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Outdoor Research Prevail Heated Gore-Tex Gloves Review

With three heat settings, these gloves will keep you warm in any winter weather
outdoor research prevail heated gore-tex gloves ski gloves review
Credit: Outdoor Research
Price:  $330 List
Manufacturer:   Outdoor Research
By Jeff Dobronyi ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 1, 2022
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RANKED
#2 of 21
  • Warmth - 25% 10.0
  • Dexterity - 25% 5.0
  • Water Resistance - 25% 9.0
  • Durability - 15% 8.0
  • Features - 10% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Outdoor Research Prevail Heated Gore-Tex is a warm, durable, water resistant, and surprisingly dexterous glove that costs less than the competition, earning the honor of best heated ski glove. With three heat settings and rechargeable lithium batteries, these gloves keep hands and fingers warm all day long. They have excellent water resistance and come with all the bells and whistles we expect from a fully-featured ski glove. Top-notch construction protects your investment, and despite all of the insulation and heating elements, the glove's dexterity isn't as bad as we expected it to be. These gloves are perfect for skiers and riders with chronically cold hands, or anyone who doesn't want to deal with chilly fingers ever again.
REASONS TO BUY
Super warm
Fully featured
Waterproof
Built to last
REASONS TO AVOID
Poor dexterity
Expensive

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Pros Super warm, fully featured, waterproof, built to lastWarm, water resistant, durable, dexterous, lightweight and packableWarm enough, weatherproof, reasonable priceIncredible warmth, weather resistant, durable, reasonable priceWarm, great features, comfortable, inexpensive
Cons Poor dexterity, expensiveExpensive, lacks some featuresPoor dexterity, slightly tight fit around the knucklesPoor dexterity, could have better featuresNot dexterous, bulky and cumbersome
Bottom Line With three heat settings, these gloves will keep you warm in any winter weatherWith top-tier performance across the board, this glove is what we recommend to those seeking the best pairA warm and fully featured ski glove for a great priceThese mitts provide extreme warmth and weather resistance at a good price, nailing the two most important aspects of ski mittensA quality mitten that is super warm, comfortable, and relatively inexpensive
Rating Categories Outdoor Research Pr... Arc'teryx Fission SV Gordini GTX Storm T... Black Diamond Mercu... The North Face Mont...
Warmth (25%)
10.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Dexterity (25%)
5.0
8.0
4.0
2.0
2.0
Water Resistance (25%)
9.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Durability (15%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Features (10%)
9.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
Specs Outdoor Research Pr... Arc'teryx Fission SV Gordini GTX Storm T... Black Diamond Mercu... The North Face Mont...
Double or Single Glove Single Single Single Double Single
Gaunlet or Cuff? Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet
Palm Material Water resistant goat leather Leather Polyurethane Goat leather Synthetic leather
Waterproof Material Gore-Tex Gore-Tex Gore-Tex BD.dry DryVent
Insulation Type EnduraLoft 100% Polyester 333g/133g 133g Primaloft Gold Eco and 200g Primaloft Silver Eco Megaloft 340 g PrimaLoft Gold, high-loft fleece Back of hand: 250g Heatseeker Eco
Palm: 160g Heatseeker Eco
Nose Wipe? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

These gloves set themselves apart from the competition with the best dexterity in a heated glove, in addition to their great functionality as a normal ski glove and quality construction.

Performance Comparison


outdoor research prevail heated gore-tex gloves ski gloves review - the prevail excels on cold days, like this early season testing day...
The Prevail excels on cold days, like this early season testing day in Colorado.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Warmth


The Prevail gloves use a rechargeable battery pack to provide electrical warmth, which is distributed throughout the back of the hands, and out to the fingertips. The warmest setting is enough to bring hands back from the brink of day-ending chill, while the medium setting is perfect for all-day warmth in colder ski climates. The low setting is hard to distinguish on the coldest days, but in more temperate winter weather, with temps just below freezing, the lowest setting provides good all-day warmth.


In addition to an artificial heat source, these gloves are packed with tons of synthetic insulation, and both sides of the hand enjoy a thin, cozy fleece lining. These gloves kept us warm on the coldest ski days, and are also a good choice for snowmobilers, ice fishers, and outdoor workers. The gloves take a few minutes to heat up, so we got used to starting the heaters about 10 minutes prior to use. The batteries last about 6 hours on the medium setting, and 2-3 hours on the highest setting, so you might have to ration your energy, but you won't have to think about it too much.

outdoor research prevail heated gore-tex gloves ski gloves review - electric warmth is preserved by a fleece lining and plenty of...
Electric warmth is preserved by a fleece lining and plenty of synthetic puffy insulation.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Dexterity


In the past, most heated gloves have not been very dexterous, largely due to large amounts of insulation packed into the fingers, heating elements, and thick leather that withstands abrasion to add lifespan to an expensive investment. With the Prevail, we find no sacrifice in warmth or durability, but somehow the fingers work better for detailed tasks than with other heated gloves. The fingers are slightly narrower than other heated gloves, but they aren't tapered or pre-curved. Whatever the reason, there is enough dexterity here to impress us.


