Best Heated Ski Gloves To Stop Freezing Fingers

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Good times and cold hands just don’t mix: Kiss those freezing fingers goodbye with our top picks for the best heated ski gloves of the year.
Best Heated Ski Gloves - Introduction
Here at The Wise Adventurer, we’re not afraid of skiing in serious cold for one good reason: We know our hands will always be warm with the right pair of heated ski gloves, like our beloved Outdoor Research Prevail.

This is The Wise Adventurer’s roundup of the best heated ski gloves of the year. Whether you’re suffering from Raynaud’s or simply hate having cold fingers, there’s nothing like a little extra heat in your gloves to keep you out in the snow for longer. 

After testing and analyzing dozens of models currently on the market, we found the Outdoor Research Prevail to be the best heated gloves overall. Existing in both gloves and mittens, we love the Prevail gloves because they take an already outstanding ski glove complete with a rugged leather chassis and premium Gore-Tex waterproofing, then add one of the best electric heating systems money can buy to further sweeten the deal. 

We believe the Outdoor Research Prevail will be the best option for pretty much every resort skier out there, but we also know they won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Some skiers need more breathable gloves for cross-country use, while others want something a bit more affordable or simply don’t want to deal with charging batteries in the first place. 

The good news is, no matter what sort of heated ski glove you’re looking for, we’ve got the right pair of mittens for you in the list below. We’ve also included an in-depth buyer’s guide down at the bottom of this article to give you all the information you need on heated gloves whether you’re completely new to them or just not sure how to choose the right pair. 

Alright enough chit-chat, let’s dive into the details of our favorite heated ski gloves of the year!

GlovesReview Summary
Outdoor Research Prevail: Best Heated Ski Glove OverallA super-rugged Gore-Tex ski glove with a high-quality electric heating system. Solid run time is made better thanks to affordable and readily available spare batteries. See Review
Seirus HeatTouch Hellfire: Highest Overall QualityThe cutting edge of heating technology wrapped in a tough full leather chassis. Unmatched run time with respectable recharge times. See Review
Seirus HeatTouch Atlas: Best On A BudgetA solid all-around ski glove that works just as well in the resorts as it does in the backcountry. The most affordable way to get into Seirus’ outstanding heat panel technology. See Review
Outdoor Research Sureshot: Best Softshell Heated Ski GloveA stretchy and comfortable nylon shell glove with a cozy polyester lining. Delivers a reliable 8 hours of heat and features affordable replacement batteries. See Review
Burton Gore-Tex 3-in-1: Best Non-Electric OptionA bulletproof Gore-Tex ski glove that utilizes a chemical handwarmer pocket for added heat. Doesn’t provide quite the coverage of an electric glove, but you’ll never have to recharge them either. See Review
Savior Heated Liner: Best heated linersAn electric heated liner that works inside your existing ski gloves. Affordable, effective, and incredibly comfortable. See Review

The Best Heated Ski Gloves Of The Year

Outdoor Research Prevail

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Specs: 
– Battery life advertised: 8 hours
– Battery life tested: 8 hours (2 hours at max power)
– Glove type: Mitten and full finger available
– Touch Screen Compatible: Yes
– Waterproofing: Yes/Gore-Tex
– Dexterity: Medium
– Weight: 10.6oz/301g
– Price: $$

Take all the things we love in a good ski glove, add battery-powered heat, and you’ve got the Outdoor Research Prevail. It was a tough decision, but both the full-fingered and mitten versions of the Prevail won us over with their combination of rugged materials, quality waterproofing, and long-lasting warmth. 

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Real leather everywhere you want it, breathable synthetic everywhere else: The Prevail is built to last and backed by a Gore-Tex membrane.

On the materials side, we feel that Outdoor Research found the perfect mix of tough-meets-breathable with a combination of real goat-skin leather and dual-layer synthetic fabric. The leather is literally everywhere you could want it, covering the entire palm and wrapping all the way around the tips of each finger, while the majority of the backhand and the entirety of the gauntlet are a polyester/nylon blend. 

