I know I’ve been giving Ski Rack a lot of love recently, but there’s a reason for that: they carry good gear at reasonable prices, and create an atmosphere where elite athletes and weekend warriors alike are welcomed.
I suffer from a condition called Raynaud’s, which means that my fingers and toes are painfully frozen at any temperature lower than about 50 degrees. I wear gloves in the frozen food section of the grocery store year round. As a result, winter running can be incredibly painful. I’ve tried gloves, I’ve tried mittens. Thin gloves result in pain, huge mittens result in hands that get so clammy, I have to take them off mid-run. Not a great solution on either end.
When I was in Ski Rack last weekend, the 180s Ultralite Running glove was recommended to me. I was skeptical to say the least. The fabric was thinner than most windbreakers, with a glove inside a mitten construction (hereafter: glitten). They did come with the required fleece strip for nose wiping (gross, but totally necessary. Don’t lie, you do it too). I liked that I had the dexterity of a glove with the (alleged) warmth of a mitten. At $25, they were much more reasonably priced than other running gloves. I decided to give them a try, with the idea that they would at least be a good glitten for late Fall/early Spring.
Much to my surprise, they are really warm. I’ve worn them comfortably from 30 degrees down to 0. My hands were a little warm at 30, and a little cold at 0, but I never had the throbbing/white/frozen feeling that I usually do. They are particularly great between 10 and 25. My hands were warm, but not sweaty. I would actually describe the feeling as comfortable, which is something my hands rarely are.
Overall, this is the best running glove I’ve come across:
*Option to be a glove (mitten tucks into itself) in warmer weather
*Metal touch pads to operate phone/iPod
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