Best Running Gloves Compared & Tested
When temperatures drop, having your fingers and hands exposed to the harsher air can cause your skin to crack and even stop your ability to run with ease. Some factors that you want to look at when you begin to shop around for running gloves are fit, material, and ventilation. You want your gloves to be snug, well ventilated, and you also will want them to carry sweat away from your palms.
With all of this in mind, we have put together the following list of running gloves that meet our criteria for what makes a glove suitable or not. We have also taken into consideration numerous reviews and testing. Check out the list and enjoy your next winter run feeling warm.
- The North Face Flashdry Liner
- ASICS Thermal Running
- Manzella Silk-weight Windstopper
- Pearl Izumi Shine Wind Mitt
- Under Armour ColdGear Liner
- Head Digital
- Zensah Smart Running Gloves w/ Touch Screen
- Nike Storm Fit 2.0
- TrailHeads Power Stretch
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Frequently Asked Questions
Best Running Gloves
1. The North Face Flashdry Liner
5 Dimensional Fit provides accurate fitting
Keeps sweat away
Radiametric Articulation provides comfort
Great for fall or spring running
Soft and comfortable
Small collar on glove
May be a little pricey
A great liner for the winter or wear it in the fall & spring with ease. They are extremely soft and comfortable. Although these are not really intended to be worn by themselves, they will work pretty well alone in mild conditions.Read more
These soft and comfortable running gloves are made from 100% Polyester with FlashDry Insulation. The moisture wicking properties make these really great for running longer distances.
They fit a bit snug as a liner, but they are quite comfortable. Some noted that the collar seemed to be tighter than the rest of the liner.
While they don't specifically have a breathability feature, they do assist in keeping sweat away.
Not specifically geared towards wind resistance. These probably won't offer too much for wind protection under heavy conditions, but they should work for the lighter and milder winds.
2. ASICS Thermal Running
Multi-weather brushed fabric
Flatlock stitch construction enhances comfort
Snot wipe at thumb
Custom rib cuff provides good fit
Don't work well in extremely cold temperatures
A little tight on the wrists
Offering great comfort as well as a little warmth for those chilly days, these gloves are super soft. Check out some of the details they've added on the ASICS for comfort and technology.Read more
These gloves are nothing if not comfortable. Soft and cozy, some wear them as liners in the colder months. Most appreciate the detail of providing a snot thumb, and the touch screen technology to easily check your phone and/or other devices.
Most enjoy the fit as not too large or too small, but some did state the cuffs were a bit snug.
They don't offer a lot of breathability as they are built to keep you warm.
Its multi-weather brushed fabric should keep you warm in the wind.
3. Manzella Silk-weight Windstopper
3-layer silkweight Windstopper provides protection
Reflective components allow others to see you easily
TouchTip index finger and thumb for touch screen
Great dexterity because of the lack of insulation
Can be seen as expensive
Here's a glove that ensures you don't need to worry about running in the wind. With its 3-layer windstopper and great comfort, they're sure to blow your mind.Read more
These quite comfortable 3 layered silk-weight windstoppers have a reflective component that allows others to see you easily while you run. It also provides you with touch screen technology so you can easily check messages without freezing your hands off.
The majority of users reported that the fit was accurate with only a minute number of users saying it was too large. Since they don't have any insulation, just wind stopping power, they allow for a lot of dexterity.
100% Nylon construction means that underneath the layers of weather protection you have a base that isn't the most breathable but that wicks moisture well. You won't need to worry too much about ventilation on super chilly days and many users said that the fit of these gloves still allowed for a thin inner layer of air that kept their hands comfortable.
It is highly wind resistant with its 3-layer silk-weight windstopper fabric.
