By Brian Huang
on 3.6.09

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No matter how many different types of winter gloves I go through, I always have the same problem. They all start out fairly warm to some degree, but then as the day wears on, my fingers start to get colder and colder. I used to think just buying waterproof gloves were enough, but clearly that’s not the case. Dry does not equal warm.

How do I keep my hands warm? I usually solve this problem by stepping into the lodge and tearing open some disposable hand warmer so that the blood rushes back into my fingers. Spend a few more hours on the slopes, then repeat. While I don’t necessarily have a problem with this process, and honestly I can live with cold hands for a good while, wouldn’t it be nice if you never had to worry about cold hands and frozen fingers?

mountain-hardwear-red-savina2Well here’s a solution for you – the Mountain Hardwear Red Savina heated glove. Named after the scorching-hot red pepper, this glove uses a battery powered heat source to keep your hands nice and toasty. Here’s how it works – simply plug in the gloves via the AC adapter (the Red Savina uses an ultra-thin and lightweight rechargeable battery) and once charged, they’re ready to go for up to 6 hours. The patent-pending Aevex® Intelligent Heat™ technology senses how cold or warm your hands are and automatically adjusts to give you heat when you need it, and conserve power when you don’t. There’s also a button you can push to give your hands an extra burst of added warmth.

Heat technology aside, this glove is also pretty warm on its own using PrimaLoft insulation and a waterproof, breathable Conduit insert. The Red Savina is cut extra long to fit over your jacket sleeves. Besides, what’s the point of a heated glove if your hands are wet half the time?

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately this technology comes at a steep price. These gloves aren’t cheap, but if you’re always struggling to keep your hands warm on the slopes, then this may just be the answer. Not to mention, who wouldn’t want to strap something on that looks like the Nintendo Power Glove we all used to covet? Now that’s slope style!

Cost: $250