The Chaval heated ski gloves came just in time. We were days away from our ski weekend in Stowe,Vermont where temperatures had been hovering below zero each time we checked all week. We were getting anxious because in the past few years my husband has developed Raynaud’s in his fingers. Raynaud’s is a painful cold induced condition that looks a lot like frostbite, where his fingertips turn white, and it alternately causes pain or numbness. It is tough to avoid in New England winter conditions, and can really put a damper on a family ski trip for him. He has been searching for heated ski gloves for the past few years since developing Raynaud’s, but heated ski gloves are pricey, and he had researched many pairs with poor to mixed reviews that did not seem worth the investment. This year a new product on the market, with a new technology, caught his eye.
The Chaval heated ski gloves use alphaHEAT™ technology made up of flat, flexible, conductive traces to transmit power inside the glove, similar to technology used in cell phones and computer chips. They promised to last three times longer than other heated ski gloves and to automatically adjust to the warmth needed throughout the day. We decided they sounded like they would be worth a try, and he had the perfect opportunity to test them out during our frigid January ski weekend in Stowe, VT. The gloves arrived a few days before we left, and upon opening the box we thought the weatherproof all leather exterior resembled chic motorcycle gloves. The insides are lined with a soft moisture wicking microfiber fleece. We were impressed with the handsome look to them, but interested to see if their performance would match up. We were really hoping they would pass the test. We love to ski as a family, but my husband can only last so long out in the cold before it becomes too uncomfortable for him to bear. In Stowe the temperature hovered at zero throughout the weekend, and got down to as low as -20 Fahrenheit at the top of the mountain.
This was probably the coldest ski weekend we have ever had as a family and there is no way he would have been able to withstand the cold if he had not had the Chaval gloves on during those ski days. True to their word the power lasted a good 5 hours of skiing and the heating elements must have had to work overtime to regulate the temperature in such severe temperatures. Unlike other heated gloves he has tried they never became hot, but rather maintained a mild warm temperature, which kept his hands from getting cold. The gloves allowed him a full day of skiing with his family that would have been impossible for him without them. Because the heating elements are located along the backside of the fingers he benefitted from the snug fit that kept good contact with the gloves for maximum warmth. We loved that there is no need for a battery change on these gloves; he just plugged them in and charged them overnight, and was ready to face another below zero day of skiing again in the morning.
We have a friend who lives in Alaska who once told us that there is no such thing as weather that’s too cold, just gear that is not warm enough. That sentiment fits in with Chaval’s slogan of “Conquer The Cold“, and with these gloves my husband has found his gear. Overall we’d give them a (warm) thumbs up.
*We received a discount on our purchase of a pair of Chaval gloves in exchange for this review. As always all opinions are honest and my own (and in this case my husband’s), and are never swayed by outside influences.