If you run in the cold, you’re probably going to want some gloves. When your hands are cold, it’s hard to keep the rest of your body warm. Conversely, if your hands are warm, it’s easy to stay toasty.
The problem with gloves is that they can cost a good deal of money. You could spend some serious cash and buy some cold weather running gloves for around $30, or if you’re a little more enterprising about what you buy, you could spend considerably less and get some gloves that will suit you just fine.
How do you decide which gloves to get? Do you need to spend tons of money? Are cheap running gloves going to last? What to do?
Well, first thing I did was to try out a pair of winter cycling gloves that my wife had bought me for Christmas a couple of years previously. These are some thick fingered gloves that are fairly bulky, and needless to say, they didn’t work very well for running. For one thing, the lowest temperature it gets for running is usually in the 30s, and sometimes down to the 20s.
While this can get cold sometimes, it was never cold enough to warrant the thick cycling gloves, and my hands would get all sweaty and uncomfortable. With cycling gloves, you need something that will combat the wind hitting your hands as they grip the handlebars and your barreling down the road trying to keep from getting run over by a runaway schoolbus.
But running is different. You normally don’t run fast enough to have to deal with the same amount of wind hitting your hands, so you don’t really need something that thick.
So those cycling gloves of mine weren’t going to work very well as running gloves.
Next I tried raiding the winter hats and gloves bucket that is stashed in the hallway closet. My kids throw all their winter gear in there (along with what they borrow — and never return — from my wife). I thought I could find some cheap running gloves that would work for my morning runs, but since I have fingers like celery (long and green), none of the gloves really fit. I did find a pair of those super small but stretchy gloves. You know, the ones that look like they wouldn’t fit a child, but then are supposed to stretch out long enough to fit Andre the Giant? But even those were too small.
The solution finally came when I was walking through the men’s workwear section of the store the other day and found a pair of brown cotton jersey gloves that were just over a dollar for a pair. Yep, a dollar.
I was a bit skeptical at first, but thought that for a buck, I could easily try them out, which I did the next morning. Ever since, I’ve used them for my go-to pair of gloves when I go running.
Are they stylish? No.
Do they have a cool Nike symbol on them? No.
Do they have any funky insulation material? No.
Do they keep my hands warm while I run? Yes.
And at just the right temperature so that my hands don’t get uncomfortably warm, as well. I’ve had these cheap running gloves now for about two years and they’ve held up great. I can easily wash them without worrying if they will shrink, or if the material will get ruined, because, hey, they’re just cotton.
So if you need some cheap running gloves for the winter, and you don’t mind spending about a buck or two for a pair that will last you at least a couple of years, check them out next time you head to your favorite big box store.
They might not make you the most stylish runner on the block, but at least you won’t be the one with snot smeared halfway across your cheek.