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Best Running Gloves Reviewed 2024

Don’t let the cold ruin your winter runs – keep your hands and fingers cosy with 8 of the best running gloves for 2024

Freezing hands and numb fingers will ruin the pleasure of your winter run – so when the cold weather arrives, a high quality pair of running gloves are essential. They will keep your hands cosy, block the effects of wind and rain, wick away sweat and – in many cases – enable you to continue using the touchscreens of your phone and GPS smartwatch. 

Gone are the days of glove-buying being a simple procedure. There are a myriad of different styles, materials and designs on the market, available from a myriad of different brands – which makes choosing one pair far trickier. How much warmth do you need from your gloves? Is wind and water resistance a priority or not? Do you need touchscreen-compatible e-tips and safety-conscious reflective detailing? Will you find normal 5-fingered gloves, mittens or ‘lobster’ designs more comfortable? And how prone are you to clammy, sweaty hands? 

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These are all questions you’ll need to mull over and answer. But, whether you’re shopping for super-warm gloves, lightweight liners, weather-resistant mittens or tech-approved e-tips, here’s the Outdoors Magic guide to shopping for a new pair of running gloves.

The Fit

Putting all the fabric wizardry and high-tech features aside for a minute, the most important thing with any pair of gloves is that they fit well. Aim for a pair that are snug enough for good dexterity, but not too tight as to be restrictive or too loose that they flap around. Consequently it’s best to try before you buy, where possible.


Gloves come in a broad variety of fabrics, from natural materials such as merino wool to synthetic blends such as polyester, spandex and nylon. Merino is warm and quick-drying, but some people find it itchy. Modern synthetic fabrics tend to feel soft against the skin, and are designed to wick sweat, regulate temperature and deliver a good balance between warmth, weather protection and breathability. A few of the fabric options to look out for include gloves with a fleecy lining for added warmth, softness and comfort, and those with a windproof outer (such as Gore-Tex Infinium or Pertex) for enhanced weather-resistance. 


All gloves provide some level of thermal insulation, but warmth levels can vary significantly. Thinner gloves will provide a touch of warmth, without the risk of over-heating (a common problem as your hands warm up throughout the course of your run). Thicker gloves – particularly those with integrated insulation such as down, fleece or Primaloft synthetic fill – will trap heat more efficiently and thus deliver far more warmth. But thicker gloves can feel bulky and unwieldy with poor dexterity, and can easily lead to over-heating. Most runners opt for lighter, thinner gloves with minimal insulation.  


Your hands can easily get sweaty and clammy in gloves. Breathable fabrics are the solution, allowing sweat to wick away from your skin. But take brands’ claims about breathability with a pinch of salt – gloves are rarely as ventilated as the over-confident marketing blurb claims.

Weather Protection

If you want to keep your hands dry, you’ll need gloves with some kind of waterproof membrane or a a rain-resistant coating such as a DWR. Some brands use Gore-Tex while others have their own in-house waterproof fabrics. But proceed with caution – many runners believe waterproof gloves are best avoided because it’s almost impossible to find a pair that won’t leave your hands super-sweaty and mega-clammy. This is because gloves that are truly waterproof probably won’t be breathable enough to prevent sweating. 

Photo (l-r): Smartwool

Touchscreen Compatibility

Some gloves feature touchscreen compatible fingertips (often known as e-tips), meaning you can change your Spotify playlist or mess around with your Garmin smartwatch without taking off your gloves. Tech advances over the last few years mean these e-tips work pretty accurately, but over time their effectiveness can diminish – particularly after washing.


It’s really annoying if wearing gloves renders your hands useless for basic tasks such as unzipping a jacket or grabbing a water bottle. Instead you need a snug, close-fitting pair that enable you to retain nimble, supple movement of your fingers and full functioning of the hand. Normal five-fingered gloves generally provide better dexterity than mittens.  

Reflective Detailing 

Reflective panels, patches and design touches on gloves enable you to be seen by motorists when you’re running in the dark – a handy safety feature. Some gloves are also available in high-vis colourways that make your hands light up brightly in the dark.  

