Heavyweight warmth in a battery-powered package.
The Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Glove uses AltiHeat's battery to provide heavyweight warmth at the ski resort, and three different settings accommodate more than just the lowest temperatures. Gore-Tex gives this glove guaranteed waterproofing that's still breathable for active endeavors, and EnduraLoft insulation ensures warmth. Outdoor Research padded the back-of-hand for protection and added a leather palm and overlays for traction and durability.
- Gore-Tex waterproofing
- AltiHeat battery-powered heat technology
- EnduraLoft insulation
- EVA padded back-of-hand
- Leather palm and overlays
- Item #ODR003P
- Q & A
Solid product - see additional comments
First pair had one defective battery, so I had to replace - in short, a nicely made glove that does indeed provide additional warmth but may need some help in biting temps. I am just finishing a week of skiing in Colorado where temps where at times below zero F. On brutal days, I needed hand warmers along with gloves running on "High"; when temps were above 18-20 F, gloves alone were fine. So net/net, while helpful, the gloves alone may not suffice in very cold weather.
1) Fit was very good - comfortable and high on the cuff
2) Slim profile on batteries much better than some other chunky batteries I had tried in which I was very aware of little bricks on my wrists - not so here.
2) Power indicators easy to read/use, but -
a) would be great to have a battery level indicator - perhaps illuminate just the 'O' or "R" when below 50% ?
b) I found my power levels changing when I was unaware - not difficult to make contact with the button inadvertently, so perhaps a second button or switch when changing levels would eliminate unwanted changes.
c) Would be great if a USB connector could be used - so many places have USB inputs on lamps etc which would allow one to simply bring a cable versus the power connector. Not to mention minimizing impact if one loses the original....
d) would also be helpful to have a more powerful heating element nearer to the fingertips as opposed to the rest of the hand.
Again, overall, a good product - while I would not accuse these gloves of being wildly inexpensive, they do provide help, and I found myself focused more on my freezing face (even with mask) as opposed to cold fingers.
I would recommend this product
Solution for frozen fingers!
I have always struggled to keep my hands warm while skiing- I have Raynaud syndrome and hate having to go into the lodge for cold hands. I wore these on an especially cold powder day last weekend and I did not have to miss fresh tracks for cold hands! Thanks OR!
Stay Warm - Ski Longer
I'd recommend carrying an extra set of gloves with you on long days. These things are warm, but, that also means you sweat. After several hours, they can get wet/cold.
Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Glove
Not what I had hoped
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I also have Reynaud's and used these gloves for the first time at Vail this past weekend. Even though I had the gloves on "red", my hands froze and I was very uncomfortable. I could tell there was heat in the gloves but it wasn't hitting my hands where I needed it and my hands were painfully cold. Am actually returning these gloves for a refund.
The gloves I've been searching for.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have reynauds--for the unfamiliar, it's a circulatory disease. In cold weather, blood vessels in your extremities shunt, and your hands freeze. Freeze. These are the gloves that have saved my outdoor happiness. I've spent thousands of dollars on gloves, glove heaters, mittens, etc. These render them all past history.
They're as warm and waterproof as a premium pair of goretex gloves should be expected to be. All day in the snow? No problem, whether the snow is dry or wet. As gloves, they're really nice gloves.
And then you turn on the power.
With the power on, they're life-changing. There are 3 settings. On the low setting, battery life is over 9 hours (that was the limit of my patience, not the batteries). On low, you don't notice the heat. You don't really notice your hands. It's just that your hands never get cold. On high, battery life is around 3 hours...and the gloves are palpably warm inside. It's amazing. I haven't tried the medium setting for duration yet.
We haven't had super cold temps yet; I've worn them down to 0 degrees...but nothing colder. They've been great (on low) at those temps. They're completely windproof and waterproof.
When you insert the battery pack, make sure that it's all the way plugged in. That's the only issue I've had--a loose connection caused by my failure to fully plug in. Charging is quick and easy--a couple hours to a full charge (and it charges both batteries at once).
I picked up a spare set of batteries, and recommend it. You can have a good, long day of coverage with some high and some low. You can take the gloves off, your hands get cold, you put the gloves back on, and instant warmth. The heating grid is incredibly well designed--the parts of your hand that would otherwise get cold...well...stay warm.
Next to my Arcteryx Macai jacket, these are my favorite cold weather gear. Highly, highly recommended.
How long do they last for on the different settings?
Hi Chris, sorry for the delay. On high, they will last 2-2.5 hours. Medium will be 4-5 hours, and on low, you can expect 8 hours or warmth. Hope that helps!
What is the difference between the Outdoor Research Lucent and the new Capstone heated gloves (besides the big increase in price)? The tips of my fingers are constantly cold and I've tried heated gloves in the past with no success, so I'm curious if I'll see better results with either of these gloves. Are there any other heated glove options you would recommend, like the Black Diamond Solano?
Hey Nicholas - The Capstone has a higher quality of synthetic insulation (PrimaLoft HiLoft Silver) as well as a goat leather palm and moisture wicking fleece lining. The Lucent is mainly nylon with some leather in the palm and overlays. I would recommend either of the Outdoor Research Gloves over the BD Solano. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.
- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
Kyle is right on. Both actually have Primaloft, but the Capstone has more of it. However, the main price difference is in the heating element: The Capstone has TWICE the coverage of the Lucent (198" of heating element vs 99" of heating element). The next closest competitor has 46" of heating element - big difference!
Hope that helps,