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The Best Running Gloves of Winter 2018

From lightweight glove to heavyweight mitten.

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Last Updated October, 2017: We’ve added new picks and insights. Prices and links have also been updated.

Editor’s Choice: SmartWool PhD Insulated Training Glove

SmartWool’s PhD Insulated Training Glove won us over with its no-frills performance, comfort, versatility and approachable price. Without a hint of superfluity, it has the four features that all proper winter running gloves should have: moderate warmth, breathability, reflective bands and grippy palms. The wool lining is warm enough for most winter runners, and they don’t look dorky. But there’s one downside: no touchscreen functionality. That’s a trade-off we’re willing to make.

Buy Now: $60


Table of Contents

  • Best For Hardcore Runners: Arc’teryx Teneo Glove
  • Best Touchscreen Glove: The North Face Pamir WindStopper Etip Glove
  • Editor’s Choice: SmartWool PhD Insulated Training Glove
  • Best 2-in-1 Glove: Saucony Ulti-Mitt
  • Best Liner: Black Diamond Lightweight Screentap Liner Glove
  • Best Waterproof Glove: Gore Apparel Essential Gore-Tex Glove
  • Best Budget Option: Seirus SoundTouch Deluxe Thermax Glove
  • Best Merino Wool Glove: Icebreaker Quantum Glove
  • Best Mitten: Brooks LSD Thermal Mitten
  • Best Fleece Glove: Patagonia Synchilla Glove

  • Introduction

    Many winter runners will tell you that their hands, being so far away from the heart, are the first things to go. That’s why a good pair of running gloves is so vital. They shield, grip, illuminate and insulate the hands of the most battle-hardened exercisers — those passionate crazies who refuse to be deterred by icy winds and sideways-falling snow. If you’re one of those crazies, here are the best winter running gloves to buy in 2017.

    Additional contribution by Michael Finn and Tucker Bowe.

    The Best Winter Running Gloves of 2017

    Best for the Hardcore Runner: Arc’teryx Teneo Glove

    Picture in your mind a particularly nasty winter day. It’s well below freezing, and the roads are smeared with ice. You reach for these gloves. Without being too bulky, they are exceptionally warm, windproof and water-resistant. Gore-Tex lets sweat escape but traps heat. Leather reinforcements add durability. And an adjustable wrist closure ensures a snug fit over however many layers you’re wearing.

    Buy Now: $119

    Best E-Tip Glove: The North Face Pamir WindStopper Etip Glove

    Standing apart from the minimalist polyester gloves that have become so ubiquitous, the Pamir is a slightly bulkier fleece option that affords more warmth, yet still retains e-tip functionality on all five fingers. And, as the name implies, they’re excellent for shielding your hands from frost-bite winds.

    Buy Now: $55

    Editor’s Choice: SmartWool PhD Insulated Training Glove

    SmartWool’s PhD Insulated Training Glove won us over with its no-frills performance, comfort, versatility and approachable price. Without a hint of superfluity, it has the four features that all proper winter running gloves should have: moderate warmth, breathability, reflective bands and grippy palms. The wool lining is warm enough for most winter runners, and they don’t look dorky, but there’s one downside: no touchscreen functionality. That’s a trade-off we’re willing to make.

    Buy Now: $60

    Best 2-in-1 Glove: Saucony Ulti-Mitt

    Wind and water protection, moderate insulation, touchscreen-functional fingers, a stashable mitt and a fleece nose wipe, all in a lightweight package. On colder days, simply pop the mitt over your fingers; when the sun comes out, stuff the mitt back into its integrated pocket.

    Buy Now: $35

    Best Liner: Black Diamond Lightweight Screentap Liner Glove

    This is as minimalist as it gets. Between 40 and 60 degrees Farenheit, the Lightweight Screentaps are right at home. Polartec fabric offers a hint of warmth and fantastic dexterity — almost like a pair of thick compression shorts. Below 40 degrees, wear ’em under something with better insulation and weatherproofing.

    Buy Now: $30

    Best Waterproof Glove: Gore Apparel Essential Gore-Tex Gloves

    Don’t need e-tip fingers and rubber grips and all that space-age aerodynamic BS? Here’s a pair you’ll like: pretty much all they do is keep your hands warm. Really, really warm. They’re made of water- and windproof Gore-Tex. And they pack nicely, too.

    Buy Now: $80

    Best Budget Option: Seirus SoundTouch Deluxe Thermax Glove

    Maybe you’re a beginner, or maybe you just don’t need all the expensive bells and whistles. These are for you. The Thermax lining and ribbed cuff are dead-simple, and provide adequete warmth on warm winter days.

    Buy Now: $20

    Best Merino Wool Glove: Icebreaker Quantum Glove

    Icebreaker incorporates merino wool into all of its outerwear, and the 98 percent merino wool Quantum glove holds strongly to that trend. Additonally, they’re made with Lycra, a fast-drying material perfect for sudden flurries.

    Buy Now: $35

    Best Mitten: Brooks LSD Thermal Mitten

    Gloves versus mittens. It’s a debate as old as Coke versus Pepsi. If you’re loyal to mittens, the LSD Mitten will likely satisfy you. Like a lightweight glove, it isn’t bulky, is moderately warm, and touchscreen-compatible. For added warmth, wear a liner underneath.

    Buy Now: $40

    Best Fleece Glove: Patagonia Synchilla Glove

    The Synchilla Glove is essentially the same as Patagonia’s iconic Synchilla Snap-T, but for your hands. While not specifically designed for running, it puts comfort above all else, making it an acceptable choice for mild winter days. It’s also touchscreen-compatible on all five fingers.

    Buy Now: $39

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