4. Pearl Izumi Shine Wind Mitt
Silicone screened palm provides a good grip
PRO Thermal Lite fabric provides warmth
Stowable mitt keeps fingers out of the wind
Touch Screen for electronic devices
Reflective elements enhance visibility
Wrist is a bit small
Can be seen as pricey
If cold temperatures arise this is a great glove to throw on, ideal for early mornings in the winter. They keep your hands warm and dry for the duration of your run.Read more
Superb comfort is what we seek. It has a silicone screened palm that provides a good grip, PRO Thermal Lite fabric that provides warmth, and a stowable mitt keeps fingers out of the wind. Its Touch Screen allows you to easily use electronic devices, and its reflective elements enhance visibility while you run.
Other than the wrist area being a bit small most users say the fit is as it should be. The combination of touchscreen-friendly fingers and an optional mitt make for a great balance of dexterity and protection.
Made of mostly Polyester, these have a breathable base. This may not keep the air out of your glove completely, but that's where the stowable mitt comes in.
These are highly wind resistant and allow you to tuck your fingers in from the cold.
5. Under Armour ColdGear Liner
Dual-layer fabric is very soft
4-way stretch fabrication provides flexibility
Signature Moisture Transport System keeps sweat away
Silicone plated palm provides good grip
Extra long length keeps you warm
Will not work well in extreme cold because its a liner
Some thought they were too light and too loose
Difficult to remove
Flexible, warm, and long is the way these Under Armour liners go. They'll fit snug and keep sweat away while you run.Read more
Most found these quite comfortable with their dual layer fabric being quite soft. It has an ultra-warm interior, and a fas-drying exterior, and its 4-way stretch fabrication provides a good amount of flexibility. It has a silicone plated palm that provides a good grip, and its extra long length keeps you warm.
It seems that the sizing might be off as some users thought they were too light and too loose while others found them difficult to remove. They are intended to be used as liners so they should fit snug, but shouldn't be so snug they are hard to remove.
They come complete with Signature Moisture Transport System that keeps sweat away. The polyester construction also means a decent amount of ventilation without leaving you chilly.
There's no specific wind resistance feature but the extra long length is sure to protect you from wind blowing up your sleeves.
6. Head Digital
Keeps sweat away
Touch screen compatible
Very accurate smartphone sensitive
These have reflective logos to be more visible in the night
Keep your hands warm
The price is quiet high comparing to the other products on our list
Here we go with the last position our list- Head Digital gloves. They perform really good when it comes to windy weather and these are made from high quality materials so they're durable as well.Read more
These will be great if you like long distance runs and you want your hands to stay warm for the whole time. They have a snug fit but they are flexible at the same time. These are the next gloves that are touch screen compatible- you can use your phone even when the temperatures are really low.
Many users had no problems with choosing the appropriate size. You can be sure that they won’t be loose as they have really snug fit. You'll really like the extended cuff because the bigger part of your hand is under protection. These gloves have sleek design and hands look very good
They aren't the most breathable, but they protect your hands without getting too warm.
Most runners will truly enjoy these gloves as they are perfect for more windy days and they help to stay warm.
Nylon, polyester, and spandex fabric blend
Breathable mesh inserts
4-way stretch fabric
Not everybody is a fan of this design
If you want cold weather running and you want to stay comfortable, these gloves were made especially for you. They’re not intended for winter’s coldest days as the producers says but they will be definitely perfect for those who enjoy running in fall or early winter.Read more
The gloves provide the right amount of warmth. Your hands stay warm but they don’t sweat. It means that you don’t need to worry about unpleasant odor. You will also have no problem with using your smartphone or any other electrical device as these gloves are touchscreen compatible. There are double layer stretch cuffs to make the fit more secure. There are even special cell mesh accents to keep you cool during long running sessions.
These are available in many sizes so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a good one for you. They are also available in different colors, so you can take your pick from a standard black and grey or a high-visibility black and yellow.
These gloves are quite breathable with mesh side insets, so your hands stay dry during running. This is a blend of nylon, polyester and spandex so these gloves are moisture wicking. These are the next gloves that look great with the rest of running outfit.
They really keep the warm inside, you will be able to forget about the wind with these gloves on.
