Cold weather hunting beats early fall hunting. The calm and stoic nature of the animals moving through the altered landscape heighten the experience.
Remaining functional and comfortable, however, proves more difficult. One of the reasons so much hunting occurs in the fall is that it is getting colder, not already at zero or below.
Animals feel the chill and migrate to new locations or begin hibernation prep. For hunters, staying warm becomes critical. Clothing issues come in at 3rd most common cause of hunting injury.
Wearing heated gloves removes one of the more common issues. Few people notice that numbness has drifted into dangerous frostbite territory.
Effective Heated Gloves
Hunting is a sport. Like in any other sport, the less gear you have, the more authentic the experience. However, nobody should risk injury when alternatives exist.
Avoid months of recovery from frostbite by wearing proper warming gloves like the ones listed below.
We’ll cover the pros and cons of each so you can find the right pair of electric gloves for your needs.
Our first entry has a more limited appeal than many others on this list. While these gloves provide excellent radiating heat over time, they don’t do portable.
These gloves come with a cord which attaches to a vehicle port. You can purchase additional battery backs, which can be a bit tricky because they don’t onboard tot he gloves.
If you hunt on an ATV or similar, these provide top-shelf heating. If you go further afield then you will likely pass them up.
For a battery powered set of warming gloves, the Lectra Electric delivers. The battery power comes from common D-cells so you can stock up and head out for a long time.
Changing batteries can be tedious and carrying a bag of D-cells can be heavy. The gloves make up for these downsides with better storage and rechargeable pack gloves.
Standard cell batteries lose charge over years when idle. By comparison, rechargeable battery packs lose charge in weeks.
The price point drifts to the top side of the middle. The gloves are nylon with an inner polyester. They do well enough on water resistance but are not waterproof.
3. Volt Tatra
Volt made a good decision in making gloves these waterproof heated gloves. It is challenging to make gloves that breathe well enough to prevent sweat from gumming up the inside while keeping water out.
The Volt Tatra manage to be comfortable on the inside and rigid enough outside to wick snow and resist abrasions. These gloves are popular among motorcyclists and hunters alike.
These have a battery, in the upper compartment that uses low voltage for the heat. The gloves are technology-heavy and glitches occur. However, Volt’s replacement and repair policies are excellent.
A departure from most of the gloves on this list, these use chemical warmers.
As they are mittens, they allow quick access to the digits for fine-detail work.
The chemical packs fit snuggly and provide long-lasting heat. They have a bit of an odor to them but it mostly smells like any other heated plastic.
Outdoor Research makes a lot of fine camping gear but has less history with gloves. That said, these warming gloves deliver in all the right ways.
The palm gives a good grip and feel for using tools. The outer layers are waterproof and provide good resistance to wind.
The heat comes from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and has low-hi settings.
Overall these gloves score high in many categories. Their major downside comes from battery life. It gets 4 solid hours, which isn’t enough for longer runs and that life chops down to 2 hours on high heat.
6. Lenz 3.0
In case you need a little extra when it comes to your portable heating we added in this quick review of heated socks. It’s the same idea but for your feet! You can also check out this article for a more comprehensive review of heated socks.
The 3.0 stands for the iteration on this model but you might think it stands for the 3 heat settings. With some socks, it is hard to tell where your heat is. With these, a handy readout shows your level.
Low power works for 10 hours. Note, the low setting feels more warm than heated.
Power comes from a standard size rechargeable pack.
7. Hestra Power
These gloves pack a punch. They feel second only to warming your hands over a home electric heater.
The Swedish designed gloves have 3 heat settings with a 2-hour battery life on high. The warmth is enough to reheat frozen digits without feeling hot.
The sizing options come European standard so be careful when ordering to get a size that will fit.
The Savior Heated Glove set is a battery powered glove with a long heat life. Many gloves make it to the 4-hour mark on battery but Savior strives for 6.
The velvet lining makes the gloves comfortable and warm even before the battery kicks on.
The push button heating element can be a bit finicky as it can get bumped if you are using a strap or something else that goes over the glove The good part about the push button feature is that you have a visual for the heat level. There is a high-medium-low indicator on the outside of the gloves.
An overlooked value of this model from Flambeau is the adjustable wrist strap. Most gloves have a cinch for the forearm but not at the wrist. You can lock in a lot more heat with a double cinch.
The Flambeau Synthetic heated gloves run on a 3.7v lithium-ion pack providing the standard 4 hours of heat. If you like small form-fitting gloves, these are not your choice. For those that like their gloves to be more like gauntlets, providing larger coverage for the arm, these are great.
The larger size makes them a bit difficult to move in but easy to put on.
Gerbing provides many different heated items which lends to their reliability. The manual dexterity when wearing these gloves is top notch.
You will find the Gerbing Core S2 heats well but comes with an associated cost. However, heated gloves are one of those products where you get what you pay for.
A bonus worth considering is the ability to get battery packs of different sizes thanks to the rest of the heated Gerbing line.
With so many choices, you are bound to find the right heated gloves for your next trip. Remember to keep yourself prepared on the hunt and in camp. Check out our reviews on camping stoves for more information.