There are great gloves and there are cozy mittens – and then there are the shockingly warm Heat 3 Smart Gloves, just making their way into North America.
They are made in Austria by the Heat Company and were designed to be used by German and Austrian special forces combat troops, so this mitten/glove combo has an impressive CV.
While they're too bulky to be considered chic, I was ready to try anything, since I've never been able to ski for long without my hands going numb. Not with these gloves. On long lift rides up the Alps, wind seared through my ski jacket, but my Heat 3-covered hands always stayed warm.