One of the main reasons to call off a winter run is that frosty, painful feeling in your fingers signaling a circulation system shutdown. Without adequate protection from the cold, hands and fingers can be vulnerable in freezing temperatures with few warning signs. We’ve tested a handful of current offerings that will help you extend your runs by offsetting the finger freeze.
Tracksmith Inverno Glove ($32)
Fabric Composition: 80% polyester, 20% elastane
On the lighter end of the winter glove spectrum, the Inverno Glove is composed of a micro-nylon and elastane blend knit fabric from Italy. The fabric helps shed light precipitation on the outside of the glove, while the softer inner side wicks moisture away from the hands. This glove boasts two essentials: snot-wiping capabilities and technology-friendly thumb and forefinger. Designers of the Tracksmith Inverno simply but ingeniously reversed the fabric alongside the inside of the thumb and index finger so the soft brushed back of the fabric is facing outward, allowing you to wipe a sniffly nose as often as you want. Phone-friendly tech tips on the index finger and thumb work remarkably well and are sensitive enough for texting. The thinner material of these gloves makes them best suited for milder winter temps above freezing, and their stashable size makes them a go-to for those chillier morning runs when you need gloves during the first couple of miles. One drawback is there are only two sizes available (S/M and L/XL) so the fit may not be as precise as you’d prefer.
Gordini Ember Glove ($45)
Fabric Composition: Shell, Lining, and Insulation: 100% polyester; Trim: 64% polyester, 30% nylon, 6% spandex;
Palm: 85% polyester, 15% polyurethane
The Gordini Ember Glove offers serious warmth for those prone to poor circulation in the winter. The ripstop shell is hearty and durable and encapsulates PrimaLoft synthetic insulation to keep your hands toasty during any winter activity. Water-resistant synthetic leather along the palm of the glove allows users to wear these gloves for multiple purposes beyond running in winter temperatures, and our testers reported using them for everything from ice scraping and snow shoveling to more fun things like cross-country skiing. These gloves definitely shine best in temperatures below freezing and are available in a variety of sizes for both men and women for a more personalized fit.
Injinji Lightweight Running Glove ($24)
Fabric Composition: 40% nylon, 50% polyester, 10% spandex
True to its name, the Injinji Lightweight Running Glove is the lightest in our review, making it optimal for late fall and early spring training when temperatures are a little more forgiving. The blend of nylon, polyester and spandex helps to wick moisture away from the skin, and ensures the gloves dry quickly. The stretchy elastic band around the wrist provides a snug fit and prevents cold air from sneaking in, and a lightweight clip helps to keep the two gloves together when they aren’t in use. However, our testers with smaller hands found the clip placement on top of the glove to be a bit of a distraction as it bounced around on the run.
We found the tech-friendly fabric on the pointer and thumb to be very reactive and help us to answer texts or phone calls mid-run. A reflective Injinji logo on the back of the glove provides additional visibility when daylight dwindles and even if you’re unsure about needing additional protection, this pair’s packable size makes it easy to bring them along without regret.
Saucony Reheat Mitt ($40)
Fabric Composition: 89% recycled polyester, 11% spandex
On days when the temperatures do not get above freezing, this is a go-to winter glove for outdoor runs. Composed of mostly recycled polyester – a common material for Saucony – the Reheat Mitt kept our hands toasty warm on the coldest of days. The outer woven shell provides wind protection and the mitten design allows the user to keep their hands warm, along with a spandex wrist collar which stays flush against the arm without being too snug. The interior of the glove is designed with a textured, gridded fleece which provides added comfort and is used on the exterior of the thumb to act as a soft nose guard for winter sniffles. A simple and small buckle keeps these mittens paired when not in use.
The Reheat Mitt shined on days when the temps were unbearably cold and below freezing, but on warmer days we found ourselves taking them off to let our hands cool off.
Black Diamond Mont Blanc Glove ($24.95)
Fabric Composition: Shell 100% polyester; Palm 100% silicone
The legendary trail race Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) demands everything from runners, subjecting them to unpredictable weather on a grueling course. Inspired by UTMB, these Black Diamond gloves with the race’s namesake try to walk the fine line of weather protection and breathability. A weather-resistant stretch shell encapsulates the back of the hand and is well-suited to repel light precipitation. The palm side fabric is soft and extends between the fingers to aid with breathability. The palms and fingers are extremely textured and crisscrossed with a grippy silicone that helps secure winter trekking poles and water bottles when in hand. The touchscreen thumb and index finger usability are lacking on the Mont Blanc – the functionality is limited to unlocking a phone but texting proved impossible for our testers. These gloves kept our tester’s hands warm on runs in sub-freezing temperatures and seem well-suited for a temperature range of 20-40 degrees.
Craft Hybrid Weather Glove ($39.99)
Fabric Composition: Glove 87% polyester, 13% elastane;
Shell 100% polyester with polyurethane backing
With its flip-top design, this hybrid glove covers all the bases where weather is concerned. Deconstructed, this soft, breathable glove comes with an attached shell that flips over the fingers and protect hands from rain, wind, sleet and snow. The shell has an interior Polyurethane coating that repels water and creates a barrier between the exterior of the shell and the glove, and can be easily tucked into the cuff when not in use. Our testers found this design works well in everything from cold wind to rainy weather. The glove allows for nimble movement of the hand with silicone grips on the palm and fingers, along with an absorbent reversed fabric swatch on the outer thumb for wiping sweat or a runny nose. With sizing from XS to XXL, there is easily a fit for everyone, and we found the Hybrid model to fit our fingers and wrist comfortably snug but not too tight.