As for warmth, the Prevails boast OR’s proprietary “Altiheat” system, which utilizes a dual battery setup inside each gauntlet to provide 8+ hours of heat on a single charge. We found that the lowest of the three heat settings was all most users require as this glove is particularly well insulated with 333g of synthetic insulation on the back of the hand and a thinner 133g in the fingers and palm. This approach of insulation where you need it most makes for the best possible combination of warmth and dexterity, as there’s no undue bulk between your hands and the common touch points of the glove. 

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The Outdoor Research Prevail heated gloves may cost a pretty penny, but they also come with the best accessory package including universal travel adaptors for charging.

Last but not least, we love that the Outdoor Research Prevail is one of the few heated ski gloves on the market that actually specs a name-brand Gore-Tex membrane. Our crew tends to lean more toward “waterproof” than “water resistant” for most of our snowsports, and the peace of mind the Prevail delivers in that regard is worth paying for in our opinion.

Drawbacks with these gloves are few and far between, but the one place we consistently found lacking was battery performance. On the lowest setting these gloves truly deliver a full day of heat, but if you crank them up to high, you should only expect to get a little over 2 hours before the batteries call it quits. Unfortunately we also found that recharging the batteries using the supplied dual charger takes about 6 hours, so you’ll definitely want to pick up a few spares if you tend to run cold. We will note that Outdoor Research sells the most affordable spare batteries on the market (they’re about $25 a pop), however, so buying spares or replacements is probably a smart idea anyways. 

Pros:Cons:
– Built to last
– Gore-Tex waterproofing
– Extra batteries are available and affordable
– Gloves and mittens available
– Expensive
– Not the best battery life
– Long recharge times

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Seirus HeatTouch Hellfire

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Specs: 
– Battery life advertised: 12 hours
– Battery life tested: 12 hours
– Glove type: Full finger and mitten
– Touch Screen Compatible: Yes
– Waterproofing: Yes, DryHand waterproof/breathable inserts 
– Dexterity: Medium
– Weight: 11.2oz (318g)
– Price: $$$

While you’ve got a few solid options out there for heated gloves nowadays, no one pushes the envelope of heated gear technology like the folks at Seirus. Seirus is responsible for the lion’s share of innovation going on in the segment, and the Seirus HeatTouch Hellfire glove is the best example we’ve found of just how good a heated glove can be. 

The first thing we noticed about the Hellfire is that nothing else on the market can match its battery life. Seirus uses a pair of extra thin lithium batteries in each of the cuffs of the Hellfire, so the gloves hold four batteries total and deliver a whopping 12 hours of heat on a single charge. That means the Hellfire reliably provides a full day’s heat on the lowest setting, but even in the “medium” setting, we found these gloves still deliver 8+ hours of juice, which is more than most heated gloves. 

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A single button functions as an on/off switch and a selector for the three heat levels.

As for the gloves themselves, there’s no denying Seirus has one of the most durable ski gloves on the market as the majority of the Hellfire’s construction is made from supple full-grain leather. This, combined with 240g of synthetic insulation, makes the Hellfire one of the warmest heated ski gloves out there, and particularly well suited for extremely cold weather. 

What really makes the Hellfire (and all of Seirus’ heated gloves, for that matter) special is that they use a proprietary heating system which Seirus calls their “Flexible Fusion” heat panels. These panels are essentially uninterrupted sheets of heating material which wrap all the way around the back of the hand and around the fingertips, delivering the most impressively even and consistent heating we’ve experienced in a glove to date. 

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The Hellfire’s “3000Ultra” battery system is the most impressive we’ve seen so far, consistently delivering a full 12 hours of heat on a single charge.

At this point there’s really no denying that Seirus makes the most advanced heated ski gloves money can buy, but our main issue with the Hellfire glove is that you’ll need a lot of money to call them your own. A pair of these bad boys will set you back a full $500, and should you happen to misplace one of Seirus’ advanced “Ultra3000” battery packs, you’ll need another $80 to replace it. 

