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As discussed in the previous post regarding winter running, gloves can make or break your run. With this in mind, we decided to try out Turtle Gloves and see if they were really as good as our friends in the running community claimed them to be. We had heard rave reviews from other runners, who had an opportunity to try them out earlier in the year…but we have experienced plenty of disappointments with running gear that couldn’t stand up to Montana cold. We weren’t doubting the reviews, but we were cautious.
Here is a quick review of the Turtle Gloves:
- Withstands cold (personally tested at sub-0 degrees)
- Easy access to fingers
- Mitten function allows warmer fingers
- Secure on hands due to extended arm sleeve
- Difficult watch access (common problem for most gloves)
There are two types of runners: those who admit they wipe snot on their gloves in cold runs, and liars. This means you need to be able to wash your gloves, regardless of how far you run on a regular basis. Thankfully, Turtle Gloves are easy to wash and come out spotless.
Our primary concern was that these cute looking gloves wouldn’t be tough enough to withstand MONTANA WINTER MANIA. Well, they can…and they do it better than the most expensive gloves we have ever purchased. We ran a half-marathon in the middle of February around a lake in Montana. Our hands never got cold, and we wore the Turtle Gloves the entire race. Case closed.
If you follow our winter running advice, you know it is best to over-prepare with layers that you can remove if things get too hot. But you can’t remove layers on your gloves, right? WRONG! These gloves allow more air to circulate within your hands than any other model we have used, and we have tried quite a few. Between the flap that allows for finger access (perfect for smartphone users who change their music on the go) and breathability, and the mitten design that allows your fingers to share their warmth, the balance of options with these gloves will keep you prepared for whatever winter throws your way.
The unique extended sleeve of the glove extends up over your forearm, which prevents any awkward, annoying gaps between your glove and your shirt/jacket. While this prevents easy access to your watch, any runner will tell you that this is a common issue.
Hey Turtle Glove peeps, if you’re reading this we have an idea for you: make a small opening that can easily open in the wrist area of the glove to allow a runner to take a quick peek at their GPS watch to check on their pace, distance, etc. It would solve an age-old problem that most glove companies don’t seem to acknowledge.
Altogether, this glove not only will protect you from the worst that winter will send your way, but also provide a variety of options should you discover that you don’t need the full mitten covering your hands. We firmly stand behind this design and hope that you will give them a try.
Use the code TurtleBibRave and save 15% off your purchase! Let us know if you give them a try, we would love to hear what you think!