G-Tech Heated Pouch Sport 2.0 Review

In this G-Tech Heated Pouch Sport 2.0 review, Mike Harris tests its effectiveness in cold weather

G-Tech Heated Pouch Sport 2.0
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Golf Monthly Verdict

There are standard hand warmers, and then there’s G-Tech’s Heated Pouch Sport 2.0. Worn by the American Ryder Cup team and a host of NFL American football players who play in extreme cold, we think they’re a 'must-have' for anyone who suffers with cold hands.

Reasons to buy
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    Provides fast, serious heat for the hands

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    No messing around with taking mitts on and off between shots

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    Keeps that all-important feel in your hands and fingertips

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    Suitable for any off-course outdoor activities

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Reasons to avoid
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    Bum/fanny pack look is not that ‘cool’

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    Need to slide it out of the way before hitting some shots

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    A challenge for trolley/electric caddie/push cart users

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If you’re not familiar with G-Tech, this is a brand that specialises in heated products and clothing. It has developed and patented Therma-Grip heat technology, which delivers heat quickly directly to your hands. 

We talk a lot about the best golf golf jumpers when it comes to keeping warm, but this bumbag/waist pack/fanny pack – call it what you will – should definitely be part of this conversation.

Officially, it’s known as the G-Tech Heated Pouch Sport 2.0. Given that many of the Golf Monthly team suffer with cold hands in the winter months, competition to try the G-Tech Heated Pouch Sport 2.0 hand warmer was fierce – but I was quick to give it a go, especially as I’m also a dog walker and spend a lot of time hanging around in the cold when I take my daughter to ride her horse .

You may well have seen members of the Ryder Cup teams wearing the G-Tech hand warmers. They’re also popular with American Football and baseball players. Quite simply, they keep your hands extremely warm and cosy – and that’s pretty crucial when it comes to gripping a golf club.

If there’s one thing that spoils a winter round of golf more than anything else - apart from heavy rain, muddy lies and cold feet - it’s freezing hands. The loss of feeling in your fingertips is no good when you’re trying to grip the club, especially on touch shots around the green.

I was seriously impressed by the heat that was pumped out. In no time at all, they reached the top temperature signified by a red light on the touch button on the front of the pack, and it’s at that point most people will probably find themselves wanting to crank the heat back a touch to either amber (mid) or green (low) heat levels. This is easily done thanks to a one press function. 

There’s no downside from that point of view, and for anyone who suffers with cold hands or plays a lot in cold conditions, we’d certainly recommend investing in a pair. These are a huge step up from standard winter golf mitts and the hand warmers that you squeeze and put in your pocket both in terms of heat and fuss, as there is with taking mitts off and putting them back on between shots. 

A single charge will easily get you through 18 holes of golf. G-Tech claims it will last around three hours on high heat and 12 hours on low heat, and those numbers stand up in my testing. I find that the 'amber' level is perfect most of the time with just the occasional boost to 'red' required.

Meanwhile, the lithium battery takes around two hours to recharge via the USB wall charger. The pouch is water resistant with a lovely faux fur soft inner lining and can be washed - just remember to take the battery out! The waist strap is easily adjustable to fit your waist size and given they’re used by some seriously big guys playing NFL, they should fit anyone!

The only negatives are that the pouch probably needs to be slid round to your back (an easy process so long as you don't wear the pouch too tightly) when you hit short game shots when the grip is closer to the body to avoid getting the butt of the club caught. If you are using a carry bag, you just need to slide it back round to the front when picking up your bag as it stops it sitting against your back properly.

G-Tech Heated Pouch Sport 2.0

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For trolley/electric caddie/push cart users, it's a logistical conundrum of when to put your hands in the pouch and when to have your hands on the handle and be in full control!

If you’re looking at the price ($155) and wondering whether you’d get the use, maybe ask yourself that question next time your hands start to go purple out on the course! What’s more, if you get out and about a lot in the winter months - shopping, sporting events, long walks in the countryside - then this product is going to get a lot of use.

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Mike Harris
Content Director

Mike has been a journalist all his working life, starting out as a football writer with Goal magazine in the 1990s before moving into men’s and women’s lifestyle magazines including Men's Health, In 2003 he joined Golf Monthly and in 2006 he became only the eighth editor in Golf Monthly’s 100-plus year history leading the brand until July 2023. He is now Content Director overseeing Golf Monthly and two other iconic sports brands, FourFourTwo and Rugby World.

His three main passions in golf are courses (he's played over 500 courses worldwide), equipment (he's always in search of something shinny to give him an edge) and shoes (he owns more pairs than he cares to mention!).  

Mike’s handicap index hovers at around 10 and he is a member of five golf clubs: Hartley Wintney, Royal Liverpool, Royal North Devon, Prince's and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

Mike's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 10° - Fujikura Ventus Blue 5S - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grip

Fairway woods: TaylorMade Sim Max 3/15° - Fujikura Ventus Blue 6S & TaylorMade Stealth 7/20° - Fujikura Ventus Red 6S - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grips

Utility Iron: TaylorMade Stealth UDI 3/21° - Aldila Ascent 90HY - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grip

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (5-PW)  - Fujikura Axiom 75R - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grips

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 50°, 54° and 58° - KBS Tour Hi-Rev 2.0 shafts - Golf Pride MCC Plus4 grips

Putter: Evnroll ER2B - Gravity Grip 

Ball: TaylorMade - Tour Response (Yellow)