Pros:Cons:
– Outstanding battery life
– Flexible heat panels provide excellent warming coverage
– Durable leather exterior
– Very expensive
– Expensive replacement batteries
– Leather-heavy construction loses some breathability

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Seirus HeatTouch Atlas Gloves: Best On A Budget 

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Specs: 
– Battery life advertised: 6+ hours
– Battery life tested: 6+ hours
– Glove type: Full finger & mitten available
– Touch Screen Compatible: Yes
– Waterproofing: Dryhand waterproof/breathable membrane
– Dexterity: High
– Weight: 7.6oz (215 g) 
– Price: $$

While Seirus’ impressive Flexible Fusion heat panels often cost a pretty penny, we love that their Seirus HeatTouch Atlas gloves and mitttens deliver the same impressive warmth and coverage at an affordable price point. The Atlas glove walks a fine line between a traditional ski glove and a thinner softshell, making it well-suited for the resort and the backcountry alike. 

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The Seirus Atlas fall somewhere between a thick ski glove and a more supple cross country glove, and work well for both applications.

In terms of warmth, the HeatTouch Atlas gloves combine a healthy 240g dose of Seirus’ “Heat Lock” polyester insulation with their trademark electric heating system, which we found to deliver impressive warmth even in the lowest settings at below-freezing temps. Durability-wise the Atlas benefits from a full leather palm that covers the entirety of the fingers and thumb, but sticks to a full-synthetic backhand for optimal breathability. 

We also appreciate that Seirus specs the Atlas with a full-coverage waterproof breathable liner, which further adds to their durability. All things considered the Atlas’ are a bit thicker than your typical cross-country gloves, but we found they still wear both hats well. 

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We love the Atlas’ soft and flexible backing combined with a real leather palm for added durability.

In terms of drawbacks our biggest gripe with the Seirus Atlas is that they use smaller batteries than the flagship Hellfire gloves above, which limits them about half the battery life with 6 hours of heat on the lowest setting. Luckily these smaller batteries also cost about half of the Hellfire’s 3000 Ultra cells (about $35 a pop), so adding a spare set to your loadout won’t break the bank if battery life is a concern. 

Pros:Cons:
– Fully waterproof softshell
– Fast recharge time
– Affordable replacement batteries
– Limited battery life
– Not the warmest without the added heat

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Outdoor Research Sureshot: Best Softshell Heated Glove

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Specs: 
– Battery life advertised: 8 hours
– Battery life tested: 8 hours
– Glove type: Full finger
– Touch Screen Compatible: Yes
– Waterproofing: Water-resistant 2L shell
– Dexterity: High
– Weight: 7.4oz/210g 
– Price: $$

If you’re digging the quality of the OR Prevail above but want something more breathable to keep your hands warm and dry, the Outdoor Research Sureshot gets our pick as the best heated glove with a softshell chassis. 

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The Sureshot’s are soft, comfortable, and stretchy, and work well for backcountry use.

The Sureshot benefits from the same ALTIHeat technology as the Prevail, but tucks it into a full nylon shell with a touch of spandex. We found this made for a glove that was both impressively durable and impressively comfortable, thanks largely to OR’s sleek two-way stretch fabric. 

All the same rules apply here as the Sureshot uses the same dual battery setup as the Prevail, delivering the same reliable 8 hours of heat per charge. The main place the Sureshot differs from other gloves is that the waterproof Gore-Tex liner is exchanged for a highly water-resistant shell that we found to be perfect for clear days in deep powder. We also love that while the Sureshot loses a degree of durability to the Prevail’s goatskin leather construction, OR still puts a generous amount of synthetic leather along the inside palm, so we didn’t have to worry about tearing our gloves up when handling skis. 

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The Sureshot uses the same dual battery setup as the Prevail, and delivers the same 8 hour battery life on a single charge.

