Battery-powered warmth for all-day comfort.
Go from being the first one into the lodge for a warm-up session to being the first-to-last-chair guy in the Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Mitten. Built with an AltiHeat rechargeable battery-powered heating system, the Lucent mittens turn those ice-cold, white, painful fingers into warm, toasty, nimble ones. Different colors act as heat indicators for the different settings (red for warmest, yellow mid-warm, green low-warm), and they work with one simple button.
In addition to powered heat, EnduraLoft insulation provides natural warmth and protection while a Gore-Tex insert delivers waterproof protection against wet conditions. A fleece palm lining provides interior comfort, abrasion-resistant goat leather palm strips offer durability, and molded EVA on the back of the hand gives impact protection.
- Built-in AltiHeat battery-powered heating system
- Heating system has three settings (high, medium, low)
- Gore-Tex waterproof inserts
- Synthetic EnduraLoft insulation
- Fleece palm lining
- Molded EVA hand back
- Abrasion-resistant goat leather palm strips
- Included carry case
- Item #ODR003Q
- Q & A
warm but heaters not working
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was super excited for these since my digits are ice most of the time. The gloves themselves are warm but the batteries did not work. The square button that turns them on and up also broke out of the glove while riding whistler ...no particular reason no glades...just boom. torn out and wires floating in the wind. I am going to head to OR the store to get these exchanged...not super stoked about having to spend more time dealing with this. but oh well.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I really love skiing, but my hands are always painfully cold. I've tried mittens with liners, down gloves, hand warmer packs, and anything else I could think of. Nothing seemed to work. So, I finally bit the bullet and forked out the money to give these gloves a try. I instantly fell in love with these gloves. They kept my hands warm all day. I got a size small and they were still a little big, but worth it for a comfortable day on the slopes.
Best heated mittens yet
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My hands are very cold sensitive, so I've tried multiple gloves and mittens, trying to stay warm.
Even alpine mittens don't work for me, so the options were heat packs or heated gloves. Unfortunately, no glove that I've found gives adequate heat for the fingers once the temperature dips into the teens.
These mittens are the best that I've found, they kept my hands functional at below 0 degrees F, plus they are fully waterproof and very well built.
Things to improve would be to add a snot wipe, ideally removable and to bring some heat to the front of the mitten, not just the back. Even a little heat near the finger tips would be very helpful.
It is advisable to get a spare set of batteries, as the high setting sucks them dry in a couple of hours. Fortunately the medium setting lasts twice as long at least and is adequate for working in 10-30 degrees F situations.
They are mittens, inherently somewhat clumsy, but have enough flex in them to focus a scope or binoculars, maybe even a point and shoot camera, definitely no phones. Silk liner gloves are helpful if fine handling is needed in the cold.
Using Outdoor Research Heated Gloves/Mittens
Game Changer for Me
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Background: Ever since freezing my hands 7-8 years ago I've had trouble keeping my fingers warm. This takes a lot of the fun out of an early morning skin up the mountain (typically -10F to 0F). Even with multiple chemical warmers stuffed in the warmest mitten I could buy. I have to stop every 5 minutes and swing my arms around or stuff my hands in my armpits. And my fingers are useless after the ski run down the mountain. I'm usually above 10,000', so chemical heaters work marginally at best.
Well ... I've got 3 days with these Lucent mitts now. No stopping. No cold fingers. 2 days started out at -8F. No problem. The 3rd day was 15F and my fingers warmed enough that I actually skinned the rest of the way with just my liners on ... a first for me. Once your capillaries open up and your body is warm, then I've noticed the gloves can be turned off or to the lowest setting.
Battery life seems great, haven't run out.
The gloves themselves are nicely done and seem to have great inherent insulation. Also, the whole setup is not as heavy as I thought it would be. I didn't notice the gloves.
1. Somewhat easy to bump accidentally the button and change the heat setting.
2. The battery connector seems very cheap to me. But no problem yet, but maybe down the road.