12 Best running gloves for winter running in 2022
Twelve pairs of running gloves to keep your hands nice and toasty this winter.
With the cold weather upon us, it’s essential to wrap up warm.
To protect yourself from the frosty elements, but equally, to enjoy running during the colder months, you should invest in a pair of running gloves and other winter running gear.
If you don’t already know, your hands lose heat much quicker than other body parts when exposed to the cold. However, you’ve likely felt this, along with your ears.
Your fingers lose heat rapidly due to the large surface area. And not to mention that they don’t really do much – they’re sort of just there…
So, you ought to wrap up warm – a pair of gloves for cold weather is essential, but if you’re breaking into the minuses, then a pair of mittens is the way to go.
This article will provide you with twelve of the best running gloves and mittens, from popular brands including New Balance, Nike, Ronhill, and others. We’ll also answer popular FAQs at the end – so stick around!
The best running gloves
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1. New Balance lightweight touchscreen running gloves
Best all-round running gloves
- Touchscreen compatible design
- Odour control
The New Balance touchscreen running gloves are available in a total of four different colours, including the popular Dragonfly orange and Hi-vis yellow.
Designed to keep you warm in the coldest of elements, these gloves from New Balance not only look stylish, but you can use your smartphone with the touchscreen design, and not have to worry about picking up any nasty odours thanks to the anti-odour technology.
2. SIMARI touchscreen winter running gloves
Most versatile pair of gloves
- Choice of ten colours
- Touchscreen compatible
Next up, we have this pair of gloves from SIMARI, a great choice if you also cycle or partake in other forms of exercise.
With a built-in warm soft cashmere lining, the heat is locked in, the wind is blocked, and you can focus on what’s important: your run.
While there are better options for running, such as the New Balance pair as aforementioned, it’s difficult to beat the versatility of these gloves.
3. Higher State gloves
Lightweight & natural feel
- Moisture management
- Tapered wrist cuffs provide a more comfortable fit
- Lightweight & reflective
The Higher State gloves for running will keep you running year-round. With highly reflective details paired with a snug and comfortable fit, it’s difficult to find a fault.
Like many other gloves on our list, including the pair from New Balance, Nike, and Proviz, you benefit from a touchscreen compatible design, allowing you to use your phone without removing your gloves.
Oh, and let’s not forget the impressively affordable price, especially for what you get.
4. TrailHeads running gloves with touchscreen design
Most wind resistant
- Soft inner-brushed fabric for increased warmth
- Touchscreen design
- Polartec power stretch (windproof & abrasion resistant)
The TrailHeads men’s running gloves contain four-way stretch fabric for a comfortable and smooth, wind-resistant fit.
Unlike other designs, TrailHeads use a diamond silicone pattern to increase grip – great if you intend on carrying your smartphone or a water bottle.
This pair of gloves, like many others, are not intended for minus degree weather. Instead, you should opt for a pair of running mittens, such as the pair below.
5. TrailHeads touchscreen running gloves with reflective waterproof mitten shell
Best running gloves for extreme cold weather
- 2 in 1 convert from gloves into running mittens
- Waterproof shell design
- Hidden magnets to pair your gloves together
Despite the hefty price tag, these touchscreen running gloves from TrailHeads have a 2 in 1 versatility, converting traditional gloves into mittens for extra protection against the winters elements.
The mitten top neatly tucks into a pocket at the top of the wrist while also containing a highly reflective and waterproof shell keeping the rain and snow from freezing your fingers.
As the shell is removable (We’ll shut up about it soon, we promise…), we do think it’s slightly better than our alternative mittens, coming in at number six on our list, from the popular brand, Inov-8.
Finally, another nice feature is the use of small hidden magnets to securely pair your gloves together – you’re sure never to lose them (or if you do, at least they’ll remain together.)
6. Inov-8 unisex race ultra-running mittens
Great value for winter running
- Reflective logo for increased visibility
- Waterproof outer to keep you dry
- Fits perfectly into Inov8’s running shorts or pants
These running mittens by Inov-8 are perfect for staying warm when running.
With a large reflective logo for increased visibility, a stretch cuff for increased comfort, and a waterproof outer, these mittens are the perfect companion whether you’re storming the fells or out on another late-night wintery run.
Finally, these running mittens are also designed to fit perfectly into any of Inov-8’s running shorts or pants – perfect for unpredictable weather changes.
7. Time to run thermal gloves
Best for those shopping on a budget
- Sweat-wicking fabric increases comfort
- Reflective detailing to increase visibility at night
At a much more affordable price tag than the previous pair, these thermal running gloves from time to run utilise brushed thermal polyester fabric to keep you warm. Not to mention the sweat-wicking material provides fast-drying action for increased comfort while training.
