Because hand warmth is so critical when working as a stand-in on TV and film sets for long hours in the cold, a serious pair of gloves can be critical for your comfort.
I don’t own a Canada Goose coat, but their warmth has been acclaimed. That said, for me, their coats were cost prohibitive, running around $1,000. Plus, I didn’t want to spent $1,000 on a winter coat only to show up to set and be asked to “lie in” on wet or dirty pavement. (When you work as a stand-in, it happens!)
But given personal reviews by people on set, I was pretty much sold on the warmth Canada Goose provided, so I sought out what kind of gloves Canada Goose might offer. I gulped a bit as I plopped down about $125 for Canada Goose Men’s Down Gloves, but I was eager to give them a test to see if I would experience total warm when standing in outside.
Canada Goose Gloves? Not So Great …
As much as it pains me to say it, the Canada Goose Men’s Down Gloves are warm — but not warm enough.
Despite the down, my fingertips would still get cold in these gloves when working in sub-freezing temperatures. I found myself retracting my fingers into a fist inside my glove and gripping a hand warmer in order to keep my fingers warm.
But I didn’t think there could be anything better …
Better Gloves than Canada Goose? No Way!
This past Christmas, my mother gifted me a pair of gloves that she purchased on Amazon. They didn’t look all that fancy or spectacular, and I thanked my mom for them, perhaps secretly ungrateful because I thought these possibly couldn’t be better than my $125 Canada Goose gloves.
Boy, was I shocked.
The gloves I was gifted were OZERO gloves. And I am surprised to say that after some on-set testing, these OZERO gloves seem to kick the ass of my Canada Goose gloves.
Here’s a review.
OZERO Gloves Review
While the OZERO gloves looked simple — like something you might buy off a street vendor in New York City — apparently there is technology inside them that really translates to warmth.
The backs of the gloves feature several layers of thermal insulation and elements protection: Polar Fleece, Waterproof TPU, Firm Sponge, Heatlok Insulated Cotton, and TR Thermal Cotton. The front of the gloves are deerskin suede leather.
Despite the layers, these gloves are soft and not particularly bulky — definitely not as bulky as the Canada Goose gloves. And the gloves are about 6x less expensive, selling on Amazon for about $20.
Essentially, they look like a simple glove, but they are not as simple as they seem. They work really, really well in the cold.
The best part is that in wearing them outside while standing in in sub-freezing temperatures and wind, I was never noticing cold fingers! My hands were so comfortable that I didn’t even need a hand warmer!
Now, these gloves are “rated” for as cold as -30°F, which sounds a bit exaggerated, and OZERO admits it’s the lower limit for these gloves. That said, if you’re standing in outside in that cold of weather, God help you. (And why is production shooting that day?!)
OZERO Gloves with Touch Ability
What the gloves I was gifted didn’t have was the ability for me to use my smartphone with a touch-sensitive fingertip.
This meant I had to take off my glove and expose it to the elements in order to tap on my smartphone screen. Given how warm these gloves were, it hasn’t been much of a problem — the gloves warm my exposed hand up relatively quickly. And even if I had a touch-sensitive fingertip, I still would have to take off my glove to turn the pages of my sides.
OZERO does seem to make touch-sensitive gloves. I haven’t tested them, but I might recommend having a look at them. They look thinner and don’t appear to offer the same protection — they are “rated” for as low as 14°F, which is indeed a temperature you could find yourself working in — or even colder if you’re in the New York Zone or in Chicago.
And you can save a little money if you purchase the touch-sensitive gloves: They are around $17 on Amazon right now. However, I think I would recommend the regular gloves over the touch gloves just because they are so warm and rated for much colder temperatures.
Of course, there may be other options for you in terms of warm gloves, including heated gloves that are rechargeable. I haven’t opted for those (yet) only because I want gloves that will work even should batteries die.
And you can buy rechargeable hand warmers that may also act as external batteries to power your devices. To me, these seem not very helpful (because what if you need to power your device but you wasted all of your charge on hand warmth??), but maybe you can speak to the contrary.
Whatever the case, invest now in warm gloves for the winter before you’re caught with your pants down — I mean, gloves off.
Have you found OZERO gloves to be warm enough for you? Do you recommend a different kind of gloves? How do you keep your hands warm when standing in outside in the cold? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!