair of mittens on this list, these heated performance mittens from MOUNT TEC are just too good not to consider. The company says its new 3rd generation heating system was developed over 15 years of research, with improvements in heat conduction, energy efficiency, flexibility, durability, and corrosion resistance. Up to 8 hours of battery life are possible with the included batteries, depending on which of three heat levels is selected, and the thumb and fingers are touchscreen-compatible. Pick up a pair today for $140.
Savior Electric Heated Gloves
These unisex Savior heated gloves get seriously hot – like, up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit – with coverage over the back of the hand, and all fingers. Three different heat levels provide between 2 and 5 hours of battery life, and there’s even a protective carbon-fiber shell on the backside of the glove to keep your joints protected. Savior says you’ll be able to feel these gloves get noticeably warmer within 30 seconds of hitting the power button, so you won’t have to wait long to get relief from the cold. Prices start at $115.
Venture Heat Heated Glove Liners
If you have a pair of warm, trusted winter gloves you’re already fond of, why not just add battery heating to them? These heated glove liners from Venture Heat allow you to do just that, with carbon-fiber heating elements, three selectable heat levels, and up to 5 hours of life with the included lithium-ion batteries. The glove liners can be worn on their own, of course, but their slim design makes them most well-suited for wear underneath your favorite pair of un-powered snowmobiling gloves or mittens. Grab a pair today for $150.
Why Do I Need Heated Snowmobile Gloves?
With many modern snowmobiles coming with heated grips, you might be wondering why should you go out of your way to look for heated snowmobile gloves.
A couple of reason standout to us. First, heated snowmobile gloves heat up our entire hand – not just the palm. So no matter how cold it is on your ride, your hands will stay warm and comfortable.
Another reason why heated snowmobile gloves is a good idea is when you are not on your snowmobile. A good pair of heated gloves will keep your hands warm when you are hanging around and talking with your buddies on the side of the trail. But they will also work if you do any sort of outdoor activity in the winter – from shoveling snow to downhill skiing.
How Do Heated Gloves Work?
For the most part, heated gloves all work the same way. Small wires are woven into the fabric of the gloves and those wires are connected to a battery. When the the battery is turned on, electrical current runs through those wires and they heat up and keep your hands and fingers warm.
What Features Should You Look For?
The first thing we want to see in any heated clothing is as many levels of heating as possible. More choices in the amount of heat your heated snowmobile gloves produce means a better chance of you being comfortable. If the gloves get too hot, your hands will sweat and you’ll turn it off – then your hands will freeze. Personally, we prefer a level that just takes the sting out of the cold rather than getting our hands particularly hot. Start low and slowly work up to higher levels/temperatures as you need to.
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