Of course that lack of waterproofing can be a bit of a downer on soggy days, and we found that although Outdoor Research includes a cozy polyester liner and 100 grams of synthetic insulation inside the Sureshot, these gloves can wet out pretty quickly in the slushy stuff. They also suffer from the same limited battery life on higher settings (and long recharge times between uses), so again, we highly recommend picking up a spare set of OR’s affordable batteries. 

Pros:Cons:
– Warm yet breathable
– Excellent dexterity, feel, and comfort
– Affordable spare/replacement batteries
– Not waterproof
– Limited battery life
– Long recharge times

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Burton Gore-Tex 3-in-1: Best Non-Electric Option

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Specs: 
– Battery life advertised: N/A
– Battery life tested: N/A
– Glove type: Full finger or mitten
– Touch Screen Compatible: Yes
– Waterproofing: Yes, Gore-Tex 2 layer
– Dexterity: Medium
– Weight: 8.1oz (230g)
– Price: $

It’s tough to beat the versatility of a 3-in-1 ski glove. Wear the waterproof shell when it’s warm and slushy, the fleece liner for more active pursuits, or both together for maximum warmth and protection. Burton’s Gore-Tex 3-in-1 is our favorite 3-in-1 option currently available, and also happens to be heated as well. 

With that being said, it’s how these gloves are heated that really caught our attention. Rather than relying on batteries for added warmth, the 3-in-1 features a zip pocket on the back of the hand that’s designed to hold a chemical hand warmer. Considering the fact that your average hand warmer lasts a full 10 hours and costs pennies on the dollar, this might be the smartest purchase we’ve found to date. 

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Shell, liner, or both: We love Burton’s Gore-Tex 3-in1 because it brings the heat without the need for batteries.

Speaking of bang-for-your-buck, we also love that Burton has delivered a proper Gore-Tex ski glove to the market for well under $100. This, combined with Burton’s three-way versatility, makes for one of the most well-rounded gloves we’ve seen at a price that’s hard to believe. 

Our main drawback with these gloves is that because they’re made from a combination of 2-layer polyester and synthetic leather, they’re not as durable as either of our top picks. We’ll also note that while adding a pair of hand warmers to the 3-in-1’s makes a big impact, there’s a noticeable difference in the coverage area as the best heated ski gloves use a full coverage heating element to provide extra warmth down the fingers as well. Still, there’s just no cheaper way to add extra heat to your hands on a cold day, and there’s no denying you’re getting a ton of glove for your money from Burton. 

Pros:Cons:
– Don’t rely on batteries
– Outstanding bang for your buck
– Three gloves in one with Gore-Tex waterproofing
– Not quite as tough as our top picks
– Chemical warmers don’t cover as much area as battery options. 



Savior Heated Liner

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Specs: 
– Battery life advertised: 9 hours 
– Battery life tested: 6 hours 
– Glove type: Full-finger
– Touch Screen Compatible: Yes
– Waterproofing: No 
– Dexterity: High
– Weight: 6.5oz (184 g)
– Price: $

If you want the benefit of electric heat but need to save money for lift tickets (god knows they aren’t getting any cheaper), a battery-powered glove liner is your ticket to ride. This heated liner from Savior Heated Gloves is our favorite pick of the bunch, and delivers the goods for under $100. 

We love the Savior gloves because they include all the same three selectable heat settings as our top picks, but add a layer of versatility to any good ski glove you already own. We’ll also note that they work great as standalone gloves for walking the dog on chilly mornings or cycling in cold weather. 

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The Savior liners are great on their own around town, but you’ll definitely want to pair them a proper ski glove before hitting the slopes.

We’ve found these liners to be extremely comfortable and highly breathable, which we chalk up to their soft sueded liner and stretchy neoprene outer. We also appreciate that the heating element wraps both around the back of the hand and each of the fingers, so if you’re the type that gets cold fingertips on the ski lift, these liners are your ticket to ride. 

We have two main issues we’ll share with the Savior glove liners. The first and most glaring is that the batteries are a bit bulky, and can be a tight fit when tucking them into the wrist closures. On top of that, we also noted that while Savior claims their glove liners can run for a full 9 hours on their lowest setting, we have yet to see these gloves hold a charge for over 6 hours. With that being said, these gloves remain an excellent choice for their versatility at a reasonable price point. 

