I’m always on the hunt for the best products to help keep people warm in the cold winter months. That’s why I was so excited to see these Outdoor Research Lucent heated gloves and write a review on them. They’re called the Lucent and you won’t be disappointed with them.
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If you’ve ever owned a product made by outdoor research then you’ll be well aware of the high quality that they produce.
If you haven’t, then let me explain. They’re one of the top brands in outdoor gear and apparel and they have been for a long time now.
One thing you can be sure of when you buy an OR product is the quality. They’re reputation is as good as anyone’s and better than most.
I’ve owned quite a few of their products over the years and I’ve never been disappointed in any way. In fact, I think I still own every OR product that I’ve ever bought which is a testament to their quality.
Heated gloves are the type of product that you really want to put a lot of value on quality which is why I highly recommend these Lucent Heated Gloves.
When I saw that OR was making heated gloves I got really excited because I knew they’d instantly be producing top of the line gloves that consumers could count on.
- ALTIHeat™ Battery-Powered Heat Technology with Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
- Customizable Hi / Med / Low Heat Settings
- Quick Drying
- Leather Palm Overlays
- Molded EVA Foam Knuckles
- Soft and Tactile Leather Palm
- Elasticized Wrist
- Locking Zippered Compartment for Batteries
- Removable Leash
- Pull Loop
- Glove Clip
- Carrying Case Included
Comfort + Warmth
I’ve actually owned a pair of OR gloves for the last 10 years but the Lucent is the first pair of OR heated gloves that I’ve ever tried.
I had really high expectations so I wasn’t about to go easy on them if they didn’t live up to their name. Fortunately they did live up to the expectations.
As soon as I pulled them over my hands I could feel the comfort. They hugged the hands in such a soft and gentle way without being too bulky or pillowy.
I think part of the reason they feel so nice on the hand is because of the fleece lining.
The only small drawback in the comfort department is that they are a little stiff. They will losen up slightly after some use but they are a pretty stiff glove.
Even after wearing them for hours they still felt great. They have a nice size gauntlet that fits over the sleeve nicely and you can barely even notice that there’s a battery pack in there.
The GORE-TEX allows them breath so your hands won’t get clammy or sweaty when things warm up.
They’re filled with synthetic EnduraLoft insulation which will keep your hands warm and even hold the electric heat in nicely, making them quite efficient.
I found them to be one of the warmest gloves I’ve ever tried and they even have a mitt option which would somehow be even warmer.
I’m giving them a 19/20 in the comfort category and a 20/20 in the warmth category. A really good start for these gloves.
As I mentioned above, these gloves have GORE-TEX inserts which make them not only breathable but completely waterproof too.
On top of the GORE-TEX inserts they are also made of a 100% nylon shell that will repel most of the moisture as well.
The palms are made of water resistant goat leather which does really well in this department too. Although the palm will start to absorb some water after a while, none of the water will actually get through to your hand.
In this categor I’m giving them a 19/20. Very close to getting a 20 but the palm did absorb a little moisture so I had to dock them one point since I don’t do half points.
The Outdoor Research name is right up there with the best. I know that from experience and they’ve never let me down so that should give you some reassurance.
Another thing I can tell you is that they’re very good about returns and warranty. They have what they call the Infinite Guarantee.
This guarantee basically means that they will replace any product that doesn’t last. This is a really nice peace of mind to have when buying heated gloves and I think this alone justifies the cost of these gloves.
Warranty asside I have to say that these are really well built gloves. The stitching is very tight and you can feel the durability in these gloves.
The zipper for the battery pouch is very strong feeling and I’d be surprised if it ever malfunctioned.
The back of the hands are made with a really strong nylon that seems durable enough for any recreational activity.
With all of this being said, I still don’t recommend using these as work gloves. I think they’ll hold up really well for and recreational activity but they are designed to withstand sharp objects or heavy duty use of tools.
I’ve yet to come across a pair of heated gloves that are better quality than these and that’s why I’m giving them a 20/20 in this category.
Outdoor Research worked with an established heating partner to design the ALTIHeat battery powered heat technology with a lithium-ion battery.
The life of the battery is as good as any I’ve tested so far.
There are three settings of heat.
High – 2.5 hours of heat
Medium – 4 hours of heat
Low – 8 hours of heat
These are pretty good times. On top of that the charging time was only about 2.5 hours so you can really spend a lot of time outside without worrying about the cold.
I’ve yet to find a pair of gloves that last longer than 2.5 hours on the highest setting so again, OR lives up to it’s reputation.
In this category I’m giving these gloves a 18/20.
I found that these gloves fit true to size. I usually wear a Large and these were no different.
If you have any doubts about size just have a look at our Sizing Guide and that should clear it up for you.
If you make a mistake and decide you want a different size, OR is really good about returns and they should happily exchange them for you without trouble.
As you can tell, I love these gloves. I’ve reviewed a lot of gloves and these ones rank right at the top. I really wanted to find some flaws with these so that you could be well informed but I just couldn’t find much in terms of critism.
I guess the only flaw would be that they aren’t compatable with touchscreens so you have to remove them to use your phone or camera.
Not a huge deal but that is one little gimmick that I’ve grown to like when I’m recreating. For those of you who aren’t addicted to your phones, this shouldn’t be a problem for you.
Your problems with cold hands will most deffinitely be solved should you choose to buy a pair of these.
As I said before, the cost of these is easily justified.
If you’re having a tough time deciding which gloves are right for you then you should take my Glove Selection Quiz. It’s an 8 question quiz that will help you choose the right heated gloves for your needs.
Please don’t be afraid to leave me questions or comments using the box below. I’m always happy to communicate with you and I’ll respond ASAP.
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