Updated: June 5, 2015
Heated Glove Liner Reviews:If you are like many of us, you don't let the weather get the best of you. Heated glove liners have saved many of us from freezing temperatures. Whether you like to ride motorcycles in the winter, ski in frigid temps, or go hiking when it's snowing, owning a set of heated glove liners is a great idea. Manufacturers have done an excellent job of designing glove liners that are thin enough to fit under regular gloves, yet still provide enough warmth to keep your fingers and hands cozy. The motorcycle industry has pushed the boundaries the furthest as their users are the ones that demand these style of heated gloves the most. Unlike skiers who are actually being active and pumping blood throughout their body, a motorcycle rider is more susceptible to cold hands and fingers while they are just riding (or sitting) on their bikes. Lack of blood flow will make cold conditions unbearable. There are some motorcycle gloves that are heated with a dual portable heat-troller. The heat troller can actually heat up 2 garments - gloves and a jacket. They run on batteries, so you'll need to make sure you have plenty of AA batteries to get you through the colder months.
Choosing a Heated Glove Liner - There are 2 types of heated gloves - those that are just the glove liners and then the more expensive heated gloves (like the Firstgear Warm & Safe motorcycle gloves). The Warmawear Heated Glove Liners are very popular and their energy efficient design will have your fingers warm in no time. The heating elements run down the ends and sides of the fingers - giving you the heat to keep your hands cozy. The advanced carbon-ceramic infra-red heating elements provide for long battery life. The batteries sit in a battery box which you can attach to your wrist with a velcro and elastic setup. The great news is that the liners will fit under your regular gloves - whether for skiing, working, hiking or motorcycling. Each glove does require 3 AA batteries and at peak quality, the batteries can give you about 2 hours of heat. We read reviews from a few people who tried running with the glove liners on in cold weather, but had some difficulties with the battery pack moving around too much. We suggest just wearing regular gloves if you are out to go for a run. The Firstgear Warm and Safe Heated Glove Liners ($70) are another excellent buy as they are offered in various sizes. Sizing is a key component to these liners as you want something that will fit under your regular gloves. If the liners are too large, it may be a problem. The Firstgear will fit under most non-heated gloves and they are made with 95% polyester and 5% spandex fabric. The battery pack supplies 11 watts of heat to each hand. You will need to purchase one of the heat controllers (portable heat troller) in order to run the glove liners. There are lots of brands to choose from including Venture, Grabber, Gerbing, IonGear, and Warmawear. Some brands like Grabber - which heat the palm and back of the hands are considered 'not very practical' from owners. Some creative products that try to produce the same warmth as you would get with battery powered glove liners are the Heat Factory Fleece-Lined Ragg Wool Gloves with Fold Back Pocket for Heat Factory Hand Warmer. There is a fold over flap near the fingers on these gloves and that is where you put the hand warmer. They are much cheaper and do a good job say most consumers. Heat Factory sells several gloves with this feature. Firstgear is our favorite when it comes to pure motorcycle heated gloves - no special liners needed. The gloves run about $120 and you'll need to buy the heat-troller ($90), but the customer comments are spot on for the product. The only complaint from anyone was that you may give up a bit of dexterity with the gloves. The great thing about the Firstgear product is you can buy a dual portable heat troller and hook up a heated jacket liner along with the gloves. REVIEWS - We found the best in depth feedback on both Amazon.com and Revzilla (a motorcycle website). Other opinions and comments were posted on Raynauds.org and Motorcycle-superstore.com - the owner reviews in the forums are worth a look. You can browse the best heated glove liners here.