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Finding a good pair of gloves or mittens is hard enough as it is, but it is even harder if you suffer from Raynaud’s syndrome.
Do you suffer from Raynaud’s syndrome? It can be a very painful and frustrating condition, especially during the cold winter months. If you are tired of blowing on your hands to keep them warm and cold, numb fingers, don’t fret
Best Raynaud’s Gloves To Keep Your Hands Warm
Here the best Raynaud’s gloves and mittens reviewed for alleviating the symptoms of cold hands :
Wool is well known as one of the warmest materials, so is a great option for those who suffer from Raynaud’s Syndrome or poor circulation. Bruce River is a well known American company that sells in over 30 countries. They ensure a high-quality product whilst still offering modern designs.
Whilst wool provides a great deal of warmth, the fabric can be irritating and itchy to sensitive skin. This may not be an ideal option for those who already have sensitive hands and fingers. The sizes given for these gloves prove to be inaccurate too with them coming up too big for some users.Bruce River is one of the best wool gloves available on the market for a reasonable price.
Within the gloves is an inner lying that makes up forty grams of their specialist Thinsulate fleece. Using this inner lining ensures that hands will be kept warm in the moderately cold weather. Bruce River come in four sizes (S, M, L, XL), with seven colours to choose from. Not only that, but there is also the option to have touchscreen-friendly gloves, so they do not need to be removed. The choice of wool and fleece makes them comfortable to wear and the lining ensures that they remain durable. This makes these raynaud’s gloves great value for money and versatile to use for not only circulatory conditions but general use.
|Comfortable to wear|
|Well lined; durable|
|E-tips option for touchscreen use|
|Various size options|
|Option of colours|
|Not suitable for every cold climate|
|Not Waterproof or Windproof|
|Not Treated for weather conditions|
|Sizes come up big; inaccurate.|
Terramar pride themselves on being innovative when it comes to designing clothing for all outdoor pursuits. A US Based company, that specialises in providing high-quality base layers from a lightweight and quick-drying fabric. They create liners using a smart and innovative fabric that adjusts its temperature to the users own body temperature.
The fabric used in these gloves is 100% silk, using interlocking filaments to ensure they are fast drying. The fabric has also been brushed so that it does not each: a great option for people with sensitive skin. Terrarmar boasts a specialist Ec2 Quick-Dri Thermoregulation Comfort Technology which makes them fast drying and comfortable throughout wear. They also have an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of over 50, which means harmful sun rays won’t get to the skin. The fabric has a great stretch which allows for a snug fit to maintain heat throughout the day.
There are five sizes to choose from, with a sizing chart to help the customer decide what size is best for them. A great option for people who are looking for raynaud’s gloves to use indoors for everyday tasks or as a base layer under larger gloves during cold days. A great range of movement when used alone, so are great for typing or other indoor activities.
|UPF Rating 50+|
|Adjusts to body temperature|
|Stretched fabric for a snug fit|
|5 Sizes to choose from|
|Sizes come up small|
|Lose heat quickly|
|Finger length comes up short|
|Work better as a glove liner than a standalone product|
3.Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Gloves
These electrically activated gloves are warm even without the heater function. You can use them on a mild winter’s day without the batteries. But when you start the heater, the heating time is variable and will last from 2 to 5 to 8 hours, depending on the setting you choose You use the buttons and the colors to regulate the heat.
Push and hold you have high heat. Push the button again and it is medium and the thrid times gives you low heat. On useful suggestion to extend the battery life is to start on high heat for 15 minutes and then to lower the heat setting to make the batteries last longer. The heat is concentrated on the top of your hands but spreads well to the tips of your fingers so that do not get cold.
There are several plug adaptors for the gloves depending on where you plan to use them. You can switch out the batteries quickly by removing them from a zippered pocket and use the second set if you are outside for an extended period of time.
The details of the gloves are well thought out.The large loop in the gauntlet can be easily used to help you pull the second glove onto your uncovered hand. The cuffs cinch tight so you can prevent the cold wind from blowing inside your coat sleeve. The inserts keep your hands dry and comfortable. The fleece palm linings give you extra protection from the cold. The outer leather palm provides extra grip and durability where it is needed for a snow shovel handle a ski pole or a walking stick. If you are on the ski lift you can secure the gloves while you enjoy the view, without worrying about losing a glove.The gloves are so pliable that you can use them cycling and still work the levers on the bike.
