My running routines work year long – I don’t stop because it gets a little chilly. But, if I need to make a call or change the song on a device, I definitely don’t want to take off my pair and mess up my incredibly sweaty hands. So after spending years buying pairs, I’ve compiled this little list to help other winter runners so they don’t have to run with bare hands.
Here is a list of the Best Touch Screen Running Gloves
Touch Screen Running Gloves
Top Five Best Touch Screen Running Gloves
1. Zensah Smart Running Gloves with Touch Screen
Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
The cold winters here really get to me when I don’t have gloves on, so it’s an amazing pleasure to find a solid pair that can easily tap my iPhone’s screen.
I bought mine in black but the gloves come installed with reflectors that were really helpful during my night runs. When I put mine on – it was a large and felt snug – I loved how soft and lightweight they were.
The material made them not bulky in the slightest. Most touch screen gloves I’ve bought in the past are hard to use because they’re thick. My runny nose during the winter day was taken care of too – somehow they added a thumb wipe on the gloves.
Here’s the big problem, though – I should have kept my first pair dry. Yeah, my hands didn’t get sweaty from use but they got dirty, so I washed them according to the instructions. After a few washes, POW! The touch ability was gone. Runners like me and my friends normally just use them for just for that. It may not be a good idea for anything other than that, or you’ll spend out the tips faster. Besides that, it’s a really warm and soft pair that is sensitive to the touchscreen.
2. Nike Lightweight Tech Running Gloves
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
The Nikes pretty much work as intended. My female friend’s pair wicked the sweat super-quickly. The touchscreen is on point, and the cool perk they added – the keyhole slot – worked well with my three house keys. It fit comfortably into my hand, but that wasn’t the case for my car keys.
The insulation kept my hands relatively warm. The materials, when I touched them the first time, didn’t feel cheap. You get a really great range of motion for the tight fit, too. I’m not sure if I’d recommend the gloves at really cold temperatures, however. I’m talking below 20 degrees, but above that, and you’ll be fine.
Now, I’m fine with most tight gloves but this one was kinda an exception. The gloves themselves were fine – it was the cuffs that felt too tight for my wrists. I know they’re supposed to secure my fit, but I had to go back to the store and get a bigger size so that I didn’t feel like my circulation was getting cut off!
3. Under Armour Storm Coldgear Extreme Infrared Gloves
Rating: 3.7 / 5.0
OK, I know the brand is known for insulating the body rather well – how does it stack up against my hands on a run? First, on the subject of heat – it says it has infrared technology that retains your body heat. And boy, does it need it – you are gonna need to be really active to keep your hands warm. I had a quick 15-minute run and my hands were freezing, but when I went on a bit longer on another day it did in fact pick up on my hand’s heat and stayed warm. Granted this only happened when I running at about 7 degrees, so maybe that isn’t a con that might affect a lot of runners in warm climates.
Now, about the glove design. The interior fleece is really comfortable, but I got a brush of a seam that would get uncomfortable from time to time. I didn’t know was the DWR finish meant on the Coldgear (it’s Durable Water Repellant) but the water-blocking definitely gives it the DWR distinction. Like the Nikes, it has a zip-up key slot that has about the same size. As for the touchscreen, glove size was the big problem. The thumbs on my large felt really big and made pressing on the screen tough at times. I had to drop down to a medium.
4. Head Digital Sport Running Gloves with Sensatec
Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
I bought these for myself and my brother a while back and overall they were fine.. When I put them on the first time they were as lightweight as I expected them to be. The grip worked nice on my pair. So did and the touchscreen tips – they were sensitive, sometimes more than I expected. The material was pretty smooth and gave my hands some resistance from some choppy winds. I touched pretty tightly and noticed that the mesh very tight. It’s not bulky but is nice and thick in the interior.
It worked for a decent winter, but when it really gets bad outside (like 30 and below), I definitely felt my fingertips getting a bit numb. These gloves are also not waterproof so I’d have to switch out for another pair when it was snowing or raining.
5. Gear Top Touch Screen Gloves
Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
These gloves looked pretty interesting when I saw that they’re marketed as an all-in-one of sorts (golfing, fishing, etc.). I don’t do those things, I picked them up and put them to the run. Thee grips are amazing for dry and wet situations. The weird circular pattern all over the fingers and palms just feel sticky, but in an effective way. I found it to be pretty light and was soft for that nice microfiber material that I love.
When I put it on the first time I realized why they said 4-way stretch because even the large I bought was pretty tight. Because it was tight I checked the stitching to see if it’d burst – it looked high-quality. I love the fact the touchscreen tips are larger than most gloves than I’ve seen, especially on the index finger.
I went out in the cold with the Gear Top gloves and got two responses. From 50-40 degrees it was great – no sweat issues, grip worked fine, etc. Around 30, it wasn’t as optimal and my hands got cold. Still, the company does give you a lifetime warranty so if you use it for anything other than running you can get more bang for your buck.