A little wet. A little soggy. A little cold.
That’s what we’re encountering these days as El Nińo ebbs and wains in Northern California. Getting out on the trail demands a little more insulation to stay comfortable in that weather. A pair of lightweight running gloves often serves as a welcome addition to the early morning kit. Here are two solid options if you’re also in need for a good running glove.
Outdoor Designs Poweron Wool Grip Glove
Based in Sandy, Utah, Outdoor Designs makes a range of products — gloves, gaiters and hats — specifically for skiing, hiking, mountaineering and running. Throughout their line, they heavily employ Polartec fabrics including that company’s blend of synthetic and natural fibers called Power Wool. Outdoor Designs Poweron Wool Grip uses that fabric nicely in a very light running glove that comes in at under two ounces. We liked the weight and stretch of the fabric.
We also liked two other very nicely executed features. The first of these is a set of palm-and-finger covering nubs that give the Poweron Wool glove its grip. They cover three out of five fingers and grip well. The second feature is the touchscreen-conductive thumb and forefinger which allows you to navigate a smart phone without removing the glove. Like that a lot. Find the Outdoor Design Poweron Wool Grip gloves at Amazon for less than $33.
Pearl Izumi Thermal Lite Glove
These days, Pearl Izumi calls the Rockies home (Louisville, Colorado to be specific) and the company’s products provide excellent options for road and mountain bikers, runners and tri-athletes. We tried Pearl Izumi’s Thermal Light Glove as part of this test. It’s an all-synthetic glove that boasts lots of stretch.
Grip comes from a series of large silicone patches that line the palm, thumb and forefinger. In addition to providing a sticky surface for handling door knobs and other surfaces with ease, the silicone also delivers added reflectivity. Grip, by the way, is excellent in these gloves, as is the fit. A version with conductive fingers is available, although we didn’t test that option.
Available from Amazon for around $20.