They have a curve construction to make bending your figures easy. You can remove them in a flash so that answering your phone is no problem. The covering material is very durable and even after a winter of use, it is difficult to see any wear marks.The outside is made of waterproof, breathable Gore-tex. So if you enjoy outdoor winter activities but find your hands get cold try these quality gloves.Outdoor research is the best heated gloves choice for raynaud’s sufferers.
|Very warm, even without the heater option|
|Extremely durable, flexible and & waterproof|
|Carrying case included in the package|
|Long battery life|
|Batteries may need some adjustment to make proper contact|
|The second set of batteries may be ordered as a backup|
|Only available in black|
4.Alti MittsHere is an excellent pair of mittens to have on hand when going on an arctic expedition or when going on an adventure to a peak above 8,000m. The mitten, which is made of 100% nylon, have been integrated with waterproof Gore-TEX inserts – these help to ensure comfortability and impacts some degree of versatility. Again, its liners and shells are bolstered with PrimaLoft insulation thus enabling it to resist water and keep the hand insulated even when it (the mitten) becomes damp.
Despite the minor hitches, this particular mitt has got loads of features that make it worth having. In addition to the features stated earlier; it has adjustable gauntlet closures which help to seal out cold air; hook and loop tabs to prevent it slipping out of the hand and this (secure fit) is further made sure of by the wrist cords present on the mitten. The Kevlar stitching use in holding it together also imposes a good degree of toughness; preventing the mitten from ripping off easily.
The Alti Mitts from Outdoor Research is really versatile and will do its work to a commendable extent. And one more thing is that the mitten has good dexterity; this is probably down to its inbuilt 3-panel thumb design and pre-curved construction that make it blend seamlessly with the shape of one’s hand. The Pittards leather palm and high-loft Moonlite Pile fleece palm lining will make it easy for you to grip stuffs while wearing a pair (of the mitten).
|Size may not correspond with standard sizing|
5.Snow Deer Heated Liners
These heated gloves liners offer something other brands on the market do not; heating elements, battery-powered. Using fabrics of cotton, lycra and neoprene to maintain the heat provided, these are a great product for those who suffer from the likes of Raynaud’s syndrome, Arthritis and other conditions.
The outside layers are made up of a combination of lycra and neoprene as conductors of heat. The inner lining is insulated cotton which ensures heat is not lost without burning the users. The gloves are kept as thin as possible so that they can be worn under other gloves. It may be necessary to purchase larger gloves to use these as a glove liner. The velcro strap over the wrist allows it to be adjusted for comfort whilst protecting the wrist.
The heating elements of these gloves cover over the back of the hands and fingers, utilising infrared heating. It’s well known that heat therapy is a great method of providing relief to stiffness in joints and stimulating blood circulation. They provide effective relief to users of not only Raynaud’s Syndrome but Arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and general poor circulation. The gloves come with a pair of 7.4v batteries that require a charge period between 3-4 hours. The heating time from this ranges from 2.5- 6 hours with three separate temperature settings.
They also come with touch senses on the thumb and index fingers so mobile devices can be used with these. Various sizes are available, with a size guide, to ensure a snug and comfortable fit.
A strong contender for those who struggle to keep their hands warm, providing actual heat and clinically approved. If other options have proven futile, these could be a great raynaud’s gloves investment to gain the relief desired from cold hands and fingers.
6.The North Face Apex
North Face is a brand that is synonymous with quality and we believe it has not failed to bring that to the fore in this product – the Apex Etip Men’s Glove. It is made from 86% polyester and 14% elastane, and it has been designed in such a way that allows the hand to be in a natural [and relaxed] position hence comfort is assured when wearing the glove. The fabric is 1005 windproof and has got tricot lining.