Pros:Cons:
– Affordable
– Work with existing gauntlet gloves
– Good heat coverage
– Batteries are a tight fit
– Limited battery life



Buyer’s Guide For Choosing The Best Heated Ski Gloves

Want to know how we decided on our favorite picks or what makes any heated ski glove worth buying in the first place? Here are all the factors our team looks at when purchasing heated ski gloves for our list: If it can’t deliver on the goods below, chances are you’re best to skip it. 

Warmth

Several factors play into the overall warmth of a good heated ski glove. The first and most obvious is the actual heating element itself, so we’ll start there. 

Most of the gloves you’ll see on the list above utilize an electric heating element, which in its most basic form consists of a) a battery pack and b) a heat conductor. The best heating elements offer multiple levels of heating (typically low, medium, and high) which allow you to dial in the right amount of warmth depending on your sensitivity to cold and the outside temperature. Lower quality options often only offer a single “on/off” function, which we’ve found typically isn’t worth considering. 

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When we’re camping in conditions like these, warmth is paramount.

The second factor to keep in mind is your glove’s insulation. This is particularly important because all heating elements have a limited run time (whether they’re chemical or battery-powered), and you don’t want to be left out in the cold with a glove that can’t keep you warm once your battery goes dead. 

In our experience, the best ski gloves are those that are enhanced by heating, not reliant on it. A glove that can’t protect your hands from the cold on its own isn’t a glove worth buying, so don’t waste your money on anything less. 

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If you’re getting active in the backcountry, breathability can be just as important as overall warmth and wind protection.

Lastly, because skiing is an aerobic activity (both in the resort and backcountry), you’ll also want to factor breathability into the equation. In our experience, thicker gloves with waterproof membranes like Gore-Tex are much better suited to resort skiing, while thinner “water resistant” softshell gloves are much more comfortable for the rigors of cross-country skiing or ski touring. 

Battery Life/Duration

Gloves with battery-powered heat are the definition of luxury out on the slopes. Switch them on at the bottom of your run, enjoy toasty fingers on the way up the ski lift, then switch them back off for the ride down. Unfortunately, many heated ski gloves simply can’t hang for a full day on the mountain, which is why battery life is the main concern for many skiers. 

The best gloves we’ve tested generally deliver a minimum of 8 hours of battery life on their lowest setting. We say this because for your average skier in average conditions, the low setting is plenty to keep your fingers toasty, and 8 hours is more than enough time for most folks to wear themselves out on the slopes. 

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Running your gloves on high will make them warmer, but it also eats up the battery quickly.

With that being said, it’s important to note that the “quoted” maximum run time for any heated ski glove reflects only the lowest setting, as higher settings dramatically reduce total battery life. 

Your typical “8 hour” electric heated glove will only run for a little over 2 hours on high, which is something you’ll need to allow for either with a spare set of batteries or a mid-day break to recharge over lunch. 

This is why our favorite gloves typically either offer well over 8 hours of total battery life, or offer additional spare batteries at reasonable prices. This is also why we make a point to report our experiences with recharging times, as batteries that need to charge overnight aren’t much use to you if they die in the middle of the day. 

Lastly, this is also why you’ll always find at least one glove on every list we put together that relies on chemical hand warmers rather than battery power. Chemically heated gloves may not provide quite the warmth or coverage area of a modern battery system, but “recharging” gloves with hand warmer pockets is as simple as carrying a spare pair in your pocket. We’ll also note that a pair of hand warmers only costs a few dollars, but typically lasts for around 10 hours, so their cost effectiveness is hard to deny. 

Dexterity

In a perfect world you could tie your shoes with your heated ski gloves on, but as anyone who has been skiing or snowboarding before will tell you, simply pulling out a lift pass can be a tall order for some gloves.

