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Welcome to our list of Best Winter Running Gloves for cold-weather exercise. The main questions to consider when buying running gloves are:

  • Do they fit well and are they comfortable?
  • Will they keep your hands warm in the extreme cold? Do you even run in those temperatures?
  • Are they windproof gloves or breathable gloves?
  • Are they reflective gloves for night running?
  • Can you operate your phone/GPS running watch with them on?
  • Are they good value for money?

I have been asking all these questions while researching the best winter gloves for cold weather running, to put together this list.


Read on for our list of the top 7 best winter running gloves:

1. Janji Vortex Gloves

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The Vortex Gloves from Janji are in our opinion the best running gloves for cold weather running. They provide lightweight warmth and protection from the elements, and also feature smart touch enabled fingertips and hi-vis reflectivity for all-around, versatile performance.

One of the first things you’ll notice about these gloves when comparing them with much of the competition out there is just how stylish they look. I love that, in true Janji form, Janji has gone all out on the vibrant design of these Vortex gloves, because let’s face it, we all need a bit of joyful vibrancy to help get us through those cold winter runs.

The thermal stretch fleece that these gloves are made from wicks moisture and vents heat to prevent hands from getting clammy on longer pursuits and performs best within a 25-45º temp range. Hi-vis reflective tape across the back of the hand and smart touch-enabled fingertips make these gloves ideal for the run commute as well as early morning or evening sessions.

NOTE: These gloves are designed are not intended for stand-alone use in extremely cold weather. If you intend to be running in extremely cold conditions then take a look at the Outdoor Research PL400 Sensor Gloves instead.

PROS

  • Lightweight stretch fleece offers breathable, moisture-wicking warmth while the weather-resistant outer layer protects from wind, rain + snow.
  • The conductive fabric on the thumb and forefinger enables the use of touch screen devices.
  • Reflective tape across the back of the hands enhances visibility in low light
  • Double layer stretch cuffs ensure a secure and comfortable fit and they have snaps on the cuff of each glove so you can secure them together when not using them.
  • Stylish design!

CONS

  • Not for the extreme cold

2. TrailHeads Lightweight Running Gloves

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TrailHeads Lightweight Running Gloves have mesh insets that help regulate body temperature and provide ventilation so you won’t have to worry about the annoyance of finishing a run carrying your gloves. They are great for those chilly early morning or evening workouts and are ideal for between seasons when the temperatures fluctuate so much. They can also make excellent winter base layers when used in combination with a thicker glove.

With touch screen technology, they allow you to adjust your music selection, monitor your workout app, text your friends, or take a photo without having to remove your gloves.

NOTE: These gloves are designed are not intended for stand-alone use in extremely cold weather. If you intend to be running in extremely cold conditions then take a look at the Outdoor Research PL400 Sensor Gloves instead.

PROS

  • The fabric is lightweight and has moisture-wicking technology so it dries quickly to prevent your sweat from soaking the material and freezing your hands.
  • Conductive fabric on thumb and forefinger enables use of touch screen devices.
  • The mesh accents on these gloves allow for cooling during long workouts.
  • Double layer stretch cuffs ensure a secure and comfortable fit.
  • Very cheap running gloves with great quality.

CONS

  • Not for the extreme cold
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3. Smartwool Liner Gloves

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I like how the Smartwool Liner Gloves‘ touch screen friendly thumb and forefingers fly under the radar due to a special fabric that has been subtly woven. This makes them the best wool running gloves in our list and a very versatile glove that can be worn casually as well as jogging gloves. They are also thin enough to be worn as a liner inside a much hardier glove if you plan to be in extremely cold weather for very long periods of time, like ski-touring for example.

NOTE: These gloves are designed are not intended for stand-alone use in extremely cold weather. If you intend to be running in extremely cold conditions then take a look at the Outdoor Research PL400 Sensor Gloves instead.

PROS

  • Versatile, stylish and lightweight knit for ease of movement.
  • Great for shoulder season running
  • Rib-knit cuff for a non-ruffled fit on your wrist, this makes them great liner gloves too.
  • Knitted touch screen compatible thumbs and index fingers that you wouldn’t know were there, unlike some other gloves that have stuck-on patches that feel somewhat out of place.