The Heatseeker insulation technology integrated into the glove [coupled with its 5-dimensional fit] will go a long way in enhancing its usability. Plus the soft shell at the back of the glove will keep wind and moisture at bay thus leaving the hand warm and dry. Additionally, the silicone gripping feature present on the palm + the 5-finger Touchscreen compatibility should make it possible for you to work with your hands [and/or operate your Smartphone] while wearing the glove.
The North Face Apex Etip is worth recommending and that is primarily because of the quality it reflects. A versatile gear such as this will not give one any trouble when being worn, and the pull tab fixed to the cuff will help make sure that you do not have any difficulty when putting or putting off the piece. So, if you’re looking out for a good pair of raynaud’s gloves you can wear while hiking, camping or mountaineering…you name it; this is one for you
|Size runs too small|
This sportswear was created with the great outdoors in mind. The outer shell is made from Polyester and Polyurethane, while the palm is protected by a product called Rubbertec. They are designed with a custom-made GORE-TEX® lining insert that is both windproof and waterproof, protecting your hands at all time. Dakine has provided 230g of insulation made from a high loft synthetic polyester fiber to protect you from snow, cold weather, and melting ice. A quality feature about these gloves is the touchscreen capability on the liners enabling you to manipulate your electronic devices without having to be barehanded.
The cinchable, adjustable wrist and nose wipe panel are perfect additions for when you are working or playing hard outdoors. You can be assured your hand protection won’t come off, and your face will stay warm and dry as well.
The features and price of the Titan’s are reasons enough to take a look at these winter proof weather wear. Those that suffer from Reynauds will stay warm, dry, and comfortable in these lined, and insulated, heat pack pocketed Dakine Leather hand protectors. The gauntleted design will provide comfort and warmth all the way up your forearm. They tend to run a bit large so double check size charts, but again the wrist strap will keep them comfortably snug on your hands.
|GORE-TEX waterproof insert|
|Insulation for warmth|
|Leather hand & thumb Panel with nose wipe|
|Removeable and fully washable liners with digital touchscreen capability|
|Cinchable wrist wrap & heat pack pocket|
|Gauntlet design and affordable|
|Not warm enough for below 20 degrees|
|The seam on the lining is weak|
This thermal winter product has been pleasing customers for almost a decade with it’s “Heat Weaver Lining”. This companies own design has created a thermal, plush, soft lining that has earned a 2.3 Tog rating for warmth. When most thermal material rates at .89 Tog, you now realize how warm your hand will be in this garment. It also comes with an extra long protective cuff which is ribbed for security and can be worn long or folded down for that extra snug comfort and warmth.
Several people with Reynauds Syndrome actually commented on how well these particular “Heat Holders” kept their hands warms and provided comfort to their hands and relieved their pain.
It seems this beautiful garment which comes in 7 colors and 2 sizes seems to be a hit or miss product. People either rave about the incredible warmth and protection provided by the Heatweaver lining and high performing insulation of these thermal beauties or they deny any protection at all. It makes me question if some people are getting faulty products with such a vast spread in difference of opinion.
|Heat weaver lining|
|High performing insulation|
|Elastic long ribbed cuff|
|Vast differences of opinions wide spectrum,|
Compression gloves have been on the market for some time, especially for those who suffer from arthritic pain and stiffness. Compression across the joints and hands can help reduce inflammation by stimulating better blood flow. This allows for better oxygen delivery and eases the stiffness or pain in the hands. These gloves by OpeCking combine cotton and spandex to ensure the gloves are breathable whilst keeping a snug fit for optimum compression.
These gloves differ from other compression gloves as they are full fingers instead of half. This allows them to retain heat whilst still keeping a good range of movement. The fabric choice of cotton and spandex ensures it’s breathable and allows the hands to remain dry and warm. This fabric allows moisture and excess heat to escape so the hands do not get uncomfortable.
The fabric also allows for the user to continue wearing them whilst using mobile devices. The fabric in the thumb and index fingers respond to touchscreens and therefore can be worn whilst using touchscreen devices. The wrist also provides compressions which allow additional relief and support. This makes them a great raynaud’s gloves option for those with multiple conditions, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
|Quick and effective relief|
|Great option as a glove liner|
|Value for money|
|Comfortable to wear|
|Ideal for various ailments|
|Not FDA approved|
|Sizes come up very small|
|Inside seaming can cause pain|
Ozero is a Chinese company that has been established since the late 1980s, focusing exclusively on gloves since 2005. They specialise in outdoor clothing, including gloves, that are designed to be durable and provide warmth in the colder climates.