In our experience we’ve found full finger gloves to be the best option if dexterity is a high priority, and thinner softshell versions are the  most articulate of the bunch. Thicker materials (like leather) and added insulation add bulk and reduce overall feel through the glove, but they’re also a necessity for warmth, so there’s always a tradeoff to be made here. 

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Gloves with better dexterity make it easier to adjust bindings and access gear without exposing your hands to the cold.

On the other end of the spectrum, a thick mitten typically delivers the lowest dexterity of the bunch, but because there’s less surface area and no division between your fingers, they’re also by far the warmest option. This is why many skiers find a happy compromise in a “lobster” style glove, which separates the first finger for added articulation while grouping the remaining fingers together for optimal heat retention. 

Waterproofing

Most ski gloves utilize a waterproof breathable liner like Gore-Tex, and the best heated ski gloves are no exception. If you’re skiing anything shy of dry powder on a clear day, chances are a waterproof glove is what you’re after. 

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We strongly prefer a waterproof glove in anything less than ideal conditions.

With that being said, many of the backcountry skiers on our team of testers still prefer a “water resistant” softshell glove over a fully waterproof ski glove. This is because even the most “breathable” waterproof liners and laminates struggle to handle the moisture of highly aerobic activities, which means they’re prone to “wetting out” from the inside after an hour or so of uphill skinning. 

Durability

Good gloves are expensive, and the best heated ski gloves can be especially pricey. For this reason, we strongly prefer gloves made from extra durable materials to ensure we get the longest possible life out of our investment. 

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Full grain leather is tough to beat from a durability standpoint, but keep in mind it isn’t the most breathable fabric either.

Ski gloves made using full or split grain leather tend to be the longest lasting in our experience. Leather isn’t the most breathable fabric out there, however, so we recommend looking for gloves that use leather in the most high friction areas and more breathable synthetic materials like nylon or polyester elsewhere. 

That means the most important place a heated ski glove can use leather is along the palm and/or inside the fingers. These are the areas that are most commonly exposed to the sharp metal edges of skis and snowboards as well as the pinch points of bindings and abrasion from ski poles. 

Our Testing And Review Process

We select, test, and review ski gloves by living with them as anyone else would during ski season. Some of our testers are avid backcountry skiers while others prefer snowboarding in resorts and terrain parks, but between our team of five outdoor enthusiasts, we basically run the gamut of winter sports hobbies. 

While we can’t physically test every pair of ski gloves out there, we’ve spent countless hours in a wide assortment of gloves from all the industry’s top brands, and we know what works and what doesn’t. If there’s a glove we feature that we haven’t tried ourselves, know that it’s thoroughly vetted through hours of online research, speaking with current owners, and combing through existing customer reviews.

Best Heated Ski Gloves - Our Testing and Review Process
We love a good day in the snow, whether it’s on skis, snowboards, or snowshoes.

We’ve found that the best way to test gloves is to get as much use on every pair as possible throughout ski season. For this reason, we never miss an opportunity to get a glove out in the wild, so you’ll also find us snowshoeing, winter camping, winter hiking, and even snowmobiling in our gloves to make the most of our time each season. 

The Wise Adventure’s Last Word On Heated Ski Gloves

Taking all the above features into consideration, we found the Outdoor Research Prevail to be the best heated gloves overall. The Prevails beats out the competition as a damn fine ski glove backed by a Gore-Tex membrane that probably doesn’t even need the extra heat, but is made that much better by it anyways. 

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The Outdoor Research Prevail reigns supreme as the best heated ski glove overall.

If you’re looking for the warmest, longest lasting, and highest quality heated glove on the  market, look no further than the Seirus Hellfire. These all-leather gauntlets are incredibly warm and incredibly tough, and are backed by a heating system that provides the best coverage and longest battery life on the market. 

If you’re shopping on a budget, we recommend checking out either the Seirus Atlas or the Burton Gore-Tex 3-in-1. The Seirus is outstanding for its durability and advanced heating design, while the Burton gloves simply can’t be beaten for their simplicity and frugality. 

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