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Firm Grip Blizzard Insulated Gloves Review

Firm Grip Blizzard Gloves Review

If you’re a hiker and you work outdoors, even if it’s just around the house, you know that you can buy perfectly good winter hats and gloves at Home Depot, Lowes, or Amazon that cost a fraction of the gloves you can buy at REI.

Firm Grip Blizzard Insulated Gloves

Low Cost

Outstanding Value

Firm Grip Blizzard Gloves are inexpensive, insulated work gloves that can be used for winter outdoor recreation including winter hiking and snowshoeing. The have insulated palms and a rear heat warmer pocket that you can put heat packs into on frigid days. These high dexterity gloves are also great for working around the house on cold days.

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For example, these insulated Firm Grip Blizzard Gloves cost $10 bucks a pair at Home Depot (also sold as Big Time Blizzard Gloves on Amazon.) They’re insulated with 40 grams of Thinsulate and have a high degree of dexterity, something that you’ll want for colder weather hiking and snowshoeing. They also have a small pocket over the back of the hand where you can insert an air-activated hand warmer, which significantly extends their comfort range in colder weather.

These Blizzard gloves are not waterproof, but you can easily cover them with a waterproof shell mitt if that’s necessary. I’m a big advocate of winter glove systems, where you carry lots of different gloves that are optimized for different functions, but can be worn together. For example, I routinely wear high dexterity wool or fleece gloves inside waterproof mittens so I can pull out my hands when I need increased dexterity.

When I saw these Blizzard gloves at Home Depot, I bought 3 pairs, and then I went back the next day and bought 3 more. They’re all identical and black, so I can mix and match gloves across pairs if I lose one. If they get wet, they’re still soft when they dry, and you can wash them as well (although I recommend air drying.) The faux-leather palms make them quite durable and you’ll probably lose them before you wear them out.

I wear these gloves by themselves when snowshoeing or winter hiking down to about 20-25 degrees. Below that I pop a chemical hand warmer into the back pocket. They’re not windproof, which is why I carry a shell mitt in my pack as an add-on layer if needed. They’re also great gloves for outdoor work, like chopping firewood, or running the chain saw. The fit is true to size and they breathe well.

I’d encourage you to look beyond the expensive gloves, hats, and underwear sold by outdoor retailers and experiment using less expensive alternatives. People were hiking and backpacking before all the high tech gloves at REI were available and they managed just fine. If you hike and backpack a lot, be sure to check the clothing and gear used by people who hunt or work outdoors all day. A lot of it is functionally identical to what you can buy at an outdoor shop and you’ll be surprised at the price difference.

Disclosure: The author purchased this product. 

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  1. I use these when winter hiking. Great below treeline for their breathability and venting. Also, when dealing with crampons, I am not stressed out about putting a hole through my expensive gloves, which makes the job a lot easier.

  2. are they smartphone screen compatible?, it looks like it by looking at the thumb and other fingertips? even if not i need to pick up a few pairs

    • Your mileage my vary there. They’re supposed to be smartphone screen compatible but the fingers are really fat, so it’s pointless. My smartscreen has a clear plastic cover over it and it kind of works with these gloves. It probably would work better without it, but it’s a permanent sticky and isn’t coming off.

  3. I’ve been wearing insulated Kinco work gloves skiing for years, but somehow, when it came to lighter weight layerable winter gloves for hiking, I’ve been stuck in the REI realm. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. Smart shopping and great advice! Thank you.

  5. I purchased a very cheap pair of light weight day-glow yellow work gloves with a rubber coating on the palm and palm side of the fingers. The glove is synthetic – poly or nylon so it stretches and flexes. I used these for a short mult-day hike on the AT in NC in early March. It was just cold enough to want a hand covering in the morning and wet enough to avoid lightweight fabric running gloves. I bought them in a truck stop for $5 and they go with me in the shoulder seasons.

  6. Phil,

    I’m really pleased to see this write-up, being a thrifty hiker myself. I appreciate that you took the time to point folks in the direction of looking beyond the big name-brand hiking gear suppliers. I do the same when I can, and when it makes sense. I believe there’s a big benefit to finding what works on an individual basis. I sewed my own pack last year, made a over-bag from silnylon and climashield, and recently made a pair of highly insulated mittens (fleece, climashield, with a boiled wool over mitt).

  7. Thanks for the tip about the hand warmer pockets! I completely missed this feature on my Blizzard gloves. Glad to know it’s there. Looking forward to warmer hands this winter.

  8. Good advice. I will buy a pair.

  9. Thanks Philip! Just acquired 2 pairs of the gloves at Home Depot.

  10. I Bought a pair based on this review and used them for the first time today. Definitely going back for a couple more pairs as soon as I get a chance. Great find!

  11. Look like I was too late? Home Depot doesnt have these on their website anymore. Are they still in the stores? Closest I’ve found so far is Amazon at $22+, and those are only in an xl, not xxl like I want…

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