The Best of Heated Ski Gear
A surefire list of the best heated boots and gloves to keep you toasty all day long!
Do you love to ski, but hate the cold? Are you tired of stinging toes and numb fingers? If any of those statements relates to you, then you have come to the right place. We love skiing, but being cold sucks. In this article, we will go over some of the best HEATED ski gear on the market that will keep you out of the lodge, and on the mountain during the most frigid of ski days.
If there is one thing we can all agree on, it's that there’s nothing worse than cold feet. Finding that perfect balance between warm feet and proper circulation seems to be a science to many skiers.
But there are a few misconceptions about how to keep your feet warm while skiing. Some people try double socking it, or they wear really thick socks in an attempt to add extra layers of warmth to their ski boot. Unfortunately, double socking it or wearing thick socks will actually be a detrimental move, restricting the blood flow to your foot, making it even colder. You want to wear warm, thin socks rather than adding more layers to your boot. You need a little bit of room for optimal circulation, or else your foot is going to be cold, and sore all day.
Another common mistake I see from people with cold feet is they neglect to unstrap their ski boots to give their feet a rest between runs. While it may seem like an inconvenience to have to constantly strap and unstrap your boots, boots that are too tight will certainly lead to a loss of proper circulation.
Why not skip the hassle of cold feet all together, and get a pair of heated ski boots? The proper boot will make the difference between a great day on the mountain and a long day in the lodge.
Rossignol Pure Heat Ski Boots
The Rossignol Pure Heat Ski Boots are a great choice for the female skier who hates cold feet, and wants a slim fit, high performance ski boot. Cold feet don't stand a chance against this stylish heated boot. The PURE HEAT ski boots for women will surprise you with their outstanding performance, comfort, and amazing heated liner. With an adjustable flex, this boot is designed to take on any part of the mountain you throw at them. The liner in this boot combines merino wool insulation and integrated heating technology with three temperature settings accessible with the push of a button on your phone.
Salomon QST Access Heat Women's Ski Boots
If you love the idea of a heated boot, but don’t want to break the bank, then the Salomon QST Access Heat Women's Ski Boots are for you! At $299.99, these boots are a more affordable option than the Rossignols, but that does not mean that they lack quality or performance. These boots boast a fully integrated, rechargeable heating system, with a simple control button and three warmth settings to ensure maximum warmth for up to 18 hours. With a flex index of 80, this boot provides a soft flex to go along with responsive power transfer suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers. These boots also feature a custom formable foam liner that will personalize the fit around your shins for maximum comfort. Last but not least, this boot features a ski/hike mechanism that frees the upper cuffs from the lower part of the boots with a spring-loaded release to allow for a comfortable range of motion when walking to the lodge, or hiking to find that perfect off-piste line.
We all have a preference when it comes to the type of gloves we wear while skiing. Some people swear by mittens, claiming it keeps their fingers warmer. Others will only wear the gloves with fingers for the dexterity and mobility they offer. Sadly, when your typical glove or mitten gets wet, you can almost guarantee a forecast of frozen hands. You know, that type of frozen where you can barely put the password into your phone because your fingers are so numb that you can hardly even move them.
Luckily for you, we can avoid that issue entirely! Technology has reached the glove industry, and now you can say goodbye to cold fingers, and hello to heated gloves and mittens. That's right, you can buy gloves or mittens that are electrically heated to keep your hands feeling warm and mobile no matter the weather. You won’t have to worry about wet, cold, damp, raw hands any longer. Let's take a look at a couple of my hand picked favorites from the heated glove department.
Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Sensor GLV Large Black
If you are a serious skier, and like the ability to move each finger independently, but always end up wet and numb fingertips by 3pm, then the Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Sensor gloves are for you! These rechargeable, electronically heated gloves offer three heat settings to keep your hands warm all day. No more using your nose to enter your phone password because your hands are too cold. Their GORE-TEX outer shell provides you with supreme waterproofing and breathability, and the moonlite pile fleece inside won’t irritate your skin. At $359.00, these gloves are not an inexpensive option, but they are a logical investment for the serious skier who demands more than average out of their glove.
Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Snsr Mitt Black
Dont worry mitten lovers, I didn’t forget about you, Outdoor Research, (the same company that makes the Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Sensor gloves), offers a pair of heated mittens that boast the same GORE-TEX waterproofing, fleece lining, and tri setting rechargeable electric heat source. Often mitten wearers complain their thumbs get the coldest, luckily the thumbs in these mittens are heated. These mittens also feature touch screen-compatible leather thumb fingertips, so you don't need to worry about taking your gloves off to send a text, or take a photo.
If you love what you read and want to learn more about heated ski gear, there are copious amounts of heated jackets, socks, etc. that you can do your own research on to determine personal fit! I included my favorites of this year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other great options in the heated ski gear department. Let's take an abbreviated look at some other notable heated options for skiers.
Raeven Mens Down Heated Jacket
- This jacket heats up your back, chest, and pockets. You control your internal temperature.
- Stylish and lightweight.
Global Vasion Heated Socks
- Rechargeable heated socks.
- Three temp settings.
- Comes with two rechargeable batteries and charger.
Basecamp Mens Heated Baselayer Pants
- These pants give you three heat settings.
- Easy to operate and read heat control, even when you are wearing gloves.
Chat with an expert to learn more about this and other heated gear!
Winter is Coming!
As the days become shorter and shorter, and the last leaves fall, we start to realize that winter is right around the corner! Don’t wait until it’s too late, because by the time you realize how cold it is, you'll be 5,000 feet up on the peak of your favorite ski mountain, freezing your toes off. Be prepared! Talk to one of our experts, they will make sure you're decked out in the warmest, most advanced heated ski gear around!