Do your hands and feet freeze as soon as it gets cold? Do your fingers turn white and your toes get numb as soon as the temperature drops? Are your skiing, hiking or cycling days turning into genuine ordeals because of those sudden, recurring pains that attack your freezing hands? Are you no longer enjoying your winter sports? Then you definitely have Raynaud's disease. This is a chronic disorder of blood circulation in the extremities that occurs when the body is exposed to cold. Don't worry, there are solutions!
For nearly 30 years, we've made thermoregulation – i.e. managing body temperature – our expertise. We're very familiar with Raynaud's disease and have developed expertise in the field, resulting in a range of innovative, ultra-high-performance designer heated gloves. These heated gloves have one purpose: ensuring that cold hands will never again be a barrier to your enjoyment.
Find out everything you need to know about frozen hands, Raynaud's disease and how our heated gloves would help you to combat it in this article.
"These heated gloves have one purpose: ensuring that cold hands will never again be a barrier to your enjoyment."
Raynaud's disease is a chronic disorder of blood circulation in the body's extremities – essentially the feet and hands – which occurs when the body is exposed to cold, damp or (more rarely) stress.
It is named after Maurice Raynaud who first identified the phenomenon, in 1862.
In the vast majority of cases (around 90%), Raynaud's phenomenon is considered to be idiopathic, i.e. due to an unknown cause. This form, characterised by the presence of symptoms that are bothersome but not serious, is known as Raynaud's disease. Its rarer but more serious form – when the phenomenon appears as a consequence of another autoimmune condition – is called Raynaud's syndrome.
Raynaud's disease and syndrome have very characteristic symptoms: your hands suddenly become frozen, white and numb when they suffer from the cold. This can take minutes or hours. The pain is also very sharp, particularly when the blood starts to circulate again and irrigate your fingers. This extremely unpleasant phenomenon, which we've all experienced, is called vibration white finger.And our heated gloves are designed to protect you from it forever.
"Raynaud's disease and syndrome have very characteristic symptoms: your hands suddenly become frozen, white and numb when they suffer from the cold."
People are homeothermic. This means that their body temperature must remain stable at around 37°C. However, the extremities are considered to be "critical zones" because when exposed to the cold, the body starts up a natural self-protection mechanism: prioritising the torso and vital organs, even if it means leaving the feet and hands out. This reduces the speed of blood flow. In practical terms, your blood doesn't circulate as well, so you don't get as much heat.
On top of this, once exposed to the cold, the body will voluntarily reduce heat loss by constricting the small arteries under the skin: this is known as vasoconstriction. Raynaud's disease is an over-reaction to this vasoconstriction phenomenon. This means that the nerves that control the constriction of these hypersensitive arteries will react disproportionately and trigger a sudden reduction in the calibre of these arteries in the form of spasms. This sudden stop in blood circulation is responsible for the various symptoms specific to Raynaud's disease.
"Raynaud's disease is an over-reaction to this vasoconstriction phenomenon."
No, there is no real cure for Raynaud's disease or syndrome. However, it is possible to find solutions that reduce this phenomenon, especially by protecting your hands from exposure to the cold.
With this in mind, we've developed our range of heating gloves. Because we know what this pain is like. We know how something you love can turn into a horrible experience and how a great day can become a nightmare. We've made it our mission that enjoying your sport –from skiing to cycling, hiking, trekking or running – is never again spoilt by your cold hands. The heated gloves you can see below are the result of years of work.
"No, there is no real cure for Raynaud's disease or syndrome. However, it is possible to find solutions that reduce this phenomenon, especially by protecting your hands from exposure to the cold."
While Raynaud's disease and syndrome cannot be cured, they can be planned for and prevented. Our heated gloves are designed specially to provide you with tailor-made comfort in any cold conditions, even extreme ones, and in all sports: skiing, ski touring, snowboarding, running, trail running, cycling, hiking, trekking or any winter activity that severely test your body.
Our thermal gloves all meet the same requirements. They are reliable, welldesigned, innovative and high-performance. They're technological gems that all have one mission: optimising your blood circulation and combatting frozen hands. However, in this range, each heated glove has its own special features. For gloves that adapt even better to your individual needs.
"Our heated gloves are designed specially to provide you with tailor-made comfort in any cold conditions, even extreme ones, and in all sports."