The gloves are also not waterproof and do not have any e-tips so cannot be worn whilst using touchscreen devices. Whilst the gloves come in four sizes, it has been reported that these gloves do come up big. With the loosening over time too, it can be difficult to choose which size is the most suitable for the user. They also offer no heating elements or compression, so do not provide any exact relief for those with poor circulation or stiffness.
The company provides a measuring and sizing chart, with advice on choosing a smaller size if a hand size is between sizes. This should allow the user to have more uses out of them, even when the fleece begins to become baggy. The fleecing provides great heat in moderately cold weather with thermal cotton providing comfort and allowing freedom of movement.
They do maintain heat very well and they are a good value for money product. They have some versatility to them also, as they can be worn alone or underneath larger, outer gloves. The fabric is high quality and whilst it may sag, it does have good durability. A great option if a consumer cannot pay a fortune for raynaud’s gloves.
|Great option as an outer glove liner|
|Soft and comfortable fabric|
|Good value for money|
|Maintains heat well|
|Sizes come up big|
|Fleece fabric loosens over time|
|Lacks touchscreen e-tips|
If you still need help to make the right choice continue reading our mini buyer’s guide. No matter which ones you choose, your new gloves or mittens will make winter much more enjoyable. Or If you have any questions just post your comment below the article and I’l be sure to respond ASAP.
Raynaud’s Gloves Buyer’s Guide
An estimated 28 million people in the US suffer from Raynaud’s, and glove manufacturers have taken notice. There are now a wide variety of gloves and mittens available that are very helpful to people with circulation problems. So don’t worry, your wintertime suffering will soon be over. This guide will tell you what to look for in a pair of Raynaud’s gloves that will alleviate the symptoms of Raynaud’s and poor circulation symptoms.
1. What Features Are Important to You?
Obviously, you want a glove to help with your circulation but think about your other needs as well. If your primary concern is warmth, you may want to look into mittens. If you want to be able to go skiing or snowmobiling, make sure you get a pair that allows you enough freedom of movement. One of the most important factors in holding in body heat is insulation, so you may want to look for a glove or mitten that is heavily insulated. This can make a huge difference for people with Raynaud’s and other circulation problems.
The trapped body heat will keep your hands warmer, which will help the blood circulate. The increased circulation also helps warm your hands. With today’s technology, insulation can be quite compact and still retain body heat. If you want to keep your hands really warm, there are even battery-powered heated gloves available, so you have many different options. Just make sure you know what you want when you start shopping.
2. What is Your Budget?
You can spend anywhere from less than $10 to more than $100 on a pair of gloves, so it is important to decide how much you want to spend. Don’t fret, though, there are plenty of affordable options out there. If you have a budget in mind, it will help you make a decision.
However, don’t forget to consider construction and craftsmanship as well. Sometimes it is more economical to spend a little more on a better pair of gloves that will last longer. But, if one pair costs much more and you can’t tell a huge difference in quality, don’t be afraid to go with the less expensive ones.
3. Do You Know Your Size?
It is important to get the right size glove to ensure the most benefit to you. The best way to know for sure that you get the right size is to measure your dominant hand around the widest part of your palm. The circumference of your hand is your glove size. Some companies use letter sizes, like S for small. In that case, a size chart is usually provided to ensure the right fit.
Online stores sometimes have a customers feedback on sizing and fit as well. This can help you decide if you should order a size up or down. Proper sizing will ensure that the glove or mitten is comfortable and functional, so take your time and make sure to read the product description and a few reviews of each one you are considering.
4. Fashion or Function?
Depending on what type of setting you will be wearing them, you may want to consider a trendier pair of gloves or mittens. For example, if you want them mostly for running into town, walking the dog, or commuting to work, there are lots of stylish choices available that will also reduce the symptoms of Raynaud’s. On the other hand, if you want a glove more suited to heavy duty work that will also help your circulation, there are a variety of options as well.
