Best Gloves (or Mittens) for Raynaud’s Sufferers

Best Gloves for Raynaud'sThe Raynaud’s Association gets asked this question over and over again:  “What’s the best gloves for Raynaud’s sufferers?”

As much as we’d like to say we’ve found the perfect solution, there is no one perfect glove or mitten for Raynaud’s sufferers.   If only it was that simple!  But no one glove will work for everyone, and no one glove will likely be the single solution for every Raynaud’s sufferer each day.   For most of us, it’s best to have a “portfolio” of gloves and mittens that can be used in a variety of situations based on such factors as:  the severity of a person’s Raynaud’s, specific weather conditions, planned activities for that particular day, etc.

The gloves we suggest offer a range of different solutions – starting with a good Thinsulate™-lined glove, to a sheepskin-lined UGG© glove or mitten, all the way up to a number of heated glove options.

Even with heated gloves, there are thinner, more flexible ones (like those from Verseo) and thicker ones with stronger (but heavier) batteries that provide more heat (Volt and Gerbing make good ones).  We’ve also recently tested HXT’s Marathon Microwavable Mittens that could be a good solution in situations when dexterity is less of an issue (running, walking outdoors, driving, etc.).  The Warming Store publishes an excellent Heated Glove Guide, just keep in mind that it’s written from a different perspective than the way we generally evaluate these products.  Their testers are looking for the best performing gloves for sport applications, whereas we may prefer gloves that don’t look and feel like ski gloves.  Our members are often focused on support for daily tasks, and are willing to trade off some heat for greater dexterity, fashion and comfort.

New discoveries include products from two manufacturers who offer Raynaud’s sufferers warm fingers without the historic trade-off of looking fashionable:  The self-heating gloves from UniqKnits™ are stylish, comfortable gloves developed by a team of fashion insiders and technology executives on a mission to bring relief to Raynaud’s sufferers.  The 100% merino wool gloves and mittens made by Öjbro Vantfabrik of Sweden have four layers of insulation for warmth and beautiful multi-color designs that are best described as wearable art.  These more attractive options may not offer the level of protection offered by gloves powered by external heat sources, but they are excellent choices for daily activities requiring more dexterity than found in a thick ski glove and eliminate the stigma of dressing like Nanook of the North.

When evaluating options for the best gloves for people with Raynaud’s, here are some criteria to keep in mind:

  • Comfort – A heavier battery will provide longer/higher levels of heat, but may not be comfortable to wear.
  • Coverage – It can be a lost cause if cold air is allowed to creep into the gap between a coat sleeve and the glove.
  • Dexterity – Lighter, stretchy materials provide greater ability to control our fingers, but can be a real trade-off for better warmth.
  • Business Impression – Microwaveable mittens or hefty heated gloves may offer great warmth, but you can’t easily wear them to a business meeting or a client dinner unless you know you’ll disrobe before meeting your clients or associates.
  • Fashion Statement – Some of the warmest gloves (particularly several heated options) have branding written all over them that may say to others “I’m made for the slopes!”

For some occasions, consider a lighter weight glove as a liner (like Glider Gloves or Infracare liners) under a heavier, better insulated glove or mitten.  If you need dexterity while outdoors, you’ll have the option to remove the top layer and still have some protection.  Another option is to use a fingerless glove as a base layer (like Wristies©).  Fingerless gloves help warm the wrists, which help keep the arteries open in the hand to the fingers, plus they offer handy protection in the gap between coat sleeves and top layers.

Additional considerations:  Add disposable hot packs from Grabber© and HotHands© inside gloves, and use Warm Skin© cream as a topical protective barrier on the skin before going out in the cold.

We’ve researched and tested a number of solutions that may provide benefits to fellow Frosties in their day-to-day needs to keep fingers and toes warm, and have included  links above to products reviewed in our Marketplace section.  Hope you’ll find them useful!

3 Comments

  1. What about gloves for inside? I have vertigo and can end up in bed for hours or days at a time. Not being able to move around during these times means very cold fingers. Any suggestions?

  2. For indoor hand and finger warmth, you might try a fingerless glove, like Wristies (https://www.raynauds.org/2011/07/16/wristies/) or Limbkeepers (https://www.raynauds.org/2015/09/30/limbkeepers/) which have one version with the majority of fingers covered and just the tips open. These options leave you with full dexterity to read, type, eat or perform other everyday functions while still keeping the wrist and a good part of the hand covered. With the wrist covered it helps keep the arteries leading to the fingers open. For an option that covers the full hand, check out Glider Gloves (https://www.raynauds.org/2014/12/09/glider-gloves/). These gloves are like “long underwear” for your hands, and are touchscreen-friendly so you can continue to operate your mobile devices with your fingers warm and snug in the gloves.

    Hope one of the above options work for you!

  3. I have found that gloves actually restrict/compress my fingers and will trigger a Raynaud’s attack. I’ve tried the Isotoner type and also some that had the silver interior that should help with keeping the heat in but those just trigger it. So for me mittens work the best, especially those with a sheep skin or fake sheep skin type inside.

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