"A little technological gem that packs a punch with its record heating speed and ultra-hard-wearing battery with unrivalled charging speed."
These ULTRA HEAT BOOST GLOVES are the Formula 1 of heated gloves. A little technological gem that packs a punch with its record heating speed and ultra-hard-wearing battery, with unrivalled charging speed.
Who are they for? : These ULTRA HEAT BOOST GLOVES are aimed at skiers, mountaineers or people with Raynaud's disease. They have been designed to take comfort where it has never gone before, beyond the frontiers of extreme cold, where keeping your hands warm was previously considered impossible.
Why do you need heated gloves? :
- Their ultra-high-performance heating system – unprecedented till now – which delivers heat faster, at higher intensity and for longer. For 10 hours if you push the gloves to their maximum potential.
- Their Boost batteries last longer and are quicker to charge. This is a major asset for expeditions or long days when access to electricity, only available in a mountain cabin, is limited.
- The 3 heating levels for adjusting the heating system's temperature to suit cold conditions or exertion, mainly so you can avoid sweating.
- An optimised air flow circulation network inside the glove so that the entire hand as well as each finger has 360° warmth.
- Their Primaloft insulation for optimal heat retention.
- Their composition of mostly recycled materials.
- Their membrane, that is both waterproof and breathable because we know the damage moisture can do to hands that suffer from Raynaud's disease.
- Soft reinforcement strategically located under the thumb so you can wipe your ski mask, if needed.
These ULTRA HEAT GLOVES are heated gloves dedicated to skiers, snowboarders or mountaineers with the same features as our ULTRA HEAT BOOST GLOVES, with the exception of the battery, which is slightly different. A benchmark in the world of thermal ski gloves.
"The benchmark in multi-purpose heated gloves! »
With their new heating element, 1.5 times more efficient than their predecessor, these SKI LIGHT BOOST POWERGLOVES are now the benchmark for versatile heated gloves.
Who are they for? : Thin, light and precision, these SKI LIGHT BOOST POWERGLOVES will protect you from cold and frozen hands whether you are a cyclist, runner, hiker, skier, ski tourer or cross-country skier...
Why do you need heated gloves? Their thinness and lightness that make them ultra-versatile and high-performance in all conditions, and in all sports, their ultra-efficient 360° heating system, their Boost batteries and 3 heating levels, which last longer and are faster to charge. This is a major asset for expeditions or long days when access to electricity, only available in a mountain cabin, is limited. Finally, their composition of mostly recycled materials, (72%). Not to mention their membrane that is both waterproof and breathable, their excellent grip and their soft feel thanks to the use of natural materials and our meticulous design expertise.
"Ultra-versatile, zingy heated gloves for extra warmth and energy for all your cycling, hiking, running and cross-country skiing outings..."
Like our SKI LIGHT BOOST POWERGLOVES, our LIGHT+ POWERGLOVES are ultra-versatile, zingy heated gloves for extra warmth and energy during all your cycling, hiking, running and cross-country skiing trips... Featuring a different battery from their peers, they boast a high-performance heating system that you wouldn't expect from their slim design! You'll be pleasantly surprised!
Who are they for? : Our LIGHT+ POWERGLOVES are the heated gloves you need if you suffer from Raynaud's disease or syndrome and are used to doing various types of sport in the cold. The two main challenges that our R&D teams had to address in order to make these heated gloves the benchmark for sportspeople with Raynaud's disease are: the "perspiration" component, which causes cold-generating moisture inside the glove, and the practicality required for driving or manoeuvres characteristic of the various disciplines outlined above.
Why do you need heated gloves? Their thinness and lightness that make them ultra-polyvalent and high-performance in all conditions, and in all sports.
What makes good heated gloves? Their batteries. They have to be powerful, light, unobtrusive and quick to recharge. Here are the specifications that our batteries respond to ULTRA HEAT BOOST KIT, to help boost the battery life of your heated gloves.
- These 5200 mAh batteries provide 10h of heating at level 1, 5h at level 2, and 3h at maximum intensity, at level 3.
- These 3600 mAh batteries provide 7h30 of heating at level 1, 3h30 at level 2, and 2h at maximum intensity, at level 3.
We hope you find this article helpful in tackling Raynaud's disease and a real helping hand with choosing the right solution for you!