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Best Running Gloves of 2022

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Running gloves are not normally high up an athlete’s list of key and essential accessories for maximising performance, but without them it could affect your training more than you think.

In this article we have tried and tested some of the best running gloves on the market and asked current 5 times GB, current European and former World Triathlon champion Anne Hughes to test them out. In collaboration with Anne’s verdict and our own evaluation, we additionally correlated them to reviews from other users and runners to bring you the definitive list of the best running gloves money can buy.

We have looked at:

  • Warmth
  • Waterproof
  • Fit
  • Technology Function
  • Wind Protection
  • Aesthetics
  • Value for money

Ideally you want your running gloves to do all of the above but depending on your needs some of these may be valued higher than others. For example, if you live in a high-altitude location, having the best thermal running glove with added wind protection might benefit you the most. Alternately, if you are a casually runner whom runs in the early mornings or late at night, having reflective technology and a good fit might be what you value higher.

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#1 - Sweaty Betty Running Gloves

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Price: £35.00

Sweaty Betty is arguably one of the most popular sportswear brands in recent years, so it’s unsurprising that they sell one of the best running gloves in the UK. With this particular pair of gloves holding a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, the thermal gloves reviews certainly back this up.

These warm running gloves are lightweight and fleece lined to keep the heat in on cold weather runs, but are also moisture wicking to prevent uncomfortably sweaty palms. The outer layer on the palm has added grip, and the fingertips have touch screen technology so you’ll be able to confidently use your phone when you need to.

At 93% recycled polyester these running gloves are more sustainable in the long run as well as being comfortable and soft on the skin. Sweaty Betty offers these in the choice of a black or plum red running glove so you’ll be able to match your style and the rest of your kit.

The reflective strip makes these excellent gloves for running at night or in the early morning where visibility is reduced because they help to keep you safe as you train. 

#2 - Regatta Veris Touchtip Running Gloves

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Price: £9.95

If you’re looking for a pair of cheap running gloves that are great value for money, this product from Veris is one of the better options available.

The Veris running glove is waterproof and windproof making them a great pair of winter running gloves by being able to ward off the chill and light rainfall that’s characteristic of British weather.

Using a touch screen in running gloves can be a nightmare, but the Veris gloves have touch tip technology that allows you to still use your phone during your runs. These gloves are 100% polyester, which will quickly absorb sweat from your hands and stop them from getting clammy and sticky.

After use these running gloves have a handy clip that keeps the pair together so you’re less likely to lose them during or after a run, as well as keeping them paired up for washing and storage.

#3 - Parkside Reflective Running Gloves

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Price: £12.99

As their name suggests, the main selling point of the Parkside running gloves is the reflective panelling in their design that increases your visibility and makes them one of the safest and cheapest winter running gloves (where the weather is usually darker for longer).

But this isn’t the only quality that makes these an excellent choice of running gloves. With a majority polyester/elastane blend these are warm running gloves that are naturally moisture wicking to keep your hands dry as you sweat.

They’re super breathable which will keep your hands from overheating on longer runs by allowing air to circulate over the skin. The material is also antibacterial so you won’t need to worry about odour lingering between washes.

This product has a higher elastane content than others on this list which helps to make them more comfortable and have a better fit overall that allows for more movement.

#4 - Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Running Gloves

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Price: £35.00

Sealskinz are a long running British company that offers several of the best running gloves in the UK, with loads of variations for any weather and activity. The pair that we have chosen here are their all weather running gloves which are waterproof and some of the warmest running gloves on the market.

These are a thicker but still lightweight pair of gloves for running in any weather, including rain and snow. They’re also suitable for a variety of activities from hiking to backpacking, and are excellent if you’re looking for a new pair of trail running gloves.

According to their website they have a 4 star rating, with the running gloves reviews praising their waterproofing capabilities and overall ability to keep your hands comfortably warm and dry.

Whilst they are more expensive Sealskinz stands by their product, so with the purchase of these warm running gloves you also get a lifetime waterproof guarantee to ensure their quality through the years.

#5 - TrailHeads Running Gloves

These gloves by TrailHeads is specifically developed as a trail running glove or for winter running. It is one of the best thermal running gloves that money can buy, with its lengthy cuff it leaves no areas of skin exposed to the elements and tucks nicely into your running jacket. The top of the glove is covered with a shell which is water resilient, making it a waterproof glove, perfect for keeping rain and snow at bay during tough conditions.

Additionally, the running glove has reflective piping so that you can easily be seen in extreme weather and fleece material on the thumb, so you can wipe sweat from your brow without breaking stride.

Buy on TrailHeads: From £27.31

#6 - Gore Running Gloves

Gore are renowned for producing top quality outdoor running gear and their Unisex winter running gloves are no exception. Due to their light nature and thermal adaptation properties, you can wear these gloves all year round, come rain or shine. It’s functional fabric, allows for super quick drying and allows air to escape easily, keeping your hands warm, but dry from sweat. These warm running gloves have 15% elastane allowing you to stretch, making them breathable and they’re slick, plain black design means they tend to blend well with the rest of your running accessories.

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Buy on GORE: From £42.99

#7 - Anqier Touchscreen Windproof Gloves

Next on our list of best running gloves, is from Anqier whom specialises in outdoor accessories. Made from premium waterproof diving lycra makes these waterproof running gloves almost 100% water resistant and have anti-skid on both palms for extra grip. Their delicately crafted thin lining make them ideal for runs in spring, autumn and early winter, providing wind protection and a great fit at the same time.

These cheap running glovers come with a 12 month worry free warranty and at £10.99 provide great value for money.

