Monday, January 17, 2011

Running gloves

Over the last weekend, we almost came right out of glove season here in northern Nevada - with highs in the 60s, even my early morning runs needed little more than a light pair. At any rate, I thought I'd get a post out on running gloves while there was still some cold weather left out there.

(A disclaimer - I tend to have cold hands. Whatever the reason, I notice that I'm still wearing gloves long after most other people around me have taken them off. If I give temperature ranges for the gloves I wear here, remember that your mileage may vary.)

My lightest pair of gloves is a pair of liners. I have no recollection of where I got these from, and I've been on the lookout for another pair for a while with no luck. The fabric is barely there - just enough to take the chill off in temps in the 40s. Note the right thumb, with a hole in it - that's so I can swipe to unlock the capacitive screen on my cell phone while running, to activate the camera. Has to have skin contact.

Another pair that I've just started using is a pair of fingerless gloves, for the reason stated above. This is a super-cheap pair, found at our local grocery store. The body of the glove is warm enough that it makes up for the fingertips being gone.

A slightly thicker, fingered version of that is my next heaviest glove. These are a little more technical than the kind that you pick up at the grocery store or Target. I think I got them at either Sierra Trading Post or a ski shop. I've found that if my hands get too warm, I can take them off and hold them in the palms of my hands, and they still provide some warmth that way as well. The high 30s to low 40s is a good range for these.

The workhorse of my running gloves, these convertible Pearl Izumis are the only purpose-made running gloves I have. They're a thin neoprene-ish material that hods heat pretty well in the 30s. For temps in the 20s, though, there is a nylon mitten sheath that untucks from a pouch on the back of your hand and covers your fingers. It's surprisingly effective, although sometimes it leaves my thumb cold. I'm almost through my third season with these, and they're holding up well - a couple of seams blew out, but those were easily stitched up.

If I'm heading out running in temperatures in the teens or lower, I need a thicker, cozier glove. That's when I turn to these big fleecy jobs from REI. They have a little bit of wind-cutting material on the back, so it doesn't blow right through the fleece. My only gripe with these is that the fit is a bit odd - the fingers are shorter than the body of the glove is big, or something. But it's a small price to pay for warm hands.

OK, any comments about my dainty hands?

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