Heated Gloves for Winter Photography
Venture Battery Powered Heated Glove Liners for Winter Photography:
My search began while looking for heated gloves for downhill skiing. The cost of the fully heated gloves was around $400.00 and the reviews said that the batteries did not last very long, and, worse yet, when the batteries died, the gloves were thin and not warm at all. These gloves were well out of my price range.
So, I continued my search In the past, I used chemical heat warmers in my downhill and cross country ski gloves when the temperatures warranted them. But I found, them to be bulky and not able to heat my thumbs, though the rest of my hands would stay warm. I used these for years, but was still looking for a better alternative.
In my search, I came across the Venture Battery Powered Heated Glove liners. Though still expensive at $137.00, the reviews online raved about them. I liked the fact that they were a liner and would be thin enough to use for multiple purposes. I immediately thought of being able to use them for photography, as well as cold or cooler weather biking and hiking.
I decided to bite the bullet and order them. I ordered a unisex small, which for me as a 5’6″ woman worked perfectly. The liners felt thick enough to be durable, but were form fitting enough to give me manual dexterity. I have worn them many days this season downhill skiing in below zero temperatures. I love them. I wear them downhill skiing with a mitten over them. They have lasted three hours on all settings and I have yet to run out of battery life. When downhill skiing in these frigid temperatures, I have mostly kept them on the lowest settings, with an occasional power burst. My fingers, and especially my thumbs, have stayed toasty warm. The settings button at the top of the glove is easy to reach and, thus, it is easy to change settings as needed. As many reviewers have noted, the battery pack is quite bulky, but I have found that once I have the gloves on, I don’t notice or think about them. I have been charging them after every use and they do seem to take several hours to recharge. Something to be aware of, as you would not want to try charging them just before heading out the door.
Heated Gloves for Winter Photography:
As I have said, these are liner gloves. For the coldest of photography shoots, I would recommend having a glove over the heated liner, and, then, remove the over-glove at the last minute for the shoot. I have found at zero degree temperatures with below zero wind chills, the heated liners let me work my camera settings with ease. In between, shots I hands back in the over-gloves and my hands rewarmed with ease.
If the gloves work this well in very cold temperatures, I look forward to using them in more moderate temperatures, when a liner, with a little extra heat, is all that would be needed.
I love these gloves, and have recommended them to other skiers and photographer friends. I think there versatility is one of their biggest selling points. I look forward to wearing these glove liners for many years to come. I think these glove liners are a perfect addition to any photographers gear bag.