Workout Clothes

7 Running Gloves That’ll Make Your Cold-Weather Workouts Bearable

It's getting colder, which means I'm packing away my running shorts and pulling out my base layers and running gloves. Yes, gloves may seem premature, but I hate to start off a run feeling frozen, and gloves make all the difference.

There's a common misconception that "all your body heat escapes through your head" when you're in the cold. The truth is that body heat escapes through whichever exposed body part has the most surface area, which is often your hands. So if you're getting dressed for an outdoor workout in the fall and winter, it's a good idea to wear a pair of gloves.


Wearing gloves when you run outside keeps your body toasty without the need for a bunch of bulkier layers. The best running running gloves are breathable and moisture-wicking enough to handle sweat, rain, or the occasional runny nose, while being lightweight enough to shove into your pocket if you warm up mid-run. And a pair that's touchscreen compatible ensures you can use your favorite running app or respond to texts while you're jogging.

Whatever your specific running needs entail, here are some winter gloves that are made for outdoor runs and workouts.

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Athleta Seamless Tempo Glove

These are the perfect in-between gloves. They're lightweight, quick-drying, and have a touchscreen-compatible fingertip for when you need to swipe through your playlist while on the move. We love the brand's cold-weather tights, too.
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Zensah Reflective Touch Screen Running Gloves

Fluorescent gloves like these will light up when you run in the dark. There's also a micro chip suede patch that makes it easier to wipe your runny nose.
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Brooks Running Greenlight Glove

A hidden pocket on the palm of these gloves securely stashes a key.
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Saucony Ulti-Mitt

The mitten covering on these running gloves is magnetic, so you can fasten it to the glove when you don't need the extra warmth.
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TrailHeads Running Gloves

If your hands tend to get sweaty and clammy, consider these gloves with mesh inserts for breathability.
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Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Wind Training Glove

Wind often makes the cold far more miserable, but luckily there's a wind-resistant fabric covering these Merino wool gloves.
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Salomon Agile Warm Glove U

The wrist extends longer than most pairs of gloves, so you can tuck them in your sleeves.
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