Jennifer has a circulation condition called Raynaud’s disease, which causes her fingers and toes to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. When her extremities are exposed to cold, the smaller arteries that supply blood to her skin narrow, limiting blood circulation.

Without heat, prolonged exposure could cause her fingers to develop frostbite.

So if anyone would be in the market for a pair of those electric gloves that we see being advertised everywhere these days, it would be Jennifer. So she got a pair of  electric gloves, which retail from $40 to $100 a pair, depending on where you buy them.  The company that makes the Thermogloves that Jennifer has notes that they can be worn as gloves only, or as a liner for mittens. Because they were advertised as distributing even heat to all fingers, she wore them as regular gloves.

We’re outside a lot in the wintertime, camping, hiking, doing video shoots, exploring, taking Bo to the dog park. She has been relying on chemically activated heating packets called Hot Hands to keep her fingers warm. So we got a pair of electric gloves and decided to put it to the test on a morning outing with Bo when the temperature was well below freezing.

Which worked best – the electric gloves or the heating packets?

Check out this video and see:

If Jennifer had worn the electric gloves as liners, under a pair of mittens, they would undoubtedly have been much warmer. But wearing gloves and mittens would have been much more uncomfortable and bulkier than just sticking a heating packet inside her regular gloves.

We’re sure that many people are happy with electric gloves. But Jennifer’s experience was that they didn’t perform as well as the inexpensive Hot Hands packets she has been using.