We all know that layers are the key to staying warm in extremely cold weather. But that doesn’t really apply to hands. So how do you keep your hands warm in sub-zero temperatures? Well, you need to get your hands into the best possible gloves for winter extremes.
Enter Seirus, the company that (in my opinion) makes some of the best gloves and extreme weather accessories.
Two years ago I took my first winter trip to Yellowstone and I wasn’t really prepared for the crazy low temperatures we encountered. I was good at layering but my weak spot was definitely my hands. I had brought two pairs of gloves but neither were designed for extreme cold and I wound up with frozen hands every day.
So this year I made it a priority to get myself the best gloves for winter in Yellowstone. No more numb fingers!
I first bought a pair of Seirus gloves (the Heat Touch Xtreme All Weather gloves) at our local outdoors shop. They looked great (they are heated gloves that operate on a rechargeable battery) but they were a size too big so I gave them to Hal to take to Yellowstone.
So I was back to having no gloves for our trip. Thankfully, the nice folks at Seirus mailed me a pair of their Heatwave Plus Beam gloves to try out!
Seirus Heatwave + ™ Beam ™ Gore-tex® Gloves Features
They are packed with cool features:
- Gore-Tex waterproof exteriror
- Thermal Reflective Lining
- One-handed wrist & cuff cinch
- Zippered heat pocket to insert hand warmers
- 250g Heatlock™ insulation
- and a fabric on the index finger which allows you to use touch screen devices.
How Did the Gloves Perform?
During our trip to Yellowstone we hit really low temperatures. Our lowest was -32F. It was way colder than we expected. But we survived! I am happy to report that these gloves did not disappoint at all. We spent long periods standing around in parking areas watching wolves and taking photos on some of our coldest days. We never would have lasted with ordinary gloves and I was so glad I had them. Here is a breakdown of how I felt depending on the temperature.
- Above 25F: I was perhaps a bit too warm and I needed to take my gloves off regularly and wear something less hardcore. Just a regular pair of knit gloves worked for me (If you are going to touch snow, just get a regular waterproof pair).
- 25 F to -10F: Super comfortable. I wasn’t too warm or too cold. People with bad circulation might need HotHands Hand Warmers
- -10F to -32F: I Definitely needed some hand warmers here. My fingers did get cold after a while, but not painfully cold or numb, just chilly.
My Seirus Gloves Rating
I love these gloves, especially the fact that I can put a hand warmer in them and make them usable in unexpectedly cold temperatures. And the price is pretty awesome too at well below $100.
So to answer the question…are these the best gloves for a winter adventure?
Well, they are for me! We are going back to Yellowstone next winter and I have no desire to get a different pair of gloves. I know these Seirus gloves perform well and will save my fingers from frostbite.
I also decided to buy a face mask this year and totally coincidentally it also turned out to be a Seirus product. Instead of frozen nostrils and frigid cheeks, I had a warm and comfy face. I definitely thought it was a good value even if it does make you look a little like an incarcerated super-villain.
Hal also brought his favorite fleece balaclava which he bought about eight years ago. I just checked the tag and, lo and behold, it is also a Seirus. So we’ve come to the conclusion these guys make great products for seriously cold weather.
For more information on the best travel gear to take to Yellowstone in winter, check out our winter gear post here.