Warm hands – kinda

I bought heated gloves! They have little wires (I think that’s how it works) that go to the fingertips and tip of the thumb, too, and they are powered by a rechargeable battery that is in a zip pocket in the cuff. They are quite thick, perhaps a problem when working my camera with them on. They also have two touch screen sensitive fingers and are waterproof.

They are not this garish red and orange, they are just black.

I expected them to be delivered later this week but they arrived on Monday. I was very excited and wanted to try them immediately. First I had to charge the batteries. By the time they were ready, it was getting dark and had started to drizzle. But I had to put those gloves to the test.

Late afternoon in light rain

It was around 3C/37F, not that cold but my fingers usually are cold and painful at that temperature. I couldn’t believe how warm and comfortable my hands were! Working the camera wasn’t so easy so I had to take one glove off to remove and replace the lens cap. But all in all it was such a tremendous relief not to have painful fingers. It even made a ride at dusk in the rain fun.

That was yesterday. Today when I rode to tai chi it was 0C. My hands were pretty warm, but this time I noticed that the gloves are quite bulky and that the soft thick lining is a tiny bit tight, not so good for the circulation. Probably for most people not a problem but for me it is. I also had regular wool gloves with me to change into – how complicated can you get? – so I didn’t have to fumble with keys and zippers and doors at the beginning and end of my ride, and also for using my camera. The picture on top is from today, and I did take the heated gloves off to use my camera. It’s just easier.

So all in all they are really a good solution, just not perfect. There might be better solutions, for example heated gloves that are thinner which I could wear under my water and wind proof mittens. But I have already invested enough money in an attempt to perfect my winter set-up. I probably will never become an enthusiastic winter rider, but I like the challenge and will continue to subject myself to the cold, if only to say I can do it.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

4 response to "Warm hands – kinda"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: December 6, 2022

    Thanks for the info. I think I will buy a pair of these for my ace support crew and her freezing hands for walking and hiking.

    Great reflectie!

  2. By: DJG Posted: December 6, 2022

    I’d like a pair of those, do you know how long the battery charge lasts?
    Shame they don’t come with the nice arrows.
    Nice bauble photo

  3. By: gregblood Posted: December 6, 2022

    I’m interested in those gloves. You mentioned how you had to remove the gloves to take the lens cap off your camera, but I’m wondering how they work for the touch screens on one’s camera–especially the camera on one’s phone. Easily the hardest thing for me is to take my warm mittens off to take a few pictures. It doesn’t take very long before my fingers get bitterly cold.

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 6, 2022

    Great solution!
    I’d guess the lining may become a bit more comfortable with use?
    Nice reflectie in the ornament!

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