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Cold hands?

Poll Results: Have you used heated gloves(gerbing)?

  • 0% (0)
    know the company and they are worth it
  • 37% (3)
    know of better gloves to try
  • 0% (0)
    don't work
  • 62% (5)
    stick with heat packs
8 Total Votes  
post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I suffer from Raynaud's disease and therefore suffer from cold, numb hands which limits my time out in the cold. I am a novice but love skiing! I have used the mitt-glove combination along with the hot packs but I was wondering if anyone has tried electric gloves? I tried some cheap ones that didn't work much better than those breathe-in types but I saw an article in the paper about some electric gloves that are supposed to work. Before I spend my wad, (their spendy I was hoping that somebody could tell me if they know anything about them or the company http://www.gerbing.com/heat/glovescore.html HELP!
post #2 of 6
I have chronic cold hands too. The best gloves I have found for this are a pair of Burton leather gloves. I can't remember the names of them. The leather is water proof and holds in the heat better than anything I have ever used. I used them last year in -30 degree weather and didn't have any problems. Heaters have a tendency to make your hands sweat , which can make them colder.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Do leather gloves work best? My hands are usually OK most of the time but for some reason another they will just go numb. It doesn't matter how cold it is but they just go numb out of the blue and and it takes a long time for them to warm up. I figured that I might be able to just use the heated gloves to warm them up and get them back to normal.
post #4 of 6
I voted "know of better gloves to try" - I'm not sure they are better, but you should know there are other heated gloves available. Here's a link to Zanier - they make a similar product to Gerbing. I got my wife a pair of these last season, and she's very happy with them.
post #5 of 6
My girlfriend bought a pair of Zanier gloves 2 seasons ago. She also suffers from Raynaud's Phenomenon. She had previously tried some inexpensive electric gloves and was totally disappointed, so I was surprised when she spent the $250 it took to get these gloves. For the first season (2005-2006), she was in love with them. She said she would have quit skiing if she had not found these gloves. Mid-way through the first season, she bought a second set of batteries because on cold days she had to turn the gloves up to their maximum heat setting, and they would not last the entire day. We ski in the Lake Tahoe area, so you know we are not talking about extremely cold temperatures.

In the beginning of the second season (2006-2007), she began using the maximum heat setting almost everyday in order to keep her hands from going into painful vasospasm. We assumed the need for more heat was because the insulation in the gloves was packing out. Swapping out batteries while on the hill became a very painful and tiresome experience for her because she would have to take her hands out of the gloves to perform the switch. When the batteries died, she had to exchange them right away because the feeble insulation was not enough to keep her hands from becoming too painful before she could reach a ski lodge.

By mid-way through the second season, the leather on the palms and finger tips was starting to crack and flake. We expected better insulation and exterior material in a $250 glove. My girlfriend only skis about 15-20 days per season.

Recharging the batteries every night before a ski day also became a hassle. The charger was designed to completely discharge the batteries before charging them. She would usually have one set of partially charged batteries and one set of empty batteries, so this meant a rather lengthy charging cycle and a swap on the charger sometime during the night. On some ski days, both sets of batteries died on her. This was probably because she sometimes was only able to get a partial charge on one set by morning.

Toward the end of the second season, she was so fed up with the gloves that she went back to using mittens and chemical heat packs. Right now, she is quite happy with that setup. It's cheap if you buy the heat packs in bulk, and you know just how much heat you are getting and for how long.

The only way that she will buy another electric glove this time is if it is not a glove, but rather an electric glove liner. That way, she can choose any high quality outer glove, and when the insulation or leather wears out, she can replace the glove without spending another $250. Extreme comfort makes a set of glove liners for $49.95 that runs on AA batteries. Maybe we will try those this year.

If you decide to go for the Gerbing gloves, we would love to hear a review after a season or two.
post #6 of 6
I have these and I never get cold .
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