However, your color choices will be much more limited. Just think about what you will be using them for the most, and you can find a glove that will look good and perform well.
5. Are You Familiar With the Company?
Depending on how much you spend, you may want to familiarize yourself with the maker of your new gloves. A general rule of thumb is if you are spending more than $40, make sure the company has an explicit return policy and a decent customer rating. Quality and customer service vary widely among companies, so if you are looking at a few different options at a similar price point, you may want to consider the reputation of the company.
Check out the reviews and see if there are any common compliments or complaints. If there is a major complaint in multiple reviews, you may want to look elsewhere. Some gloves, especially the more expensive ones, will come with warranties, but these vary as well. As long as you put a little time into researching the company, you will be sure to make a good investment.
Raynaud’s can be a difficult condition to live with, but I hope this guide made it a little easier. Now that you know what to look for, you will find a great glove or mitten that meets your needs. Just remember to consider all your needs, come up with a reasonable budget, size your hand accurately, and if you are buying a more expensive glove, look into the company. Then you can finally get outside and enjoy yourself, or at least get some chores done. Check out also this good arthritis gloves buyer’s guide.
5 Tips for Staying Warm With Raynaud’s
Despite your best efforts, trying to keep your hands warm can be very frustrating when dealing with Raynaud’s syndrome. Try these ideas to help keep the cold at bay.
1. Use Layers
Wearing multiple layers, instead of just one thick layer is much more effective in keeping warm. Make sure the layer that is closest to your skin is moisture wicking. It is near impossible to keep warm if you have wet material against your skin. Since cotton takes a long time to dry once it is wet, it is not a good choice for a base layer. The middle layer should have some insulation, and the outer layer needs to be wind and water resistant. This method is used by skiers, backpackers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.
2. Use Heat Packs
There are several different types of heat packs on the market, both disposable and reusable. They are available in small enough sizes that they can be placed inside of gloves, which is great for Raynaud’s sufferers. The disposable type usually just need to be shaken up and they will stay warm for 5-8 hours. They are inexpensive, but they can only be used once. The reusable heat packs come in many different sizes and are usually heated up in the microwave. Although they are more expensive, they can be used over and over, and are still quite affordable. There is also rechargeable battery operated hand warmers, but they are more expensive. However, many users with Raynaud’s find that they are invaluable.
3. Keep Gloves Handy
How many times have you left the house and discovered you left your gloves at home? While for most people this is just an annoyance, for someone with Raynaud’s it can lead to a very bad day. Make sure you have multiple pairs of gloves inconvenient places. Keep a pair in your car, your coat pocket, and near every door in your house. The cheap knit cotton gloves are ok for running out to the mailbox, but they are not ideal for an all-day glove. Make sure you have at least a few pairs of high-quality gloves stashed where you can easily grab them on your way out the door. It is also a good idea to have a variety of gloves with different thicknesses. That way, you can use a thinner pair on a warmer day, or layer multiple pairs on a very cold day.
4. Avoid Constricting Blood Flow
Raynaud’s symptoms flare up when blood vessels become too restricted. These symptoms can be exacerbated by other factors that also reduce blood flow. Certain over-the-counter cold medicines and prescription blood pressure medications have beta-blockers, which constrict blood vessels. Smoking, besides its other detrimental health effects, constricts blood vessels as well. Caffeine has also been known to have this effect, so you may want to try switching to decaf. You should also ensure the cuffs on your shirt and coat are not too tight, as this will cut off your circulation.
5. Know How to Reduce Your Symptoms
You may still have flare-ups from time to time, but you do have some control over their length and severity. If you feel your hands becoming cold or numb, run them under warm water. Then, dry them well and apply lotion. This stops the cycle of Raynaud’s symptoms and promotes circulation. Also, decreasing your stress level can help reduce symptoms. Take time each day to relax, and practice deep breathing exercises when you start feeling stressed out.
Living with Raynaud’s can be difficult, but there are ways to greatly reduce your discomfort. Following these tips will help ease your symptoms and keep you nice and warm.
What Is Raynaud’s Disease, Symptoms & diagnosis
The infographic below will give you a good idea about Raynaud’s and how to live with them.