Like many other running gloves we’ve suggested, these gloves also contain a reflective trim – ideal for running in low light conditions.
And while the reflective trim is not as impressive as the pair from Proviz, it still holds its own – an impressive option for those on a budget.
8. Men’s Nike Sphere running gloves
Fashionable & stylish
- Warm and durable running gloves
- Touchscreen compatible
The Nike Sphere running gloves are a popular choice for many runners.
And while the design is nothing revolutionary, it’s the quality you expect from a Nike product.
With a fun embedded Nike pattern, a touchscreen design, and basic reflective detailing, you know what you’re getting.
There are certainly better running gloves out there for the price, though. For example, the previously mentioned pair from Higher State is a strong contender and come in at a much more affordable price tag!
9. Proviz reflect 360 waterproof gloves
Most reflective gloves
- Full 360 reflective design
- Internal waterproofing and insulation
You may already know Proviz for its highly reflective running and cycling jackets.
Well, their running gloves are no different. Utilising a full 360 reflective design, these running gloves provide enhanced visibility when running at night.
Under the reflective layer, these gloves contain internal waterproofing and insulation – keeping you dry, warm, and comfortable mile after mile.
It should be mentioned that these gloves are intended for cycling. However, these are equally as good for running and other sports.
10. Inov-8 Race elite 3 in 1 gloves
A great option for fell and trail runners
- 3 in 1 design (worn as gloves, mittens, or both)
- Super lightweight & breathable
- Fully waterproof outer mitten
Another pair from Inov-8, we have the race elite 3 in 1 running gloves.
Designed for the trail and fell runner in mind, these gloves contain silicone prints for increased grip when navigating rocks and tough climbs. Also, you will benefit from the fully waterproof mitten, lightweight design, and more!
The waterproofing isn’t the best, but it’s more than good enough for most runs… provided you’re not wearing them in the shower. Weirdo.
11. Ronhill running gloves – high visibility
Excellent balance between warmth & visibility
- Reflective print for increased visibility
- Regulite fabric heats up as your body temperature rises
The Ronhill running gloves are a fine balance between high visibility and warmth, thanks to their thermal properties.
While they’re not quite as visible as the Proviz reflect 360 (which is to be expected), they are a solid competitor.
Much more affordable in price than the Proviz, and containing great thermal properties, it’s difficult to deny the impressive nature of these gloves from Ronhill.
They also offer a super comfortable fit – you could say: they fit like a glove. Sorry, but it had to be said at some point.
12. Ronhill winter running mittens
Best for adverse weather & remaining visible
- Mitten design for the worst weather conditions
- Moisture management and thermal properties
- Touchscreen design
Finally, we have this pair of Ronhill running mittens.
Designed for the toughest of conditions, similar to the Inov-8 ultra-running mittens, as mentioned previously, there’s no better running partner for those harsh weather runs.
The moisture management and thermal properties keep your hands dry, wicking sweat away from the body and promoting heat retention.
Unlike other running mittens, including the aforementioned pair from Inov-8, where you’re stuck in a claw-like position, with this pair, the smart tips still allow you to your smartphone!
What are running gloves for?
It may seem pretty straightforward… but hey, it does get asked from time to time. A pair of gloves insulate and keep your hands warm. They also provide wind protection and waterproofing – ideal for running in the winter.
When should I wear them?
Ultimately this is down to personal preference. Many opt for a pair once the temperatures start to drop while others are reluctant and won’t wear running gloves at all. Strange, we know.
Generally, anything colder than four degrees Celcius and you should definitely start wearing a pair of running gloves.
Running without gloves in such cold temperatures increases your risk of hypothermia. Not to mention, it’s super uncomfortable and gets rather chilly, even for those used to wearing shorts when it’s snowing out.
How do I wash my running gloves?
While you’ll more than likely get away without washing your gloves for a while, there will come a time when you should probably plunge them in warm water to prevent them from developing a nasty odour.
We suggest washing your running gloves in warm, not boiling water.
The water should ideally be less than 30 degrees Celcius to prevent any damage to the glove material.
Likewise, as with any running gear/clothing, you should avoid tumble drying at all costs – this increases the risk of shrinkage and further damage to the sports material.
How should they fit?
A pair of running gloves should fit nice and snug. They certainly shouldn’t be too big either as this increases the risk of chafing and won’t keep you as warm. This kind of defeats the point of the essential piece of cold weather kit.
Matthew is an avid runner, freelance writer, Durham University graduate, and the founder of Running101.