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Buy on Amazon: From £10.99

#8 - Karrimor Running Gloves

This is one of Amazon’s best running gloves (UK) by number of sales and for good reason.  It has mesh panelling allowing increased range of motion and an elasticated cuff to both prevent the glove from slipping and making it easily adjustable for your hand and your jacket when running. It has reflective detailing on the outside of the glove and even a little pocket where you can store your keys when going out training.

The moisture-wicking fabric makes them one of the best running gloves, this is where the fabric will move sweat and moisture to the surface of the glove and dries super-quick making the gloves more comfortable and dry against your skin.

Buy on Sports Direct: From £4.99

#9 - Soar Lightweight Running Gloves

Price: £32.00

Soar’s lightweight running gloves are perfect for training on cooler days because they’re a thinner thermal running glove that still allows for full mobility and flexibility in the hand.

Their inner layer is made of a soft fleecy inner layer to keep your hands comfortably warm during your run whilst also preventing sweat from lingering on your hands. 

The fabric is breathable which lets air circulate over the skin to stop you from overheating and keeping odours from lingering as your hands stay warm. Soar uses a polyester/elastane blend that is knit together to create a flexible stretch across the skin that keeps your full range of motion beneath the glove. 

They’ve also added a silicon printed palm for extra grip that works alongside smartphone compatible material so you can use a touch screen with your running gloves.

#10 - Montane Running Glove

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Price: £35.00

Whilst one of the best thermal running gloves on the market, the above is also one of the best trail running gloves available in the UK. Made by Montane, these may be on the more expensive side but you’re certainly getting a lot for your money.

First off, these running gloves are made with a brushed fleece for warmth and comfort against the skin. The majority polyester blend is excellent at keeping sweat from lingering on your hands, whilst the Polygiene technology helps to control and treat odours in the fabric.

What’s unique about these running gloves is that they come with a pull out mitten cover that protects your hands from wind and rain. This is made from recycled nylon, so not only is it great extra protection for your hands but it’s also sustainably made.

If all of this isn’t enough, the Montane thermal running gloves are touch screen compatible with silicone grips on the palms and fingers so you can easily access your phone on the trail.

#11 - Ultimate Performance Running Gloves

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Price: £9.49

Ultimate Performance may have made one of the cheapest running gloves but they’re certainly value for money, and haven’t skipped out the qualities that make an excellent running glove.

These running gloves are lightweight and breathable, making them excellent at keeping your hands warm in cold weather without overheating. The fabric blend is designed to prevent sweat from lingering on the skin and ensuring that your hands stay warm and dry.

The fabric is also durable and tear resistant, which is a desirable quality for trail running gloves in particular to keep your hands safe from grazes and scratches. The material is anti-pilling to prevent bobbles and keep your running gloves looking newer for longer.

Alongside the useful silicone print on the palms for grip, the index fingers have a patch that lets you use your smartphone touch screen in the running gloves. The panels on the thumbs are designed to easily wipe away sweat from your face to keep you comfortable.

#12 - Proviz Lightweight Running Gloves

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Price: £19.99

One of the more unique qualities of the Proviz running gloves is the range of colours available for you to choose from. Whilst most running gloves come in black or grey, here you can pick between bright orange to neon yellow depending on your style!

Proviz have made a lightweight glove for running in the colder months, with the cuffed design protecting your hands from the breeze whilst also keeping the heat in. The 4 way stretch fabric offers as much manoeuvrability as possible whilst keeping close to the skin and absorbing then evaporating the moisture from sweat.

These running gloves are relatively non-bulky and have a clip to keep them together and easily stored when not in use, either in the wash or on the run.

There’s no need to remove your gloves to use your phone either, as these are some of the best touch screen running gloves that are also value for money, with the tips of the index fingers and thumbs having compatible panels.

#13 - Ronhill Classic Running Gloves

These moisture-wicking running gloves, which are available in black, pink and yellow are one of the warmest running gloves you will find. They have a 87% polyester and 13% elastane content which keeps your hands warm at the same time as wicking away moisture, and they're also ideal for running in sub-zero temperatures and are fully windproof. This thermal running glove is great for running as it will lock in heat yet won't make you too warm, so it's ideal for any type of running! 

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Buy on Runners Need: From £9.99

#14 - Time To Run Windproof Running Gloves

Our final entry onto our recommended list of best running gloves is from “Time to run”, and the clue to what they’re good at is in their brand name, producing high end, warm running gloves and accessories. These touch screen running gloves are suitable for all weather conditions and with their sticky palm fabric enables you to pick up and hold objects like mobiles and tablets safely.

The back of the hand has windproof resistant material to keep the back of your hands warm during those hilly runs, as well as a fleece thumb to wipe excess moisture away. These winter running gloves have reflective material, so you can be seen in the dark easily and are being super light in weight, ideal for races and summer running. Despite their weight, they’re one of the best warm running gloves, with a nice balance between keeping your hands insulated and allowing air in to prevent sweat building up.

Buy on Time To Run: £12.99

Before you go!

There you have it, our list of the best running gloves (UK). Remember it's all well and good finding a great pair of thermal running gloves, but you want to get great value for money and ensure they're fit for the purpose that you need them for. 

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Written by Luke Hughes

CEO and Co-Founder

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Luke is the CEO and Co-Founder of OriGym. Holding a first-class degree in Sport and Exercise and an MSc in Sport and Nutrition, he is also qualified as a Level 4 Personal Trainer with various specialist credentials covering the entire spectrum of health, fitness and business. Luke has contributed to a variety of major industry publications, including Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Metro, Cosmopolitan, The Mirror, The Sun, The Standard and more.

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