In a recent poll, I asked what gear you wanted reviews on the most. I may have influenced you by saying best running gloves because it was something I REALLY wanted, none the less it was in the top three.
The others you can find here:
- Best Running Jackets for Any Condition
- Hydration Pack Recommendations
- Best Running Shoes (the shoe I’m currently really loving)
- Best GPS Watch for You
Coming up will be best reflective gear!
But today we’re diving in to running gloves. I have tried so many pairs over the years, especially since moving to Colorado and getting in plenty of cold weather runs. Some didn’t fit great, some were light weight, some didn’t actually work on the phone as promised.
Which is why I went in search of (and tested) what’s actually worth your money.
Best Running Gloves
Many of you like me probably overdress at the beginning of the season, so opt for the lightest weight on those days, but know what the way you LAYER the rest of your clothes can impact how cold your fingers feel. When you have a warm core, then your body has more energy to put towards warming your fingers. But if your core is warm, then it will pull energy and blood flow from the extremities.
Let’s breakdown what I’ve been testing! For each glove I’ll rate the warmth on 1-10 with 10 being the warmest gloves.
Running gloves are all designed to be wicking, which means that it pulls the moisture away from your hands and that’s super important so you don’t start to feel colder. This is why we don’t generally recommend cotton gloves, shirts or socks for runners!
**WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE AS I TEST MORE**
Oh these are such a fun glove. They have a great patter for when not reflective, but then offer that extra bit of protection for these early morning runs.
Gloves fit well and the touchscreen actually worked for me. DID YOU SEE THAT?! I didn’t find it to work on a lot of gloves I tested, so for me this is big. Because when it’s cold, but I want to snap a photo of the incredible deer running along my path, well I don’t want to pull off my gloves.
Warmth Level: 5
I have a windbreaker with the Omni heat, so I was excited beyond words to test these out. Unfortunately, I ended up with gloves that were way too big and for that reason at first I wasn’t impressed.
But I took them out again on a 20 degree day and found my hands were a bit sweaty by mile 3. Not cold because of the way they’re designed, but definitely generating some heat.
The omni is like a little reflective panel inside the glove which should be reflecting the body heat you are generating back to you. Totally works with the jacket, but maybe my fingers just don’t generate heat, ha!!
Warmth Level: 6
These have been my stage one, ok it’s starting to get chilly, gloves for a super long time. I have a couple pairs because they’ve lasted forever and well one would go missing…I’d get another pair and find them both.
I love this lightweight glove because it’s just what I need for the first 2-3 miles of a lot of fall runs when I’m adjusting to the temperature changes. I know they wick away the sweat well and fold up super tight, so I can shove them in my pack or a pocket if I decide I don’t want to wear them any longer.
Warmth Level: 3Cold hands no more! Running gloves to handle every temperature! #runchat #bibchat Click To Tweet
Can I just say that I realized last year, I generally need to wear two layers of running gloves for my hands to feel ok at the beginning of many winter runs. That will no longer be the case with these!
**NOTE: am waiting on these to arrive so I can fully test the touch screen and warmth**
Warmth Level: assume 8-9
Not too many gloves address wind, but that’s probably my biggest issue with cold weather running. If it’s not windy, I am pretty darn happy…but it picks up and suddenly every inch of me feels a little tighter and wants to curl in to a ball.
Wool is always a great option for regulating body temperature and pulling moisture away from the body. But the outer layer here is like a shell to help block the wind, and with a tighter cuff, you aren’t allowing wind in through the opening either.
Bonus points for the silcone grippers which mean you can actually hold on to things (cough a phone) while running!
Warmth Level: 7
These are one of the only gloves on the list that I did not personally test, but got so many recommendations from folks who have found Oiselle gloves to be the warmest things ever that I couldn’t ignore the masses.
Because of the mitten style, they should be warmer as keeping your fingers together is like putting your whole body in a sleeping bag, trapped heat. Additionally they have the super light weight primaloft insulation, I mentioned in running jackets, which means added warth.
Warmth Level: 10
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