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It's hard to hold on to your poles when your hands are frozen into icebergs, but the Hestra Power Heater Mitten has a hot-'n'-toasty trick up its sleeve—integrated heat loops, which wrap around your hand to provide battery-powered warmth on the coldest ski days. There are three heat settings, controllable via the built-in control panel, along with replaceable and rechargeable batteries that make it easy to keep the heat on full blast for your whole trip. An included international adapter means you can charge your gloves wherever you're skiing, whether you're in Japan, Europe, or North America.

The Power Heater is still a Hestra, too, so it has all the construction and durability you'd expect. The shell is made from tough and supple Flextron nylon, with an impregnated cowhide palm and brushed polyester lining. The integrated CZone waterproof membrane keeps your hands from getting soggy and the Power Heater's electronics from shorting out. There's synthetic insulation as well, which keeps the heat from escaping, so your batteries last longer, and your mittens still work even if you forget to charge them up overnight.

  • Hestra Flextron nylon shell
  • Impregnated cowhide palm
  • Brushed polyester lining
  • CZone waterproof and breathable insert
  • Synthetic insulation
  • Integrated heat loops
  • Control panel with heat indicator
  • Replaceable and rechargeable batteries
  • International adapter
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not hot enough for long enough

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll start this review by telling you that I have Raynaud's in my hands (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raynaud%27s_phenomenon). If you don't know what this is, count yourself lucky. Basically as soon as I get even a little bit cold, the circulation to my fingers cuts off and they turn white and very painful. Needless to say I've accumulated a pretty big collection of mittens (I can't wear gloves at all). Every time someone tells me that they have mittens that are really warm, I go out and buy them. I'm always disappointed.

When I saw these battery powered heater mittens on the market a few years ago, I bought them immediately.

This is the first season that I've had them that I haven't had to return them. Every year, something would break, I would call Hestra and a nice person would have me send my broken ones back and would send me new ones. The pair I have now is the 3rd or 4th set - I can't remember any more. They do have good customer service but I'd prefer not to have to go through this process repeatedly.

As far as warmth, the mittens have 3 heat settings. When alpine skiing, I need 3 (or really 5 or 6) on most days to keep the blood circulating in my hands. Unfortunately, on 3, the batteries only last a couple of hours. On 2 they last about 4 hours and on 1 about 6. What I normally do now is that I put the mittens to 1 (or 2 if it's super cold) and supplement with a hand warmer.

I also find that even at max power, I don't feel any heat in my thumbs at all. I can't tell if there's a heating element in the thumb or not but at least in the rest of the mitten I can feel the heat coming through.

I'm hopeful that battery technology will improve in a few years and not only will there be hotter settings but the heat will last for a reasonable period of time.

Other than all that, Hestra does make good products and like I said, they do support them with lovely customer service people which is why I gave the mittens 2 stars as opposed to something less.

not hot enough for long enough

Hestra Power Heater Mitten

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are GREAT mitts! I am an addicted backcountry skier and my hands get extremely cold even with the best unheated mittens available. (My doc says I have Raynaud's; I think it's a result of minor frostbite.) I tried some less expensive heated liners that didn't do the job and quickly fell apart. So I took out a second mortgage on the house and invested in the Hestras. I haven't used them in extreme cold conditions yet but on days with highs in the 20's my hands have been quite comfortable on the low or, occasionally, medium setting. The mitts are so well made and insulated that I think they would do well even without the heating. They look like mini boxing gloves. I like the split battery pack arrangement - two thin batteries instead of one bulky one. I can't comment on durability but, judging from my Hestra lobster gloves which have been my go-to's for the past five years, I expect them to last a long time. And, kinda silly, but the red LED indicator lights look cool when gliding back to the trailhead after dark.
I also considered the Outdoor Research heated mitts. I have plenty of OR gear and know they make good stuff too. But, from my experience with the lobster gloves, Hestra is THE premier glove/mitten manufacturer.
I have had a bit of a problem obtaining extra batteries from Hestra USA but I think that has been resolved. Wish backcountry.com carried the batteries.
Bottom line: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

life saving mittens

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Given the price, I was extremely hesitant to buy these mittens, but as a die hard outdoor enthusiast who is always cold , I decided it was worth a try. I am so glad I bought these. I debuted them on a week long ski trip to Big Sky, MT and my hands were toasty warm all week long. Gone are the days of going into the lodge to get warm, now I have my mittens and know I will always make it thru the ski day. Easy to charge, easy to use, they fit great (although they run very small, I am always a 7 had to return for the 8) and the charge lasts the whole day, no problem.