In October I left Alaska for the warmer climate of Louisiana, where I spent the next two months with my family and new granddaughter. When it came time to return home in December, it was below zero in Anchorage, and I had forgotten to pack warm gloves!
My husband and I went to the local Target store where I found the most interesting pair of winter gloves. These gloves are made by Degrees by 180’s, and the tag reads “Discovery”. Unlike any winter gloves I have ever seen, these have a patented “Exhale Heating System” that allows you to “Warm your fingers with a quick blast of breath – without removing your gloves”.
Why on earth would Target be selling these in Louisiana, I asked myself. The temperatures there were in the 50’s in December. Then I noted that these gloves are actually distributed by the Target Corporation. They sounded perfect for life in Alaska! The store had just one pair of gloves left, in a size S/M, so I decided to give them a try. But would they prove to be as good as I hoped, or just hype?
When we flew home to Anchorage, the weather was -2 degrees, so it was the perfect time to try out these Degrees by 180’s Exhale Heating System Winter Gloves. Even without the special heating system, they looked like they would be very warm gloves. They are made from two layers of thick black colored fleece, with a gray colored soft non-slip area sewn into the palm and portion of the thumb. They can be connected by means of a plastic clip and there is elastic at the wrist that keeps the cold out.
On the back of each glove is a round black valve that reads “180’s”. This valve is covered by another piece of soft gray fabric, which contains a magnet. This cover connects to the other magnet in the inside of the glove, thus covering the “exhale valve”.
The first time I blew into the valve, I thought I would love these Degrees by 180’s Exhale Heating System Winter Gloves! My hands immediately felt the warmth of my hot breath, even the tips of my fingers were warmed up. Unfortunately, the warmth that I experienced lasted about ten seconds! My breath provided an extremely short duration of warming to my hands, the heat did not remain in the gloves, and it was not retained in any way. In fact, within a few minutes my hands actually started to feel even colder than they were before I used the “Exhale Heating System” to warm them!
My husband laughed at me, explaining that my hot breath also contained moisture, and as I blew into my gloves I was also blowing moisture into them, which might or might not freeze. I used these gloves again this morning to walk the children to the bus stop, it was -1 degrees outside. My hands were very cold, even before I used the heating system. I blew into the valve for like 30 seconds straight, and my hands became toasty warm, but then again they became even colder than before.
My personal conclusion is that the Degrees by 180’s Exhale Heating System Winter Gloves work temporarily, and the “Exhale Heating System” didn’t really prove helpful to me. My hands were warmer without using this system. I have small, petite hands, and these gloves (marked size small/medium) barely fit me. The fingers were slightly short, and I usually have the exact opposite experience when buying gloves. For that reason, I would recommend that you these on if you are thinking about making a purchase. These retailed for $23.99.
Ease of use: A+
Warmth without Exhale feature: B
Warmth with Exhale feature: D