Trust me, Crissa... Ride a motorcycle in the 30s (Fahrenheit) at 70 mph, and you'll soon appreciate the heated grips. Anything warm is a welcome blessing. And, heat can pass through objects, including fingers via conduction. It's a wonderful property in certain circumstances. peaceI do not understand heated steering wheels. ^-^; (Or grips on motorcycles). If I want heat, it's on the exposed parts of the back of my fingers, not my palms gripping a piece of impermeable plastic.