CONS

  • Not for the extreme cold

4. Outdoor Essentials Touch Screen Running Gloves

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The Outdoor Essentials Touch Screen Running Gloves have the lowest price-point of all the running gloves on this list, without sacrificing in quality. These thermal warm, midweight winter glove liners for running have touchscreen compatibility with a very grippy palm. Important to ensure you don’t drop your phone when taking those running selfies! By the way, if you do like snapping running selfies, then make sure you use our tag #trailandkale so we can see them on Instagram.

If you’re looking for a really good bargain, these are the running gloves for you!

NOTE: These gloves are designed are not intended for stand alone use in extreme cold weather. If you intend to be running in extremely cold conditions then take a look at the Outdoor Research PL400 Sensor Gloves instead.

PROS

  • 4-way stretch fabric helps the gloves conform to the shape of your hands to help with dexterity.
  • Grippy silicone dots on the fingers and palm areas ensure that your hands running poles, smartphone, bike handlebars, etc don’t slip out of your hands in the cold.
  • Touch screen compatible: Conductive fabric on tips of thumb and forefinger enables use of touchscreen devices without removing the gloves.
  • The diamond-shaped grips enhance dexterity and these gloves have a terry cloth brow wipe on the back of the hand.
  • Very reasonably priced.

CONS

  • Not for the extreme cold
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5. TrailHeads Power Stretch Lightweight Running Gloves

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The TrailHeads Power Stretch gloves are your ideal cool weather workout gloves because they combine a windproof exterior with a moisture-wicking inner layer in order to maximize warmth. The stretch fabric moves with you for a comfortable fit that never loses its shape.

During the fall and winter running seasons, they serve as excellent racing gloves given they’re lightweight and flexible.

Palm grips make it easy to hold your smartphone device while touch screen technology makes texting possible! This means you can adjust your music, monitor workout apps, and take photos, all without having to remove your gloves in the cold weather.

NOTE: These gloves are designed are not intended for stand alone use in extreme cold weather. If you intend to be running in extremely cold conditions then take a look at the Outdoor Research PL400 Sensor Gloves instead.

PROS

  • The Polartec stretch fabric is a smooth, durable outer layer that is wind resistant. They have a moisture wicking, inner layer providing maximum thermal efficiency.
  • Touch screen compatible: Conductive fabric on tips of thumb and forefinger enables use of touchscreen devices.
  • The diamond-shaped grips enhance dexterity and these gloves have a terry cloth brow wipe on the back of the hand.

CONS

  • Not for the extreme cold
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6. Outdoor Research PL400 Sensor Gloves

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Looking for a versatile lightweight glove for running in extra cold conditions? The PL400 Sensor Gloves by Outdoor Research is for you! These windproof running gloves and can be used as a liner glove for all-day cold-weather adventures.

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Moisture Wicking
  • Silicone Grip Pads on Palm and Finger Tips
  • Quick Drying
  • Touch screen compatible
  • Great for extra cold conditions

CONS

  • Bulkier than the other choices because of their extra cold weather protection
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7. Zensah Smart Running Gloves

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The Zensah Smart Running Gloves are versatile windproof running gloves can be used as a liner glove for all-day cold-weather adventures.

Zensah Smart Running Gloves keep your fingers warm while still allowing you to operate your touch screen cell phone or iPod. The 4-way stretch fabric lets them breathe and provides comfort for runners. These Smart Running Gloves also work with today’s most popular smart touch screen phones, including the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.

PROS

  • Touch screen compatible
  • Reflective stripes for increased visibility
  • 4-way proprietary stretch Zensah fabric makes them breathable as well as comfortable
  • Silicon gripping on the palm of each glove
  • Microsuede thumb to wipe your nose


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Hey, I'm Alastair. I started Trail & Kale to share the mental & physical benefits that trail running and nature had given me. This site now inspires hundreds of thousands of people all over the world to trail run, hike, adventure more, and live a healthy plant-based lifestyle. It's also a place to learn how to chase your dreams, untether from convention and live more self-sustainably.

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