Whether you’re a fitness fanatic who refuses to give up the great outdoors or someone looking to get fit for the summer, a pair of the best running gloves is essential if you’re looking to go running in the cold. But even if the temperature is not in the sub-zero region, running gloves can come in handy if you would like to keep your paws warm until your body generated enough heat from running.
Your hands are one of the first parts of the body to become cold when you’re running in the winter because your blood flows back to your chest cavity to feed oxygen to your vital organs. Left exposed, your hands may become painfully cold, sore and dry.
And since no one likes frost-bitten and sore hands, you might as well put the best running gloves over the freshly moisturised hands of yours.
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How to choose the best running gloves
The majority of running gloves on the market are going to have thermal properties, while additional features including moisture management and wind blocking power is going to make them even more efficient at keeping your hands warm.
In our list of the best running gloves, we’ve featured a range of products across multiple brands. Amongst our list are lightweight gloves that won’t distract serious runners from their running gait and touchscreen compatible gloves that will allow you to keep track of your run and switch up your music on your smartphone.
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The Gore Wear Infinium Gloves are the best running gloves, hands down. Somehow, these gloves manage stay light and thin whilst also being windproof and highly water repellent. I wore leather gloves before that shielded my hands from cold winds less than the Gore Wear Infinium Gloves.
It feels a bit unreal, wearing these gloves. They feel like running gloves that will keep your hands somewhat warm, but no, the Gore Wear Infinium Gloves will keep your paws the perfect temperature, even after longer periods of time. After running and cycling in them, I was trying really, really hard to find something negative to say about them but all I could muster was that probably when the weather is really cold, they might not provide enough insulation, but I am splitting hairs here.
Weighing only 40 grams, the Gore Wear Infinium Gloves have a stretch and are really comfortable. The special cote on the tip of the index finger and the thumb enables you to operate smartphones so you can snap a couple of pictures for your Strava post. These are the no-compromise running gloves you were looking for.
With the material being Polar Power Dry Featherweight you already know two things – the gloves should keep your hands dry from sweat and they’re lightweight.
Yes, you do lose a little bit of the warmth that some of the other gloves on the list offer because they’re so lightweight, but as a glove for cool runs or as an underlayer, these should be perfect.
In addition to their moisture managing properties, these gloves offer up an elastic wrist to keep the draft out; reflective elements so you can be seen when running alongside roads; and conductible finger tips for that all-important smart device control.
With the material being Regulite, expect thermal properties that help to regulate your body temperature as you power through the miles. In addition to providing warmth, they manage moisture, leaving your hands dry and sweat-free.
Thin and lightweight, they may not keep your hands warm enough if you run in bitterly cold temperatures, but they won’t affect your gait if the weight in your hands throws you off balance.
Available in black or bright yellow, if you’re conscious about wearing reflective clothing while you’re running alongside main roads, these gloves will certainly make sure you’re seen.
Nike say that the Therma-Fit material insulates your hands against the cold and retains that ability even in wet weather. Inside the glove, there’s a fleecy lining, which should provide additional comfort and warmth.
The brand has put a lot of thought into the design of the gloves, incorporating a curved gusset in the palm and fingers to allow for natural movement. Additional elements include reflective detail for visibility along those road runs and a nose wipe because let’s face it, we all use our gloves to wipe a runny nose mid run.
These are a cheap and cheerful glove designed to keep your hands warm when the nights become cooler. With additional details including reflective detail and a key pocket in the palm, you can go out for your evening run knowing that you’re visible and that your key is in a safe place.
Unlike other gloves on the list, they don’t offer smartphone compatibility or extra grip but for a basic glove that does the job, you can’t really go wrong.