These gloves can't compete with the dexterity of thinner gloves, but considering their warmth, we were pleasantly surprised. These emerged as our go-to pair on colder days when we had to use our hands for chores and jobs. We even put these gloves to the test on ski patrollers and ski guides, who work all day long in the cold, and they all seemed surprised by how little they had to take their gloves off. We can pull zipper tabs and buckle our boots without taking them off, but tying boot laces is still a little too much to ask.

outdoor research prevail heated gore-tex gloves ski gloves review - the prevail has surprisingly good dexterity, enough to barely tie...
The Prevail has surprisingly good dexterity, enough to barely tie boot laces, and plenty for buckling ski boots.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

Water Resistance


With a Gore-Tex insert and tightly sewn seams, water has a hard time getting inside these gloves. In our dunk test, we didn't notice any water penetration. A large wrist gauntlet extends coverage up the forearms, and a secure drawstring closes the wrist opening over the top of a jacket cuff to keep powder snow out of the gloves and sleeves on powder days or while snowmobiling.


The softshell exterior on the back of the hands can start to absorb some water during extended submersions, but these gloves are most helpful in temperatures well below freezing. That said, if snow turns to rain, these gloves will keep you dry in almost any weather.

outdoor research prevail heated gore-tex gloves ski gloves review - the prevail's leather and nylon outer shells easily repel water.
The Prevail's leather and nylon outer shells easily repel water.
Credit: Jackie Kearney

Durability


These gloves are built with excellent construction quality and showed no signs of wear during our testing period. The fingertips and thumbs are covered with leather reinforcements where most wear normally occurs, so your fingers shouldn't come popping through these gloves anytime soon. Critical seams are double-stitched, and the wrist gauntlet features a rugged nylon material to withstand sharp abrasion.


These gloves are expensive, and all leather gloves wear out over time. With proper care and treatment, it is easy to realize the investment, and these gloves seem like they will last a long time skiing at the resort. In the backcountry, we had to pick and choose which days to use these gloves to increase their lifespan. If we anticipated digging snow pits, pulling on branches, or rappelling and belaying into technical lines, we brought other gloves and left these for the coldest powder days.

outdoor research prevail heated gore-tex gloves ski gloves review - reinforcements on the fingertips should help the prevail last a bit...
Reinforcements on the fingertips should help the Prevail last a bit longer.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

Features


These gloves have a full set of features to make your day on the ski hill easy and convenient. A soft nose wipe patch on each thumb helps you comfortably get rid of drips in cold weather. There's a nylon loop at the end of each wrist gauntlet that helps you pull the gloves on, and a wrist leash prevents you from dropping these expensive gloves off the chairlift. There is a plastic clip to keep the pair together during storage and travel, and the three heat settings are an obvious feature as well.


It's not just about the number of features; they have to be well-designed and functional for us to care. The Prevail delivers a complete set of great features that we can't fault. The glove also comes with a mesh travel bag, wall charger and cord, as well as attachments for travel in the UK and Europe.

Wrist straps help the user prevent drops, especially useful when the...
Wrist straps help the user prevent drops, especially useful when the gloves are so expensive.
A dual-cell lithium battery provides artificial heat.
A dual-cell lithium battery provides artificial heat.
A large wrist gauntlet and a nylon pull strap are useful features.
A large wrist gauntlet and a nylon pull strap are useful features.
Features like a wrist leash, heat, and a pull tab are all well executed on the Prevail gloves.

Should You Buy the Outdoor Research Prevail Heated Gore-Tex?


At a lower price than similar competitors, these gloves are a great deal if you are looking for the warmest gloves. They perform well across the board and surprised us with their decent dexterity for a heated glove. If you spend lots of time skiing in very cold climates or need warm gloves for skiing and other cold-weather activities, we feel these are the best option out there. They are likely overkill for occasional skiers or people who only go on a couple ski vacations each year.

The highest warmth setting provides enough heat to bring back cold...
The highest warmth setting provides enough heat to bring back cold hands from the brink.
The medium heat setting lasts about 6 hours, and is our preferred...
The medium heat setting lasts about 6 hours, and is our preferred all-day setting for cold weather.
The lowest heat setting preserves the battery while preventing...
The lowest heat setting preserves the battery while preventing finger-numbing cold.
The gloves show what heat setting you are in with different colors.

What Other Ski Gloves Should You Consider?


If you want maximum warmth, but don't want to deal with charging batteries every time you ski, the Black Diamond Guide is the warmest glove we tested without an electrical heating component. If you can compromise slightly on warmth to save some money, the Arc'teryx Fission SV is our favorite glove on the market, and still plenty warm for most skiers/riders and conditions. If you are looking for a much less expensive glove, the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II costs a fraction of the price of the Prevail and offers enough warmth for most users and situations.

outdoor research prevail heated gore-tex gloves ski gloves review - the prevail in action during early season testing.
The Prevail in action during early season testing.
Credit: Jeff Dobronyi

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