Wrist Cuffs

Elasticated wrist cuffs with a snug, tight fit will help seal in warmth better, while a looser fit will aid ventilation and breathability if that is your priority. Heavier gloves may have a cinch strap, drawcord or Velcro for adjusting the fit around the wrist – but this isn’t common in lightweight running gloves.


Some gloves feature additional grip – often in the form of silicon overlays – across the palm and inner fingers. This can help with improve traction if you run with trekking poles, a water bottle or phone in your hands. 

Other Features

Running gloves tend to be pretty minimalist with not too many features, but some pairs will feature extra design touches. These can include: wrist leashes (for attaching the gloves to your wrist), nose wipes (a soft patch on the thumb for, well, wiping your nose), or a loop that lets you pull the gloves on or take them off more easily. Some gloves have a hybrid or two-in-one design, featuring both in-built liners and a mitten over-glove. 

Best Running Gloves Of 2023

From budget models to premium products, here are the 8 best running gloves to help you power through your winter runs. 

  • Montane VIA Trail – Best In Test Running Gloves
  • inov-8 Train Elite – Best Value Running Gloves
  • Rab Power Stretch Pro 
  • Brooks Fusion Midweight 
  • Proviz Classic Lightweight 
  • Adidas Terrex Gore-Tex Infinium 
  • Salomon Bonatti Waterproof
  • Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Wind


BEST BUY: Montane Via Trail


Weight: 50g per pair
Price: £30

Billed as a “lightweight requirement for any serious mountain, trail, fell or alpine runner”, the Montane VIA Trail gloves are a fully-featured product for the winter running pro – the kind of runner who is out all year long in all weathers. Constructed from Montane’s Chameleon Lite softshell fabric (90% polyester, 10% elastane), a windproof, breathable and fast-wicking material, the VIA Trail gloves also feature a waterproof section across the back of the hand. This has an impressive 10,000mm hydrostatic head rating and a 10,000g/m2/24hrs breathability grade. All other features you’d expect are present: touch sensitive fingertips, flocked thumb nose wipe, angled wrist cuff, brushed fleece palm, pre-curved boxwall construction digits, and reflective logos. All of this for £30 is pretty impressive.


inov-8 Train Elite 

Weight: 34g per pair
Price: £15

Why over-complicate things? These simple, no-nonsense gloves from inov-8 – the Lake District-based trail running brand – do the basics very well at a sensible price. They are comfy with good dexterity, and any superfluous design features are omitted to keep the price very competitive. Made from 84% polyester and 16% elastane, the Train Elite gloves are lightweight, thin and stretchy with a close, precise fit. They provide a slight warmth boost – just enough to stave off the cold while simultaneously ensuring your hands don’t over-heat or get too sweaty. The Train Elites are available in three sizes (small, medium, large) and are suitable for mandatory race kit set-ups.  



Rab Power Stretch Pro

Weight: 43g per pair
Price: £23

These fleecy gloves are simple and streamlined enough for use when running, yet deliver a touch more warmth than most other liner-style gloves. Made from Polartec Power Stretch Pro (53% polyester, 38% nylon, 9% elastane) – a fast-wicking and highly breathable four-way stretch fleece material – the Power Stretch Pros are soft, comfy, stretchy and lightweight. They feature a low-bulk cuff with lycra edging and offer good stability, staying in place when in use. Available in five sizes (XS-XL) and a women’s-specific version, the Power Stretch Pros have a 4.5 out of 5 rating across 74 reviews on the Rab website. If you need extra features, the Power Stretch Contact (£26) has e-tip fingers and the Power Stretch Contact Grip (£30) has e-tips and a grippy silicon palm.



Brooks Fusion Midweight 

Weight: TBC
Price: £30

Running brand Brooks say the Fusion Midweight gloves will “cut the chill with breathable but warm coverage”, with the midweight build enabling you to maintain “just the right temperature”. Nifty design features include a mesh insert at the palm for improved ventilation once you get warmed up, and phone-compatible e-tip fingers so you can continue to use your running gadgets out on the winter trails. You also get magnetised cuffs, ensuring the two gloves stick together in storage – a handy way to ensure you don’t lose one. The precise cut is described by Brooks as “fitted” and the manufacturing process is bluesign approved. Available in five sizes (XS-XL), the Fusion Midweights are available in three colourways, including the limited edition “Asphalt/Nightlife/White”, which will keep you visible in the dark.  