They keep your hand really warm
They have touch screen compatibility
They may not be suitable for really low temperatures
When the weather is getting colder and colder, it’s time to find gloves that provide a lot of warm. That’s why we want to present Vbiger gloves that will make your hands warm and you will be able to run even if it’s very cold outside. See what Vbiger can offer to you.Read more
As this is an updated version, the gloves are much thicker and they better provide warm but they also retain it. These gloves also have anti-skid palm patches so the grip is much better. The biggest comfort is not only the warm but also sensitive touch-screen function. This is very helpful when you run and you want to check something on your smartphone. You don’t need to put off the gloves to do it so it’s a big convenience. These can be used also for different sports.
There are special measurements that will really help you to choose the best size. All you need to do is just to measure your middle finger and also the width of the palm. They look great no matter what. They have a stylish design and they hands look really good in these gloves. The back zipper gives these gloves a very modern look as well as being functional. They’re available in two colors.
These gloves will let your hands breathe and there won’t be any sweat.
These gloves are totally wind resistant and keep your hand warm all the time.
9. Zensah Smart Running Gloves w/ Touch Screen
Touch Screen feature for electronics
Reflective stripes for increased visibility
4-way proprietary stretch provides flexibility
Thumb snot wipe
Sizing runs small
Technology at its finest, with touch screen, a thumb snot wipe, and silicone gripping you'll be warm and enjoy the benefits.Read more
These highly comfortable Zensah Smart running gloves have a Touch Screen feature that you can use with your electronics. They have reflective stripes for increased visibility while you run, and the 4-way proprietary stretch material provides flexibility. They come complete with Silicone gripping on the inside of the palms, and a thumb snot wipe.
Most thought the fit was as it should be with just a few saying the sizing ran small.
These are highly breathable so you don't have to worry about sweaty hands while you run.
They have no specific wind resistant materials, however, they seem to provide warmth on your run.
10. Nike Storm Fit 2.0
Dri-FIT Max fabric stays dry
Dri-Fit provides warmth
Dri-Fit technology keeps sweat away
Storm-FIT fabric on back of hand to repel wind and water
Dri-FIT knuckle and finger gussets provide ventilation
Touch Screen compatible
Silicone for added grip
Reflective components allow others to see you easily
Sizes run large
Some had issues with the water protection feature
Can be seen as expensive
Fit for a storm they'll provide you with a good amount of warmth while you run and its Dri-Fit technology does wonders for keeping sweat away, providing ventilation, and staying dry.Read more
This touchscreen compatible glove will provide you with comfort as you run with its silicone features for added grip and reflective components that allow others to see you easily.
Make sure you check the measurements and measure your hands before you order as there were some users that stated it ran a bit large in size.
Dri-Fit makes it quite breathable and the fabric stays dry. Its knuckle and finger gussets provide ventilation so your hands can breathe easily while you run.
It has a Storm-FIT fabric on the back of the hand to repel wind and water, and most have benefited from this feature with just a few reports of the water feature not properly repelling water.
11. TrailHeads Power Stretch
4 way stretch Polartec® Power Stretch® provides flexibility
Durable outer layer
Wind and abrasion resistant
Very Soft and comfortable
Keeps sweat away
Touch screen compatible
Silicone "Snowflake" grippers on palm provide good grip
Not ideal when temperatures are single digits
Glove opening is narrow
Seams on fingers may be bothersome
This pair is made of decently insulating Polartec Power Stretch material, which is great for the colder runs. The material is quite wind and abrasion resistant. These perform really well on the windier days, and are pretty durable as well. The thumbs and fingertips are made from a conductive material, which allows the wearer to operate their smartphone with the gloves on.Read more
The soft Polartec fleece adds to the warmth and also helps to wick away moisture. The thermal efficiency proves to be really great for longer distance runs.
The fit is typically good on most. If sized right, These won't hang loose from the fingertips or web up between the fingers. The wrist doesn't run too long, but does ride high enough to provide adequate wind protection for the wrist.
The breathability is decent, but is probably better for those colder days. The brushed fleece interior and smooth wind resistant outer could be a little bit more breathable for some.
