Now that winter is officially here, we're looking for all the warmest clothing and coziest accessories to keep us company this season, whether we're staying close to home or hitting the trails or mountains for outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, and more. And while gloves and mittens are already must-haves for extra-cold winter days, these heated mittens take warmth to a whole new level.
The Ororo Heated Mittens feature rechargeable carbon fiber heating elements that can keep hands warm for up to six hours at a time. You can choose between three heat levels, depending on your preference and how long you'll be wearing the mittens. They're are made from water-resistant taslan (a durable polyester fabric), with a breathable goatskin palm and 3M Thinsulate insulation, so they're designed to keep your hands fully protected from the elements. Plus, the thumb is touch-screen compatible, allowing you to use your smart devices without taking off the mittens. The battery pack won't weigh you down, either, since it fits neatly into a waterproof zippered pocket in each mitten.
To buy: Ororo Heated Mittens, amazon.com, $110
Amazon shoppers agree that these mittens are a game changer as far as winter accessories go. "I am a skier and my hands are usually very cold, and I have been using the chemical hand warmers, which do a good job but don't last very long... especially when on the top of mountains," one reviewer wrote. "[The Ororo mittens] heat well, and provided long heat. I had to reduce the power to low and even turn the power off because my hands were too warm," they continued.
Another shopper noted that these mittens are helpful for users with Raynaud's syndrome: "I have Raynaud's, so my fingers get numb very quickly, even if the temperature is in the low 60s. These mittens are wonderful. So far, on the lowest setting, even though I don't feel a lot of heat, it is enough to keep my hands comfortable. And, when I pull my hands out of the mittens (like to answer my phone), once I put them back into the mittens, I realize just how much warmth even the lowest setting provides."
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