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Run towards the storm.
Some folks hide during big, nasty winter storms, but others like to go out on the mountain when the wind is blasting, the snow is pounding down, and everybody else has run for cover. For those hardy souls, as well as those with chronically chilly digits, the Outdoor Research StormTracker Heated Glove is a godsend. It's constructed from breathable and windproof Windstopper softshell, with a goatskin leather palm and an soft, moisture-wicking polyester lining. The real difference maker, though, is the AltiHeat battery-powered heating system. Running off a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AltiHeat provides three heat settings to keep your fingers functional when temps are so low that your spit freezes before it hits the ground. The gusseted cuff has a locking zipper to make sure heat stays in and snow stays out, while the StormTracker's light and dextrous design makes it as suitable for ice climbing and single-day mountaineering as it is for resort skiing.
- Windstopper softshell
- Soft goatskin leather palm
- Breathable and moisture-wicking polyester tricot lining
- AltiHeat battery-powered heating system
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Low, medium, and high settings
- Gusseted cuff with a locking zipper
- Carrying case
- Q & A
Recommended for the desperate
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I got these at the beginning of last winter. I'm a casual cross country skier (about once a week) and a daily dog walker :). Before I got these, I would jump out of the car and have to hit the trail immediately, before my fingers got too cold. I'd take off yelling "sorry" while others were still pulling on their boots. And I was afraid to stop for more than half a minute because once my hands got cold, it was so hard to get them warm again. It sucked a lot of enjoyment out of the activity.
These gloves have made a difference and are definitely worth the price for me. Depending on the conditions, my hands, especially the fingertips which are too long for me, do still get cold, sometimes painfully so, but seldom as bad, and never as quickly as before. Basically I feel like wearing these gloves turns me into a normal person, who might complain about cold hands, but can usually deal. They similarly help with the winter dog walks.
So I recommend these if you want a noticeable boost in how long you can stay out and this is a problem for you. If you have more normal circulation and are price conscious, I probably wouldn't recommend these because I don't think you'll get as much benefit. You have to remember to keep them charged & pack said charger if traveling, and to not lose them :)
I got a S, which for me is still a little big especially in the fingers. So maybe I'm not getting as much warmth as is possible with the perfect fit. I usually wear with a pair of thin liners.
Finally, I have heard good things about OR standing by their products, and that was a factor when I was purchasing, so it's nice to see a rep on here confirming that.
Don't work. Return not honored.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Bought these as a gift for Christmas. They were terrible - no heat beyond palms - fingers FROZE. Returned to Backcountry in January after trip. They hid behind 30-day policy and refused credit. The product was poor - the supplier was worse.
Outdoor Research StormTracker Heated Glo
Bought these gloves for the wife and they don't work. Just do not work. But as they were a christmas gift and 30days past return, and used to figure out they don't work not sure of my next steps. To verify they didn't work I took them out for a bike ride with one glove on HIGH and the other glove not turned on and there was no difference in the warmth of either hand riding in 30deg temp for 1hr.
Hope to get a warranty or refund.
Do these gloves hold up for construction work or would you recommend another?
Kyle, definitely not construction, but skiing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing. I would be afraid that the wear and tear from construction would do a number on the leather palm eventually. It's fully durable enough for the activities I list above, but you understand well the needs for durability in construction!
Thanks for the question and sorry for the delayed response!
heat and dexterity
I have used these Stormtracker Heated gloves in the backcountry, at first, wondering why it didnt have more insulation. After the first time out, I understood! The 3 levels of heat output took care of me along the way, but mostly I just needed the gloves on low the whole time. That just helped take the chill out of my fingers. When the temps really dipped, then i pumped up the heat. Consider aso buying an extra set of batteries from OR, so you can have your heat for those really long days! The low setting gives you 8-9 hours of comfort.
why all these heated gloves\insoles\etc don't have automatic settings?
Not sure what you mean by that... Are you saying you'd rather have them self-adjust according to the temperature outside? These do have High/Medium/Low settings, which the user can adjust to their personal preference. Some will obviously prefer to run these on higher settings, others on lower settings according to whatever activity they are using these for. Whether you're cruising town with cold hands or backcountry ski touring (or whatever else you may be into), it's definitely nice to have the option to adjust the heat settings according to your personal preference.
Here's the user manual just in case anyone wants to have a look at that:
more precisely "self-adjust according to the temperature _inside_".
it's no problem to save manual settings for some people who want to toast their hands :)
but generally people just want not too hot\too freeze hands.
imagine conditioner that can't maintain and even can't show temperature, and only cool or warms air.
so you need checking and change setting every 5 minutes for appropriate climate.
very convient? :)
yes, i am slightly exaggerate. but why doing something yourself if we can put 5 cent chip for same job :)
An interior thermostat that would be small enough, light enough, and durable enough to fit inside a glove for 5 cents? Not likely. Where is it going to measure temperature? Your palm? What if your fingers are cold? Cute idea, but not realistic. Are you going into the lodge after every run that you need to adjust the temperature every five minutes?
Eric, great feedback and response here. I have been a rep for OR for 12 years and never had I even heard of a request for an internal temperature setting to adjust the heat inside. The heat settings on low, medium and hig are designed for the user to regulate as needed. Thank you for your response here.