Polartec's Power Stretch material provide really good wind resistance for a non-waterproof construction. Most runners will find these to be more than adequate for running on a windy day
Criteria Used for Evaluation
If you’re a competitive runner obviously the last thing you want is for little nagging things like cold hands to slow you down, and if you’re an average daily runner you’re just as likely to want your hands to be cozy and comfortable.
Comfort is a priority. It’s the thing we seek most while running so it’s out the top evaluation of products as well. We’ll let you know what runners thought about the comfort of these gloves so that you can be sure to pick one that suits your needs.
They don’t have to be thick to provide a good amount of warmth. Everyone’s body temperature and circulation are quite different so the type of glove you need will be determined through the experience of your own body temperature. There are liners to help keep your hands even warmer if needed. Most are typically lightweight so that they don’t impede on your running abilities.
It all just depends on what you are looking for in a pair of running gloves. Your personal preference will guide you to decide which style you like best if you are looking for technology or an additional pocket these will play into whether you make the purchase or not.
Do the sizes run too small, too big, or just right? Are they a bit narrow, or tighter in certain places? These are the things we are on the lookout for so you don’t have to do all the research. They should fit snug to the hands, but not so snug they cut off circulation. If they are too big they’ll just be annoying and could cause your skin to become irritated. If they are too small they could cut off circulation which does not sound comfortable at all.
Most prefer a stretchy material that allows their hands to move freely while they run so we’ve made sure to include how flexible each one is. Is it touch screen compatible? Does it have a pocket? These are things to consider when making your purchase. Little added perks so you don’t have to remove your gloves in the cold are pretty awesome.
Even though you want to be protected from the wind and the cold air, you still want to have enough ventilation and the right materials so your gloves don't accumulate sweat and stuffy air.
There are a lot of different materials to choose from when making your purchase. It usually comes down to preference. Is there a certain type of fabric that you find bothersome, are there certain fabrics that provide you with comfort? These are the things you’ll consider when making your purchase. They are typically thicker on the back of the hands to allow for wind protection. The palm of the hand and insides of the fingers will typically have a thinner mesh fabric to allow for a good amount of breathability.
Top 4 materials used in Running Gloves:
POLYESTER: It will typically have a high breathability and keep sweat away while providing warmth. Won’t be protective against wind and/or water.
ACRYLIC: It will be breathable, stretchy and warm. Won’t be protective against wind and/or water.
FLEECE: Nice and cozy. Not so great at keeping sweat away and lacks breathability. Be on the lookout for exceptions of this material having panels with different fabrics that allow you to breathe easier.
POLYPROPYLENE: If you are looking for wind and waterproofing gloves this is the material you seek. It will keep your hands dry and warm. It typically doesn’t keep sweat away or has as much breathability but it will have some.
If you live in a cold climate or have particularly bad circulation, gloves should be a real consideration for you. Most people have had their hands go numb at one point or another, and pretty much everyone can agree, it’s not much fun.
Keep in mind that there are gloves for all types of weather. Ones that are specifically designed to keep the wind away, and ones that are water/snow proof. You don’t need to wear them year round. In the winter, if you get cold hands you might want to purchase a liner to get more warmth while you run.
Keeping those hands warm while you run, especially in the colder months is quite detrimental. Some of these have the wind resistant technology, others provide a warming technology, and others have no wind resistance, but whatever your need is you’re sure to find it here.
Frequently Asked Questions
When it is cold, you lose 30% of your body heat through your hands and feet. So yes, wearing gloves is ideal for cold weather and will make your running experience way more pleasant.
A good warm-up before your run is essential. Not only will it increase your body heat faster, but is also key to preventing injuries. An example of a good quick warm-up could be jumping jacks, skipping or something as simple as the plank or squats. Anything to get a good body temperature before facing the cold.
When the weather outside is cold and wet, it is difficult to find the motivation to go work out and easy to find yourself on the couch instead. Finding the right motivation during winter time can be difficult, so try setting some goals, create routines or recruit a friend to run with you. Another idea could be to sign up for a running event. You wanna do well in the race, and therefore you will find yourself hitting the cold outdoors more often.