Proviz Classic Lightweight

Weight: 30g per pair
Price: £19.99

Specialists in enhanced visibility and reflective technology, British brand Proviz offer a lot of bang for your buck with the Classic Lightweight gloves. For just £19.99, you get touchscreen-compatible e-tips on the thumb and first finger, reflective logos for improved night-time safety, and a clip for securing the two gloves together for hassle-free storage. Made from a four-way stretch polyester mix, the gloves are thin, lightweight and “highly breathable”, according to Proviz, with a “low bulk” design and fit. They provide “an extra warmth booster for your hands when you are out running on those cooler days”, but ultimately prioritise “excellent breathability” over pure warmth. A particularly interesting design touch is the use of Proviz’s Reflect360 material in the trim. Engineered using millions of tiny glass beads, the Reflect360 material is a dull grey in colour to the naked eye, but these bands become astonishingly reflective when exposed to light, such as a car’s headlamps – a clever safety feature 



Adidas Terrex Gore-Tex Infinium

Weight: TBC
Price: £45

If you’re looking for a fully-featured, high-performing pair of running gloves that offer a shed load more tech than a simple pair of liners, the Adidas Terrex Gore-Tex Infiniums tick all the boxes. As the name suggests, they feature Gore-Tex Infinium – a material billed by Gore-Tex as “totally windproof” and “extremely breathable”, with highly levels of “skin comfort” during active use. The end result is a glove that “blocks wind and resists wet weather while letting your hands breathe as you focus on your effort”, as Adidas Terrex put it. You also get touchscreen-compatible conductive e-tips and a silicon print across the palm for enhanced grip. The gloves are lightweight with decent warmth, the fit is snug and ergonomic, and additional design touches include ribbed cuffs and reduced seams. The gloves are made from a 100% polyester plain knit, including recycled content as part of Adidas’s “ambition to end plastic waste”. 



Salomon Bonatti Waterproof

Weight: 33g per pair
Price: £35

Mittens offer some key benefits over traditional running gloves – they are generally warmer, more weatherproof and easier to get on and off, but they aren’t as breathable and finger dexterity is worse. Pros and cons. But if – like many runners – you want to try mittens, the Salomon Bonattis are a good option. Featuring a full Pertex Shield cover with a DWR finish, Salomon say these gloves will “keep wind and rain out” and deliver a “lightweight, waterproof and highly breathable” trail experience. You also get sleek reflective detailing and inserts in strategic places, and an elastic wrist cuff for a sealed-in, comfy fit. If your hands get too hot, you can fold down the top part of the gloves and expose your fingers to the elements, converting the mittens into a type of fingerless glove. Versatility is top-notch too: you can wear the mittens as standalone gloves or use them over the top of lightweight liners. Other mitten options from Salomon include the Cross Winter Training (£40) and Fast Wing Winter (£50).



Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Wind

Weight: 62g per pair
Price: £49.99

One of nature’s miracle materials, merino can arguably outshine synthetic fabrics when it comes to technical performance, such as the speed of sweat-wicking and the overall warmth-to-weight ratio of your gloves. As the name suggests, Smartwool are wool experts and have a myriad of merino glove options in their range.

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One option is to go for a simple, 100% merino liner glove, such as the Thermal Merino Glove (£34.99), which promise first-rate “breathability, warmth, and odour resistance”, according to Smartwool. Or, for the best of both worlds, Smartwool sell many hybrid gloves featuring a blend of merino with synthetic fabrics. The Merino Sport Fleece Wind are one such pair, featuring soft-brushed merino next to the skin and a windproof overlay (recycled polyester) on the back of the hand for enhanced weather protection. You also get reflective piping around the wrist for improved visibility in low-light conditions, touchscreen-compatible e-tips on the thumb and index finger, and silicon grippers on the palm and fingers. 



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